November 2022 Update

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November 2022 Update

November Shop News


 

Fenders and flannel become essential later in the month, but not as of this writing. If you need to get equipped, we’ve got you covered on the former and trust you can source the latter. There are still several weeks of prime riding days this month before it gets really cold. Our service bay is still active, but your repair wait time will be dropping with the temperature as we move through the month. If you’ve been holding off on booking an appointment throughout the summer due to our full calendar, this is your time.

Inventory updates

Our bike inventory is returning to normal levels with some 2023 models arriving this month and into the next. New models from Gazelle, Fuji, and Marin are all anticipated to arrive soon. We’ll have some detailed information on those once we get closer to the delivery dates. Several Tern GSD bikes are on the floor and ready to ride.

Thanks to you for an incredible 2022

We’ve had a great season and can’t thank our customers enough for supporting us. The last two years have been challenging, and we appreciate the patience and gratitude we have been shown. If we have made your riding life better, please share your experiences on your favorite review site. Since we’re a small business in every way, your descriptive review can make a big difference in who sees us and who doesn’t. Need a link to one? Here’s the one, and here’s the other.

If you would like to keep up with what’s happening in the shop in a more immediate fashion, we’re still on Twitter and Instagram (subject to change).

Election 2022

How would you like DC to look in the future? If you’re a voter in DC, you have a say in this by participating in local elections. While many races are uncontested or have a clear favorite to win, there are others that could be decided on election day.

As owners of a transportation-focused bike shop, we’re partial to candidates who push for safe and connected bike infrastructure, and while we’re not in her SMD, we would ask our customers and friends of the shop who live in ANC 6A04 to vote for Amber Gove in this upcoming election.

Amber is on the ballot after facing a failed recall effort in October.

We have watched for several years as Amber chaired monthly ANC meetings through agenda items that affect matters of everyday life in the neighborhood. From personal experience, these hyper-local meetings are not always run with this same level of care and concern for the issues covered.

We’re proud to support Amber because we know that she represents the interests of her community. We hope to work with her and all of the 6A and 6C commissioners to improve traffic safety and address housing issues in the neighborhoods where we work, live, and ride.

Repair Calendar Update

We’re getting into the best time of the year to book your annual maintenance. Our booking calendar is coming down to about a week out for scheduled service. If you have a larger project or custom build, this would be the time to discuss that. Most small repairs can be handled day-of drop off or within 2 days. Text or call us to see if we can fit you in that day.

New Service options:

Our updated tune up menu rolled out in September with some new packages. They’re designed around a more holistic approach to bike repair and maintenance. Over several years we have seen thousands of bikes in our stands, and every one is unique. Starting this month, we’ll fit the tune you need with your prior maintenance history along with your goals for riding in the future. We’re also adjusting pricing to sustain our high level of service, while retaining the same great staff our customers have come to trust.

Weekend days are fully reserved for walk-ins. If you have an urgent repair, let us know so we can prioritize getting you back on the road.

Looking for a new job?

If you’re looking for a position in the bike industry, we’re always looking for friendly, technically savvy people to serve in mechanic and retail positions. Send us an email with a resume and a brief message letting us know some things your resume doesn’t express.

November 2022 Bike Stock

Bike inventories have improved significantly. The ebike category is still limited, but this month we’ll be adding to our current stock with some new bikes from Gazelle.  Standard bikes are more available .

 

Tern

 

 

A Tern GSD in grey blue in front of a brick wall with graffiti

Several S10 LR and LX models remain in stock from our last restock. These bikes have a more basic chain and derailleur drivetrain, but are just as cargo-capable as the rest of the Tern GSD fleet. New colors debut on these bikes with the S10LR coming in a spicy Tabasco orange, and the S10LX coming in this classic blue-grey.

 

 

 

Breezer

 

 

Several stepthrough Breezer Downtown EX models are in stock right now. These upright town bikes are well suited for utility or casual riding and come equipped with rack and fenders.

 

Fuji

 

Marin

 

BICYCLE PARTS SHORTAGES

The supply chain issues of 2020 and 2021 are mostly behind us, but we’re still seeing certain components that have not returned to on-demand status. Most of these are higher-end drivetrain parts and certain niche accessories. We’ve found alternatives for many of our customers and

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION


Sunday: 12-4

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6

A Tern GSD in grey blue in front of a brick wall with graffiti

October 2022 Update

Fall Arrives inDC

Shorter days and cooler nights have us thinking about upgrading lights and putting gloves on for the first time since the spring. In the shop this month are some great USB rechargeable lights from Cygolite and Cateye that are essential for safe riding this time of year. Stop in to ask for our recommendations on the best light for your ride.

 


Repair Calendar Update

 

Calendar Update:

Our booking calendar is about two weeks out for any tunes or larger repairs. This will begin to get shorter as we leave the summer months behind. If you have a larger project or custom build, this would be the time to discuss that. Most small repairs can be handled day-of drop off or within 2 days. Text or call us to see if we can fit you in that day.

New Service options:

Our updated tune up menu is rolled out last month with some new packages. They’re designed around a more holistic approach to bike repair and maintenance. Over several years we have seen thousands of bikes in our stands, and every one is unique. Starting this month, we’ll fit the tune you need with your prior maintenance history along with your goals for riding in the future. We’re also adjusting pricing to sustain our high level of service, while retaining the same great staff our customers have come to trust.

Weekend days are fully reserved for walk-ins. If you have an urgent repair, let us know so we can prioritize getting you back on the road.

Looking for a new job?

If you’re looking for a position in the bike industry, we’re always looking for friendly, technically savvy people to serve in mechanic and retail positions. Send us an email with a resume and a brief message letting us know some things your resume doesn’t express.

October 2022 Bike Stock

Bike inventories continue to improve, but some categories are still in short supply. The ebike category is especially limited, which will continue for the foreseeable future. Standard bikes are more available but still have some size and color shortages.

 

Tern

 

 

A Tern GSD in grey blue in front of a brick wall with graffiti

Several S10 LR and LX models just arrived in the last week of September. These bikes have a more basic chain and derailleur drivetrain, but are just as cargo-capable as the rest of the Tern GSD fleet. New colors debut on these bikes with the S10LR coming in a spicy Tabasco orange, and the S10LX coming in a classic blue-grey. These are limited in number as well, so contact us before dropping by for a test ride.

 

Breezer

 

Several stepthrough Breezer Downtown EX models are in stock right now. These upright town bikes are well suited for utility or casual riding and come equipped with rack and fenders.

 

Fuji

 

Marin

 

BICYCLE PARTS SHORTAGES

If you have been hearing about supply chain issues, know that the bike industry has been hit especially hard. We’re now seeing improvements in some parts and accessory availability. Some higher end parts and new releases are still in short supply. We have very little control over what is available to us and have done what we can to stockpile as many common parts to keep us in service for the season. If we have your bike in for repair we’ll do our best to offer alternatives and prioritize your needs.

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION


Sunday: 12-4

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-6

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