Fall can't stop our Savor the Summer Sale!

Fall may officially be here, but we're still holding on to Summer- and our Savor the Summer Sale! We've added new deals too- so come by and check them out before we finally accept that Summer has ended! 

Closeout pricing on bikes- see the list here

  • Brooks England saddles, bags, and more are 30% to 50% off!

  • Special pricing on select helmet models from Lazer, Bern, and Airius

  • "Green Dot" 25%-50% off discount on a variety of items around the stores!

Plus our "No Wait Rebate" deal is back!!  Buy any bike, in-stock or Special Order, and receive a rebate voucher good on any apparel, parts, and accessories on-the-spot: 

  • Purchase any bike up to $499 and we'll give you a $10 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $499-$750 and we'll give you a $25 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $751-$1000 and we'll give you a $50 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $1001-$1500 and we'll give you a $75 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $1501-$2000 and we'll give you a $100 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $2001-$3000 and we'll give you a $150 credit!
  • Purchase any bike for $3001 or more and we'll give you a $200 credit!

This is on top of any special pricing, so the savings can really add up! 

Please note:  Closeout prices are generally limited to in-stock items only (though there are some exceptions for certain models/suppliers) so come in soon for the best selection as once they're gone, they're gone. 

There's still plenty of warm riding weather to enjoy, come get geared up for the rest of it with us! 

SRAM Trial by RAGBRAI Fire

Our customer Tom had quite the adventure on an All-City Space Horse Disc Apex at RAGBRAI this year and he was gracious enough to let us share it with the world! We frequently get asked about how difficult it is to get used to SRAM road shifting if you haven't used it before, and while Tom's experience was a bumpy one, we think it's worth sharing because he concluded it was worth it! Enjoy! 

Image credit: All-City

Image credit: All-City

I don’t need anyone to tell me it was a bad idea to buy a bike with new, unfamiliar shifters and have it shipped straight from the store to Iowa, where I was about to do the famous RAGBRAI ride -- 411 miles across the state in seven days. I loved the look and feel of the All-City Space Horse from the moment I saw it and rode it, and I figured I would quickly get used to the SRAM single/double tap shifters.

So I ignored the trouble I had on my test ride when I tried to shift lower on the rear rings, even though I had to return to the store halfway through for another shifting lesson. Becky warned me the double tap move might take some practice. I could upshift easily enough with the single tap, but my derailleur continually interpreted my double tap as two single taps, so I ended up on lower and lower rings. Sometimes I did something like a triple tap move, going first to a smaller ring and only then to a bigger ring, but that just meant I was back where I’d started.

The bike otherwise felt fabulous--strong and stable, like a touring bike should feel--and I had no trouble with the front rings. I was certain I’d get quickly accustomed to the SRAM shifters, especially because the first couple days of the RAGBRAI ride would be on relatively flat roads, so I had BicycleSpace box up the bike and send it to Iowa. I was thrilled when I found it there, and the RAGBRAI mechanic who put it together complimented me on what a beautiful bike it was. Each day, I met other riders who had made the switch from integrated Shimano shifters, and they were all enthusiastic SRAM users.

Unfortunately, my troubles persisted. Each SRAM rider I met seemed to have different advice. One told me to hesitate longer between the first and second tap, while others told me the opposite, that the second tap just needed to be deeper. On the third day, I met a bike mechanic from Princeton who told me I was probably too tentative in my shifting.

“Don’t ask it to shift, demand it,” he told me.

I think he just meant I needed to shift more confidently, but I took it too literally, and the next time I couldn’t get it smoothly into a lower gear, I jammed the lever mightily. Bang! The derailleur hanger had broken in two. I was on a country road in the middle of Iowa with no shifting capability. I had no choice but to hitch a ride on the SAG van to the next overnight town, Clear Lake.

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It was my great fortune there to find a brilliant bike mechanic, Russell Rayburn, who told me there were a couple hundred hangers that could go with a derailleur like mine, but that only one would be a perfect match for my All-City Space Horse frame. As I feared, he did not have it in stock.

