Shop Operations Update for February 2021:

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February 2021 Update

COVID-19 Procedures:

With expanded guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified our operations to keep our staff and customers safe. While we previously operated in a “zero-contact” manner, we are allowing brief interactions with customers outside. We require masks to be worn when interacting with our staff outside.

Please call or text when arriving.

The effects of the 2020 bike boom in the US has bike shops and manufacturers trying hard to meet demand. We’re being told by several distributors that our 2021 bike orders cannot be completely fulfilled.

Schedule a repair by email or phone call:

February is the time to get bike repairs done. Our wait time is down to one to two days. Get your bike in ahead of the rush in March and April.  Please call or email for an appointment.

This month, small repairs for minor issues such as flat tires and adjustments can usually be handled on the same day as drop-off.

New 2021 Bike Arrivals:

At this point in the year we’re being informed by several of our suppliers that inventories will be short this year. Price increases have been announced for multiple brands due to shipping and logistical challenges. The new Tern GSD v.2 is one of the bikes that will experience a price increase and limited inventory. If you are interested in getting on the list for one of these, please email us to add your name.

 

 

 

New Restock (Updated 2/22/21) Fairdale Lookfar:

Kowabunga Green Fairdale LookfarThe Fairdale Lookfar ($564) has returned to our shop. This has all the essentials that make a great city bike. The Lookfar keeps it simple with a 1×8 drivetrain and caliper brakes. Equip it for a commute by adding a rack and fenders, or keep it light and simple for afternoon fitness rides.

We have limited quantities of these and will not likely receive additional inventory in 2021. We’ll update availability here as supply levels change.

 

The Fairdale Express ($499) takes the already simple Lookfar a step further. This singlespeed model is now available in small/medium. If you’re looking for basic transportation with low maintenance, this is your ride.

 

 

 

 

Bikes in stock for February (Updated 2/2):

A blue Marin Donky Jr. in 24" size

Marin Donky Jr. 24″

Marin Donky Jr. 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marin Donky 16″, 20″, and 24″ bikes arrived in December and we have a selection in our front window. These lightweight, aluminum-framed bikes all come with hand brakes. The 20″ and 24″ models have a 6 speed drivetrain for family rides that include hills or keeping up with parents and older siblings.

2021 Marin Fairfax in black

Marin Fairfax 1 in black

 

The Marin Fairfax 1 ($469)became a hot item in 2020 and sold out quickly. We have received a small allocation of them in all sizes, but now only have small and extra small remaining. If you’re shopping for a hybrid, this is one to consider as the folks over at Wirecutter named it the best commuter bike of 2020.

 

 

Marin Muirwoods

Marin Muirwoods in Black

Another hybrid in stock is the Marin Muirwoods($799). These sturdy and capable bikes have steel frames and 29″ wheels with hydraulic disc brakes.We have them available in medium, large, and extra large.

 

 

 


We have two remaining extra-large (21″) Fuji Nevada 1.9   in stock. This basic mountain bike is useful on DC’s streets and capable of handling some off-road detours. The models pictured on the Fuji site are prior year models so paint colors have changed somewhat. See our Instagram page for the actual bikes we have in the shop.


A Celeste clored Biria Citibike 8

Biria Citibike 8 ST

 

 

The Biria (Citibike Stepthrough 8) remains available in large (48cm) in celeste.

 

 

 

Breezer Midtown 1.7 Stepthrough

 

The Breezer Midtown  is designed for urban biking. Offered in step-over and stepthrough (pictured), it has wide 27.5″ tires to take on imperfect pavement and to smooth out the ride around town. If you’re looking for a basic bike for fitness riding and transportation or family outings, come take the Midtown for a test ride.

 

 

Fuji Rookie 20″

 

 

The Fuji Rookie 20″ is in stock in red, grey, pearl white, and seafoam. Send the kids outside to escape their Zoom classes on this aluminum-framed bike with hand and coaster brakes.

 

 

 

 

Our selection of electric cargo bikes is decent for the moment, but we are seeing stock shortages there as well in certain sizes.

