we try to keep our pricing fair for both you and ourselves. simply put, our prices are based on the amount of time it takes to perform whatever task you request at a rate that will allow us to continue to do the work we love.
for example, if our experience tells us a specific repair usually takes 10 mins to perform on a bike like yours, we'll offer to do the work for a price based on 10 mins of our time at our normal shop rate. our current hourly rate is $100 - an amount which allows us to offer a no-pressure, no-attitude and no-upselling experience while working on your bike in front of you to a standard that we can take pride in. so in this example, we'll advise you in advance that a 10 min repair will cost about $16 with some numbers after the decimal point and since life is complicated enough, we often round the dollars column down to the nearest Abraham Lincoln or Alexander Hamilton whichever is closest. in practice, you can probably expect us to quote you $15 for a 10 minute job. if it takes us longer to do the work then we initially estimated, then that's our goof and you don't pay any extra. does that seem like a fair way to charge? we think so and hope you do too.
top tip: while we'd love to be the only place you ever bring your bike to for all your bikey needs, we know that some of the more traditional higher-volume shops in our area strategically charge substantially less for some very specialized services than our lower-volume, highly-personalized way of doing things allows, so please feel free to dip in and out of what we offer as your needs (and budget) sees fit. if you dig the way we work and what we bring to the table compared to the bigger regional shops, we'd love to help you out. we promise we won't ever hold it against if you decide to have your hydraulic brakes bled and tubeless tires swapped over elsewhere. for specifics, see the section below titled "we're in this for the long haul".
in the next section, we've listed the prices for our most commonly requested services and if you don't see what you're looking for, drop us an email and we'll let you know how much you should be setting aside to solve your issue.
give us a shot. we promise we'll do our best to keep you from sinking money into a bike that isn't worth bringing back to life. we take real pride in the fact that our customers trust us to make sure they don't do anything silly with their money.
MBW Review - a collaborative evaluation of your bike done in front of you to figure out what if anything it needs to be considered safe, functional and fun: 15 mins / $25
investigate flat and install tube: 10 mins / $15
tubed tire swap or install - wheel on bike: 10 mins / $15
tubed tire swap or install - wheel not on bike: 5 mins / $10
install pedals: 5 mins / $10
adjust front shifting: 10 mins / $15
adjust rear shifting: 10 mins / $15
adjust front braking: 10 mins / $15
adjust rear braking: 10 mins / $15
replace / install shifter cable (external): 20 mins / $30
replace / install brake cable (external): 20 mins / $30
minmize wobble in wheel: 15 mins / $25
adjust loose headset: 10 mins / $15
align derailleur hanger: 15 mins / $25
install chain: 10 mins / $15
replace brake pads: 10 mins / $15
install fork: 45 mins / $75
install fenders to Jason's standards: 30 mins / $50
install fenders to Mikes's standards: 90 mins / $150
install fenders to French Fender Day standards: 500 mins / $500
install rack - straighforward: 20 mins / $30
install rack - custom mounting: 45 mins / $75
replace broken spoke + truing: 30 mins / $50
build bike from box (non-tri or aero): 75 mins / $125
build bike from box (tri or aero): 120 mins / $200
box-up adult bike (non-tri or aero): 60 mins / $100
box-up adult bike (tri or aero): 90 mins / $150
frame-up build (flatbar, non-hydro): 400 mins / $400
frame-up build (flatbar, hydro): 500 mins / $500
frame-up build (drop bar, non-hydro:) 500 mins / $500
frame-up build (drop bar, hydro:) 600 mins / $600
soldering services: $100 per hour
everything else under the sun: $100 per hour
the abbreviated list above should give you an idea of how we work as a shop. for more specific pricing for your ailing bike or for a full quote for your more complicated project, get in touch.
did you notice we didn't list tune-ups? well that's intentional. one-size-fits-all tune up tiers are the profit generating staples of the bike biz and as such aren't a very good deal for most people. while we perform all the same work included in a traditional tune-up via our individual a la carte service menu, we may be the only shop on the planet that doesn't offer any form of a 'tune-up' package itself.
likewise, instead of "giving a free estimate" like most shops do and then actively trying to up-sell you to the highest tier of tune-up you can afford (currently averaging $75, $100, $130, $300 in our area), we think it's fairer if you simply pay us for our time and experience to review your bike with our professional eyes to figure out what (if anything) needs to be done to the bike to make it safe, functional and fun to ride. we do this on the spot and in front of you so that we can ask you questions about where you ride, what you use the bike for, the length of your rides, if you have any complaints, if the bike is comfortable and so on. doing the review collaboratively also means you can ask us any follow-up questions that come to mind.
