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Old 09-17-22, 04:30 PM
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Affordable bike shops in the LA/silver lake area

I needed some assistance with installing my lines and housing for an old friction shifting setup. Dint want to name drop, but I was getting quoted 75-90 dollars for that. Inflation that bad, lol. In the La/Silverlake area
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Old 09-18-22, 07:42 AM
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Maybe try to find a bicycle co-op in your area? New shift cables are going to run you between $5-$9 each and the housing is going to be another $25-$30? That isn't high quality stuff but it will serve the purpose. Have you viewed any of the Park Tool videos on replacing and installing shift cable? Setting up your system with friction shifting is twice as easy as trying to install and dial in a indexed system.
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Thank you for your response & advice. there seems to be a place called the bike kitchen in my area, all volunteers, Will try that, but yeah, That was what the bike shop wanted to charge for just the service, i was providing the cables, housing and chain. Ive actually been watching RJ the bike guys YouTube channel. Was a huge help. I stripped the bike down to the bare frame, removed the paint, cleaned, lubricators all the components & painted, then rebuilt everything. Even unnecessary stuff like disassembling the shifter, and rear derailer, cleaned, and lubricated. Replaced a few thing, bottom bracket, headset, petals, seat & post, break pads, lever handles & hoods, line & housing. The bike is nothing special. 82 mutants 310, but it gave me an opportunity to learn some stuff
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I'm glad to support Budget Pro Bicycles in Eagle Rock on Colorado Bl. near the 2 Fwy. Customer and fan over 15 years with bikes 10-45 years old. Good people, friendly independent shop. Don't know how their prices compete but my experience is a good long term relationship that's all too rare these days. Coco's Variety on Riverside in Silverlake is pretty good too
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I go to Godspeed Cyclery in KTown and Felipe's #2 near DTLA. Felipe's is cheaper but they are not as knowledgeable as Godspeed. For very basic things Felipe's is ok. Godspeed people are very nice.
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Thank you guys. Ill given them a look
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Originally Posted by Medium Size Dog
I'm glad to support Budget Pro Bicycles in Eagle Rock on Colorado Bl. near the 2 Fwy. Customer and fan over 15 years with bikes 10-45 years old. Good people, friendly independent shop. Don't know how their prices compete but my experience is a good long term relationship that's all too rare these days. Coco's Variety on Riverside in Silverlake is pretty good too
I also second Budget Pro Bicycles. They're my local go-to for those one-off bike issues that I don't want to buy additional tools (press-fit BB installment, carbon steerer cut, etc.). They only charged me $10 for a carbon steerer cut and that's cheaper than me buying a saw and carbon cutting blade! There's also Bicycle Kitchen on Franklin and Virgil if you want to do the work at a co-op. They have the tools if you want to do the work yourself.
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My fave LBS is Around the Cycle in Pasadena on Lincoln, just minutes from the Rose Bowl if you can head over thataway. Solid folks there, plus I feel their service rates are very reasonable, and they never try and upsell anything. Most of the time I've been surprised by what little they've charged me for repairs.
I hear ya jonathanf2, as much as I want to build up my own tool quiver, much of the time it's cheaper for me to just take it to those guys!
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