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Old 08-12-19, 08:38 AM
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LBS Cost to glue tubulars?

I haven't done this in a few years, but was a little surprised that my LBS is charging $60/wheel to glue up new tubulars.

Two new Donnelly PDX tires @ $129.99/ea + $120 for glue job = $380.
Throw on a new cassette and tax and I'm looking at $525 to get a 5 year old alloy tubular wheelset ready for race day.

I'm not complaining, it seems like a nasty job and not something I really trust myself to do correctly, but I am curious about how much others are paying?
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Old 08-13-19, 02:37 PM
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FWIW the minimum cost to do a set of wheels just in terms of materials for a DIYer is ~$50. This will be enough to glue 5 sets or so or 1 set for the season, so the cost isn't that outrageous.
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Old 08-14-19, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
I haven't done this in a few years, but was a little surprised that my LBS is charging $60/wheel to glue up new tubulars.

Two new Donnelly PDX tires @ $129.99/ea + $120 for glue job = $380.
Throw on a new cassette and tax and I'm looking at $525 to get a 5 year old alloy tubular wheelset ready for race day.

I'm not complaining, it seems like a nasty job and not something I really trust myself to do correctly, but I am curious about how much others are paying?
It is a fairly labor intensive process, I'm not surprised with that cost. If you strip the old tub, and remove all the glue so that all they have to do is glue the new tire. . . maybe they would do it for far less?
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