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What is your local shop charging to mount and balance a set of tire? Bringing the wheels in off the bike....??

Local shop (not a dealer) wants $25 per wheel...

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I've done it enough times in the past to gladly pay $25 per wheel.
Some jobs are just not worth doing anymore
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Tubeless tires are so easy it's hardly worth mentioning. The hardest part is breaking the bead, and that can be done with a stick of wood cut as a wedge on one end, a breaker tool and hammer, or a kickstand of another bike.

Windex for lube, they pop right on and off, front or back, with a couple of tire irons. If the tire size is matched to the wheel the bead is also cake to seat.

I use a couple of crates for a static balancer which keeps me smooth to over 100mph.

If you've never changed motorcycle tires before and don't want to mess with it, $25 is a fair price.

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I think Cyclegear here in San Antonio charged me about $20 per wheel. Well worth it to me.



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I got my tires off, and one bead on but could not for the life of me fully mount the tires with spoons. Local shop charged me $20 to finish mounting and balance, said he usually does $20 per wheel..
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Ok so its not outrageous....probably just have them do it to avoid the aggravation factor and the on set of turrets syndrome.

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It is a fair price if it's done carefully and properly.

I do it all myself too and balance it by hand, but it's not a job for your average Joe.
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What is your local shop charging to mount and balance a set of tire? Bringing the wheels in off the bike....??

Local shop (not a dealer) wants $25 per wheel...
I think my local cycle gear has the best deal. If you buy them there they will mount and balance for free. Just have to pick them up later. I don't think they do same day.

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It is a fair price if it's done carefully and properly.

I do it all myself too and balance it by hand, but it's not a job for your average Joe.
I don't think I could handle mounting a tire all by myself. Maybe I could get my friend chad emmerson and eric berry to help me out.

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with me it's not a question of if I can....I would just spend my time with my kids, wife, dog or riding. been there, done that, now leave it for the kids to do or bug me about advice.
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I don't think I could handle mounting a tire all by myself. Maybe I could get my friend chad emmerson and eric berry to help me out.
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I went to a local shop(not dealer) looking for some new boots. He didnt have what I wanted, but just for fun I asked what he would charge to mount a tire. He told me $30 a tire if I bought from him as well. So I ordered a new michelin, and took the rear rim into see him a few days later. I figured that he jacks up the price, but when I searched online he was within $5 of the cheapest source I could find. When I showed up he told me $30 was for him to take it off the bike as well, so I only had to pay $20.

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$85 for one wheel, yes i was pissed, no i won't be going back... $25 is very reasonable

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I did mine as a package when I ordered from the shop. I wouldn't dare attempt to do it on my own unless there is absolutely no choice.

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I saw that but most of the places want about $60 per tire!!

I'm sure that includes pulling the wheel off the bike but still and extra $120 I might as well have just bought it locally....which I like to do but its still cheaper paying for the install.

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If you buy tires from them my local shop (well 25 miles from me local) charges about 32.50 a tire.

Yes I spend a bit more but they can do it faster than I could in my driveway and not having to plan for rain/heat/cold.

If I had a garage/workshop I would so attempt it myself. I'm slowly trying to get back to were I can fricking move without pain so I can start refurbishing my shed to be an outside office/workshop. Somehow in January I managed to jack my lower back so bad that it has been in a constant state of pain until just recently. Now I'm dealing with the weakened muscles and stiffness.

If I can get through the next two days without pain I'm clearing myself for going back to the gym for light conditioning workouts.

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Tubeless tires are easy. If you are spending more than an hour doing the whole thing something is very wrong. I guess my time is cheap but if I can save $50 and do it in my garage I'm all over it.
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I also change mine myself .I have the old harbor-freight tire changer and a nomar bar . It really is not that bad of a job . Between the couple of bikes I have the money saved adds up .
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