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Looking for a LBS to assemble a new bike - How much should I pay?

Old 06-06-10, 08:07 PM
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internal headsets are easy. Just put the bearings into the bearing seats. DONE!

If you know how to adjust derailleurs, then you can built up that bike.
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Old 06-21-10, 07:56 PM
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All done!

Can't wait to hop on it this weekend!



Please forgive me for photographing the bike in its 45/23 configuration. I at least tried to get the valve stems in the appropriate position. Also, no garage door was available so my couch was substituted.
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Old 06-21-10, 08:03 PM
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Looks sweet.
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Old 06-21-10, 09:38 PM
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So who did it? You or the lbs?
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Old 06-21-10, 09:43 PM
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nice bike!

i would have built that if you brought over a papa johns pizza and a 12 pack of coca-cola (ok, so i probably would have done it for free...)
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Old 06-22-10, 08:20 PM
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Nah, I didn't do it. I ended up having my LBS assemble it while I watched. In hind sight, if I bought a BB tool (which I may) I think I could have done it. But Roy showed me all sorts of tips on setting the derailleur adjustment and headset tension. It was well worth the $95 to have it done right so I can spend the remainder of the season riding rather than tinkering.

I love this thing.
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Old 06-22-10, 08:23 PM
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They put the whole bike together for $95? That is a really good deal!
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Old 06-22-10, 08:27 PM
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Yup, bar tape and all. My only gripe is he put the brifters awefully hight on the bars. I have a hard time reaching the brakes while I'm in the drops.
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Old 06-22-10, 08:33 PM
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Yup, bar tape and all. My only gripe is he put the brifters awefully hight on the bars. I have a hard time reaching the brakes while I'm in the drops.
Yeah I can see why. They should have gotten the hoods to have as flat a transition to the hoods as possible.
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Did you get properly fitted for the bike after it was put together or did you fit yourself?
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Old 06-22-10, 08:37 PM
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yea i dont think i could hang with those bars/hoods.
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seems like shops always do that...
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Looks awesome, enjoy it.
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That's a nice bike, Leland.
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That last place I lived that actually had a LBS the owner told me once he wouldn't/couldn't charge too much for putting a bike together or similar work because if he went past a certain limit his mechanics would just do it in their off hours for less and take 100% of the money instead of an hourly pay......I had never looked at it like that.
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Looks sweet! $95 seems like a good price to me, especially with the accompanying piece of mind.
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