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post #1 of 29 Old 05-18-2019, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Balance your tires?

So just had the shop replace my front tire and the bike was in and out within 20 minutes. I asked the service tech if he balanced the tire and he said yes.
This is a new shop for me and not entirely sure if i trust what i'm hearing... is it possible to mount and balance a tire within 20 minutes? and is balancing really needed anyway?
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Can you see any new weights on there ??
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Static balancing only takes a minute as does changing the tire. The real time consumer is removing and replacing the wheel and caliper(s). So yes 20 minutes while pretty fast is not uncommon.

I use balance beads and know of others who do not balance at all unless on the rare occasion there is a vibration.
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Can you see any new weights on there ??
Okay never occurred for me to look

I only see weights on my rear tire installed with the old shop but the new tire has no weights, and come to think of it never did.
I cleaned my rims last week before having the new front tire installed and never saw any weights on the front.
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Tire shop I used to go to did the mount and balance included in the cost of the tire which was lower than a lot of the other shops in the area.
They'd be done in short order. A professional tech doesn't waste time even when you stand a watch and chat during the process. Why shops want $50+ a tire is beyond me and ridiculous.
They used a tire spinning machine to balance too.
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...but the new tire has no weights, and come to think of it never did...
If it never did then maybe your bike has a well-balanced wheel assembly (less tire), and if the tire itself is well balanced, maybe no weight was required.

I've had two Wees and both of them, front and back, have required several weights, just to balance the wheel. A little more weight to balance the wheel-tire assembly.

Of course I can't say they didn't balance it, but based on my experiences, it seem unlikely they did.

As for whether balancing matters, I can't say. I've always balanced mine myself, and have experienced no balance issues.

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Tire shop I used to go to did the mount and balance included in the cost of the tire which was lower than a lot of the other shops in the area.
They'd be done in short order. A professional tech doesn't waste time even when you stand a watch and chat during the process. Why shops want $50+ a tire is beyond me and ridiculous.
They used a tire spinning machine to balance too.
Shops want $50 per wheel because its a huge money maker for them.
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Most shops get paid by the book. If the book pays an hour, it doesn't matter if they do it in 20.
Alternatively, if they're swapping the engine and the book says 5 hours and it takes the more, they get paid 5...theoritically.
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Most shops get paid by the book. If the book pays an hour, it doesn't matter if they do it in 20.
Alternatively, if they're swapping the engine and the book says 5 hours and it takes the more, they get paid 5...theoritically.

Every shop I've ever been in even multi brand charge two rates (tubed/tubeless) for tire changes. It is not based on a manufacturers labor book its what the shop wants to charge.
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"The yellow dots should be aligned with the valve stem on both steel and aluminum wheels since this is the wheel's heavy balance point. This will help minimize the amount of weight needed to balance a tire and wheel assembly. So usually, whenever you see a yellow dot, match it up with the valve stem."
Fitted correctly, there may possibly be no need for weights.
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