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  1. Edisonian

    How long do brake pads last & how to help them last longer?

    So last year, I bought a Cervelo P2 2010. It was discounted, since it was last year's model. I probably put 3000 miles on it by the end of the summer. The rear brake started squealing then; they were the ones that came with the bike, FSAs, I think. I changed them out for some Kool Stop...
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    Ultegra 12-27 cassette -- uhhh, where does this part go?

    Yeah, I think that may be the case too. Thanks!
  3. Edisonian

    Does this look ok for a 11-32 cassette on a Shimano GS derailleur?

    So after a bit of a debacle last year getting a LBS to upgrade my cassette to more teeth (which a lot of users here helped me though, thank you) -- I decided to do it myself. I bought a SRAM 9-speed 11-34 to try and replace my current Trek 1200's Ultegra 12-27. I knew I was reaching, but...
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    Ultegra 12-27 cassette -- uhhh, where does this part go?

    So I finally decided to learn how to change my cassette. It wasn't hard after all! I still have a few questions though. (Another one in another post, actually). But for this one, a picture: This is my cassette, taken off my bike and cleaned. I could figure out how to put...
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    Should I feel ripped off by this repair?

    Thanks for the input. A little pricey, I know. The $100 for labor seems about right -- they quoted me $75 for a tune-up, which is the going price around here. I think I'm going to let this issue drop now. I appreciate all the feedback, and it helped me a lot. I knew they were on the pricey...
  6. Edisonian

    Should I feel ripped off by this repair?

    Thanks for the feedback. Graham writes, "confidence is worth a lot at high speeds" -- but I chuckle because I think I'd be more fearful if I did the work myself!
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    Should I feel ripped off by this repair?

    I called the bike shop this morning -- I'm still a bit disappointed, but I think I'll let it go. I think it was due to sloppiness on both sides. Basically, I went in and asked for a tune-up and cassette change to help me deal with hills. The mechanic said he would try. I remember he pointed out...
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    Should I feel ripped off by this repair?

    Thanks very much for your replies. I'll call the LBS later today and ask why they switched in a new cassette with the same gear ratio, when I didn't need it. It sounds like I'm justified in asking for this at least, since they didn't really give me a choice if I wanted the part -- they called...
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    Should I feel ripped off by this repair?

    Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I'm generally ok with everything except for the whole cassette issue, so that's why it's not so clear that I should make an issue of it. I'm not the most experienced cyclist, but I did have some discussion with the mechanic. I told him I wanted a new cassette to...
  10. Edisonian

    Should I feel ripped off by this repair?

    Hey there -- First post to this board. Hope you guys can help with some advice. Two weeks ago, I dropped off my bike at the LBS for a tune-up and a change to a bigger cassette in preparation for a hilly race I've entered in mid-September. I got an estimate of $240, which seemed a little...