Each morning, as the sun stretches skyward and begins to reflect on Chesapeake Bay, fishing crews from the Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing start loading up vessels for full-day fishing excursions. They equip each of their guests with all of the necessary equipment, including rods, reels, bait, tackle, mermaid bottom halves, and licenses for landing trophy-size striped bass. The crew sails seven days each week, with an average of 6–10 passengers.
Parker Jones worked his way from the ground up to helm Capital Bicycle, which first opened in 1970. He started his career at Capital in 1996 as a once-a-week employee looking to get a good deal on parts and escape the mournful howls of his neglected sedan, but within months he became a store mechanic. A year, he later took control of the entire store, and ultimately, he became its sole owner.
Jones set out to expand the shop’s services in both scope and size, and today, Capital resides in a 4,000-square-foot shop and is one of the region’s first concept stores for California-based bicycle manufacturer Specialized. Customers flock to the shop to purchase Specialized bikes and Bellwether apparel, and they can find their ideal bicycle fit with the help of an in-house certified body-geometry technician. Capital also fosters its own cycling community with a schedule of group rides and helps cyclists to keep tabs on other local events.
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.
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.