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Hi! Could anyone help please? What's the typical cost of labor in workshops to build a bike from components? If I bought a frame and all the necessary components separately, how much would it cost to install crankset, brakes, derailleurs, shifters, all cables, cut a fork post, press headset cups etc? And can you recommend inexpensive, but still good bike workshop in north-west suburbs, that works on Saturdays or Sundays? 

Thanx

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Village Cycle Sport (not affiliated with Village on Wells) is one of the better ones out your way.

http://villagecyclesport.com/

More North than West, but RRB Cycles at 562 Green Bay Road in Kenilworth (847) 251-7878 would be my nomination for building up a bicycle.  If you're lucky, owner Ron Boi will be there, and a better consultant on bike building you won't find in the midwest.  Thirty years ago Ron's brother Walter built me a steel custom frame which I've raced, and ridden all over the US.  My RRB bike is my most valued possession.

Expect to pay around 200 for a complete bike build.  Also expect there to be incidentals and wrong parts; I have built precious few bikes where the customer remembered all he parts and got them all right.

It is also probably not going to be a super short turn around and expect to have some fit time on it so they know where to cut your fork.

Try Bike Connection, too

http://www.bikeconnection.com/

Thanx. I've just returned from Village Cycles, they roughly estimated their work at about $40, not expensive at all. Haven't tried others yet.

notoriousDUG,

$200 sounds sad, if this is really common price, it will be cheaper to buy (or borrow) all the necessary toolsets and build it myself. I know how to fit and where to cut - I'm going to buy almost the same frame I already used before.

Careful there Nikolay-- you went to "Village Cycle Sport."

There is a shop called Village Cycles in Chicago ("Old Town" neghborhood) that is not well liked.

Ok, thanx. The store I was today is in Arlington Hights, on Rand Road (link that you gave me).

I don't get up that way much these days but I've been in that shop and found them very nice.  They're well-reputed and they support a lot of the organized road rides  that go on up your way with mechanics and S.A.G. vehicles.

clp's rec for RRB is a good one too.


Nikolay Kolotey said:

Ok, thanx. The store I was today is in Arlington Hights, on Rand Road (link that you gave me).

Village Cycle Sport also has some of the best end-of-season/tent/moving sale pricing I've seen. The shop on Rand is bigger than the previous one across the street. They've always been friendly when I've visited.

Good luck with that; most shops charge that, or close to it, just to press in a headset.

Considering a headset press is almost $140 you are probably not going to be better off buying all the tools you need to properly assemble a bike.

Nikolay Kolotey said:

Thanx. I've just returned from Village Cycles, they roughly estimated their work at about $40, not expensive at all. Haven't tried others yet.

notoriousDUG,

$200 sounds sad, if this is really common price, it will be cheaper to buy (or borrow) all the necessary toolsets and build it myself. I know how to fit and where to cut - I'm going to buy almost the same frame I already used before.

Uh...maybe I haven't technically been in there then...

OLB 0.1 said:

The shop on Rand is bigger than the previous one across the street. 

Village Cycle Sport is decent... I frequent the Elk Grove store. $40 doesn't sound right to me so be sure to get it in writing. I would have guessed $100, at least. Most shops offer a full rebuild in the winter months in the $160-200 area. A full build would likely cost at least half of that ($80-100). The winter build fee is likely your best price.

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