try to finish tuneups in one business day wherever possible. We
do get behind during the spring rush, so please plan ahead.
bring us a bike. There's nothing snapped off, nothing missing, nothing
whacked or run over by a car. We take the bike, adjust/tighten/loosen
anything that needs it, clean it, and lube it - that's a tuneup.
It costs a flat fee of $70 labor. If you happen to need what we
call "tuneup parts", e.g., cables and housings, brake
pads, small screws, etc., the labor to install them is included
in the flat $70 and you just pay for the parts you need. A more
gears (maybe including install or clean housings and cables)
brakes (maybe including install brake shoes, clean rims)
wheels (maybe including hammering out rim dents)
chain and cables
tightness of stem, bars, seat, and wheel fasteners.
this costs $70 plus parts.
The tough economy has brought a large number of
really old bikes in for rejuvenation. We are glad to note an increase
in the number of folks out there who are really trying to switch
some of their car time to bike time as gas gets more and more expensive.
Beware, though; there is a big difference (in bikes as in cars)
between tuning up, fixing up, and restoring.
We've described what we mean about tuning up
a working bike at the top of this page. When we have to replace
$50-120 worth of worn-out drivetrain parts before we can start to
adjust anything, that's a fix-up. It really throws off a
mechanic's rhythm and schedule to have to stop and call you for
the OK on a major fixbetter to have thought about your dollar
limit before dropping it off.
Some common repairs and examples of price ranges
($70/hr shop rate plus parts):
tuneup w/new chain and cassette. . . . . $140-180
tuneup w/new tires, tubes, cables . . . . .$150-200
tuneup, replace broken derailleur . . . . . .$85-160
Fixing up is the right thing to do when
you are satisfied with the fit of your bike, you'll expect to be
riding it a good bit for the next several years, and the replacement
cost of a similar ride is $400 or more. Most people are going to
put a couple of hundred bucks or so into a bike every three years
or so, more often if it sees a lot of dirt or harsh weather. This
assumes you tune it up as needed in between.
Restoring is altogether different. When
you bring us that 1978-vintage Raleigh or Motobecane and want to
ride it again, well, you just can't take a machine that's been around
that long and expect it to work without being rebuilt. Many of these
parts are no longer available except on eBay, and then you're still
getting funky old stuff that we have to spend lots of time nursing
into service. You can look at our bike gallery
for examples of bikes people have loved enough to restore, but please
realize that every one of these project bikes was worth at least
$400 in 1984 dollars when it was new. We really discourage sinking
hundreds of dollars into your 70s-era 10-speed or mountain bike
from the Reagan era because we can't guarantee you'll have a satisfactory
bike when we're done. Just buy a new bike, for crying out loud!