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2021 Tern GSD Introduction

src=”http://thedailyriderdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/GSDS10-LX-schoolbusyellow-300×300.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.

 

 

 

 

 

January 2021 Update

Happy New Year! We’ll be taking New Years Day 2021 off, but return on the 2nd at 10AM.

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 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:

Our current first available repair date has come down to less than one week. Please call or email for an appointment. All major repairs are being scheduled in this manner. If you couldn’t get in this summer when we had a month wait, this is your time.

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.

New Arrivals for January 2021 (Updated 1/19)

Marin Fairfax 2Near the end of December we received a limited number of Marin Fairfax 2 ($599) models in medium and large. We are now out of stock. (1/19/21) Upgrades to this bike from the Fairfax 1 include:

  • Lighter frame w/butted & formed tubing and internal cable routing
  • Aluminum fork
  • 24 speed drivetrain
  • Hydraulic disc brakes

 

 

Another new arrival this last month is the Marin Terra Linda 1 ($459), which is a step-through version of the Fairfax 1. The step-through frame is easier to mount, useful if you intend to put this into service for child carrying. Very limited sizes available: Small

 

 

Bikes in stock for January (Updated 1/3)

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 in November, 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 that has just arrived 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

 

We have received a full selection of the Breezer Midtown, a new model to us, 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

January Holiday Closures: Closed New Years Day


Have another question? Visit our FAQ

December 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.

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’re taking on.

Schedule a repair by email or phone call:

Our current first available repair date has come down to less than one week. Please call or email for an appointment. All major repairs are being scheduled in this manner. If you couldn’t get in this summer when we had a month wait, this is your time.

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.

New Arrivals for December (Updated 12/23)

A blue Marin Donky Jr. in 24" size

Marin Donky Jr. 24″

Marin Donky Jr. 20″

 

 

 

 

 

The Marin Donky 16″, 20″, and 24″ bikes all arrived last week and we have a selection of them assembled and ready for pickup this week. 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 became a hot item this year and sold out quickly. We have received an allocation of them in all sizes but are now out of mediums. 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 that has just arrived is the Marin Muirwoods. 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) is available in both sizes in celeste, and in small (42cm) in red and black.

 

 

 

Breezer Midtown 1.7 Stepthrough

 

We have received a full selection of the Breezer Midtown, a new model to us, 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′

Just in time for the holidays, the Fuji Rookie has arrived! We have this in red, grey, pearl white, and seafoam. If the tree you have isn’t big enough to hide this bike, we can hold it here in the workshop until the night before.

 

 

 

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
  • 29″ tubes
  • 7 speed freewheels
  • 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

December Holiday Closures: Closing at 4PM 12/24 and 12/31. Closed 12/25


Have another question? Visit our FAQ

Marin Fairfax 1 Arrival

src=”http://thedailyriderdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/MY19-Fairfax-1-300×195.jpg” alt=”2021 Marin Fairfax in black” width=”300″ height=”195″ />We received hundreds of calls and emails this summer asking about the Marin Fairfax 1. They sold out in almost every size by June, leaving us with no stock and no idea when they would return. Since this bike was featured in Wirecutter as the best hybrid commuter bike, we made sure to have some as soon as they returned.

This hybrid is ideal for fitness riding or commuting across DC. With flat bars and a wide 21 speed drivetrain, the bike is ready for weekends on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and weekdays downtown. Wider hybrid tires and disc brakes make this bike an all season, all-weather transportation solution.

We received word today that the Marin Fairfax 1 order that we made in May will arrive this week. If we had you on the list of pre-orders we’ll be reaching out as they are assembled. If you wish to get on the list, please call or email the shop.

This order only has medium and large sized Marin Fairfax 1 models, so if you’re between 5’5″ and 6’1″, these should fit you.

Want to test ride  before purchase? Call us 15 minutes in advance and we’ll get one ready for you to ride. Arrive with a mask on and a credit card and ID for us to hold during your ride.

