Since 1958, Bicycle Pro Shop has helped find a matching mount for everyone from little kids just learning to pedal to United States presidents. The staff of experienced technicians—all avid cyclists themselves, including the owner, Serge, who spent 10 years as a competitive cyclist in France—oversees a stock of hybrids and road bikes from brands such as Cannondale, Scott, and Giant. In the service center, mechanics tighten up loose screws with thorough tune-ups and perform meticulous adjustments of minor yet important details such as the angle of the saddle and the crispness of the baseball cards in the spokes.
When the first issue of The Washington Post was published on December 6, 1877, it was only four pages long and cost just three cents. For a couple of pennies, readers gained access to some of the world?s most brilliant minds, including Joseph Pulitzer and Teddy Roosevelt, who were among its earliest contributors. In the century that followed, The Post became known not just for the headlines it reported, but the ones it inspired. Over the years, the paper?s world-class investigators broke the story of Watergate and helped force the declassification of the Pentagon Papers.
Today, the Post has maintained nearly unrivaled relevance by expanding into digital content, winning a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Its website and apps allow the paper to publish up-to-the-minute developments on national and world news, but, like its print edition, also includes op-ed articles and coverage of sports and pop culture. On the apps, however, readers can access additional in-depth coverage on what didn't make it to print in the hard copy edition, as well as exclusive stories by Post writers and contributors. The smartphone and tablet apps also include special features such as 40+ comic strips, easy access to The Forum, The Post's real-time Twitter tool, as well as live discussions and the ability to quickly share stories via social media feeds.
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, cyclists can explore one of the city?s many meandering bike paths including the Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Park 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.
Bike and Roll's professional mechanics also repair bikes, including fixing flat tires and performing regular tune-ups. They can even loan patrons a new Trek comfort hybrid bike to use while their bike is in the shop.
The Tennis Zone keeps players smashing aces and ripping forehand winners in style with name-brand equipment, apparel, and racquet restringing services. Stop in for a new tube of tennis balls on the way to a match, or consult the knowledgeable staff for advice on selecting a new pair of shoes or shorts capable of concealing second and third racquets. While tennis is the primary focus, the shop also caters to other racquet sports such as squash, badminton, and racquetball.
As the the Tennis Zone's network for recreational play, Smart Tennis puts tennis lovers in contact with like-minded players of similar age and ability, and then lets them set up matches at mutually agreeable times and places. Newcomers simply enter their age and skill level?recreational or advanced?into the website and then contact other users with similar court credentials. After finishing off their sets and shaking hands, the winner then logs back on to report scores and earn points that can be exchanged for prizes?which are just the icing on the cake and second to the true prizes of friendship, camaraderie, and the aroma of brand new tennis balls.
Verizon Center offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Verizon Center — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Verizon Center as well.
Avoid street parking and take advantage of the restaurant's neighboring garage or adjacent lot.
If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Gallery Place Chinatown Metro (Green, Red, Yellow), Archives Metro (Green, Yellow), and Judiciary Square Metro (Red).
The menu at Verizon Center is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
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.