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I can get a little down on DC’s attitude toward cyclists. But I couldn’t overlook three pieces of decidedly bike-friendly news.
First: I ran into a young man on a tall bike at Thomas Circle. For the uninitiated, tall bikes are freakishly lofty bikes made with the assistance of a welding torch and spare parts. They’re very popular in enclaves of underemployed creative classers like Portland and San Francisco. Jake Horowitz told me he’s a lone outpost here in DC. Unlike most of the tall-bike aficionados I knew out west, he wears a helmet. Smart boy. DC may be getting better for bikes, but the drivers are still homicidal.
Second: The wrench monkeys at DC bike shops have a reputation for guarding their knowledge with vigilant snobbery. But one of them is actually giving it up for free. City Bikes mechanic Ben Tabor is teaching a series of bike-repair clinics—-for free, next month. Even if you don’t master the three-minute tube change, you’ll be able to sound a little less like an idiot next time you walk into a shop and complain that your bike is making a “creaking noise.” The free classes will be held on Thursday nights at 6:30, starting November 1, at the City Bikes at 2501 Champlain St. NW. First come, first served. Call the shop for more info.
Third: DC is getting this crazy thing.