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tl;dr? i donno help plz [Feb. 27th, 2008|07:04 pm]
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I have a general question, I recently got a really good deal on a schwinn deluxe 7, that i couldn't really pass up. An old lady on my block had bought it for her grand daughter a couple of years back and apparently the grandkid is a bitch and didn't want it so she's had it ever since  then

the catch however is, it's still in the box, (and not assembled),it also i doesn't have the instructions for it. i went to a couple of bike shops and the average price i'm being charged for it to be assembled is $65 AN HOUR? Am i being ripped off? I feel like I am, and what makes me angry because i'm thinking a BMW dealership charges charges $75-100 an hour for labor depending at what the malfunction of your car is, and the bike shops around here are charging $65 (an hour, that's what 4 shops in my radius told me--seems like they are all on this together) to build a damn bike!

uhhhhh is this about right? I don't know much about bicycles and I was just wondering if this was about the price one pays?!

I feel really angry because I'm pretty sure the price is being jacked up because i'm a girl and I seemed kind of clueless at the first two stores ):<

I'm thinking I could probably assemble it myself, but mounting and seeing if the bolts/ wheels are alright and what not seems like a risk i can't really take right now because i have a lot of school work and getting hurt and bruised is the last thing i want to do. i also would hate to mess up the bike!

i'm rambling already and i'm super impatient and want to ride the bike NOW so i just want someone to tell me, am i being ripped off or not? should i just stfu and pay? ): god dammit this really wasn't so much in my budget and $65 just seems like a stretch

;____;


thank you very much for all of your help!
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[User Picture]From: mongrel
2008-02-28 04:35 am (UTC)
I would recommend going here: http://www.schwinnbike.com/heritage/

Join the forum and post your question in the "Collector's Forum." I'm a member there, and there are a lot of great people who know their shit. They can give you fair answers. :) I'm BikeMore on there. :)
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From: asspunch
2008-02-28 08:50 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! (:
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[User Picture]From: petre
2008-02-28 07:42 pm (UTC)
intense instructions:
http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=132

simpler instructions:
http://www.bonthronebikes.co.uk/help/how-to-build-and-assemble-a-bike

from ehow:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2085771_assemble-bike.html

i know that i am commenting late, hopefully you didn't spend the money to have a mechanic do it, hopefully you were distracted by something else for the past couple days and haven't been too anxious about getting it together.

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From: asspunch
2008-02-28 08:51 pm (UTC)
no no, thanks! a lot, i don't plan on forking over $65 THAT easily
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[User Picture]From: petre
2008-02-28 08:55 pm (UTC)
if you need any step by step help, i've built tons of bicycles from scratch, and i'm on aim.
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From: asspunch
2008-02-29 07:40 am (UTC)
hey i built my bike! i read the manual consulted some of the websites and used a lot of common sense! ahhh im really happy. now i think i just need to take it to a shop to have my brakes adjusted because they seem to be bent or something from the poor box storage! thank you SO much.
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[User Picture]From: petre
2008-02-29 03:39 pm (UTC)
is it a bike like this?

http://www.schwinnbikes.com/products/bikes_detail.php?id=432

because those ones only have a rear brake, and it wouldn't be rubbing on anything
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[User Picture]From: mueble
2008-02-29 10:29 pm (UTC)
yes, im referring to the rear brake, i think i might have messed it up \:

i think i popped the cable, and now it just won't ride O_O
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[User Picture]From: petre
2008-02-29 10:39 pm (UTC)
the cable is for shifting, i've got the same hub in the back
http://www.flickr.com/photos/metalkpirate1day/2250848929/

the manual should show you how to put the cable back into the holder.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/nexus.html
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From: asspunch
2008-02-29 10:52 pm (UTC)
!!!! thank you. um i also have another question, do you know anything about bike racks for convertibles? (more specifically a bmw z4 convertible)

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[User Picture]From: petre
2008-03-01 03:27 pm (UTC)
sorry, i don't have much experience with bike racks.

i think they're kinda basic when looking at the trunk mount types.
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From: asspunch
2008-03-01 04:36 am (UTC)
also sorry if i confused you, i'm 'mueble' as well
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