But they don’t call Russell “The Bike Whisperer” for nothing. He managed to find an emergency hanger replacement, advising me only that I shouldn’t put too much stress on the gears or stand up for more power. Meanwhile, BicycleSpaceDC happened to have the correct hanger in stock, and Scott overnighted the part to the next Iowa town with a good bike shop. I was ready to ride again.

But Russell wouldn’t let me leave until he was satisfied I could do the SRAM shifting properly. Maybe it was something he said, or maybe it was the cumulative effect of all the advice I’d gotten, or maybe it just took me three days of practice, but when I left Russell’s shop, I had the double tap move down. I think it was just something I had to feel. One thought I had was that the double tap was like a two-step lamp switch, where you click past the first stop to get the brighter light on the second.

To my joy, I finally understood why SRAM users feel so strongly about the shifters. Once I had the feel, I found the shifting to be smoother and quicker and quieter than anything I had experienced before. For the rest of the trip, over the hilliest portions of the RAGBRAI ride, every shift was silent and instantaneous.

What was the secret? I actually have no idea, and I’m not sure I could tell any other SRAM user how I got there. In the end, it’s between you and your bike. But the trial was worth it.  Becky had told me she could replace the SRAM with Shimano shifters if I wasn’t satisfied, but my RAGBRAI experience turned me into one more committed SRAM user.

Customer Tom  

Savor the Summer Weekend Bonus- Xtracycle!

Our Savor the Summer Sale keeps on rolling, and this weekend only we're sweetening the savings by adding an additional $100 rebate with any Xtracycle 10E purchase! 

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That's a total of $300 towards any accessories you might need to use an Xtracycle as your ultimate utility bike- child seats or rails, cargo bags, helmets, or lights, it's up to you! 

Not looking for a cargo bike? You can still earn a rebate of up to $200 on any bike (see below), as long as you place your order before midnight 9/17! Check out our sale bikes and double dip on savings! 

  • Purchase any bike up to $499 and we'll give you a $10 credit!

  • Purchase any bike from $499-$750 and we'll give you a $25 credit!

  • Purchase any bike from $751-$1000 and we'll give you a $50 credit!

  • Purchase any bike from $1001-$1500 and we'll give you a $75 credit!

  • Purchase any bike from $1501-$2000 and we'll give you a $100 credit!

  • Purchase any bike from $2001-$3000 and we'll give you a $150 credit!

  • Purchase any bike for $3001 or more and we'll give you a $200 credit!

Heads up: Sunday 9/10 is Adams Morgan Day, and it will be festive! Come by our AdMo shop and enjoy the party with us, or stop by one of our other locations for a more sedate experience. Hope to see you soon!

Savor the Summer SALE!

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We will be open on Labor Day 10AM - 4PM

Savor the Summer SALE going on NOW! 

The end of summer means new models are on the way from many of our suppliers and this means great deals for you!  Get some awesome deals on closeout bikes and save big!  Some examples include $75 off Linus bikes, hundred$$ off on sweet road bikes from Cannondale & Felt, and some super crazy deals on some super old bikes too! Check out the full list here.

Plus our "No Wait Rebate" deal is back!!  Buy any bike, in-stock or Special Order, and receive a rebate voucher good on any apparel, parts, and accessories on-the-spot: 

  • Purchase any bike up to $499 and we'll give you a $10 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $499-$750 and we'll give you a $25 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $751-$1000 and we'll give you a $50 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $1001-$1500 and we'll give you a $75 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $1501-$2000 and we'll give you a $100 credit!
  • Purchase any bike from $2001-$3000 and we'll give you a $150 credit!
  • Purchase any bike for $3001 or more and we'll give you a $200 credit!

This is on top of any special pricing, so the savings can really add up!!

We also have gone through the shops and marked down all kinds of other gear!

