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Hi I'm new to the area from Boston & am looking for a local NoVa shop that I can chew the fat with & not be pressured into buying crap that I don't need.

It's like your local car mechanic that you can trust... :)

Any help would be great!
 

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Bike Lane in Burke is very good---good mechanics. Bicycle Pro Shop in DC is the best with high-end parts and bikes and a great mechanic. Filz Built--Randy works out of his house and specializes in hard to get bikes and parts--good prices and good mechanic -- filzbuilt.com
 

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Another vote for The Bike Lane in Burke. The problem with the rei in Bailey's X-Roads is that you can't walk in the door without salesmen jumping on you like it's a used car lot. When you get rid of one, another seems to appear out of the blue. It's like they multiply.
 

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urayamu said:
rei @ baileys crossroad.
I second that. REI mechanics are knowledgable and always seem to be able to take time to help me out when I am in a bind. They also have a good selection of riding clothing and helmets.

The Performance Bike near REI have aweful customer service. They offer assistance, but when you actually have a question they are surprised and try to pass you around. I only go there to buy 130gm tubes.
 

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Filz Built Bikes rocks, so I second the recommendation from the previous poster. Randy (Mr. Filz) drives out to mid-Atlantic races in a big Filz Built workshop-on-wheels, which he uses to supply racers & fix their bikes. He knows his stuff, will go the extra mile to get you those hard-to-find parts, builds rigs with hand-picked parts and top-notch workmanship, and can focus on your needs. Check out the demo bikes he totes to the races, they're put together really well. He's a really nice guy, too. He won't disappoint.
 

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I say Bike Lane in Burke, they've been very helpful and have a ton of relationships with vendors, they carry mostly Trek and GF but can order most anything. Or try A-1 cycling in Manassas. Both shops are busy and have avid riders.
 

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eggraid101 said:
(Pedal Shop) These guys ride mtn bikes a lot, are very knowledgeable and helpful.
I'll have to heavily disagree on this one. My experience included: poor customer service, rude remarks, my bike wasn't ready a full day after they claimed it was ready, derailleur wasn't tuned, the plastic o-ring on my bottom bracket had been cracked in an attempt to fit it on my frame.

I had high hopes to make them my LBS even though it was quite a drive from my house. Now I'm looking for another shop. I like what I have seen of Big Wheel Bikes in Alexandria.
 

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Wheel Nuts in Alexandria. Its a real small shop basically a one man show ran by Ron. He caters mostly to commuters and people riding the GW parkway trail, but he's good to "chew the fat" with. I usually throw some parts orders his way on stuff that he can get close to online prices.

Other shops which I've been in that seem decent are REI in Baileys Xroads and Bike Lane in Burke.

There are several Performance Shops in the area, and the only thing they have going for them are cheap prices. Don't expect any intellegince or customer service there.
 

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it's a bit outside of NoVA (no more so than leesburg though), but you should head up to Germantown Cycles (www.germantowncycles.com). it's the only shop within hundreds of miles that you can actually see and ride the high end stuff. plus, one of the managers (adam) is freshly down from boston as well... great place to hang out and talk.
 

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Just my two cents here ...

Performance @ Bailey's is my LBS. I've tried quite a few local shops and the lead mechanic Tom is the only one I'll let touch any of my bikes. Also, when I go in I usually know what I'm looking for and the service has been great. I appreciate the fact that, if I do ask for a recommendation, they'll tell me what's best for me and not what's most expensive. The Performance @ Tyson's is good too and their mechanic is also top notch.

Revolution @ Clarendon is okay but, to me, it's way too expensive ... service and parts in particular. They're friendly, though. I personally prefer the one in Georgetown but that's from a service perspective.

REI is another great shop and I like it quite a bit ... they're fast with service and reasonable. A little pricy but not too bad. Plus, Phil knows his stuff.

Bicycle Pro Shop in DC is another great shop. It's small but they've got a ton of bikes in there and good mechanics.

Finally, I will absolutely, positively recommend that people AVOID Big Wheel Bikes in Arlington. They are the absolute worst shop in the area. I've given them several tries over the years and each time I walk away asking myself why. The Alexandria store is okay but has a limited selection of accessories. It's the same in Arlington but the people are either completely unhelpful or just downright rude.

Sorry for the lengthy reply but someone had just asked me this question so it was fresh in my mind! Plus, I'd rather be typing this than actually working.
 
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