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post #1 of 7 Old Oct 30th, 2015, 10:52 pm Thread Starter
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Shame on Cycle Gear: A few months ago they were charging $30 to mount and balance a motorcycle tire. Back in August they were charging $40. I went today and now I feel raped having to pay $50 for the same service!
That is the last time I set foot at a Cycle Gear... Any Cycle Gear
As a reference: I buy my car tires from Tire Rack, have them shipped to a local installer, and pay $20 for mounting/balancing.

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post #2 of 7 Old Oct 31st, 2015, 7:46 am
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Re: Shame on Cycle Gear

Time to get you a tire machine & do them your self. I charge a small fee to friends & club members to help off set the cost till I get most of the price of the machine covered. It usually take 2 to 3 years to cover the cost depending on the type of tire changer you get. I started with a No Mar for about 5 years then sold it & bought a Darek Weaver


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I've stopped going to bike shops for tires for that reason.

I order them online, then I bring both wheels to my corner garage who dismounts & mounts both tires and balances the rear (fits on a car machine) for $20

I use a manual wheel balancer to balance the front wheel myself when I get home.

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I'm in the same garage. I have always changed my own tires since a bad experience with a Harley tech who moved to a BMW shop. I did them by hand for years until one afternoon and a particularly bad fight. Went to the NAPA store and ordered a coats 220 manual machine mid tire change in a spit of frustration. It worked well for my friends and me. Then tires started getting really tough and I'm older. New GS tires are pretty amazing things along with some of the cruiser tires. Now I have a Coats power tire changer and still do all my associates and others tires. I charge $10 if they bring in a wheel and tire, and, charge $40 for both tires if they ride in on the bike and I do the work. It is always easy to spot the trouble bikes and I end up spending extra time dealing with problems. Generally older or obvious lack of maintenance. But one thing I always do is insist on new valve stems if the owner can't remember last change or over four years old. I use German one also.
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Time to get you a tire machine & do them your self. I charge a small fee to friends & club members to help off set the cost till I get most of the price of the machine covered. It usually take 2 to 3 years to cover the cost depending on the type of tire changer you get. I started with a No Mar for about 5 years then sold it & bought a Darek Weaver


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Alas I do not have much space in the garage for such a big machine; also my tire changing in was more amateurish than yours!
I may go through 3 tires/year, and by Cycle Gear that would mean $150.
I am sure I will discover new "friends" the very moment I get a tire changer, and beer will become much cheaper for me!
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I'm in the same garage. I have always changed my own tires since a bad experience with a Harley tech who moved to a BMW shop. I did them by hand for years until one afternoon and a particularly bad fight. Went to the NAPA store and ordered a coats 220 manual machine mid tire change in a spit of frustration. It worked well for my friends and me. Then tires started getting really tough and I'm older. New GS tires are pretty amazing things along with some of the cruiser tires. Now I have a Coats power tire changer and still do all my associates and others tires. I charge $10 if they bring in a wheel and tire, and, charge $40 for both tires if they ride in on the bike and I do the work. It is always easy to spot the trouble bikes and I end up spending extra time dealing with problems. Generally older or obvious lack of maintenance. But one thing I always do is insist on new valve stems if the owner can't remember last change or over four years old. I use German one also.
I think with my budget I am looking at this model...
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Re: Shame on Cycle Gear

That works (or should have long ago...).

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