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150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

Good morning,

We went to M-park in Carouge this morning to have a regular bicycle serviced, since we saw someone recommending them on EF.

The problem was a flat tire - so we figured, how much this can be - 50 CHF at most.

The lady at the counter first said she didn't know how much it would be, then after checking something in the computer - she said 150 CHF, we asked her to repeat a few times - I was really shocked. I felt like and . I said "sorry, let me take the bike back - the bike isn't worth 150". She looked really surprised and upset.

My wife said - "screw it - let's just buy tire and tools and do it ourselves". Or buy a new bike for 200CHF in Big Jumbo or whatever it's called.

I guess this is why nothing is open on Sundays, so that people who catch up on their DIYs
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:11
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

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Good morning,

We went to M-park in Carouge this morning to have a regular bicycle serviced, since we saw someone recommending them on EF.

The problem was a flat tire - so we figured, how much this can be - 50 CHF at most.

The lady at the counter first said she didn't know how much it would be, then after checking something in the computer - she said 150 CHF, we asked her to repeat a few times - I was really shocked. I felt like and . I said "sorry, let me take the bike back - the bike isn't worth 150". She looked really surprised and upset.

My wife said - "screw it - let's just buy tire and tools and do it ourselves". Or buy a new bike for 200CHF in Big Jumbo or whatever it's called.

I guess this is why nothing is open on Sundays, so that people who catch up on their DIYs
Are you sure that Migros offered to repair bicycles ? service them ? change tires of bicycles ? I would never have jumped to such an idea .

I suppose they hand such bicycles out to a bike-repair-shop for a total comprehensive overall-check and repair. They presumably pay CHF 120.-- and a bit of profit.
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

No, they are actually doing it on site. They also do things like ski conditioning and tennis racket re-stringing (50-60 CHF).
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:24
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

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No, they are actually doing it on site. They also do things like ski conditioning and tennis racket re-stringing (50-60 CHF).
I'd venture the guess that most Swiss and residents do this by themselves, since it is a 5-10 minute job... Probably not enough demand to keep this service available at good rates.. Plus, there's always one or two that will fall for it..
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:31
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My wife said - "screw it - let's just buy tire and tools and do it ourselves".

You never did it yourself ?
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:48
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

Next time you should look out for Michael Palin - he'll do it for nothing.

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Old 20.04.2011, 13:49
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

We saw an innertube vending machine outside a bike shop in Basel - thought it was great that you could get a spare 24/7 in case of emergencies but thought they would be seriously overpriced - but only 10CHF per innertube - and tied up next to the vending machine was a free bike pump!!!! Now that's service.
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Old 20.04.2011, 14:00
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

It's not hard to do this yourself. Inner tubes are cheap (well, they are in Germany and the UK - I don't know about here) and a set of plastic tyre levers is also cheap (or you can use teaspoons!).

I got a puncture a year or so ago in central Paris, with no tools or spare kit. Pushed the bike to a Decathlon and they replaced the inner tube for 8€, which included around 3€ for the inner tube.
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Old 20.04.2011, 14:18
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

They are having a laugh. I just had two adult bikes checked over - included new brake pads, tension in the gears adjusted, rear wheel replaced on one bike which was slightly bent after an accident, new rear brake cable on another - less than CHF 50 per bike which was probably a minimum charge.
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Old 20.04.2011, 14:38
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

I'm sure that there was some misunderstanding. Here are Migros SportXX bike service costs:

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Sicherheitskontrolle (Jahreskontrolle) Fr. 30.–
Licht, Reflektoren, Glocke, Bremsen, Räder, Gangschaltung

Grosser Service Fr. 96.–
Schaltung, Bremsen und Licht einstellen und reparieren, Räder zentrieren, Lagerspiel einstellen,
alle Schrauben nachziehen und Ausgangskontrolle durchführen

Stundenansatz Fr. 75.–
Für Reparaturen, pro Stunde

Die Preise sind exklusive Materialkosten.
Vielseitiges Ersatzteil- / Reparaturangebot für Velos. (Details auf Anfrage oder in der Filiale)
Changing a tube/tyre is 15 minute work. A new tube retails for <10CHF and a tyre for a city bike will be <30CHF. Total price approx 60CHF
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Old 20.04.2011, 14:48
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

A guy I work with is into fixing bicycles in his spare time, and he charges me CHF 10 including the tube!

At that price, I never do them myself anymore.

Convenient too, as he has a garage two doors down from mine.

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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

Jekyl,

I hope so, this is why we re-asked several time , and it was "cent cinquante"
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Old 20.04.2011, 15:58
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

Having a flat tyyre usually means the inner tube is replaced.

Did they want to replace the tyre too? Was it damaged/worn?
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Old 20.04.2011, 16:28
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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

Oops, I guess they must have misunderstood your request... Got me new tyres for CHF26 each (CHF52 in total). Bike repair kit from Lidl (less than CHF15) which included the glue, patches, plastic tyre's removal tool (4xlevers)and set of hex Allen keys. The best option is to DIY. Finished and clear.
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Oops, I guess they must have misunderstood your request...
Perhaps they thought you wanted a new wheel?

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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

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then after checking something in the computer - she said 150 CHF
Sounds to me like she looked up the wrong thing, you should have asked to speak to someone else. I had a similar WTF moment at a travel agent when I was quoted €3,600 for an economy rtn to Cairo. These were the days before online travel, so I had schlepp to another agent for a better deal, and I found it. Same flight, dates etc.. for €300. Sometimes silly people and computers just don't mix.

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Re: 150 CHF to change a bicycle tire? Mpark

My previous car only had one set of wheels/rims for both winter and summer tyres, so twice a year I had to have the tyres changed at the garage.

Even for 4x car tyres to be changed/fitted, I only paid 100chufs.

Defiantly some comprehension problem, somewhere.
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Perhaps they thought you wanted a new wheel?

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My previous car only had one set of wheels/rims for both winter and summer tyres, so twice a year I had to have the tyres changed at the garage.

Even for 4x car tyres to be changed/fitted, I only paid 100chufs.

Defiantly some comprehension problem, somewhere.
That explains everything. Did they try to fit BWM complete wheels on your bike???
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No, they are actually doing it on site. They also do things like ski conditioning and tennis racket re-stringing (50-60 CHF).
I see. So, in that case, we have to assume that the lady on her computer made a mistake, or based her calculation on the idea that the bike needed a total renovation. In short, she was wrong.
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Old 20.04.2011, 20:56
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That explains everything. Did they try to fit BWM complete wheels on your bike???
Well, did you say "J'ai un pneu creve", or did you say "J'ai besoin d'une nouvelle roue"?

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