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In Washington, a Two-Tire Industry Goes Flat [Sep. 16th, 2009|09:08 am]
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[Current Location |On The Road]

Athletic rebels swathed in Lycra, zipping in and out of traffic to beat the delivery deadline, watch their livelihood evaporate.

Full Front Page Article from The Washington Post

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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2008|11:40 am]
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Hey I was just curious if anyone in DC has ever had their bike custom painted? So far I've only found one place that does it, Bulldog Bike Restoration. I just wanted to shop around a little. Does anyone have any recommendations? How much did it cost you?
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suggestions for bike shop in MD? [Aug. 28th, 2008|10:42 am]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]

soccer_fox and I live in Takoma Park and need a recommendation for a good bike shop. We are going to be looking for a bike for her and a good place to do repairs and maintenance for both our bikes (I love Spokes, where I got my bike, but it's only convenient to go there if I take my bike to work with me). Any suggestions for a good sales and service location? Thanks for your advice!
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(no subject) [Aug. 18th, 2008|08:05 pm]
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So...what happens to the trails in the Alexandria/Arlington area (and the 14th St bridge) come winter? Are they still rideable? I ask because I just relocated to the area and as I'm planning on commuting to DC by bike once I've got all my gear together, I'm wondering whether I'll be able to keep that up when the weather gets sucky. I'm going to be seriously disappointed if taking the metro's going to be easier after a "snowstorm."
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Silver Spring - Bethesda bike commuting [Jul. 2nd, 2008|11:15 am]
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[mood |determined]

Hello all! I'm mostly posting to share my excitement at finally figuring out a potential way to get to work by bike (and a little bit of public transportation), and to see if anyone has any tips and tricks for any leg of my journey.

Today, I spent the morning perusing various websites in another attempt to find a better, cheaper, healthier way to get to work than spending an hour and a half to two hours in the car every day just to travel 22 miles. I live off Cherry Hill Rd, between Powder Mill and Rt. 29, up in that no-man's-land that isn't quite Silver Spring, or Beltsville (though that's my mailing address), or College Park. I work in the heart of Bethesda. Since biking down 29 is not an option (no paths, no shoulder, no sidewalks), I had despaired of being able to bike to work. There's just no safe way to get from our place to the inside of the Beltway without going many miles out of my way on an already long trip. Then, last night, I had a "DUH!" moment, and realized that I could theoretically bus part of the trip. All of Metro's buses theoretically have bike racks that are supposed to be really easy to use (though I haven't personally tried yet).

So today I pored over Metro, MoCo, and WABA pages, and figured out a potential route. The Z6 bus stops right behind the Target about a mile from my house, and goes straight down Rt. 29 into Silver Spring. The Capital Crescent trail starts just west of Silver Spring and dumps out just down the street from my office in Bethesda. The only even vaguely iffy part is getting from wherever I get off the bus in Silver Spring to the beginning of the trail, but someone thought of that, too. So really, the only question is how long it takes, and either how much earlier I'll have to get up to do it, or how much later I'll have to stay at work. Though getting up earlier has two added benefits - cooler temperatures, and less traffic on 29, which can be a parking lot. Of course, the whole "getting up earlier" thing is less fun. So we'll see. ;-) Also, a $2.50 per day commute as opposed to who-knows-how-much in gas and car repairs plus an average of $5.50 in parking garage fees = win.

I'm going to give it a try this weekend, and see how long it takes. Anyone have any tips, tricks, warnings, or suggestions for any part of my route? I figure rather than going all the way into Silver Spring, I'll just get off the bus at Spring Street at 29, and hop over to 2nd Ave from there, and thence to the CC trail.

