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the Cost of Maintenance for Road Bikes

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$ 150
Feb 2008
Tempe, AZ
high-end racing bike
Preseason tune-up and replacement parts  more... close row
$ 26
Dec 2007
Seattle, WA
Novarra '06 flat-bar road bike; 24 speeds, 700mm x 23 slick tires
Installing new fenders at the local shop  more... close row

Description of service

We went to the local bike shop to buy new fenders and have them installed. The cost for the installation was $26 because the bike had holes in all the right places, so no custom work was necessary.

Review of Service

Though the mechanic we talked to was a bit gruff, she definitely knew what she was doing. She looked at the bike and gave us an estimate for how long it would take to install the fenders, given the bike.

It took about 3 hours, but I don't think they were working on the bike the whole time.


We already knew what kind of fenders we wanted, since we had been through a few different ineffective versions. Trust me: you should take the bike shop's advice on what kind of fenders to buy, no matter the price. Bad fenders cost some money and kind of do the job, but in the end, if your back has a stripe of mud running down it, then whatever small amount you spent was wasted.

Getting them installed is a good option, too, since in most cases it requires you to remove the front brakes which can be kind of a hassle. It's possible for someone who knows their way around a bike to do it themselves, but there's always the time spent learning and fixing mistakes that I'd rather spend in a coffee shop while someone else does it right the first time.

$ 72
Apr 2008
Burlington, MA
24 speed Road Bike
Annual spring tune up  more... close row
$ 12
Aug 2007
Flagstaff, AZ
Cannondale R2000, two and a half years old
Wheel truing on road bike went well  more... close row
$ 67
Oct 2007
Seattle, WA
Novarra '06 flat-bar road bike; 24 speeds, 700mm x 23 slick tires
90 minute bike fitting  more... close row
$ 75
Oct 2007
Phoenix, Az
Selvino 990
Yearly bike tuneup preventative maintenance  more... close row
$ 40
Oct 2007
Marietta, Ohio
Bridgestone 100th Anniversary Road Bike
25 point inspection for road bike  more... close row
$ 40
Oct 2007
Minneapolis, MN
pugeot 21 speed
Replaced chain on bike  more... close row
$ 32
Mar 2008
Fuji Supreme, 1974
New rear wheel installed  more... close row