New Bikes From Breezer In Stock Now

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Breezer 1.7 ST in Glacier Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Bike Demand

 

The nationwide bike shortage took our entire industry by surprise. In early May we discovered that our favorite bikes were becoming short in supply as many of our fellow shops were selling out and restocking faster than a normal year. Every other phone call was someone asking for a simple bike that could be used around town for transportation, but capable of weekend rides on the trails around DC. Normally, we have more than enough supply of this type of bike as it is our specialty. Throughout the Summer months, we had limited or no stock and had to turn away many requests for new bikes. Luckily, we’re seeing some models arriving now, just in time for DC’s best riding weather.

Introducing the Breezer Midtown

Our friends at Breezer are known for their legacy in the mountain bike world and more recently, as producers of practical and comfortable town and transportation bikes.

New for 2021 is the Breezer Midtown.  These all-purpose, go-anywhere bikes were designed with the urban environment in mind. The Midtown starts off with a lightweight aluminum frame and adds everything needed for city riding.  The large volume 27.5 tires smooth out rough roads, and a wide drivetrain is well suited for crosstown commutes or weekends spent in Rock Creek Park. Reflective decals provide additional safety for night riding. Both models come with disc brakes, with the 1.5 getting hydraulic, and the 1.7 equipped with cable actuated.

Now in Stock and Arriving Soon

The Breezer Midtown 1.7 comes in step over (Dark Red)  and step-through (Glacier Blue) versions and is $749. These have just arrived as of September 24th in all sizes.

The Breezer Midtown 1.5 is currently available in step over (Silver) and is $849. These are arriving by the end of September.

 

The Tern HSD

The Tern HSD P9 ($3,199)

We’ve been anticipating the arrival of the Tern HSD models in our shop ever since we rode them in August. This e-bike is a pocket rocket. With Suntour front suspension and Bosch Active Line motor, the ride is lively and comfortable. Our first ride was in the cul-de-sacs of sunny Los Angeles, where we kept circling in ever tighter turns, impressed with the performance and agility.

Cargo capability is built in with up to 132 pounds of capacity. With room for one passenger on the rear, this mini-GSD is a perfect city commuter. The 9 speed P9 version and internally geared s8i will be available in the shop mid-December of 2019. The S+ ($5,199) with auto-shifting Enviolo hub will come out in early 2020.

We cannot overstate how incredible the S+ model with automatic shifting is. Starting off from a stationary position, the bike shifts into a low ratio and adjusts to your pedal speed to maintain a fixed cadence. We played around with this setting to find a comfortable pace and did not need to change it when encountering hills or changing terrain. When paired with the Performance Line motor from Bosch, this bike astonished us with its smooth, steady application of power.

A Tern HSD S+ in shake metal polish
Tern HSD S+ ($5,199)

New Brand Introduction: Marin Bikes

class=”aligncenter is-resized”>A Marin Presidio and rider in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Welcoming our newest brand, Marin Bikes. This line of commuter and fitness model bikes fit perfectly into our Washington, DC bike shop.

Next week we’ll be welcoming a new bike brand to the shop. Marin Bikes had their start in California in 1986 when the mountain biking boom was just starting.

Stylish Commuters

2019 Marin Nicasio RC Blue
Marin Nicasio RC in blue. Yours for $899.

For our bike shop, we’ll be focusing on their urban commuter models and fitness bikes. The Fairfax, Presidio, and Muirwoods models all fit well into our lineup. The Nicasio RC pictured below is made for DC. It has large volume 650b tires that defy DDOT’s pothole strewn streets. The color matched fenders prevent road spray, and add a stylish finished look. We would suggest adding an Axiom Journey Disc rack to complete the chic and useful commuter package.

Drop Bar Adventures

Fans of drop bars will also be glad to see the arrival of some allroad models. The Nicasio and Gestalt lines take care of the weekday mission and go out on the weekends as well. Both of these models take the essentials of racks and fenders and sport disc brakes for all-weather conditions. Once we get these in the shop, we’ll have a quick review of them here.