If you were looking for a Tern HSD, we now have the S+ in stock which when we first rode it changed our perception of biking.

 

BICYCLE PARTS SHORTAGES

In 2020 our entire industry saw incredible demand for parts and accessories. So many people are taking their old bikes out of storage and riding them. This is great! But it wasn’t anticipated, and our distributors stocked for a normal year. These parts are starting to arrive back in stock, but supplies are limited, so we’re having to compete with every other shop in the US to get at this supply. If you have called another bike store looking for a certain part and they’re out of stock, we are likely out as well. Common parts that we are currently out of and cannot order are:

  • 26″ tubes in presta valve
  • 26″ tires
  • 29″ tubes
  • 27.5″ tires
  • Some shifters and derailleurs
  • Some basic home repair tools
  • Some repair grade wheels

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION


Sunday: 12-4

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6

February Holiday Closures: TBA


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November Update

With expanded guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified our operations to keep our staff and customers safe. While we previously operated in a “zero-contact” manner, we are allowing brief interactions with customers outside. We require masks to be worn when interacting with our staff outside. Please call or text when arriving. We anticipate reopening for walk-in sales and service on a limited basis once we can install barriers.

The effects of the bike boom in the US has bike shops and manufacturers trying hard to keep up. We’re in the same situation and are taking steps to ensure that we can complete the repairs we currently have.

Schedule a repair by email or phone call:

Our current first available repair date has come down to one week. Please call or email for an appointment. All major repairs are being scheduled in this manner.

We now offer limited day-of repairs for minor issues such as flat tires. We take them each day on a first-call, first-serve basis. These will be accepted until we reach capacity (usually before 11:30AM) and are generally completed the same day.

Bike Availability (Updated October 31st)

Please call or email for a test ride appointment.

Some large sized (19″ and 21″) Fuji Nevada 1.9   remain in stock. These basic mountain bikes can prove useful on DC’s streets and are capable of handling some off-road detours. The models pictured on the Fuji site are prior year models so paint colors have changed somewhat. See our Instagram page for the actual bikes we have in stock.

The Biria (Citibike Stepthrough 8) arrived in September and we have them in both sizes in celeste, and in small (42cm) in red and black.

We have received a full selection of the Breezer Midtown, which is a new model to us, and is well suited to urban biking. It has wide 27.5 tires to take on imperfect pavement and to smooth out the ride around town. If you’re looking for a basic bike for fitness riding and transportation or family outings, come take the Midtown for a test ride.

Our selection of electric cargo bikes is decent for the moment, but we are seeing stock shortages there as well in certain sizes.

If you were looking for a Tern HSD, we now have the S8i back in stock as well as the S+, which when we first rode it changed our perception of biking.

BICYCLE PARTS SHORTAGES

This year our entire industry has seen incredible demand for parts and accessories. So many people are taking their old bikes out of storage and riding them. This is great! But it wasn’t anticipated, and our distributors stocked for a normal year. These parts are starting to arrive back in stock, but supplies are limited, so we’re having to compete with every other shop in the US to get at this supply. If you have called another bike store looking for a certain part and they’re out of stock, we are likely out as well. Common parts that we are currently out of and cannot order are:

  • 26″ tubes in presta valve
  • 26″ tires
  • 700×28-32 presta valve tubes
  • some 7, 8, and 9 speed drivetrain parts (cassettes, freewheels, chainrings)
  • 7, 8, and 9 speed shifters and derailleurs
  • some basic home repair tools
  • some repair grade wheels

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION


Sunday: 12-4

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can I come inside the shop to show you a problem my bike is having or to take a look at your bike selection?

A: Unfortunately, we’re not allowing anyone inside the shop except employees or delivery personnel, but we’re able to discuss your problem by phone or provide guidance by text or email. This is a great time to learn about working on your own bike. This series of videos by Park Tool is a great starting point for step by step instructions to common repairs.

Q: So, are you open?

