Yep, thecyclingeconomist will be one street east of me And I think Arlingtonrider works in my building!
I was wishing for a bike this morning, it's gorgeous out!
I got my ticket for the bike commuting clinic at the Bike Rack tonight - looks like there are a couple of handy CaBi stations over that way. Maybe I'll go pick up a cheap helmet somewhere at lunch.
I ride from the Pentagon Transit Center (bus station) to the Navy Yard in SE washington every day, and back across the bridge to the Pentagon every afternoon. If you are interested I can meet you at the PTC one morning and ride with you across to your office. If you want to use CaBi from the PTC it is about a 15 minute walk to Crystal City to get a bike, but I can show you that too. Just send me a PM if you are interested. I usually arrive at the PTC by 7:30-8:00 and try to get to the PTC in the evening by 5pm to catch the bus home.
Originally Posted by kelinva
Just wanted to drop the name of a bike shop in the area (Falls Church) - Bikenetic, if you are looking at buying a new bike. They offer lifetime free adjustments on a bike you buy from there which is a great policy if you don't want to do that stuff yourself. They also have a really good range of different bikes for different riding purposes - unlike stores where they carry 90% racing oriented (road or MTB) bikes. I've only been there once but the staff were very friendly as well.
A hybrid like the Jamis Coda is a good choice for a first commuter (not sure of the value for money - I haven't looked at hybrids much lately). After you've been riding awhile you'll know yourself what your riding style is like and you can upgrade parts or get a new bike. My hybrid has around 2500kms on it - nearly all from commuting in London/DC. (Of course now I have a road bike with 2000mi+ on it in less than a year - I'm hooked.)
Steel vs aluminium *shrug* Steel is supposed to provide a better ride quality and be longer lasting, but I've had no issue with aluminium myself. My last 5 bikes have been aluminium.
Last edited by vvill; 04-25-2012 at 10:06 AM.
Oh cool - yeah, I was staring over at Pentagon City today as the bus sat on 395 going "Well, I COULD just walk over there and get a CaBi..."
I will check out Bikenetic
I live really close to Spokes but it's always good to shop around. I'll try riding some steel & aluminum frames and see what I actually like as opposed to what I THINK I like
And I suppose you guys like a bit of Lionel Ritchie in your house "Biking on the Ceiling"? Every time you walk under it does the song get into your head? Haha.
Originally Posted by jrenaut
I bought my first bike from Spokes. I would have to say their salespeople are kind of useless but their service people are great.
Originally Posted by kelinva
When you test ride bikes be sure to wear clothing and shoes that you plan on wearing most of the time on the bike; I've seen people doing it in jeans and flip-flops, not a good idea unless you're buying a cruiser. Don't feel shy about bringing a couple of outfits if necessary; all stores have changing rooms/bathrooms and are used to it. I would also suggest bringing a snack and your own water bottle (filled of course) since the process will probably take a couple of hours at each store. The day I bought my road bike I was there for four hours. And bring your helmet, eyeglasses, ID and credit card (they hold those to be sure you return the bike). If you have any gizmos that you want to attach to any bike you buy, bring those too. I also found that some stores were in better locations than others for trying out bikes; being near a trail or residential area is better than being downtown IMHO.
And be sure to get your hands on the Arlington and DC bike maps. Any bike store should have them in stock and they are free.
Last edited by KLizotte; 04-25-2012 at 10:41 AM.
P.S. If you can visit the bike stores during a week day you will get much better service at this time of the year because they are swamped on the weekends. The recession certainly doesn't seem to have affected the bike shops in this area.
Yup, the guy at CityBikes said the same thing No one can afford to buy gas! :P