we call this process a MBW Review and we currently charge $25 as it will take around 15 min to complete. people usual get a heck of a lot of knowledge out of the short time they spend with us going over their bike in the stand as well as the visual assurance that we are addressing the issues they have concerns about. once the MBW review is complete, we'll discuss any issues or concerns as we find them - and get this, we'll actually explain all of our bike-geek-speak in plain English while showing and explaining how your individual bike should and could function. we'll split our recommendations into three categories: essential safety stuff, basic functional stuff and stuff you might consider to make your ride more fun.
we'll also help you decide if the work should be done now or if it can be put off until a later date and as long as we have the parts in stock, we aim to do any repairs you decide to have us do on the spot and in front of you using pricing from our a la carte service menu.
to sum up: if you ask us to spend time reviewing or working on your bike we'll charge you for our efforts, but we won't charge you for services you don't need and you won't end up paying us for any one-size-fits all tune-up package.
to sleep better at night, we like to point out to folks that many of the other 18 (yup, there's actually 18 - we counted) traditional bike shops in Southern Maine choose to offer certain services substantially less than we do and often at less than their cost to provide those services. we're bike mechanics who've never taken a business or marketing class (we'll at least I [Jason] haven't and I'm the one who sets the prices), so perhaps we're crazy for not wanting to offer to do something for less than it costs us to do it. yet that's exactly what happens in the shops that decided to charge the prices listed below. fortunately, in 'Merica all crazy business practices are still welcomed equally, so more power to them.
their pricing on these services may make it look like we've intentionally set out fleece people, but in our defence, we simply need to be able to charge for the actual time it takes to do a job right at a rate which allows us to take pride in our work. so shop around and get these services done from places that do things differently than we do with our blessing. we promise not to hold it against you - honest.
repair services you can get done substantially cheaper elsewhere:
hydro brake bleeding: MBW spends 45 mins avg cumulative time including prep, cleanup of surfaces and test rides / MBW price $75 / other shops $50, $35, $25, $20
wheel build: MBW spends 60 mins avg cumulative time including: spoke size calculation, part ordering, tire mounting, cassette install, rotor install, brake adjustment, test rides and re-tensioning / MBW price $100 (tubeless set up extra) / some other shops $50
tubeless fat bike wheel tubeless tape install and tire mount: MBW spends 45 mins cumulative on avg for full process which includes install, multiple test rides and re-inflations per attempt and that's if everything goes perfectly - it often doesn't / MBW price $75 / some other shops $25
tubeless fat bike wheel studded to non-studded tire swap: MBW spends 30 mins cumulative on avg for full process which includes install, multiple test rides and re-inflations per attempt and that's if everything goes perfectly - it often doesn't / MBW price $50 / other shops $20, $15, $8, $8
[other shop prices last updated May 2019]
when you work on your own bike in our shop you'll enjoy having the right tools, equipment, and replacement parts on hand as well as knowing that someone is nearby in case you get in over your head. sure sounds better than working on your bike on your kitchen floor again doesn't it? while we charge for this service, we think you'll agree that when you love working on your bike, having this opportunity is priceless.
one of the main reasons we started this business was because we personally wanted a well-stocked, professionally-equipped place to work on our own bikes and after years of wrenching in shops that had "no-customers-in-the-workshop" policies, we decided it was time someone gave our fellow riders a break and let them in on the fun. offering this type of access is expensive for us, so we charge those who wish to take us up on our offer.
if you haven't worked on your own bike in our shop before, the first time you come in we'll ask you to pay us for a co-operative lesson on whatever project you want to do so that we can make sure that you don't do anything that would make your bike unsafe. this initial lesson will be priced at 2x's the rate if you simply paid us to fix it for you. assuming that our initial co-operative project goes well and we're comfortable that you'll stop to ask us if you have any questions before you tackle something you aren't 100% certain how to fix safely, then you'll be able to work solo on future projects for about 1/2 the normal rate we'd charge to fix it for you. so find a small project you'd like to work with us on and get in touch to schedule the initial co-operative lesson. summertime and most saturdays are quite busy in the shop so we ask that you get in touch to schedule your project to ensure we have a free workstand for you when you come in.
lastly, we understand there's lots of folks (young and old) who can't afford the prices we need to charge to be able to let folks work on their own bikes here at MBW which is why we wholeheartedly endorse the following awesome local bike centric non-profits who can provide similar experiences for free or at very little cost. check out: The Portland Gear Hub in Portland, The Community Bicycle Center (kids only) in Biddeford and Nasson Community Bike Center in Sanford. all good folks.
of course, in those instances where you lack the time or inclination to work on your own bike, we'll happily do it for you, but you probably already knew that.