A: We’re working on bikes and taking sales requests by phone, but no customer has been inside of our shop since March.

Q: Do you have any bikes in stock?

A: As we mention above, we have models from several brands available, but this can change rapidly.

Q: When will the bike that I see on your site be in stock?

A:  The Marin Fairfax 1 was anticipated to arrive in October but will not likely arrive until November. We do not have accurate estimates for most other models from brands like Fairdale or Fuji.

Q: Can I test ride a bike you have in stock?

A: You can test ride a bike we have in stock by making an appointment with us. Please call or email to set that up. We’ll need to make sure the bike is assembled and ready to ride. Bring your ID and credit card to hand off at the door.

Q: Can I purchase a tube, or other small item from you?

A: Absolutely! We’re taking orders by phone or text (the shop number is text enabled) and put items for pickup outside on the white table by the door.

Q: How does the repair drop-off and pickup procedure work?

On the day of your appointment or the day before, we’ll reach out by text to let you know we’re ready to accept your bike for repair. We will ask you to give us some advance notification so that we can assign one of our combination chain locks to you. They are located outside of the shop and are locked onto the public bike racks next to the curb. Lock up your bike and walk away. We’ll retrieve it within minutes and take it inside for the repair.

Q: How long will you have my bike?

Usually, we like to get your bike back on the day of your appointment, but with this new arrangement we’re not able to assess the condition of bikes prior to doing the repair. Sometimes we discover issues that require parts that we don’t have on hand and need to order. Often, we find things that you may not have seen or noticed. We’ll point them out to you and provide an estimate. Our current turn-around time is between 1-5 days of drop off.

July Update

We continue to operate as a contactless shop with the procedures we have outlined here. We cannot provide an estimated date when we will reopen for walk-in sales and service.

The effects of the bike boom in the US has bike shops and manufacturers trying hard to keep up. We’re in the same situation and are taking steps to ensure that we can complete the repairs we currently have.

REPAIR INTAKE HAS REOPENED

Our current first available repair date is now three weeks out. Please call or email for an appointment. We’ll put you on the schedule and 

BIKE AVAILABILITY

Our inventory of bikes has also become extremely limited. We have almost no remaining hybrid bikes. The selection is limited to sizes extra small and small in one or two models.

Our selection of electric cargo bikes is decent for the moment, but we are seeing stock shortages there as well in certain sizes.

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION


Sunday: 12-4

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can I come inside the shop to show you a problem my bike is having or to take a look at your bike selection?

A: Unfortunately, we’re not allowing anyone inside the shop except employees or delivery personnel, but we’re able to discuss your problem by phone or provide guidance by text or email. This is a great time to learn about working on your own bike. This series of videos by Park Tool is a great starting point for step by step instructions to common repairs.

Q: So, are you open?

A: We’re working on bikes and taking sales requests by phone, but no customer has been inside of our shop since March.

Q: Do you have any bikes in stock?

A: Like many shops in the area, hybrids are almost completely out of stock. We have a small selection of other bikes that are either in smaller sizes, or the last of their model. As of the date of this post (07/7/20) we still have several Marin Lombard 1 (54 or 56cm $899) that are a great city/road style for longer commutes and recreational riding. Considering a light tour? Take a look at the Lombard.

Q: When will the bike that I see on your site be in stock?

A: We’re making orders now for arrivals of certain models in early August. The Marin Fairfax line will not return to our shop until mid-September.

Q: Can I test ride a bike you have in stock?

A: You can test ride a bike we have in stock by making an appointment with us. Please call or email to set that up. We’ll need to make sure the bike is assembled and ready to ride and will ask you to send us an image of your ID and credit card to a secure email address. We will delete this image at the conclusion of your test ride.

Q: Can I purchase a tube, or other small item from you?

A: Absolutely! We’re taking orders by phone or text (the shop number is text enabled) and put items for pickup outside on the white table by the door.

Q: How does the repair drop-off and pickup procedure work?