  • All clothing is 10% off!
  • All Burley trailers are 20% off!
  • Brooks products are 30% to 50% off!
  • Special pricing on select helmet models!
  • Plus special "Green Dot" 25% discounts on a variety of items around the stores!

Please note:  Closeout prices are generally limited to in-stock items only (though there are some exceptions for certain models/suppliers) so come in soon for the best selection as once they're gone, they're gone!

PS: We're also going to ask for your help...  The Washington Post Express Best of DC 2017 voting is underway and we'd truly appreciate your support in selecting us Best Bike Shop.  You can find the ballot here- PLEASE click through and select us as your fave community purveyor of cycling necessities!! THANKS for your ongoing patronage at the shops and for the LOVE at the polls!

We wish you all the best as the seasons shift & hope to see you soon!

The BicycleSPACE Team

 

Hit the Road Sale

It's midsummer, the season of popsicles, fireworks, and road trips. What better way to hit the road than on a new bike! 

With fresh deals on select Cannondale and Felt road bikes (visit or call store for details), extra savings on closeout models, and instant rebate vouchers for gear with any bike purchase, it's never been a better season to get a new bike and get riding!  Sale ends 7/9, so don't miss it! 

Bike to School

May 10 is Bike to School Day. There are lots of options to get the whole family rolling. Boxcycles like in the video above are spacious and give you chances to talk to your children when they sit in front. Xtracycles are longtail bikes with seating in back. These are lighter weight and handle a lot like a traditional bike. You can also get an electric assist motor on xtracycles. Or maybe your child is ready for a bike of their own! 

Register below to find your school or start a local ride. 

How to Bike to Work

Bike to Work Day is coming up! Many bike commuters will tell you riding to and from work is often the highlight of their day. In addition to being an efficient way to move across the city, riding to work can lift your spirits and put a spring in your step. 

Choosing the right roads can make your commute all the more pleasant. Plan your route in advance. Google does a pretty good job of choosing bike friendly streets and trails. DDOT offers a full version of their bike map here.  You can also join our Nice-n-Easy rides on the weekend to discover some of our favorite roads. Take a shakedown ride to see how your route feels when you aren't in a rush. 

Commuter essentials: You can commute on any bike, however city inspired bikes come with a lot of great features for commuters. You want a bike that fits and is comfortable to ride. It's great to have options to mount a rack and fenders. Fenders keep you dry and your bike clean from road spray. 

Let the bike do the lifting. Panniers and baskets can carry everything you need. This keeps the center of gravity low, and your back sweat free. 

Sujith riding with an Ortlieb Commuter pannier. 

Sujith riding with an Ortlieb Commuter pannier. 

Waterproof Ortliebs of all shapes and sizes. 

Waterproof Ortliebs of all shapes and sizes. 

See and be seen! Don't forget a good light. 

See and be seen! Don't forget a good light. 

Helmet - the best helmet is the most comfortable helmet because it's something you'll actually want to wear. Come in and try some on to find your favorite. 

Saddle bag - carries a multi tool, a spare tube, pump, and tire levers. 

New bar tape - when's the last time you got new grips or bar tape? Contact points (hand, seat, and feet) can improve the feel the bike. New grips, saddle, or pedals can do wonders. 

4. Abus locks are engineered in Germany. We only sell u-locks or folding locks because it's the bare minimum of security you need. Cable locks don't cut it (they will be cut). Lock your frame first. Use locking skewers for your wheels.

Bike to Work Day data is used to inform decisions on infrastructure planning. Even if you're a seasoned commuter make sure you sign up to be counted! Everyone who pre-registers will receive a free t-shirt and more!. 

Join us at the following pit stops:

  • 440 K St. (Thanks to partners MVT CID, A Baked Joint, Nandos Peri Peri, and Orange Theory Fitness)
  • Ivy City Hecht Warehouse Building
  • Adams Morgan
  • Freedom Plaza
  • NOMA
  • Edgewood
11 Street NW bike lane. Hop on in and join the thousands of fellow bike commuters in DC! 

