In a post many years ago, I copy/pasted a large article on the history of the Capital Bicycle Club which was founded in DC in 1879 and continued to operate until sometime during the 1920's. But this Feb 4, 1879 article about that founding day adds one other tidbit.
which is that the English bicycle, which I'm taking to be the "Safety Bicycle" invented in England in 1876, had been introduced to the city in 1878. If true, this bicycle wouldn't have had a chain, but treadles (the chain not being added until 1879).
It doesn't look like it became the dominant choice among club members, as photos mostly show them riding penny-farthings.
And then here is Will Robertson riding an American Star Bicycle down the Capitol steps in a promotional photo for the bike. [He was not the first person to do this, apparently that honor belongs to Burt Owens].
They also ran a camera club.