Here’s a quick summary of my weekend bike shopping:
Bike Club: dingy, hardcore bike shop, good for bike geeks, not me.
Hudson Trail Outfitters: good selection, need to compare prices further.
Performance Bike Fairfax: good on the cheap end, need to test ride.
Spokes Etc: my most local shop, but higher prices, need to test ride.
Oasis Bike Works: my favorite shop so far, great customer service, on the cheaper side.
REI: couldn’t get anyone to help me for 20 minutes.
Next weekend, I plan on going to the WABA bike swap meet up in Maryland and also hitting up three more bike shops: Big Wheel Bikes in Arlington, City Bikes in Chevy Chase, MD, and Revolution Cycles in Arlington. I will also try to get back to Performance and Spokes Etc to take some test rides, and I plan on taking better notes so that my head isn’t spinning with all the possibilities.