Time for a Tune-up

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‘My Suede By Giant Shimano Coasting Bike lookin mighty fine.’
courtesy of ‘needlessspaces’

This past weekend, I rode my bike for the first time since winter — down to the Washington Monument for my first-ever experience with DC Kickball (more on that later). It was glorious. Well, the trip down was glorious, the ride back — not so amazing, because it is clear that my bike, a Ross road bike from god-knows-how-long-ago, needs a tune-up, stat.

Living on the hill, my nearest and best resource for all things bike-related seems to be Capitol Hill Bikes, on 8th St. SE across from the Marine Barracks. Cap Hill Bikes has a beautiful showroom and store with all the gadgets and legit bike additions that are too professional for my joy-riding biking needs, as well as an adjacent servicing outfit with replacement parts and all that jazz. Their website also boasts some sweet mapping tools for riding around town. 

It’s so great to see commuters back on their bikes and saving energy (while expending a little of their own). What great bike resources do you utilize in and around DC? Do you bike to work? Favorite places to bike?

Acacia has lived in DC since graduating from Vassar College with degrees in English and Italian. She cries daily at the thought of her imminent departure from this beloved city, as she will begin a Fulbright teaching grant in the Campania region, Italy come October. She’ll be blogging that experience too. Get at her: acaciaO@welovedc.com or follow her on twitter.

3 thoughts on “Time for a Tune-up

  1. I’ve been riding to work in the mornings – or, more accurately, riding from Columbia Heights down to Eastern Market and getting on the metro there. It’s a great way to wake up in the mornings, I get to listen to my podcasts, and its about 9 miles of riding a day, which is exercise I don’t even think about.