In 2001, husband-and-wife team Todd and Anne realized two of their biggest dreams: they started a family and opened The Bike Lane. Throughout the store, bikes by Trek, Electra, Felt, Mirraco, and Surly lean on their kickstands alongside accessories such as water bottles, bells, or high-heeled spokes for date night. Certified staffers leap down from their stationary penny-farthings to perfectly match riders with new bikes through fit services that are free with purchase of a triathlon/TT, road, or mountain bike. In the repair shop, mechanics with 40 years of combined experience service bikes, overhauling brakes, installing parts, or custom-fitting wheels. To stay connected with its network of riders, The Bike Lane organizes educational safety events, advocates for bicycle-friendly communities, and sponsors more than 50 cycling events per year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in a quaint, powder blue house on downtown Main Street, Oasis is a bike repair shop dedicated to pampering both commuter and recreational wheelmobiles. The experienced team of wheel whisperers will have your pedal pusher running as smoothly as it did in its training wheel days after a basic tune-up. The bike makeover begins with basic shifting and brake tuning, ensuring riders can stop on a dime, pick it up, and buy a Chiclet without ever dismounting. Then the team will adjust the hubs, headset, and bottom bracket before they true the wheels and clean and lube dirty chains. The bike folks will also check that all cables are in good shape, giving you a full evaluation before recommending a replacement at an additional charge.