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Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.(16 posts)

Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.enclavecat
Sep 17, 2002 10:59 AM
I have recently purchased some ebay and online catalog stuff for my wife's bike and need it installed. I have been completly snubbed by all but one LBS in town and the other wants 2-3x their normal labor rates, ($80 to install STI shifters only!!!), to work on my contra-ban. I understand their reasons but...

Is their anyone out there that needs to make some cash on the side along with free pizza/beer for your trouble. Thanks
re: Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.hoopshot
Sep 17, 2002 11:21 AM
You don't say who you've talked to, but Nelo's does
very good work and I think their rates are decent.
Have you talked to them?

Also, you should try posting on the BikeMojo
message boards --
Most of the members are from Austin/SA/Houston.

re: Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.enclavecat
Sep 17, 2002 11:29 AM
Nelo's gave me the $80 quote. Besides that I have talked to everyone under the sun. I am also trying to avoid the 1 week wait but I will take what I can get. Thanks for the link. I'll give it a shot.
re: Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.Oldschooler71
Sep 17, 2002 11:32 AM
I've always had great luck with Bicycle Sport Shop. I've never bought anything from them as far as actual bikes goes, but they've never treated my ebay-bought bikes any different. Ask for Mike (Manager), Clay or Jason - all great guys.

Regarding the mojo board... do check it out, and on the RASPA ( board there's a guy named Carlos who seems to be the resedent bike mechanic guru and he does work on people's bikes.
Carlos rules!!!hycobob
Sep 18, 2002 1:24 AM
He's helped out more guys at TMBRA races than any shop ever thought about. I've tried to give him money and he just looked at me like I was loco. Now getting together with him away from the Mojo Tent and Shiner Bock keg might be different. Anyway you'll get it done cheap and will be able to do it yourself next time.
What did you say ? You must have really pissed them off [nm]Leroy
Sep 17, 2002 11:53 AM
I said...enclavecat
Sep 17, 2002 11:59 AM
"Hey (Shop personsname), I've got some Dura Ace shifters for my bike and an Ultegra Triple kit for my wifes bike that need to be installed. Can you guys do that for me and how much would it cost?"

You think maybe I was being a little too forward???
And it cost what?TJeanloz
Sep 17, 2002 12:12 PM
$80 is downright cheap if that's for installing both a set of STI levers and an entire Ultegra kit.

It's robbery if it's for just the shifters; and still low if it's just for the kit.
And it cost what?enclavecat
Sep 17, 2002 12:26 PM
That was for the shifters only! I did not inquire any further. Dont get me wrong Nelo's is a great shop otherwise but I feel like they were shooting that high to 1) deter me from following through so they wouldnt have to do the work or 2) they were testing the theory of, "there's a sucker born every miniute."

I understand the need to make money but shop labor costing $80/hr. I bet some TDF wrenches dont even get that.
damn right, good price for the kit install nmRaf1
Sep 19, 2002 7:33 PM
Austin Tri has helped me on short notice...aet
Sep 17, 2002 12:40 PM
my girlfriends mom was in town for the ride for the roses and they put her bike together even though they were hideously busy. call them up.
re: Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.swvegg
Sep 17, 2002 6:25 PM
Cycle 360, if you haven't tried already.
Drive to HoustonMXL02
Sep 18, 2002 11:02 AM
Boone's, Sun and Ski, Bike Barn, and others will install equipment bought other places without gouging you. Give them a call and ask what they charge, but my experience is that it is not that big a deal to them.
Nelo's is expensive!ScottH
Sep 18, 2002 12:34 PM
They do excellent work but they are more expensive than the other shops in town. I usually do most of my business at 360 or Bike Sport Shop. I only go to Nelo's if I have something weird that I don't trust the other LBS' with.
re: Looking for a mechanic in the Austin, TX area.climber1
Sep 18, 2002 3:37 PM
What can you do? well i am an internet user but never a buyer. you should support your local bike shop, i pay an extra $10 or $20 but it more than makes up for it with the help they give me, they do free installation, and take care of any adjustments i need. i dont blame the lbs for snubbing you. give em a try and the little extra you pay for parts will save you a lot of cash in the long run.
finally an obligatory "support your LBS" wankerRaf1
Sep 19, 2002 7:36 PM
Don't tell people where to spend their money. Load your LBS with your bill$ all you want, I don't care.