QUESTION: What’s an average bike tune up cost? I took mine into my local shop and I was shocked by how much they wanted just for the most basic tuneup. But it was printed right on the wall so that was their real price! Is it really more than $100 to get a bike tune up? – Eric B
ANSWER: Believe it or not, your quoted tune up cost was probably in line with the average, at least in any major city. I checked six different local repair options in Dallas, Texas, and here are the prices I saw in mid 2022.
REI: Basic bicycle tune up $90 Complete safety inspection, frame and wheel cleaning, and adjustments to brakes, drivetrain, bearings and wheel true to keep everything working smoothly.
Bike Mart: Basic Tune Up, $90 Lube Necessary Moving Parts, Adjust Brakes & Shifters, True Wheels Wipe Down, Bike Adjustments Tested, Labor For Tire & Tube Replacement
Preston Hollow Bikes: The Plus tune up, $89. (The lowest level didn’t adjust brakes and gears.) Wash, Lube all parts, Tires aired to proper PSI, Inspect and adjust all parts, Adjust brakes and gears, True wheels
Dallas Bike Works: Silver Tune Up, $145. (It was the only tune up quoted on their site.) Safety Inspection, Nuts and Bolts Tightened, Precision Wheel True, Brake Adjustment, Derailleur Adjustment, Drive Train Lubricated, Frame and Drivetrain Wash, Cable and Housing Installation, Minor Component Installation (i.e. stem, seat post, chain)
Cadence Cyclery: Performance Package, $120. Inspect all aspects of the bike, Torque all bolts to spec, Check & lube gears, Check & adjust brakes, Wipe down & inspect frame, Perform test ride, Check tire pressure, Install of parts & components NOT included
VeloFix: Basic Tune, $109. Full bike safety inspection (frame, fork, components, and torque settings) Frame and component wipe down, Lube chain, Shifter and derailleur adjustments, Brake lever and caliper adjustments, Minor wheel adjustments, Headset and bottom bracket adjustments, Post-service test ride, Parts, accessories, and installation fees not included
Readers, what do you say? How much are you paying for a tune up that includes brakes and derailleur adjustments in your city?