I'll get in shape if it kills me, damnit! :-D
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Job Hunting [May. 22nd, 2008|01:14 pm]
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Hey so I'm new to DC, living on 23rd and I street NW, and looking to find work in a Bike shop. I have little shop experience but I'm willing to work weekends for really cheap as long as I get to learn bicycle stuff. Any suggestions about good shops/places to try/anything else?
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Beginner Mountain Bike Trails? [Apr. 25th, 2008|01:20 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

I've got a couple friends who are interested in trying some off-road mountain biking, and I was wondering if anyone could suggest some trails? Maryland is preferred, within 45 minutes or so of DC would be ideal. Just somewhere with some non-paved paths through the woods, easy enough that they can start from scratch in learning, but with enough obstacles that they can practice the basics.

Thanks in advance!

(Went out riding with one of those friends yesterday - first time she'd been on a bike in probably 15 years. She's spent all day today trawling Craigslist looking for her very own bike to ride, she had so much fun! :-))
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Route Query [Apr. 17th, 2008|09:05 am]
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[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

Since it's been taking me an hour or so lately to drive the eleven miles from my condo off Cherry Hill Rd in Beltsville/College Park to my office in downtown Bethesda, I've been thinking more seriously about trying to find a way to bike to work. Unfortunately, there are several obstacles in my way, and I've yet to be able to figure out a way around them. The biggest problem is getting to the other side of the Beltway.

Via roads, the major routes I could take (and the reasons I don't want to) are:

1) Cherry Hill east -> Powder Mill -> New Hampshire -> something in Silver Spring (I forget the name of that little parkway that runs along the north side of Silver Spring)
- Not a good option because Powder mill is an extremely narrow road with no shoulder, down and up a very steep hill. Not safe for riding at the best of times, let alone at rush hour.

2) Cherry Hill west -> Rt. 29 -> Silver Spring
- Not a good option because Rt. 29 is a divided highway with shoulders, but little in the way of sidewalks, and no bike lane. See above re: not safe for riding.

3) Cherry Hill farther west/Randolph Rd. -> Georgia Ave
- Not a good option because Georgia Ave is extremely busy, with no shoulder and crappy sidewalks, AND it's currently torn up for paving. See above re: not safe for riding.

4) Cherry Hill/Randolph Rd. even FARTHER west -> Connecticut Ave
- This might be the most feasible, but puts me several miles out of my way, and Connecticut Ave isn't much better than Georgia in terms of ridability.

I'm sure there are other routes through neighborhoods and back streets, but they're so circuitous as to be impractical - and pretty much everything still requires taking one of those major roads to get to the other side of the Beltway.

UNLESS! And here's where I hope you guys can help: unless there's a bike path or alternate route I simply don't know about? Something that would take me north-south into either Silver Spring or Bethesda?

Anyone have any suggestions or advice?
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Tune-up needed [Apr. 3rd, 2008|12:14 pm]
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Hello everyone. I hope you're all enjoying the increasingly warm weather! It's nice enough for me to start riding to school and work, which is why I'm here...

A couple months ago I purchased a 1980s Peugeot road bike. It's in good shape, as the previous owner obviously never rode it and stored it indoors, but it's at least 20 years old and needs a major tune-up. The brake pads need replaced, cables adjusted, the stem shifters are incredibly sticky, the tires are totally slick, and the toeclips (which I hate and want removed) are practically welded into place.
Is there somewhere in the area that can do this degree of tune-up without charging me an arm and a leg? Or an individual who will do it for cost, plus a couple bucks and a 12-pack of beer? My friend's boyfriend was going to do it for cost, but they broke up before he could get to it. Damnit.
I'll go anywhere Metro accessible, seeing as I can't ride the bike there.

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Arlington [Apr. 3rd, 2008|10:08 am]
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This sure is a lively group. :-P

Just a reminder to be careful if you are out on the trails alone. This week there was another attack of a lone woman in Arlington, along the Four Mile Run Trail near Barcroft Park. And in March there were attacks along the W&OD (a cyclist groping women and a daylight abduction/assault). I hope the creep or creeps lurking out there are caught soon.


Be alert, ride safe.
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