11 Street NW bike lane. Hop on in and join the thousands of fellow bike commuters in DC! 

Riding Restaurateur

Like a lot of entrepreneurs,  Ari Gejdenson, is attracted to freedom. Commuting by bike gives Ari freedom when visiting his 9 different restaurants in the city. Prior to juggling eateries, Ari played professional soccer in South America and Italy. Ari learned to cook in Florence and upon moving back to the states opened up an arm of Acqua Al 2 in Eastern Market (we were stoked to have Acqua Al 2 provide refreshments on our Surly Urbanizer Ride). 

He's always been attracted to bikes. As a kid growing up on Capitol Hill he would ride to the metro to get to school. Ari's bike of choice is a Handsome Devil. "I ride in a circle, and not very fast," jokes Ari of his weekly routine of visiting his various restaurants. The Handsome Devil is a steel frame with a simple 1x9 drivetrain, making it a great bike for city riding. It's an upright bike that still goes fast when you want to push it. Ari looks forward to his rides as an escape from work, a way to get the blood flowing, and enjoy time to himself everyday. Today we're excited to have Ari as a neighbor in Ivy City. You can check out Ari's Diner, La Puerta Verde, and Dock FC just down the street from us. 

 

How to buy a road bike

Join us for Hills of Anacostia and Hills of Rock Creek every weekend.

Join us for Hills of Anacostia and Hills of Rock Creek every weekend.

For many road bikes are synonymous with racing, but really road bikes are great for anyone that wants to cover more miles, more efficiently. Gone are the days of buying a racing specific road bike. Today you can get a road bike as relaxed or as aggressive of fit as you’d like. Road bikes can run wider tires than ever, blurring the categories between road, gravel, and dirt. This lets you ride your bike on all sorts of surfaces and conditions. 

When looking for a new bike the most important factor is the fit. Getting the appropriate size bike for you and your riding style makes all the difference. Many manufactures are producing high quality bikes, and they are very comparable in terms of performance. They will differ in how the fit you. Endurance road bikes put you in a more upright riding position and are designed to be comfortable for long days in the saddle.  

Cannondale CAAD 12

Cannondale CAAD 12

Cannondale Synapse

Cannondale Synapse

Traditional racing bikes are going to have a more dramatic saddle to bar drop, putting you in a more bent over posture. This can take some getting used to, but can also be a very comfortable position and is very efficient.  

There are many ways to tailor the fit of the bike to your needs. You can get longer/shorter stems of different angles, different bar lengths and you can adjust saddle position fore and aft. All theses millimeters of adjustments can have a big effect on how the bike fits and handles. 

 

Frame materials also effect the ride. Traditionally bikes were made of steel. A durable material that is also very forgiving, flexing over potholes and all the imperfections in the road. Companies like Cannondale were able to make bikes lighter than ever before when they began using aluminum. In contrast to steel aluminum is very stiff, meaning when you step on it, it goes. Aluminum is very snappy and is quick to accelerate and climb. Cannondale continues to be innovative with alloy, and makes Aluminum bikes lighter than some companies carbon bikes. 

Carbon fiber is a ultralight material that can be woven to allow for stiffness and compliance in different areas. It also has vibration dampening properties. This makes it an ideal material for bike frames because it can be light like aluminum and forgiving like steel. 

 

 

All-City Cycles Mr. Pink mixes classic steel style with modern features like a carbon fork and clearance for 32c tires. 

All-City Cycles Mr. Pink mixes classic steel style with modern features like a carbon fork and clearance for 32c tires. 

BicycleSPACE co-founder, Erik Kugler, on a steel Soma. 

BicycleSPACE co-founder, Erik Kugler, on a steel Soma. 

The best way to shop for a bike is to take a spin on as many as you can. Come on in and let us help you determine the best size in each model. From there you can see first hand how different fits and materials translate to different ride experiences.