The Bike Shop's grease-slicked, tight-shorted technicians will tinker, tighten, and lube your bike up, down, inside, and around. Your tune-up includes service and adjustment for front and rear brakes, drive trains, wheel bearings, and truing (excludes spoke replacement or rim-wall correction), filling and topping-off of air and fluids, and a complete safety check followed by road testing if the weather is cooperating. It does not include parts. Additional charges may apply for hydraulic brakes.
Run by three generations of DC locals, Bike and Roll sends pedalers into the nation's modern and historical capitol. Sightseers are outfitted with ETs with maps so they can undertake self-guided tours along the National Mall, which is lousy with landmarks. To break with the hustle—and should one be so inclined, the bustle—cyclists can explore one of the city’s many meandering bike paths including the Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Trail. The company’s line of tandem bikes and Trek comfort hybrids make for smooth rides along the flat terrain of the capital.
For a more itineraried experience, guided tours spirit groups through the historic sights. Local story-tellers regale cyclists with tales about the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and Mount Vernon, the home where George Washington lived after hatching from the egg incubated in the Statue of Liberty's torch.
Just a tiny repair shop at its inception, Rollin’ Cycles has since blossomed into a full-service store offering quality bikes and maintenance services. From Fuji road bikes and hybrids to Breezer and SE cycles, their inventory contains fits for all riders. In addition, technicians keep bikes in tiptop shape by providing regular tune-ups, performing cleanings, and playing lullabies with brass bike bells.
Bicycle Pro Shop's service team of old pros and master bike whisperers can repair everything from penny-farthing velocipedes to a 30-year-old Sturmey-Archer 3-speed to Campy Record 11-speed Ergo shifters. They can even work on purely theoretical makes of bicycle such as the Gary Fischer Anti-Grav Road Bike and the Star-Trek. During your tune-up, the Pro Shop will thoroughly tune and cleanse every single component of your self-propelled wheel pony, including brakes, wheels, headset, hubs, drivetrain, and derailleurs. In the process, they'll also diagnose and fix any issues or damage before they cause your bike to burst into rock-munching flames when it hits a patch of loose gravel.
Bicycle Stations provides gear and service for two-wheeled transportation and its two-legged partakers. A full-service tune-up cares for conjoined unicycles by cleaning the fame, truing wheels, and tuning handlebar-bound bells. The bike geniuses at Bicycle Stations know how to make a rust-riddled beater ride as smoothly as a hoverboard. Whether you purchased your bike from their store or not, they know how to make it a well-oiled, city-cruising machine that will never burst into flames for no reason.
Owners Denise D'Amour and Laurie Morin preside over a knowledgeable staff at Capitol Hill Bikes as they cultivate a welcoming environment where pedalers of all skill levels stock up on apparel and gear. Wheel-wielders peruse a rainbow of options to select the Incredibell Jellibell ringer that best matches their helmet and harmonizes with personal cycling shanties ($15.99). The Planet Bike Eco Rack ($33.99) serves as an ideal stashing spot for ungainly packs or congratulations for land-speed records displayed on the large screen of the Cat Eye Strada ($42.99). Road-ready bicycles ($150–$1,999) from Bianchi, Linus, and a host of other designers get patrons out into fresh air and away from change-embezzling sofas.