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2021 Tern GSD Introduction

src=”×300.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”300″ /> The new 2021 Tern GSD continues to define the compact cargo category. When the original Tern GSD arrived on the scene in 2017, it immediately changed everything for the compact cargo concept. This small electric folding bike quickly became a shop and customer favorite. The shop’s demo has carried patio furniture, mulch, other bikes, and weekly groceries for over a year in our fleet.

The HSD arrived last year, and we immediately saw a number of features on it that we wanted to see on the new 2021 GSD.

The 2021 Tern GSD delivers all of these improvements and things we didn’t even know we wanted.

Anyone who has ridden the Tern GSD with a fully loaded cargo area (or passenger seats) can attest to the stiffness of the frame and absolute solid feel. Tern decided that they needed even more carrying capacity (now 440 pounds) and increased frame rigidity.

New Features on the 2021 Tern GSD

Locking Atlas Kickstand

A new and improved locking Atlas kickstand provides a stable platform for loading and unloading passengers or cargo. The stand’s locking feature is actuated by a lever on the bars. This feature makes getting the bike rolling when fully loaded much easier than before.



2021 Tern GSD Frame Improvements

Integrated lower foot decks and cross-bracing on the new Tern GSD ensure passenger safety and contribute to the feeling of security when carrying heavy loads.






A Tern GSD with a Storm Shield enclosure installed covering the passenger compartment

GSD With Storm Shield installed

Weather-Proof Passenger Compartment

The Tern GSD v.2 adds several new accessories that we’re excited about. Extra wide deck extensions are available for adult passengers and integrate into the all new Clubhouse Fort. This accessory consists of the new Clubhouse, Storm Shield and Storm Box.

With the Clubhouse Fort installed, your passengers will enjoy a warm and dry trip whatever the weather is.


Suntour Suspension Fork and Abus wheel lock installed on Tern GSD

Abus wheel lock and Suntour suspension fork

Suspension and Security

The new 2021 Tern GSD borrows one of the best features from its little brother, the HSD. Our first ride on that bike had us asking for the Suntour fork to be added to a new GSD once it arrived. Tern has granted our wish for squish and added an extra measure of security by including an Abus wheel lock as standard.



Reserve a GSD Now:

If the 2021 Tern GSD is the bike for you, you can be added to our list to be contacted once it arrives in early Spring. We’ll be bringing in a demo bike for those that wish to test ride as soon as they become available.






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.



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


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Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6

February Holiday Closures: TBA

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