Rodney Smith, owner of Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel, stocks his store with authentic sports jerseys, apparel, and an array of sporting goods. Customers can suit up for sporting events with authentic NFL ($175), NBA ($125) or MLB ($125) jerseys displaying the logos of favorite teams and the names on favorite restraining orders, or don throwback-style ($175–$225), or replica jerseys ($74–$80). NFL fans can decorate fridges with team magnets ($6–$14) or adorn noggins with fitted hats ($24.95–$35). Patrons can boost their supplies of footballs ($29.95) and basketballs ($29.95) to punt after losing games of HORSE.
When Denise D'Amour and Laurie Morin opened Capitol Hill Bikes on 8th Street almost 15 years ago, they had a vision not only of a bustling store, but also a thriving cycling community. Today, they continue to support their fellow riders by stocking a top-tier selection of new bikes and gear, with an especial emphasis on equipment designed for women. Expert tune-ups and repairs keep cycles cycling, and weekly community rides promote love of the sport while participants tour the city's monuments, breweries, and discarded Ben Franklin inventions.
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.