HOW MUCH TO PAY FOR A TUNE-UP?
June 18, 2004
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What do you normally tell folks
who are want to know a reasonable price for a bike tune-up?
The contents of
a tune-up vary widely, so naming a price has no meaning.
I tell 'em to go to
two shops, get a complete list of what
they provide (parts & labor),
and compare the two.
For me, a tune-up
should involve, at a minimum:
Note that the above
list sez check a lot. Tune-ups quite
a mess of problems the fixing of which goes beyond what
a tune-up includes.
A good bike shop will (a) give you a list of the stuff that
needs more work,
along with the price of each, and (b) explain 'em to you
so you can decide what
needs fixing now and what can wait.
- Check that tires won't explode
or flat easily; inflate as needed.
- Check that brakes can stop the bike & won't fail
- Check that chain hasn't gotten overly stretched &
won't fail soon; lube as needed.
- On multi-speed bikes check that you can shift
to all the gears; adjust derailleurs as needed.
- Lube all pivot points.