One of the greatest things about living in DC is that it’s not necessary to have a car in order to get around town. Traveling underground on the Metro means missing out on the beauty DC has to offer. To really get a taste and feel for the city, cruise the neighborhoods on bike. Here are some of the best cycle shops we found in DC and there’s something for everyone.
Hours: Mon to Fri 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ranked number one according to the CityPaper’s Best Bike Shops in DC, the Bike Rack is the place for cyclists and athletes to find all their cycling needs. The Bike Rack offers workshops for cyclists and multisport athletes, maintenance clinics, bike fitting services as well as personal coaching assistance. The Bike Rack also offers multiple maintenance packages, financing and bicycle insurance plans as well as hosts weekend group rides.
Hours: Mon to Wed 10 a.m.; Thur 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri to Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
City Bikes features the largest selection of bikes and boast the most mechanics in the DC area. City Bikes’ knowledgeable sales team members will make sure you find the right bike. Ranked within the top three of the CityPaper’s Best Bike Shops in DC, the shop supports many community events and local racing teams. City Bikes also offers free loaner tools and free air for your bike as well as offers free basic bike maintenance classes every Thursday night.
Hours: Mon to Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Capitol Hill Bike Shop will have just what you’re looking for. Whether you are looking for a new bike, helmet or tail light. Capitol Hill Bikes welcomes cyclists of all ages and physical abilities. The women-owned shop especially caters to female riders, with a wide variety of bikes, products and other gear specifically made for women and girls. Should your bike need repairs, the shop offers free estimates as well as certified bicycle mechanics should you decide to have your bike repaired at the shop. Capitol Hill Bikes also offers basic maintenance classes, Sunday morning rides and an online shopping experience.
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Hours: Mon to Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more than 50 years, the Bicycle Pro Shop has helped members of the Washington DC community with all of their cycling needs. This highly rated bicycle shop offers a variety of services. With the selection of popular and dependable brands, the knowledgeable staff will make sure you pick the bicycle is prefect for you. Located in the heart of Georgetown, the Bicycle Pro Shop sponsors and supports many local cycling teams as well, including the Snapple Tri Team and the DC Triathlon Club.
Hours: Mon to Fri 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – Closed
Cycle Life USA features a performance center, bike fitting and a retail area with a wide variety of apparel, bicycles and multisport training gear. While you are waiting for any maintenance on your bike grab a delicious smoothie, fresh juices and organic coffees courtesy of the Cycle Life Cafe. The shop also offers athletic services including premium coaching services, medical grade performance testing equipment and stationary training classes. Cycle Life USA also supports many charitable organizations including Achieve Kids Tri, Inc., World Bicycle Relief, Bike to the Beach and many others.
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