Bicycles, like puppies, love rolling around outside, freak out over every twig in the park, and track mud all over your bed when trying to cuddle. Pamper man's new best friend with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of cycling accessories and apparel at Capitol Hill Bikes.
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.
Capitol Hill Bikes
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.