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is $30 a bit high to bleed a brake?

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  1. kickstand

    kickstand Turbo Monkey

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    I decided yesterday that I didn't particularly like the feel of my back brake compared to my front, so I rode the bike up to the local bike shop and asked how much to bleed my back brake, they said $30, that seemed a bit high to me considering i could just order a bleed kit for $25 or so off ebay....

    Is that standard pricing?
     

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  2. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    That's not too far out of line, no. Depends a bit on what brake it is, some are easier than others.
     
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    It's cheap if they do it right.
     
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    I'm sure there's a minimum labour charge...like a half hour or something.
     
  5. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Maybe it's me, but I can't see charging under $30 for anything. Once you've taken the previous bike off the stand, dragged yours out of the rack, put it on the stand, gotten the tools out and started the process... Even if the actual bleed takes <10 minutes, you've at least equaled that time in setup/cleanup.
     
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    Yup. Pretty much what I meant.
     
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    In Soviet Russia, brakes bleed you!
     
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    fair enough, I just thought it seemed a bit steep. I'd rather just do it myself, so I ordered the bleed kit instead, I guess time and convenience cost something....
     
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    My LBS charges $35
     
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    We charge less than $30 for stuff all the time...
     
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    Whether or not $30 is worth it depends on how good you are with brakes. If your pretty handy and the brake is easy, not worth it. If your all thumbs and working with a tough brake, it will be hellish and you'll probably end up taking it to the shop anyway.
     
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    The thing with brakes is they're either hit or miss when bleeding......sometimes you bleed it in 30 seconds and it comes out mint the first shot....other times you find yourself 3 hours into it, covered in brake fluid sitting on the ground crying.

    What brake(s) is it?
     
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    :rofl:

    Choice 2 seems most obvious.

    Avid Juicy 3.

    I'm perfectly handy and 100% confident with cars, i've bleed MANY brakes on cars, as well as hydraulic clutches, etc. and had no problems, but it does honestly seem a bit more confusing/complicated with the bike brakes, but for $30 I guess I can "f" with it for a bit and if all else fails take it in to the shop.
     
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    Spend $35 and get an Avid bleed kit. Juicy's are seriously some of the easiest brakes to bleed.
     
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    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I don't know about the Avids but the most fiddly/difficult part of bleeding my Hayes is forcing the brake fluid tube onto the bleeder. Otherwise, if you can squeeze a bottle, you can bleed the brakes.
     
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    That's what makes Avids so easy. There is a fitting at the end of the syringe that threads right into the lever assembly. Put some fluid in the syringe, thread it in, push some fluid in, suck air out, repeat, done.
     
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    Brake bleeds fall under the "Could be 5 minutes, could be 50 minutes" types of jobs.

    Drag out a XTR, I would be done in 10 minutes. Show up with a HFX-9, it might be a while.
     
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    Refer to post #13:
     
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    I'm glad you said that... 'cause I eventually gave up on my wife's HFX-9s. :rant:
     
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    If you are capable of doing it yourself I don't know why you would ever have a shop bleed your brakes. Once you have the kit you can always use it. Being self-sufficient has many rewards and you'll save a bunch of cash in the long run.
     
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    My complaint with the old Hayes 9s and Mags was the bleed kit. The Strokers use 1/2 the Avid kit now, the syringe threads into the master cylinder.

    I found that even though Avids were easier to set up, they were harder to get right. There always seems to be some nook or crany with air in the caliper or master cylinder somewhere.

    Either way, I always do my own. Its it $30 per brake? Or $30 for the set?