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Thread: Just moved to DC, sold my car, and looking to get into biking.

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    Default Just moved to DC, sold my car, and looking to get into biking.

    I can't even remember the last time I was on a bike, but it seems like the thing to do around here, especially since I'm not a big fan of walking. Are there any good places to check out for a used bike? I have no idea what I'm looking for other than a commuter/street bike. Any good brands to look for? Brands to avoid? I don't want anything crazy. Most my round trips will be under a mile and a half. Just something cheap to get me around that's not going to fall apart in a month. Thanks!

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    If most of your trips are going to be that short and you're not sure you're into biking, you might consider just getting a Capital Bikeshare membership to start. Test the waters and see how it goes, then buy something once you've got a better idea what you need.

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    From the Virginia side of the river,

    Phoenix Bikes
    909 Dinwiddie, Arlington, VA 22204
    703-575-7762
    http://www.phoenixbikes.org/

    Velocity Bike Coop
    2111 Mt Vernon Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22301
    www.http://velocitycoop.org/

    Both are community treasures and sell used bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    From the Virginia side of the river,

    Phoenix Bikes
    909 Dinwiddie, Arlington, VA 22204
    703-575-7762
    http://www.phoenixbikes.org/

    Velocity Bike Coop
    2111 Mt Vernon Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22301
    www.http://velocitycoop.org/

    Both are community treasures and sell used bikes.
    The Old Bike Shop at the Corner of Pershing and Washington Blvd is another good used bike shop in Arlington.

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    Using Capital Bikeshare to test out getting around by bike, and give yourself time to figure out what type of bike you want, is a great suggestion.

    Gearin' Up Bicycles in DC ( http://gearinupbicycles.org ) and College Park Bicycles in MD ( bike123.com) also sell used bikes.

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    I bought my first adult bike off of Craiglist. It was a Trek 7000 hybrid bike. A bit of a hassle to arrange meet ups and sometimes have to pursue several bikes before you get one. My general philosophy for bikes is that a bike is a bike. Something that roughly fits you, rolls and has working brakes will be just as fine as a bike that you spend a lot of effort trying to find because it's the "right" bike. I like the bike I found on the street for free just as much as the bikes I've spent 3 grand on.

    I ride bikeshare a lot these days. It's only 85 bucks a year and you then don't have to worry about storage, locking up or maintenance. You can check the system map and see if the location of the stations meets your needs for commuting, shopping and entertainment. The map is here: https://secure.capitalbikeshare.com/map/

    Also, welcome to the area and the forum. Let us know if you need anything. DC is a pretty good place to bike and I hope to see you out on the road.

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