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Revolution Cycles Georgetown, shop report.(46 posts)

Revolution Cycles Georgetown, shop report.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:12 PM
Traffic on M Street in Georgetown is a mess. The road is torn up and there is always construction traffic and it is a main commuter route into downtown. It is also has 3 bikes shops within a block of each other; The Bicycle Pro Shop, Big Wheel Bicycles and Revolution Cycles.

I work in Revolution Cycles and took my camera in today.
Nov 17, 2003 7:17 PM
I believe that after the big 3 (location, location, location) a huge part of making a retail business successful is the people who work there. I am quite happy with the skills, attitude and ability of the folks I work with.

When I first started at Revolution I was surprised and pleased with the number of women who worked there and at how capable they are. I hadn't worked in retail since the 80's when it was rare to have women in bike shops. I think women add a lot to the atmosphere of a bike shop and help hold down the raging testosterone level that you so often find in bike shops.

Plus the bathroom tends to stay clean (and the seat stays down).

Reed and Karen.
hey, I know that shop!philippec
Nov 18, 2003 3:26 AM
I was just over in DC from France in October and ran into the shop while out training. I bought a bunch of powergels (cheaper in the states plus they have caffeine in them which is not allowed here) and spoke a bit with Reed (I think). I had the gitane cyclocross rig and race for ESP Persan -- tell him I'm sorry I got the floor muddy! I also came in w/ my family on another day and almost bought a trek kid's bike (purple w/ a white basket) but couldn't swing that cost on top of what was an expensive work/vacation trip... maybe next time.

Great shop!


hey, I know that shop!fixed4life
Nov 19, 2003 4:16 PM
Hey Philippe, Thanks for the nice reply. I still love that Gitane bike. Good luck during the cross season. I would love to meet the family. Bring them all to the shop, caffeine for everyone.
hey, I know that shop!philippec
Nov 21, 2003 12:54 AM
um....caffeine.... will come....

Thanks -- no caffeine for the kids though, perhaps some valium would be nice! They do not need to be any more excitable than they presently are...


Let's see, the Phil hubs and White Ind ENO ss freewheels ...Humma Hah
Nov 18, 2003 1:16 PM
... are in that plastic case on the left, the Brooks saddles are overhead on the right, and the carbon-soled cycling shoes are on the wall in the back ...

Neat stock. All we ever get out here in Manassas are Shimano hubs, ACS freewheels, Serfas saddles, and bargain shoes. Its nice to have a couple of shops in cycling range that carry the good stuff.
I see you paid attention while you were in.MB1
Nov 18, 2003 5:50 PM
How is the Brooks saddle working out?
I wish I could get to ride it.Humma Hah
Nov 18, 2003 6:55 PM
Both bikes are here at work. The new Brooks has about 5 miles on it. I keep swearing I'm gonna start taking off at mid-day to ride (we're just off Kennedy Rd, half a mile from the intersection of Greenwich and Kennedy on the NSA-OCE). It never happens.

Got in to work about 9:30 this morning, and it is now 9:45 at night and I'm not quite done with the day's crisis. Its raining, I'm hungry, and I'm in no mood to ride.

Of course, a good ride is exactly what I need.
I wish I could get to ride it.fixed4life
Nov 19, 2003 4:21 PM
Stop indulging MB1 and his desire to be a retro grouch. There as so many saddles that could be more comfortable then a brooks.
Jan 19, 2004 2:01 PM
Just wanted to say hi to all the guys and gals back at Revolution. I rode with the guys for a couple of years and was on the shop team for a year. I'm not the fastest rider, but the guys shared my love for the bike, an open road and an afternoon of cycling. I moved back to the Midwest and still miss those No.Va and Maryland back roads and park trails.

I agree with the other posters that Revolution is a great shop. (Pinky kicks ass) The D.C. area is blessed with three great shops in Revolution, Bicycle Pro Shop and Spokes Etc. I've been to all three and tried my best to support all three by spending money there.

Oh, and Royce, that is a SWEET Waterford. DuraAce 10? You lucky dog. I don't think I could get that past my wife.

Take it easy guys and keep riding!

