if the profit if a £40 headset (lets say £4 clear) can cover the cost of the fitment...
5 Minute job?
Now I'm crying
Buy a part for your car at say Halfords.. Pop your car round the local garage and ask them to fit it. Would you moan at £20 then? Why do some people think that £20 to have someone qualified and capable and crucially who earns their living from selling and servicing bikes should do it for a couple of quid or a nod and a pack of biscuits?
Most shops have to cover their work with insurance in case they fook it up. That requires paperwork for each job in the form of a job sheet. Name, address, contact details, work asked for etc.. That not only has to be completed when the bike is dropped off but filed away after.. There's your 5 minutes right there and he hasn't even touched your bike yet..
Wheel the bike in... Lift it into the stand... get tools together.. Remove stem.. drop out forks.. put them out of the way... Take bearings out and put somewhere safe... grab HS removal tool and carefully tap out both cups... put them together with headset... Put forks back in frame minus headset.. Nip up the old stem and bars on the steerer so the bike generally stays together in one piece... remove bike from the stand.. set aside in the workshop... Get new frame and mount in stand.. Clean up the old headset cups.. Get HS press.. Unscrew and fit through frame.... Insert cups and twist HS tool to seat headset cups... Ziptie through the rest of the headset parts to keep them together... drop into a plastic bag.... Remove frame from stand... Put frame over with the old bike... label up both so Saturday shop lad doesn't sell em... Clean up workspace.. put tools away... Find job sheet... complete paperwork... clean hands... head out to shop phone... call customer to tell him his bike and frame are ready...
...customer comes in... bike and frame handed over... work done explained... job sheet signed off... filed away..
5 Minutes! really?
£20? Not a problem.
Some Saturday looking teenager with a headset press made out of threaded bolts and washers offering to do all that to MY bike for £5? Jog on! I'll have a real mechanic thankyou and pay for it properly like I pay to have my car serviced by a real mechanic and not some monkey with a few Hanes manuals offering to 'tune' it for £30