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    DC LBS with FR/DH mechanic??

    Just started biking. Just started FR/DH. Just bought a used Transition Syren. I'm looking for an LBS in or near DC with at least one mechanic/technician who rides FR/DH. I'm aware of the Pedal Shop out in Leesburg, VA. Are there any others? I already had two uncomfortable experiences going to local LBSs where they didn't know anything about FR/DH---we were at total cross purposes, they didn't understand my needs/concerns, and I didn't think they took FR/DH very seriously.

    PS--I am neither "fast" nor "furious" but "slow'n'timid" as a screen name sounds pathetic. "fake it till you make it"

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    where are u located? the performance in columbia md has a couple guys that know whats up

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    not in DC but not far

    http://moosetrek.com/2011/

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    thanks

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    the performance in columbia md has a couple guys that know whats up
    Gee, Konis, I'm your very first post? I'm truly touched. I'll try to take a drive out to Columbia today or tomorrow to find out if I get a better vibe there.

    Scott, thanks for the feedback, I've bookmarked moosetrek, and will keep them in mind.

    Happy Trails!

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    Its uncommon but they do exist. The thing is, DH/FR is hard on bikes and equipment, and most people who are into it quickly learn to do their own wrenching. The DH community around here is pretty small, so once you get out and start riding you should meet lots of people willing to help you out. Thats been my experience at least. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're having trouble at the local spots.

    The Syren is a sweet bike. I know two people who run them. Welcome to DH.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome and for laying out the scene, jabberwocky. I'll keep all that well in mind. Now where are my best cookie recipes? Looks like I'll be needing them!
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    pedalshop

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    second that

    Quote Originally Posted by wookie freeride View Post
    dont worry, pedalshop knows your needs.....




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    dont touch the dirt

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    not really,i'm still waiting on a couple derailluer hangers i ordered for a MC rumble about 4 or 5 years ago

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    did you pay for them???

    And not get them?
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    yeah but the wrong hangers were sent and they where suppose to reorder them but i never heard back from the shop,anyhow i sold the bike a year or so ago so i no longer need them.cool photos is this local or at some lift assisted place

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    For sure...

    local. Sorry for you negative experience. He may not be perfect but he does what he can...
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    yeah no worries, enjoy that nice place you have to ride,anything like that up my way doesn't last to long someone finds it complains then it gets torn down

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    I'm @ Bike Doctor in Annapolis, MD and although we don't stock much in the way of DH parts I'm always willing to help someone get into it more and help them with equipment.

    Like these guys have said though the forums and talking to the people that you ride with gets you a long way as far as getting your equipment dialed

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    Thats great to hear...besides having a $150 gift card there, you and Capitol are the only in town shops worth mentioning.
    I'm getting a Canfield ONE frame next Wednesday and so will officially be a DH'er as I'm building it with a 200mm Boxxer WC and Elka Coil. Guess I'll be visiting the Shed soon....

    Quote Originally Posted by bigdroptoflat View Post
    I'm @ Bike Doctor in Annapolis, MD and although we don't stock much in the way of DH parts I'm always willing to help someone get into it more and help them with equipment.

    Like these guys have said though the forums and talking to the people that you ride with gets you a long way as far as getting your equipment dialed
    2011 Canfield ONE 200mm DH 35 pounds
    2010 Specialized Pitch 100% non stock 29 lbs
    Wife: 2009 Canfield ONE also 29 lbs

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    I'm in the same boat, I just got a used VP-Free, and I'm used to doing all my own work on all my other bikes, but am having a hell of a time getting the suspension on this thing to behave how I want it. So if I could find a DH/FR friendly mechanic to more or less give me a more educated opinion on it on top of my own experience and internet how-to's I would really appreciate it.

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    Haven't checked him out yet, but I've heard from a very reliable source (high-ranking pro racer) that there is a mechanic named Burke at Spokes Etc. in Ashburn, VA who races and is "very passionate about DH bikes".

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    The head mechanic at REI Rockville is a downhill rider. Ask for Dan.

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