Jan 19, 2004 2:02 PM
Sorry. I meant Reed: Sweet ride.
>>MB1, will Rev.Cycles Fit me?bhensal
Jan 23, 2004 9:41 PM
I live across the key bridge in arlington, I wonder if you guys can set me up?

See my post under general discussion:

>>mtnbiker Wants to Hit the Road

Thanks for your help!
A little SS speed eye candy.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:20 PM
DC is a city with lots of bike messengers and commuters. The perfect place for fixtes and SS's. Revolution sells a lot of Bianchi Pistas (lots and lots) as well as Gunnar Street Dogs and the occasional Surley.

The shop has always gone to a lot of trouble to find and keep specialty parts around for these riders. Here we have some White Industry and Surley stuff.
Eye Candy 2.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:25 PM
Here we have some Phil bits. Check out the mini Phil hubs on the top of the display that Pinkie picked up at the Las Vegas trade show (they actually work).
Nov 17, 2003 7:30 PM
Revolution has somehow managed to keep a core of very experienced mechanics. I'd let Tom, Alex or Pinkie work on my bike anytime. These guys know their stuff and it would be hard to find a better group of wheel builders anywhere.

Since there is very little storage in the shop they do an awful lot of work while the customer waits (bike messengers love that). Things are calm now but it can get crazy in the Spring and Summer.
The Pink man, a local legend.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:34 PM
Pinkie is one of the co-owners of the shop and the one most often on the shop floor. Everyone seems to want to see Pinkie when they need service.

To know him is to love him-even more so on Wednesdays when he brings the Krispy Kremes in.
The Pink man, a local legend.djg
Nov 18, 2003 7:06 AM
Yep--he's really good, and a very nice guy too.
There's nothing he won't fix...OverStuffed
Nov 18, 2003 2:01 PM
I saw him on Sunday caulking the windows.

There's nothing he won't fix...fixed4life
Nov 19, 2003 4:23 PM
Now that is observant. Pinkey works too much. I have been trying to get him to take a day off and get a massage, That guy is tense. Tension is a killer. I knew this guy name Kip Tisken. He was fat. Orca Fat..... Sorry tangent
Nov 17, 2003 7:37 PM
There is actually a lot of clothing and shoes in stock. Right now it leans heavily to winter clothing with most of the remaining summer clothing is on the 40% off rack.
Waterford and Gunnar.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:45 PM
Revolution sells a lot of Gunnars and Waterfords (Revolution is something like their #1 or 2 volume dealer). Today I counted 13 bikes and 2 frames on hand plus several in for service. Every so often I pick up the phone and Richard Schwinn is on the other end checking up on how things are going.

This is the bike that Waterford used as part of their display at the recent Las Vegas trade show. It was custom made for Reed (one of the managers) full new Dura-Ace with a total pimp paint job. He loves it.
Pimp-mo-bike detail.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:47 PM
The paint is a 2 tone metallic fade purple to some kind of magenta with rainbow sparkles in the clear coat. Miss M was impressed.
Road bikes.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:52 PM
At any one time there are around 300 bikes on hand, here is some of the road bike display plus the hybrids. I figure at any one time the bikes are 25% each road, ATB and hybrid with the rest an assortment of kids bikes and the specialty bikes a good shop keeps around.
nice post (nm)consolidated
Nov 17, 2003 7:57 PM
Police Bikes.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 7:55 PM
There a lot of police departments in the area, most of them have bicycle patrols. A group of trainees dropped in today to check out the services available in the shop.
The back room.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 8:00 PM
Pinkie tries to keep as many bikes as possible ready to go. There must be more than 75 bikes stored on hooks in the back. You can really see that someone went to a lot of effort to make the best use of the limited space available.
Well after all this is Road Bike Review.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 8:04 PM
Got some new Dura Ace and Campy in the front showcase ready to go.

Check out the Lance Armstrong lunch box! That is worth a good $500 on E-bay.
The more things change the more they stay the same.MB1
Nov 17, 2003 8:09 PM
On display in one of the showcases is this picture of the storefront in the 20's. It seems like traffic is still backed up from when this picture was taken.
Nov 17, 2003 8:14 PM
This is about the same view today.

