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    Need a good LBS in the Fairfield area

    Took my first trip to Sprain Ridge yesterday and all I got was a lousy bent wheel...

    First time I've damaged a wheel before, and the guys I was with were split on whether or not it could be repaired. I found Cycle Dynamics on the Google but was told they can be very expensive. Moved to Fairfield, just off of Exit 24 on I95, last November so I don't know the bike shops. Just need a recommendation on a good shop in the area.

    Anyone know of Chris's Spoke and Wheel in Bridgeport? Reading some good reviews for that one.

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    Chris is awesome dude and really good to deal with. His shop is small, but he can hook it up. Another shop in the ffld. county area is Smart Cycles in Norwalk which is a block or 2 away from Stew Leonards, Alex is another great guy to deal with.

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    Smart Cycles has a good rep with a number of riders.

    Ridgefield Bicycle Co. and Cycle Center of Stamford are both great, but a bit more of a drive from Fairfield... Both will let you use your 10% NEMBA member discount if you are an active NEMBA member.

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    Thanks for the tips, guys. I took a drive to Chris's in Bridgeport today but they were closed, I should have tried calling first. I'll be in one of the shops you mentioned hopefully tomorrow. Hoping I won't need a new wheel..

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    Need a good LBS in the Fairfield area

    Worst case you get a new rim and are off the bike for a bit. If you need to replace it, eBay or classifieds here are good bet. Or if its a 26er I can probably give you a good deal on something lightly used.

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    Thanks for the offer, Friar - might be able to take you up on that. It's a 26" mavic crossride, 2008. I guess a replacement would just have to be the right size and disc compatible, doesn't need the bladed spokes and the cool hub right?

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    Depending on the age of wheel and if you bought the MPP when you bought the wheelset, you might be able to get a mavic replacement warranty. If not, I think you can get another rim and have it rebuilt/laced to the existing hub (probably best if you want to match front and back but you'll have new rim $ + spokes $ + labor $).

    So you'll either be bike less while the replacement and work are in-bound, or you can buy a new front (really, anything with disc tabs, 26'' rim, and 9mm QR and you're in business) to ride in the interim or just get a new front all together.

    Think the only 9mm QR I have is a Chris King hub to a DT Swiss something XC-ish rim, I may have something a bit less bling but I'll have to check.

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    Cycle Dynamics has always been reasonable price wise in my experience. They've also been very helpful with warranty issues and general advice. I would, and frequently do, use them.

    Smart Cycles has also been great to me over the years. Alex is extremely knowledgeable and often has coupons on his website.

    I don't think you could go wrong at either of those shops.
    He who dares....wins!

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    Call Mike (dr. Mike) at Ridgefield Bicycle co.

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    Turns out Smart Cycles is located halfway between home and work, so I stopped by there on my break today. Brought the wheel in and the mech put it in the truing stand, gave it spin. He laughed and said, "No F*cking way." It was done. He says he should hopefully be able to reuse my spokes, the hub is fine, but the rim will be replaced. Definitely agree to what was said here, very knowledgeable, nice guy. Looking forward to seeing the new and improved wheel.

    Thanks again for the offer, Friar, but I kinda just bit the bullet and decided I'd be happy with a new wheel. I'll let you guys know how this turns out.
    Steve

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