Bike and Roll DC's annual bike sale is being held on Sunday, November 6th from 11AM-3PM.
At the end of our season each fall, we sell our meticulously maintained Trek tour bikes to the public at an unbeatable price. We're hoping you can help spread the word to DC-area residents. More information below:
WHAT: Bike and Roll DC’s annual end of season bike sale is back! At the end of each season, we clear out our inventory of tour and rental bikes, and offer the most competitive pricing on high-quality bikes. We are selling TREK comfort hybrid bikes for $220+tax.
WHO: Our fleet of Trek Verve 3 bikes have been meticulously maintained and loved by riders from near and far–and they are looking for a new home!! The Verve 3 is the perfect bike for commuting and city cruising–we’ll have a variety of sizes available.
(Note: New Verve 3’s retail for $660!)
WHERE: Bike and Roll DC-National Mall location: 955 L’Enfant Plaza SW-North Building, Suite 905, Washington DC 20024. (Helpful tip: We can be tricky to find sometimes, if you’re driving, enter the address 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW–this will bring you closest to our location.)
The Capital Bikeshare program will provide residents and visitors short-term, on-demand access to bicycles at 29 stations located in Reston and Tysons.
The program is primarily targeted at workers who might be looking for ways to travel short distances to their office or a restaurant, without getting into a car.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), Tysons Partnership President Michael Caplin and Fairfax County Bicycle Program Manager Adam Lind will participate in ceremonies in Reston at 2 p.m.and Tysons approximately 3:15 p.m.
Reston Celebration will be held at Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, Capital Bikeshare station on the plaza at bus bay F, 1862 Wiehle Avenue, Reston.
After the conclusion of the Reston celebration, take Metrorail Silver Line (approximately between 2:36-2:58 p.m.) for an 8-minute trip to the Spring Hill Metrorail Station in Tysons.Capital Bikeshare station located just as you exit the station on the east side of route 7, 1576 Spring Hill Road, Vienna.
And more expansion is coming
Falls Church is hoping to add its own bikeshare program next year.
Meanwhile, in DC, REI (which sells bikes and, reportedly, other items) will be hosting a 3 day grand opening block party at its new location in the old Colisuem adjacent to the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
Construction crews continue to take advantage of the favorable weather on site and completed all concrete placements of the gravity retaining wall on the east end of the project. Additionally, all foundations for the trail's light poles are now installed in the ground (a total of 52!). Upcoming scheduled activities include installing the electrical manholes and conduits that will power the new pole's LED luminaires.
Yeah, it was a month ago, but I'm just now getting to it. Bicycle Space opened a new store (no, it's not the poor, original nomadic store hitchhiking to another location, looking for a refuge while Lonely Man plays in the background). It's the third location and it opened in early July at the Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City. When this blog started there were no bike shops in NE, and now there are at least four. Still nothing east of the river though.
Anyway, here's a press release I received
What: The Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City is pleased to announce the opening of BicycleSPACE in Northeast D.C. BicycleSPACE celebrated its grand opening on July 7, 2016 in Ivy City and is an award-winning bicycle shop that has been named “The #1 Bike Shop in America” by Momentum Magazine and voted “Best In DC” every year since 2012. This is the third location for the retailer and to celebrate the opening, BicycleSPACE will host free community events in Ivy City including “Bike To Brooklyn Training” and “Nice & Easy Rides.”
When: Bike To Brooklyn Training | Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.
Brick-and-mortar retailer Bike Doctor has operated a franchise business for 24 years. Now the Maryland retailer is looking to take the franchise model to the road with mobile bike repair, called Bike Doctor Mobile.
Bike Doctor hasn't sold any franchise vans yet, but Ruck said he's talking to several interested parties and getting them set up.
Bike Doctor has a web portal through which customers can book service appointments, and Ruck said it's a turnkey operation. "Once we meet the franchisee and do the whole process, we turn them over trained and ready to operate on their own with a vehicle built out and inventory in place," he said.
I'd love to see the stats on how many people take them up on this. More options are a good thing.
Bike and Roll DC (www.bikeandrolldc.com) announced the offering of a Commuter Special that will include a $49 workweek bike rental for those impacted by WMATA’s SafeTrack program. Bikes can be picked up from Bike and Roll’s Union Station location on Sunday evening or Monday morning and must be returned before 7:00 PM on Friday of the same week. Locks are included with all rentals and helmets are available to rent for an additional $5 fee. Commuter Special reservations can be made online at http://bit.ly/CommuterSpecialBikeRental and availability may be limited based on inventory.