If everyone likes this post I'll try to sweet talk my way into the other 2 shops in Georgetown for some more shots and another story.

Let me know.
Loved the post.theBreeze
Nov 17, 2003 8:38 PM
I agree that having women in the shop makes a big difference in the atmosphere. Mine does and she is also a great mechanic.

Loved the Waterford. And the next time you get Richard Schwinn on the phone, tell him he needs to get those Gunnar jerseys in a smaller size. I really want one!
Loved the post.fixed4life
Nov 19, 2003 4:19 PM
That is one fine Waterford. Wow, what a lucky guy.
I like the posttmotz
Nov 17, 2003 8:41 PM
No shops around Toledo that well stocked.Most shops around here are lucky to have a dozen road bikes at a time and very little clothing or accessories.
Nice post MB1, I would like to see the others (nm)Ligon
Nov 18, 2003 5:46 AM
Hey, MB1, this poseur's not me ...Humma Hah
Nov 18, 2003 1:23 PM
... although I think I've seen you here before? I'm Tom Ligon.
Yeah, we have talked before........Ligon
Nov 19, 2003 5:41 AM
I don't think there is any relation, but it is interesting because I do not know any other Ligons.
I liked it and I woulddjg
Nov 18, 2003 7:13 AM
like to see pictures of the Pro Shop too (although I can just stop by, frankly). Big Wheel--less interesting IMO, although I like the building.

So what's with the deal between Revolution and the Pro Shop? Both shops have treated me well, so I'm not trying to draw up sides here, I'm just curious.
No real problems that I know of.MB1
Nov 19, 2003 5:42 AM
The owners of Revolution worked for/ran the Pro Bike Shop before they started their own business. That was quite a while ago.

Any bad feelings left seem to be fading away.

"Time heals all wounds."
No real problems that I know of.djg
Nov 19, 2003 8:18 AM
Glad to hear it--I'd heard some oblique (and to me opaque) remarks a couple of years back or so but from my perspective they're all decent folks. Frankly, from the consumer's point of view it's an unusual and sort of cool resource to have two good--and very different--shops so close together.
Second thumbs up for Revolutiondcdre
Nov 18, 2003 7:15 AM
Great shop. Bought my MTB there. Cool beans that we got some shop folks here on RBR.
The next time I'm in Georgetown .... nmRoyGBiv
Nov 18, 2003 11:39 AM
Not true ...pmf1
Nov 18, 2003 11:17 AM
Look how smooth M street looks. Almost as good as a gravel road. I've never seen it that nice. And where are the metal plates?

Unlike most jurisdictions that cover holes with a bump, DC covers them with 1" metal plates that have nice square edges and are slippery when wet.
My favorite is the "Stack o' plates"MB1
Nov 18, 2003 11:26 AM
Where they put down a double wide layer of steel plates with another stack of plates splitting the middle. Should be fun in the rain tomorrow.

BTW notice all the trolley tracks in the 20's photo. Those will bring you down in a hurry.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Tracks still around in some placespmf1
Nov 18, 2003 11:54 AM
Some of the off roads around there still have tracks here and there.

I still think the metal plates are worse than the tracks. At least the tracks are predictable, unlike the plates.

I used to ride through there commuting to work. It wasn't bad in the morning, but I still don't miss it much.

Did you ever find the Brooks saddle?
Great looking shop...The Walrus
Nov 18, 2003 5:24 PM's really obvious that the owner(s) and staff care about their business. Neat, clean, organized, well-stocked, about as homey as a functioning LBS could afford to be. I'd love to have a shop like that somewhere around here...but then again, maybe it's just as well that there isn't one, because I'd be spending all my time and money there.
Looks like a place I'd like to visit......aliensporebomb
Nov 25, 2003 4:02 AM
The wife would have to hold onto the credit card though. Wow!
So many nice rides and parts!
bought my bike at RevolutionDuane Gran
Dec 4, 2003 12:25 PM
I bought my Trek 5200 at Revolution about three years ago from Coach. Pinky (damn best mechanic in the mid-atlantic) has helped me out of jam on more than one occasion. I can't say enough good things about the place.