Monday, June 29, 2009


We spent the last few days at the family cabin. A good time was had. A quick question...What is a fair price for changing derailleur cables on a hybrid? This is a job that I...with my limited mechanical ability...could handle myself, but with circumstances and wanting to give this shop some business, I had them do it. So, on the hybrid, the front and back derailleur cables amounted to 5 feet of housing, fittings and 2 cables...damage---$47.48. What to you think of that price?


  1. Sounds fair. But then, I'm used to charging over $100.00 per hour for auto repairs. I know, apples to oranges, but the shop has to keep the lights on. I've always thought bike shops worked pretty cheap in comparison to other trades.

  2. Seems high. I would think a cable change should be around $10 (I've no idea what it actually is, just guessing from experience) -- it's one of the quickest fixes on a bicycle. Did they need to change the housing as well? If so, then more.

  3. Sounds fair to partly highish, though not in the realm of outrage.

  4. Derailleur cable housing costs $2.50 to $3.00 per foot. Two cables, about $5.00 to $7.00. Figure five feet of housing (minimum)to do both cables. Parts cost: arounf $20.00 to $30.00.

    Mechanics don't work for free, and shop buildings, electricity, etc are pretty pricy.

    In short, the charge sounds about right to me.

    I once told a customer who was asking for a discount on a (already discounted) bike, "Sure, I'll knock 20% off...if you pay our electricity bill, this month."

  5. I'd say it was a fair, or on the slightly high end of fair. Nothing to get your undies in a bundle about.

  6. bother yam and Doug were right on with my feelings about the price.

    I did check pricing before I took the unit in there. They had given me a guesstimate of $30 to $35. There was another shop I checked prior to taking the bike in, and they had a $20 to $30 guesstimate. I would have did the deed myself, if not for wanting to give the higher priced shop some business.

    I did not...or would not...raise hell about the price, as it was not that far out of line. I just wanted to know if others thought it was on the high side.