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Old 12-07-04, 11:02 AM
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Hi. Just a brief break from work. I got to reading these boards looking for advice about fixed gears. Finally decided to join it.

I work at the LoC, freelance researching. Perks include working anywhere. Perks do not include getting paid on time.

Borrowed a friend's bike this summer while he was out of town, rode it from home (1 block N. of Walter Reed) to the hill and back, and it reminded me of biking in Boston, and how it opened up the city. I've decided to go whole hog. Not only got a Bianchi Pista last week, but I've bought a Centurion frame and mean to build it up. Not like I know how. But learning on the fly is awesome. If anyone can tell me anything about Chain Reaction in Shaw, I'd be obliged.

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Old 12-07-04, 11:19 AM
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Old 12-07-04, 11:38 AM
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Welcome fellow DC person! Congratulations on your Pista. Nice bike. Are you up where those fantastic old mansions are near the top of Rock Creek Park. Marvelous area!

Chain Reaction is a pretty neat shop. As I understand it, they build up bikes for kids, or at least that's how they started. I don't know if they teach kids bike mechanics, but that would be cool if they did. I think they are also open for regular (non-kid) people for repairs and such.

Riding does, indeed, open up the city. I used to ride in Boston, too (very fun alley rides) and I learned all sorts of things about the city and the people who live in them. Did the same thing in Paris, although I prefer discovering Paris by foot. Makes the boulangerie stops more convenient. But I digress...
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Old 12-07-04, 11:52 AM
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Hello fellow DC'ers! I'm over in Adams Morgan. Chain Reaction is down at 6th and Rhode Island. Extremely friendly and very helpful. I've got nothing but praise for them. They've got local kids helping out at the shop, and I believe getting paid. One of the guys that helped me out when I was piecing together a fixed gear also worked over at Revolution in G'town.
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Old 12-09-04, 01:59 PM
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Thanks for the nice responses. Good to know about Chain Reaction -- I actually found out that a friend of mine volunteers some nights down there. They've apparently got a lot of spare parts, and Fridays are "work on your own bike" nights, where you can use shop tools and there are mechanics around to keep tabs and answer questions. Sounds like a fantastic organization.

Yeah, I'm near those houses on 16th, but not in one, sadly. Got an appartment on Georgia across from the Silver Sands Bar and Grille (and have seen someone go in only once).

I'm up for rides, especially to get fixie pointers, being new to it and all. It's really whipping me with a switch -- steep short hills with stop signs up by the plant streets.

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