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Bike and Roll DC’s New Year’s Resolutions


Hello, 2014!

What better way to kick off this brand new year than by publicly declaring some new year’s resolutions? (We thought you’d concur.)

Okay, so these aren’t exactly company resolutions but rather a mix of resolutions for DC locals or visitors this year!

1. Commute by bike
So, we know this is a big commitment, and the writer of this blog (that’s me!) needs to try this out herself as well… so let’s all do it together! We can start small and do it once or twice a week. Here are some tips to get you (and me) started. Bonus: this also counts as exercise, so you can thank us later for helping you kill two birds with one stone!

2. Visit one Smithsonian a month
The choices are endless! Pick from this vast array of fantastic museums that are sure to wow you.

3. Dine at one new or favorite restaurant a month
If you haven’t been yet, we suggest: Ted’s Bulletin (shout out to cheesy grits and adult milkshakes!); Le Diplomate (we haven’t been but are dying to make it an office outing); and Birch and Barley (try the curried goat!) Those will certainly get you started off nicely!

4. Bike the Blossoms
If you’re visiting DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, make a mini-resolution out of your trip and see the blossoms by bike with Bike and Roll DC this year! We can honestly say you won’t regret it.


Bike and Roll Alexandria

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Many of you have heard, read, speculated, and asked about the future of our Alexandria presence. We are elated to share that yes, we will absolutely still be operational in Old Town next season (and for seasons to come!)

More details will follow regarding the specifics about our Alexandria bike tours, but this much we know: we are just as excited as you all have been about our Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat and Bike to Mount Vernon products! Bike and Roll is, as always, looking forward to continuing our partnerships with the lovely Mount Vernon Estate and Potomac Riverboat Company.

Extraordinary Alexandria has a very special place in our hearts, and we couldn’t be happier to stay active in such a lovely (and not to mention bike-friendly!) community.



Goodbye 2013 Season!

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As some of you know, this Saturday, December 7th will be our last day of operation at the Old Post Office Pavilion. The 2013 season was a quite a wonderful adventure, and we want to thank all of our customers yet again for making it so great! We are thrilled about opening new locations, and can’t wait to be able to reveal them to all of you.

As a reminder, our Union Station locale will continue to stay open through the winter months, weather permitting. And, as a last hoorah, our final bike sale of the season will take place tomorrow from 11am-3pm at the Old Post Office location, so don’t miss out on these “farewell” deals!

See you next Spring!


A Few of Our Favorite Things About December in Washington, DC

With December already in full swing, it’s about time we play catch up by highlighting some quintessential twelfth-month activities in DC. Grab your mittens, hot cocoa, and tackiest holiday sweater as you dive into our top 5 favorite things about December in our nation’s capital.



1. Newseum’s Anchorman Exhibit
Well, cat’s outta the bag! It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Anchorman (and the Newseum, and Will Ferrell, and Ron Burgundy…) So go and peruse the fantastically kitschy exhibitdevoted to your (and our) very favorite fictional news anchorman! Oh, and stay classy while you’re at it.


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2. Downtown DC Holiday Market
Located on F street, directly in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, this whimsical holiday market will be open through December 23rd. Outdoor shopping becomes all the more charming with 180 rotating exhibitors and artisans offering a huge variety of distinctive handmade holiday gifts.


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3. Ice Skating in the Sculpture Garden
What’s better than taking in the magnificient sculptures outside of the National Gallery of Art? Doing the former… on ice skates! Music serenades you as you skate around the open air rinkin true winter fashion!


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4. Our December 7th Bike Sale
If you haven’t already (shame on you!) seen our 15 second film detailing the before and after effects of owning a bike, you really need to. After viewing, please pencil in our wonderfully fantastic end of the year bike sale on December 7th from 11am-3pm. You (and all of your bicycle gift recipients) won’t be sorry!



5. New Year’s Eve in DC
Crazy (slash terrifying) to think it will be 2014 in just a few short weeks… but we might as well find reasons to celebrate! New Year’s Eve in the District is truly a glittering fete to behold. Here’s a great list of the vast celebratory options for the grand 2013 send-off.


One Last Bike Sale, December 7th!

‘Tis the Season for another Bike Sale!

That’s right- a holiday miracle! Bike and Roll will be having our last bike sale of 2013 on Saturday, December 7th from 11:00AM to 3:00PM at our National Mall location.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Well, we have bikes of all shapes, sizes and styles that are sure to delight your friends and family! (Or ya know, yourself, if you’re playing a Secret Santa game of 1.)