The Nicasio makes sure that every ride is an adventure with the flexibility to take on utility rides or weekend expeditions.
$759

Belt Drive Simplicity

2019 Marin Presidio 3
The 8 speed Marin Presidio 3
$979.99

We have long been fans of belt drive bikes. Working in a shop, you would think that maintenance would be easy for us, but the last thing we want to do at the end of the day is put another bike in the stand. Having a belt drive and internally geared hub cuts down the task list. So we were happy to see that the Presidio line from Marin included belt drive and internally geared models.

Simple and Durable Steel

Marin Muirwoods
Marin Muirwoods comes in Black or Rasta colors. At $769, this steel street machine is made for city riding.

Your bike becomes a companion. A trusted friend. The Marin Muirwoods takes inspiration from classic mountain bikes and is the perfect platform for building a long term relationship. With hydraulic disc brakes and a wide range 3×9 drivetrain, this bike can take on city streets or gravel trails. Take the long way home, or find an off road shortcut.

Our first Marin bikes will be arriving in store the second week of February 2019. Come in for a test ride then!

New Abus helmets,Continental tires, Knog lights


We recently had a chance to see what’s in store for 2019 from a few of our favorite brands. Our distributor took over a pink house on Capitol Hill and invited bike stores from around the region to see what’s new. This sneak peek got us excited for the season to come. Here’s some highlights we can share.

U-Lock 770A SmartX™
This Bluetooth enabled Smart Lock will sound an alarm when it senses certain movements. It makes your phone your key. Also helpful when trying to find where you locked up!

The 770A lock from Abus is a high security keyless solution. Get close enough to the bike and your phone’s bluetooth connection disarms the lock allowing you to pull it apart and ride away without fumbling for keys. A motion sensitive alarm detects tampering and sounds an alert. If it senses continued tampering, a 100 decibel alarm goes off. It is not pleasant to be around and attracts attention. 

Knog curved light
Previous lights from Knog were called “Blinders” but this one really lives up to the name.

Apologies for the quality of the photograph, but this one was really hard to shoot. The new Knog curved lights are brighter than a noonday sun and visible from space. We tested the first claim. 

The curvature of these lights mean you’re visible from all sides. So those drivers you encounter weaving in and out of the bike lanes around H Street while updating their Facebook posts will be alerted to your presence.

These come in both front and rear versions. Look for these in early 2019. 

Abus Viantor helmet in Orange
Abus Viantor Helmet. Lightweight protection for just about $100

We’ve been really impressed in the fit and finish on Abus’ line of helmets the past two years. This year is no exception, with new arrival the Viantor and additions the Pedelec line. 

The Viantor is entry-level in price only. The ventilation and weight combined with its fit make it feel like a helmet at twice the price. We’re going to enjoy seeing how you like this new entry to the Abus line. 

Continental Speed Ride tire
Is this the perfect combination of grip and smooth? Quite possibly. 

No one likes a flat tire. And riders who put in the miles swear by the Continental Gatorskin. We recommend these to anyone that commutes in DC and rides a road bike or hybrid. For riders of a more cross-inspired or gravel bike, the Continental Speed Ride is a good option for grip plus value. Also available is the Speed King, which is a faster rolling mountain tire. This is a good choice for someone who rides in the city most of the time but wants the ability to see some hardpack or gravel once in a while.

Continental Speed King Tires

We’re excited to show off some other things from our friends at Continental, Abus, and Knog as they arrive in 2019. Have a product you don’t see here or in the shop? We’re always able to bring in special requests any time.

Happy Riding!

The Tern GSD

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The Tern GSD folding cargo bike is shown here with Lower Sidekick deck ($50), a Shortbed  rear tray ($120), Cargo Hold panniers ($150), and a  Transporteur Rack ($120)

           2018’s Most Anticipated Cargo Bike

If you’ve been looking for the Tern GSD recently, you may have already searched far and wide. As one of Washington, DC’s Tern dealers, we have some arriving soon. This electric cargo bike is earning rave reviews from places like Wired and Bicycling Magazine. If you already know you want one, please enter your email address below so we can put you on the list:

Tern GSD Contact

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