N*gga stole my bike!
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Recommended Tire Installers
In MD. After being raped by my local shop for a simple mount and balance, I figure it would be nice to hear where other folks are getting their tires mounted and balanced.
This can actually become a "Northeast" recommended tire installer thread if you guys want. A single location for this information could come in handy to others in the region.
Just to give you an idea of what I mean by "raped", I went to Battley Cycles in Gaithersburg, MD. I have read several posts on these forums of how it is much cheaper to remove the wheels from your bike and bring the wheels + tires to the shop on your own. I called up this particular shop asking about the price for that scenario and was told it would be $47. I was happy with that price seeing how I spent $120 when I rode my bike there to have the tires mounted. Going through the labor of removing my own wheels brought that $120 down to a mere $47. And other members on this board have stated similar prices, usually around $40 from what I've seen.
Anyways, I get there with the wheels in my trunk and tires in the passenger seat. The guy at the service counter tells me it'll run me $47... PER WHEEL!!! Pretty much coming out to a little over $100. I'm thinking to myself, this can't be right. The trouble of removing my own wheels and all only to save myself $20? But sure enough, that was their price.
I later on found out that CAD Cycles in Gaithersburg, MD only charges $25 per wheel. Pretty much half the price of Battley, so that is where I will go in the future. I would like to hear of any better deals in the area though.
Post up where you get your tires mounted, the price, and the method (wheels on/off the bike).