As always, the sales are cash only and final, so please come prepared (and excited to go home with a bicycle!)



Thanksgiving in Washington, DC

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The countdown has officially begun–we’re just 10 days out from America’s day of giving thanks, and my, are us Washingtonians getting pumped! Something about this particular (delicious) holiday has the jolly citizens of our nation’s capital brimming with turkey-tinged excitement over the abundance of Thanksgiving-themed food, activities, and volunteer opportunities we can take part in. To help focus your holiday-hyper brains, we’ve nailed down our list of favorite Thanksgiving events in the DC area.


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Presidential Turkey Pardon

Without thinking too far into the gory details, we still love us a good old fashioned Turkey Pardon! This famous event is said to date all the way back to 1947, but the first official “pardon” was doled out by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Every year since, a lucky turkey is presidentially pardoned, and from 2005-2009, were flown to Disneyland to serve as Grand Marshal of their Thanksgiving parade. For the past three years, the birds have been sent to the beautiful Mount Vernon Estate to live out the remainder of their years in true presidential fashion. (Fun fact: our feathered friends have also been put up in the Presidential Suite at the W Hotel the night before their big day.)



Turkey Trots

There are a plethora of fun run/walk trots to take part in this year, so grab a family member/friend/co-worker/stranger to join you in a quest for some fun, charity-centric exercise! DC’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot for Hunger is sponsored by SOME (So Others Might Eat),Bethesda’s Turkey Chase supports the local YMCA and Rotary Club, and Arlington’s Turkey Trot raises money for the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Doorways for Women and Families and Arlington Food Assistance Center.



Small Business Saturday

This day is all about fueling the local economy, supporting small businesses nearby, and knocking some items off your holiday shopping list. Sure, everyone likes a good Black Friday deal, but there’s something to be said for supporting all of the wonderful small business shopping destinations the DC area offers (ya know, think Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, H Street, Arlington, Old Town Alexandria, Union Market, etc.)



Thanksgiving Meals to Go

Another way to support local businesses and keep yourself from slaving away in the kitchen all day long is to order take-out! (No, seriously!) Here’s a great list of DC area restaurants who’ll be prepping Thanksgiving Day meals for the non-culinary inclined: Acadiana, BlackSalt,Blue Duck Tavern, Del Campo, and Hill Country to name just a few!



Volunteer Opportunities

Lest we forget one of our very favorite Thanksgiving activities! With so many wonderful opportunities to take part in (and give you a serious case of the warm fuzzies,) the tricky part is deciding not IF but HOW you’ll help out! Learn more about DC area charitable organizations and events you can participate in on our near Thanksgiving here.


Bike and Roll DC is Moving!

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For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock this past year, it has become quite official that a Mr. Donald Trump will be converting the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel, with construction beginning as soon as Spring 2014 (see potential renderings here.) Since the Pavilion is where we’ve hung our helmets for the past 10 years, and we don’t anticipate a full Bike and Roll outfit being included in the design of this hotel, we’re going to be moving!

We’ll be giving teasers along the way to surprise you with our new location(s) as we near the date of our big move. Regardless of our change of address, we’ll still be providing the same great experiences that have kept you all coming back year after year. In fact, we anticipate things will be better than ever! (And don’t worry, we’ll still have our location at Union Station in tact and we’ll be in Alexandria as well.)

Thank you all again for your continued patronage and for generally just being awesome. As we like to say (with a hashtag,) #WeHeartOurCustomers!


Bikes for Sale at our Union Station Locale

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This just in: Bike and Roll will be selling 2012 Trek 7300 Comfort Hybrid Bikes at our Union Station location!

Starting this week, and on an ongoing basis, we’ll be selling our Hybrids for $280 + tax (cash only) in a variety of sizes, including smaller sizes for younger riders! Our fabulous employees will be on site to fit and adjust any bike to be sure you ride off 100% satisfied. And, as an added perk, you’ll receive 10% off service at our Union Station repair shop with purchase of any bike! (Not that you’ll be needing it any time soon!)

Late Fall Hours at Bike and Roll DC

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What a weekend!

Daylight Savings Time ended, the Washington Monument’s lights shone for the last time, there was a partial solar eclipse… oh, and Sunday marked our last day of Fall hours!

Just like our clocks, we’re transitioning into Late Fall hours here today. This means that our Rental operations will close daily at 5:00PM at all locations, and that there are no more Sites@Nite tours to be had (until 2014 that is!)

Please plan accordingly when visiting Bike and Roll DC. Happy Late Fall, everyone!