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How many hours /labor to build a bike?????(8 posts)

How many hours /labor to build a bike?????Lazywriter
Apr 28, 2003 8:32 PM
Gonna have one bike stripped and transfer over to a new frame. No need to build wheels, just transfer components. How many hours do you think they will hit me up for to do this? I cannot imagine them not doing this in 2 hours of straight work time. Or am I looking at $150???
A couple of questions firstelviento
Apr 28, 2003 8:44 PM
Is bike pretty much the same size? If you transfer parts from a compact frame to a traditional frame, you most likely need new cables, etc. which adds time. Also does that include headset? A big item right there in terms of time used. Otherwise, 2-3 hours sounds about right (including shifting and everything tuned up). It's a $200 job here in NYC.
re: How many hours /labor to build a bike?????Spoiler
Apr 28, 2003 11:44 PM
With a 5 mm allen key and any sort of mechanical ability, you can do 90 percent of the job yourself. If you have an allen key set and a chain tool, which any self-respecting cyclists does, you're set.
You can strip off both shifters, derailleurs, handlebar, stem, chainrings, saddle, seatpost, and brakes.
Strip the frame except for the bottom bracket, cranks and headset, take it to the shop, have them transfer the BB, cranks and headset to the new frame, and build the rest of the bike yourself.
You'll save money, and gain the most valuable building experience possible.
I have been quoted anywhereFez
Apr 29, 2003 4:44 AM
from $75 for a "component swap" in the winter time, to $150 for a "major overhaul equivalent" during the peak season.

I wonder if it is negotiable or if you just need to ask the wrench when a less busy time is so he can devote his undivided attention to the job.

Expecting while U wait service and a low price during a Saturday afternoon is probably out of the question.
Apr 29, 2003 4:52 AM
I've had two component swaps done at bike shops over the past couple years. For labor alone, one shop charged $125 and the other $100. I was quoted $150 by a third shop. You may need new cables, handlebar tape, bottom bracket, etc., which would add to the costs. Timewise, a good mechanic can do the work in 1-2 hours.
Takes me about 3 hours but I'm not an expert. (nm)terry b
Apr 29, 2003 7:28 AM
re: How many hours /labor to build a bike?????russw19
Apr 29, 2003 9:20 AM
Would depend on the neccessary level of disassembly and reassembly. If no bolts are stripped or frozen. If you can just pull the bar/stem/shifter/tape combo from one and put it on the other, that saves time of having to retape the bars... if the cables and housing fit...(not too likely, which means retaping bars too) then you have to replace all of that. But if things go as smoothly as a normal bike should go, I can do that swap in about 1&1/2 hours to 2 depending on if the new frame is already properly prepped (headset faced, BB chased and faced.)

At the shop I work at, we would charge you $125 plus all the new parts you are gonna need (cables, housing, bar tape, etc.) and we are gonna overhaul your hubs and headset and BB if they are not cartridge bearings.

The hardest thing about this job is making sure the pre-prep is done and right. Making sure the frame uses the same size bottom bracket spindle, the front derailleur has the same clamp design or both are braze on... the seatpost is the same diameter... but as a mechanic doing that job, it's my job to check that stuff first so I can tell the customer ahead of time if they need extra parts and what to count on ahead of time. Also to check out the new frame and see if it's been prepped. Make sure both bottom brackets are the same threading, and the fork steerers are the same for the headset race.

There's a bunch of little things that can go wrong to slow this all up, but if things run smoothly, it's a 90 minute job. But I wouldn't take the repair in on a friday afternoon and promise it back on saturday at 4pm. I would tell the customer to leave it with me till tuesday.. if we get it done sooner, we will call them. It's that kind of repair... one you have to assume will always be more of a pain than it should be...

Thanks to allLazywriter
Apr 29, 2003 4:06 PM
I am a really good customer at my LBS and even though I didn't buy the Trek there, they should and better treat me right. I don't mind paying 2 hours labor, but beyond that I cannot imagine it takes 2 straight hours of work to build the bike. Plus, I got parts on the internet so I am not in need of any parts from the store. I like to support the LBS and I do, but I think it is rude to haggle and have them match internet prices. So I just buy what I need and bring it in to them. I spent over $10,000 there in the past 6 years, that is enough.