Unhelpful bike shops – is it because I'm a women?
Respray / coat shouldn’t be much more than 150 (I’ve had both SS and FS done for about 80 in total) so yeah, it does seem very steep
Seat post and bars should be about 160 new
Bottom bracket about 25-40 depending where you buy it (LBS prices – not German websites)
Brakes – again, a few hundred maximum – or 300 for hope)
So yeah – mebbe 600 at the very outside but could be done considerably cheaperPosted 5 years agotomdSubscriber
Recently got my frame powdercoated. It was really good professional job. They were charging (for a hard tail frame):
£50 for a normal colour (eg white, red, blue, black etc)
£60 for pearl / metallic colour
£100ish for fancy colour options like 2 tone
There is quite a bit of labour involved in stripping the bike down and building it back up, plus postage if required. £200 isn’t crazy, but maybe ask them to breakdown the costs (coating, labour & postage) and it might make more sense.Posted 5 years ago
I was quoted £290 for the shop to strip down the bike, courier to Argos for a respray and then courier back and rebuild. The respray is £140-£160 on the Argos page so with courier fees thought the prices was reasonable. Then with parts and labour for the other upgrades it will be close to £600.
Saucy maid sitting on a resprayed and upgraded bike will be his heaven!Posted 5 years ago
My husband is currently serving a 6 month detachment in Afghanistan and as a surprise for him I am trying to have his bike resprayed and some elements upgraded. (New bottom bracket, carbon bars and seat post and new brakes).
I emailed 3 bike shops in my area (Cosford/Shrewsbury). None of the shops replied to my email. After a week I phoned each of the shops and they all found the email!
I have received some information back from the shops regarding rough prices for the respray but when I asked for more information on parts and prices, I am still waiting.
I work out that the total cost will be between £600-£800, I thought any bike shop would be interested in the work.
I think if I had been a bloke looking for this work done I would have been taken more seriously.
Any suggestions?Posted 5 years agoeat_more_cheeseMember
Wouldn’t take it personally, I think you’ve just picked a bad time of year. Bike shops will be maxed out with work at the mo as everyone decides to buy and service their bikes in the nice weather, plus you’re asking a lbs for a respray, which will have to be done by a specialist at more logistical cost to your lbs.
Edit: oh, and what scotroutes saidPosted 5 years agoNickSubscriber
I find you need to work at building up a relationship with bike shops, mate of mine gets fantastic deals from Dave Mellor’s, I tend to do better at Stans, there’s a new shop called Trailhead just round the corner from Dave’s (I think he has something to do with it actually), that might be a bit keen seeing as they are new 01743 537124.
I was impressed by http://www.thebicyclehub.co.uk/ when I popped into their original little shop in Iron Bridge, seemed very friendly and passionate, have you tried them?Posted 5 years agohelsMember
I shared a flat with an army couple once. When he came back (slightly early) from 6 weeks in Kenya all he got was an Aussie barman in the cupboard ! True story. Poor guy was stuck in their for hours. I had to leave I couldn’t keep a straight face.
I think that sounds like a very nice present !!
I often found bike shops patronising, somebody needs to tell them that women have their own money now, we can vote too, and drive.Posted 5 years ago
I reckon that I’ve been lucky as my lbs have been fantastic over many years. They supported me when I organised ladies only rides, organised demo bikes, get honest advice and always go the extra mile.
I think that your problem is e-mailing bike shops, you’d be better off visiting in person. However, I would question whether it’s worth spending that sort of money and that would depend on what the bike is, age, age of components etc.Posted 5 years ago
The problem is all the shops are 30 mins – 1 hour away so difficult to visit in person to arrange works. As if I take the bike they might say no and a wasted trip and if they say yes there could still be a waiting list and I need to return at a later stage.
I just thought bike shops would be keen on the work.Posted 5 years agohoraMember
OP if you were localish I’d have helped you out find a decent powerdcoater and even fitted the bits (ordered by you mail order) as I’ve ‘had abit of practice at frameswap/builds and resprays’ 8)
Is there anyone more local to the OP who can assist?
600-800 is too much IMO.
What bike is it? There are a fair few good options out there
If ANY business lists an email it should mean its used/read/replied.
I’ve found alot of companies will reply even when they don’t stock or can’t help. Thats the mark of a good customer service/shop IMO.Posted 5 years agojackthedogMember
I have a cycling friend who does lots of long distance, solo cycle touring around all parts of the world. She is however thoroughly uninterested in bikes and maintenance. She’s into riding, not bikes, so though she knows how to fix/bodge things at the side of the road to keep going, she has no idea what parts are good, what are bad, what standards have changed, what bits fit which other bits etc.
Whenever she has cause to go to a bike shop she first asks me what she needs to be telling them, then asks for a list of patronising crap they’ll likely spout back, and what comebacks might best stub them out. I’m usually quite on the mark.
If I ran an LBS it would be a priority to have women on the team. The boys club feeling you get in many local bike shops is a relic from a darker age.
All that said, to the OP I do feel inclined to point out that if anyone – no matter how much I loved them – so much as adjusted the brake lever reach on my bike while I was away I’d probably have an aneurism. So tread very carefully.Posted 5 years ago
It is a Surly Karate Monkey singlespeed with a Moonlander fork and large marge lit front wheel.
I am looking to add carbon flat bars
Carbon layback seat post 27.2mm
Hope stainless steel bottom bracket
Shimano SLX brakes full fit including discs middle burn cranks and chain ring.Posted 5 years agodorisMember
Does he have a bunch of riding mates? that can help, One of my riding buddies did a tour in afganistan with 2 para a few years ago and we (the riding group) did a similar thing for him. I stripped his old frame down and sent it off to argos for a re spray we got some decals made up (the cove logo on a union jack rather than the maple leaf) new drive train brake service etc etc
Back to the point if he has a group of riding friends can you ask them to help to get the bike sorted and the new parts fitted/ordered etc?Posted 5 years ago
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