“As the largest bike rental company in Washington, DC, we felt a need to offer local residents an alternative transportation option in the wake of metrorail delays that will occur during SafeTrack implementation,” said Stephen Marks, Managing Member of Bike and Roll DC. “We wanted to offer a pricepoint comparable to what the average commuter spends on a weekly basis and are hoping, as an added bonus, we can add some new members to the #BikeDC tribe!”
Residents of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia who work in areas impacted by SafeTrack can begin making Commuter Special reservations online this week. The weekly rate will be effective beginning the week of June 12th. Reservations are valid from Monday through Friday only; for those interested in renting a bike for multiple weeks, a separate reservation must be made for each week. The Commuter Special rate is not valid on Saturday and Sunday; the standard daily rental rate of $40 is available for those interested in keeping a bike over the weekend.
Bike and Roll DC is also offering commuters 10% off all bicycle repair services throughout SafeTrack implementation. Bike and Roll’s service center, located at Union Station adjacent to 1st Street NE, offers a full suite of bicycle repair services—in addition to a fast turn-around time, high level of customer service, and the most competitive pricing in the city. For more information on bicycle service, please visit www.bikeandrolldc.com/repairs.
City Bikes put out a press release about their move from Capitol Hill to Tenleytown (which was originally to be an expansion).
“We’ve loved doing business in such a locallyoriented community, and wish we could stay here for years to come...” says Saul Leiken, City Bikes’ General Manager. “Our lease is up at the end of March, and we had hoped to sign an extension to keep us in the space. Unfortunately, we were unable to come to terms on a new lease, and our landlord informed us earlier this week that we had to vacate the building by the end of the month."
City Bikes would have liked to continue serving the Capitol Hill community, however the timing of the lease term makes it impossible to relocate on the Hill. The shop will now move to its upcoming Tenleytown location, which was originally planned as an expansion of the City Bikes brand.
City Bikes was happy with their store on Capitol Hill and is interested in coming back, but such a move would take at least a year. They are not actively looking for a new site, though other news outlets are reporting that they are. They'll be announcing their new Tenleytown store today, and will be moving much of the inventory to that location. They have not ruled out a moving sale at the Capitol Hill store, but do not yet have plans for one. There will be a grand opening celebration and sale in Tenleytown, details to come later today.
Trying to think of where a bike store would make sense. One of the retail spaces in the JDLand area (which would place it near the Anacostia Riverwalk, but that's not really Capital Hill) or the new building on the Hine Middle School site perhaps. Somewhere along Pennsylvania Avenue? That building caddy-corner to International Graduate University? It all depends on the rent I suppose.
There are storefront retail spaces inside of Nationals Stadium that have never been occupied. I wonder if one of those could be had at a workable price.
City Bikes just learned yesterday that they have to leave their Capitol Hill location by the end of the month. Their last day in the 709 8th Street SE location is Sunday the 27th.
The 709 8th Street location was previously the home of Capitol Hill Bikes, which also had to leave suddenly - back in 2009 after 9 years at that location. It later re-opened down the block.
Prior to that the location had been another bicycle shop, the name of which I can not recall at this time home to Metropolis Bikes. Not sure why they are being forced to move or what might go in to the location.
Update: From Barracks Row BID
City Bikes announced earlier this month a plan to open a new shop in Tenleytown at the site of the former Volkswagen dealership. For more information: http://tenleytowndc.org
City Bikes on Barracks Row will be closing. The last day of business for the 8th Street location is Sunday March, 27. If your bike is at the Barracks Row location for service and you miss the last day call 202-618-8102.
The City Bikes space on Barracks Row is now available for rent.
This retail space at 707- 709 is double wide with large glass front windows. The building is in the heart of Barracks Row situated directly across from the Historic Marine Barracks. It is 2500 square feet total with 900 square feet finished basement. There is secure rear alley access.
The first floor is $55 sq ft, triple net; the basement is $22 sq ft.
We’re having a cleaning-house-alley sale on Saturday. We have to move storage units and would like to ditch a lot of excess bikes and parts. Come by between 9am and 1pm. All bikes are sold as-is and will require parts and/or labor to fix.