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MD/DC area riders... good shops?!?!(10 posts)

MD/DC area riders... good shops?!?!brian n
Jun 23, 2003 11:00 AM
Hi all,

I was visiting my parents over the weekend in Gaithersburg and needed to pick up some brake pads for the Snow Valley race yesterday. I went to the Performance in Gaithersburg (behind NIST) and they had nothing (I need Campy Record). Big Surprise, they've always sucked as a store. I tried the old Gaithersburg Bicycle and its gone and out fo business, and so too was The Bicycle Place on Old Georgetown Road. Are there ANY decent bike stores in the area???? The only ones I know of anymore are College Park Bicycles and the two shops next to each other in Georgetown (I forget their names). Both are a huge drive from Middle/Upper Montgomery county, so can anyone tell me where good local shops are? I find it crazy that such a rich area doesn't have good bike shops.

re: MD/DC area riders... good shops?!?!djg
Jun 23, 2003 12:16 PM
You might try these guys:

The shops in Georgetown are Revolution Cycles and The Bicycle Pro Shop.

I don't think the Bicycle Place is gone--just moved. You might check the phone book.
Do you really expectFez
Jun 23, 2003 12:17 PM
a shop that doesn't sell high end road bikes to stock appropriate replacement parts? If you wanted it, they would QBP it.

If you wanted it that day, the only place that would stock those would be a bike shop that caters to high end road bikes. Most of those shops would be in or near the city.

FYI, I think Performance catalog and stores are a lot more Shimano oriented than Campy.
Do you really expectbrian n
Jun 24, 2003 6:07 AM
yeah, i know. i figured that there would be more shops like the bicycle place (colnago, merlin, etc. dealer) outside of downtown proper, since most people commute...
Address for The Bicycle PlaceOverStuffed
Jun 23, 2003 1:04 PM
It's off of East-West Highway. If you're coming from Wisconsin or Connecticut Ave, or Beach drive, turn right at Grubb Road, the second signal after Beach Drive, and it's in the shopping center there. Good luck.
The Bicycle PlaceBrooks
Jun 24, 2003 8:07 AM
The former owner sold the Silver Spring shop (and the name) to Mike Butchko, who was an employee. Mike moved the shop to an area that actually had parking and has done very well. I worked with Mike at the Tour de Georgia. Tell him I said hi.
re: MD/DC area riders... good shops?!?!Tri-State Cycler
Jun 23, 2003 4:33 PM
I would call either All American Bicycle in Damascus (301)253-5800 or Mount Airy Bicycle in Mount Airy (301) 831-5151. All American deals with some Serotta and SoftRide so they may have some Campy and Mount Airy is owned by the same person as College Park. I think Gaithersburg Bike moved to behind the Costco on Christopher Ave. Otherwise you'll probably have to go in town. It's been awhile since I've been down that way so the info may be dated.
Thanks All...brian n
Jun 24, 2003 6:09 AM
I forgot about mt. airy bikes, they were pretty cool last time i was there (3x years ago..).

looks like the moved bicycle place is the closest high end place to me.

boy that performance bikes store in gaithersburg sucks major asz.

MD/DC Shopscoifmo
Jun 24, 2003 10:41 AM
City Bikes is Adamas Morgan has always had the best wrench crew in my opinion, and generally a knowledgable staff. Also a solid, if not wide, selection of high-end parts.

Good news is that City Bikes is opening up a new shop on Connecticut Ave. where it crosses the Capital Cressent/Georgetown Branch Trail -- about half a mile inside the Beltway, which puts it in reasonable striking distance from Montgomery County.

Capital Hill Bikes is not bad; Revolution in Georgetown seems OK, but the staff at their Clarendon story is pretty awful.
Different assesments.djg
Jun 25, 2003 6:32 AM
People can have much different experiences with the same shops and even the same people--my take is:

City bikes has for quite some time seemed to me to have a pretty limited selection--maybe the new store will be better. You're right that it will be in reasonable striking distance from Montgomery County, as it will be in Montgomery County (Conn Ave by the beltway is in Chevy Chase).

Revolution in Georgetown has an excellent wrench--Pinky. And although I've only bought little things from the Clarendon store, which is near my house, the folks there have always been pretty friendly (although maybe that's neither here nor there for a guy way up in Gaithersberg). Mixed levels of expertise, but a couple of people who seem to know what's up and want to be helpful.