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DC riders: Q's about the Bicycle Pro Shop ...(13 posts)

DC riders: Q's about the Bicycle Pro Shop ...Humma Hah
Nov 7, 2003 12:02 PM
The Paramount has basically laid down the law: that nasty, over-stuffed hand-me-down saddle from the cruiser is HISTORY. It wants a Brooks.

So I'm thinking, what the heck, its only money, and the Bicycle Pro Shop in Georgetown stocks 'em, which would be a good excuse for a nice Saturday ride into DC on the W&OD.

First Q: I'm sure this is not the cheapest place to get a Brooks, but are they "reasonable", i.e. competitive with LBS prices generally?

Second Q: Anybody know if they stock the B-17 or similar saddle in black?

Third Q: I can get as far as Lee Highway near the Key Bridge, but get a little confused about the details of getting from Lee Highway TO the bridge and across the river. I recall the intersections being a mess. Any tips?
AnswersFez
Nov 7, 2003 12:30 PM
Hummah:

1) Why not call them and ask what their stock is.

2) The WOD trail becomes Custis and it pretty much takes you right to the Marriott at Key Bridge. At that point you are essentially on a sidewalk. Follow the lines and signs and walk signals across the roads to get to Key Bridge. You can ride on Key on either side, although the side without Whitehurst Freeway is uninterrupted.

3) Why not just order the saddle from wherever it is most convenient, so you don't get disappointed if they don't stock it or it costs a bundle. And still take the ride into town regardless this weekend.

4) Just a note about the shop in general. I have been to the Pro Shop and wasn't particularly impressed. Just a vibe I got while I was there. No one around to help and the shop didn't look all that great. I was a lot more impressed with Revolution, which is located next door.
Well since I've worked at Revolution Cycles for the last year...MB1
Nov 7, 2003 12:41 PM
We keep the Brooks Pro (pre-softened) in stock, don't know what the Pro shop carries.

Fez has the directions correct, just exit the W&OD onto the Custis trail and cross the Key Bridge at the Marriott.

Miss M is going to have us do something way long on Saturday and only something long on Sunday.
I dunno about all that extra distance ...Humma Hah
Nov 7, 2003 1:01 PM
... but sure, I guess, on your recommendation, I can check out next door!

You say they stock the "Brooks Pro". Is that the "Team Professional" model? Single-rail, similar to a B-17 but maybe a bit lighter? That'll do! Do they stock black?

If your "way long" involves the W&OD, wave when you pass!
Black & Honey both in stock right now. nmMB1
Nov 7, 2003 1:46 PM
All this time I never knewFez
Nov 7, 2003 2:41 PM
All this time I never knew you were in the bike business.

Recent career change?

Do you work there Mon-Fri? I would just guess you don't work weekends, since you seem to ride long every Sat and Sun.
Check the Nashbar catalogueSpoiledBikeDaddy
Nov 7, 2003 6:50 PM
They've started carrying them, and have photos of the different models, including (I think) the Pro.
PLEASE SAY HELLO TO PINKY FOR ME!!!rollo tommassi
Nov 7, 2003 7:42 PM
Pinky!! I miss him!! He is great - tell him Anne and Ed from SRAM say HI!!!
You got it. nmMB1
Nov 8, 2003 3:30 AM
re: DC riders: Q's about the Bicycle Pro Shop ...pmf1
Nov 7, 2003 12:43 PM
1. I bought some bottle cage screws from that shop for two Colnago frames. Its run by an ex-pro racer who seemed like a nice guy. Strikes me as a typical LBS. I'm sure the prices aren't like a mailorder outfit, but probably not too bad.

2. Call them about the saddle

3. Getting there. Crossing the Key Bridge from the bike path is easy. Take the W&OD through Vienna, and past the East Falls Church Metro. Make a right on Four Mile Run path (I think that's the name of that spur). There's a fountain and small shelter at the intersection. This will take you into Rosslyn. After the light at the bottpm of the hill, head over Key Bridge. The bike shop is dorectly on the other side.
Er, if he's already at Lee Highwaydjg
Nov 7, 2003 12:57 PM
at the Mariott he just basically has to cross the street, as the others have said. The only slight wrinkle is that, once in DC, when trafffic is heavy, it's easier to cross M street if you hang a right for a block (where there's actually a light and a crosswalk) and then come back down to the Pro shop after crossing the street.

I like the Pro Shop. Noel is a good guy, IMO. As far as I know, they'll do a 10% discount for just about any DC Club or Team affiliation you might have (Potomac Pedalers? etc.) For some things they'll do better. Whether that will make them competitive with other prices out there I don't know.
Wallbike has the B.17 for $43Gregory Taylor
Nov 7, 2003 1:25 PM
I know, it's a good thing to spread the love to local shops, but $43 for a B.17 is a good deal.

I have a Team Professional on the fixie. The Antique Brown is gorgeous. Nice saddle. Only caveat with a Brooks is that you need a seatpost with a decent setback. The rails on the Brooks seem to place the saddle farther forward than on most other (Italian) brands.
Wallbike has the B.17 for $43TUT2222
Nov 7, 2003 6:10 PM
I agree, the rails are short. I have a B17 on my SS and a green Swift(that I bought at Wallbike last time I was in New Orleans) and they are shoved all the way back and probably need to go a little further back.