Good news, Tommy Wells: Your ‘hood is about to get more bikeable. CityBikes, now located in Chevy Chase and Adams Morgan, announced in its newsletter today that it’ll be taking over 709 8th Street SE, formerly the home of Capitol Hill Bicycles—they moved down the street to a smaller space—and Metropolitan Bicycles before that.
CityBikes is aiming to open by March 1, and seems confident that they can make the location work where others failed. “We’ve done the math,” says Jeff, reached at the Adams Morgan location. “There’s definitely room for another bike shop in Capitol Hill.” I’d have to agree—Georgetown has three well-established shops within a couple blocks of each other, no reason Southeast couldn’t handle a few as well.
The lease should also please Barracks Rowers dismayed at the loss of services to bars and restaurants. When you’ve got carbon-frame road bikes, who needs a liquor license?