On the day of your appointment or the day before, we’ll reach out by text to let you know we’re ready to accept your bike for repair. We will ask you to give us some advance notification so that we can assign one of our combination chain locks to you. They are located outside of the shop and are locked onto the public bike racks next to the curb. Lock up your bike and walk away. We’ll retrieve it within minutes and take it inside for the repair.

Q: How long will you have my bike?

Usually, we like to get your bike back on the day of your appointment, but with this new arrangement we’re not able to assess the condition of bikes prior to doing the repair. Sometimes we discover issues that require parts that we don’t have on hand and need to order. Often, we find things that you may not have seen or noticed. We’ll point them out to you and provide an estimate. Our current turn-around time is between 1-5 days of drop off.

June Update

We continue to operate as a contactless shop with the procedures we have outlined here. We cannot provide an estimated date when we will reopen for walk-in sales and service.

As you may have heard recently, we’re experiencing a bike boom in the US and bike shops and manufacturers are trying hard to keep up. We’re in the same situation and are taking steps to ensure that we can complete the repairs we currently have. 

Repair Intake Temporarily Paused

Our calendar of repairs has extended out beyond three weeks and we have made the unusual decision to momentarily halt new repair intake. We will post an update once we are able to schedule new repairs. We want to ensure that all currently scheduled repairs can be completed with the high standards we usually want to uphold. 

Bike Availability

Our inventory of bikes has also become extremely limited. We’ll be putting out selections of bikes we have in stock daily on social media to show what we have in stock. We still have the Fairdale Lookfar in small and medium sizes. We anticipate arrival of large sizes by August.

Our selection of electric cargo bikes is decent for the moment, but we are seeing stock shortages there as well in certain sizes.

Current Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12-4

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I come inside the shop to show you a problem my bike is having or to take a look at your bike selection?

A: Unfortunately, we’re not allowing anyone inside the shop except employees or delivery personnel, but we’re able to discuss your problem by phone or provide guidance by text or email. This is a great time to learn about working on your own bike. This series of videos by Park Tool is a great starting point for step by step instructions to common repairs.

  • Q: So, are you open?

A: We’re working on bikes and taking sales requests by phone, but no customer has been inside of our shop since March.

  • Q: Do you have any bikes in stock?

A: Like many shops in the area, we’re running very low on certain types of bikes. Hybrids are almost completely out of stock, and we have limited numbers and sizes of the Fairdale Lookfar. We also have a small selection of other bikes that are either in smaller sizes, or the last of their model. As of the date of this post (06/10/20) we still have several Marin Lombard 1 that are a great city/road style for longer commutes and recreational riding. Considering a light tour? Take a look at the Lombard.

  • Q: When will the bike that I see on your site be in stock?

A: We’re making orders now for arrivals of certain models in early August. The Marin Fairfax line will not return to our shop until mid-September.

  • Q: Can I test ride a bike you have in stock?

A: You can test ride a bike we have in stock by making an appointment with us. Please call or email to set that up. We’ll need to make sure the bike is assembled and ready to ride and will ask you to send us an image of your ID and credit card to a secure email address. We will delete this image at the conclusion of your test ride.

  • Q: Can I purchase a tube, or other small item from you?

A: Absolutely! We’re taking orders by phone or text (the shop number is text enabled) and put items for pickup outside on the white table by the door.

  • Q: How does the repair drop-off and pickup procedure work?

On the day of your appointment or the day before, we’ll reach out by text to let you know we’re ready to accept your bike for repair. We will ask you to give us some advance notification so that we can assign one of our combination chain locks to you. They are located outside of the shop and are locked onto the public bike racks next to the curb. Lock up your bike and walk away. We’ll retrieve it within minutes and take it inside for the repair.

  • Q: How long will you have my bike?

Usually, we like to get your bike back on the day of your appointment, but with this new arrangement we’re not able to assess the condition of bikes prior to doing the repair. Sometimes we discover issues that require parts that we don’t have on hand and need to order. Often, we find things that you may not have seen or noticed. We’ll point them out to you and provide an estimate. Our current turn-around time is between 1-5 days of drop off.

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