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How much does your LBS charge for a tune up?(8 posts)

How much does your LBS charge for a tune up?Marketing Dept
Sep 16, 2003 10:42 AM
and what is included in a tune up?

I typically do all of my own wrenching as well as a number of friends. While visiting one of the LBS in my town, my wife pointed out the $60.00 fee for a tune up. She quickly pointed out that I should consider charging as well.

I would not charge my friends, actually I rather enjoy it. But that did get me to wondering about how much cash that cyclist spend each year. How about you? What do you spend?
We charge 65 but usually less if only some of the work is neededTig
Sep 16, 2003 10:58 AM
Where I work a basic tune up includes adjustments to derailleurs, brakes, minor wheel truing, lube pivot points, check major bolt torques, inspect for any other potential problems (head set, hub tightness, chain wear, tire wear, etc.), minor cleaning. Many bikes need just a few of the items, so I charge only for the work done.

Most people dig their old bikes out that haven't been ridden in a few years and immediately ask for "new tires and a tune up". After taking a closer look, they usually either need just a few adjustments and maybe a tube or a whole new bike! (No, not a sales opportunity, but because repairs would cost twice what the bike is worth)
what are the "pivot points" that you lube ?PeterRider
Sep 16, 2003 5:13 PM
It seems to me that pivot points are headset (I don't lube), BB (I don't lube either), pedals (should lube but I don't know if there is a grease port).

Pierre
Pivot points on Full Suspension MTB's... nmClydeTri
Sep 17, 2003 6:07 AM
nm
Pivot Points are the pivot points in your derailleurs and brakesrussw19
Sep 17, 2003 10:10 AM
Along with lubing the springs in each, you should lube the pivot points of both your derailleurs and brake calipers (be careful not to get any on the pads for obvious reasons) as well as your shifters. As for the BB, and headset, to open those (if serviceable) and regrease is generally what you get in an "overhaul" along with the hubs as well.

Russ
Oh come on! that oughta be free...like prescription drugshycobob
Sep 16, 2003 5:19 PM
Come on Tig; we know you work for a big rich fat cat LBS who could afford to fix everyone's bikes for free off of the profits they make selling bikes that are marked up so high that they ought to only sell them at the top of the climbs at "Easter Hill Country" ride. Just yanking your chain...see you at the SCCC ride Saturday. BTW Ya'll do great work and are definitely right about most bikes not really needing full tune ups. I keep telling my brother to bring his crappy (IMO) Trek Y-22 down to my house in Alvin to set it up on the stand and drinker with it...drinker = drink Shiner + tinker/fix. But he's the type to take his bike to an LBS simply to adjust the brakes. Am I really his brother?
Not much,TJeanloz
Sep 16, 2003 11:09 AM
In my experience, relatively few cycling enthusiasts get their bikes "tuned up" with any regularity. They tend to have problems fixed as they arise ("my rear derailluer isn't shifting right, my front wheel is 2mm out of true..."), rather than waiting for the occasional tune-up.

That said, many spring for the annual overhaul. At most, 10% of bikes that get tune-ups are even road bikes, and probably less than 2% are road bikes that get ridden more than once every two weeks.
At the shop I work at....slide13
Sep 16, 2003 9:34 PM
We charge $40 for a tune up. That tune up includes adjustments as needed to the front and rear brakes, front and rear ders, headset, bottom bracket and hubs. All bolts are checked for tightness, chain is lubed, light truing of the wheels and a general check over of the condition of the bike (ie. chain stretch, cassette wear, etc.)

For $60 we include a drivetrain clean with the tuneup which gets your crank, chain, cassette and rear der pulled off and thouroughly cleaned.