Bicycle-themed Halloween Costume Ideas

Don’t have the perfect Halloween costume picked out, prepped, and ready yet? Don’t fret! If you’re a cycling enthusiast like our gang here, you’ll probably want to bring a bike into you or your child’s design. And boy, do we have some cycle-riffic ideas!

 

The Jockey

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E.T. Phone Home

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(Baby) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

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The “Ruff” Rider

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Atreyu from The Neverending Story

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Napoleon Dynamite

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Now the real question is, which will you choose??

 

2013 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

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It’s that time of year again!

After some “Is it on? Is it off?” shutdown debate, we’re all collectively rejoicing that this weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon is decidedly ON! The “MCM” is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and has been a true blue DC staple since 1976.

Bike and Roll DC would like to celebrate the marathon’s participants and viewers this year by offering a special $5 off discount with code “MCM” for runners or attendees to enjoy one of our guided tours or full day rentals from 10/24 – 10/28. Renting a bike is the perfect way for viewers to keep up with their runners, and a tour is a great pre-marathon non-strenuous activity too!

So keep those sneakers on and head over to Bike and Roll this weekend for some cross-training!

Top 3 Reasons DC is Glad the Shutdown is Over

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Aaannnnd we’re back!

As many of you have heard by now, our Government is officially back in business! And while we could detail all of the serious, practical reasons DC residents are thrilled the 15 day ordeal has finally come to an end (seriously, hooray for furloughed workers returning to their jobs!!) we thought we’d tell you why we’re especially giddy things are back in order today…

1. National Parks and the National Mall reopen

Need we say more? DC has not been itself since barricading off our precious memorials! Good to have you back, NPS.

2. WMATA will bring back 8 car trains

We thought the metro would be less crowded during the shutdown, and it may have been, but that didn’t mean we were getting to work any earlier! 8 car trains for the win!

3. The Panda Cam will be back up

All of DC is waiting with baited breath to see how much our little panda cub has grown since the cameras were first shut off!

 

Most importantly, we can’t wait to resume our regularly scheduled tours and take our guests to see our capital’s memorials up close!

 

5 Things to Do in DC During the Shutdown

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Contrary to popular belief, there are still many things to see and do in DC during a government shutdown! Trust us and read on…

1. Visit Off-the-Mall Neighborhoods

Sure, our National Mall is truly awe inspiring and a must-see attraction. But that’s really just scratching the DC surface! Veer off the standard tourist’s path and discover the magic of U Street, Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, Georgetown, and many other amazing neighborhoods in DC.

2. See the Still Open Attractions

There are still plenty of museums and galleries open to the public in our Nation’s Capital– really, we promise. Such gems as the National Geographic Museum, Phillips Collection,Newseum, or National Building Museum are all more than worth a visit (or two, or three, or ten…)

3. Ride a Bike

The shutdown can’t shut us down! We may have had to edit some tour routes, but we’re still open and ready for business! Stop by to rent some bikes or join one of our thoroughly amazing bike or Segway tours. You know you want to!

4. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Shutdown specials abound for Government employees, but you can still enjoy the many fine and budget-friendly restaurant choices DC has to offer sans federal ID! In fact, why don’t you refer back to our Top 5 Cheap Eats list for ideas.

5. Get out of DC

There are so many great getaways right in DC’s backyard, and now is the time to take full advantage! We suggest you head down to Virginia to check out the very extraordinary Alexandria. There you can rent a bike from us, and check out all the quaint little city on the water has to offer.

 

Shutdown 2013 Special

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Furloughed and forgotten? Not by us!

We’re open and ready for business, so ease your shutdown pain with the simple pleasure of a bike ride! Book any of our regularly scheduled guided tours or full day rentals, and get $10 off* with discount code: Shutdown

*Must show Government ID upon arrival.

Top 5 October Events in DC

Ah, and it feels like only yesterday we were writing about upcoming September events…

We’re only a few days shy of October, and the DC area is absolutely brimming with wonderful fall activities for you to take part in! Here we’ve hand picked our top 5 (or T5 as we like to say) favorite events to check out next month:

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1. WalkingTown DC

Actually kicking off Monday September 30th, this week long event (sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC) offers free guided walking tours of the district. Reserve your spots now before they fill up!

2. Taste of DC

A popular annual culinary festival, Taste of DC offers tastings from 50+ DC restaurants and a Beer Garden with over 30 brews. Come hungry, leave happy.

3. Bike and Roll’s Bike Sale

We’ll be hosting our second bike sale of the season on October 20th from 11:00am-3:00pm. This time around, we’re offering several Road and Performance bikes, as well as comfort Hybrid Adult bikes and select Kids’ equipment. Come early and ride off into the horizon with your new set of wheels!

4. Washington International Horse Show

A premiere equestrian event, the Washington International Horse Show will run from October 22-27 at the Verizon Center. The show will feature two performances daily (except Sunday) with over 600 horses and riders competing for top prizes.

5. Halloween in DC

From Fright Fest at Six Flags to Boo at the Zoo, DC is the perfect destination for all things All Hallows’ Eve! Take your pick from corn mazes, pumpkin patches, ghost tours, haunted houses, zombie runs, and Trick or Treat outings– we’ve got it all.

 

Bike Sale Sunday October 20th!

Ask and ye shall receive! You wanted another bike sale, you got it!

Couldn’t make it to our first sale? Didn’t find the right size for you? Wanted a Road or Performance bike instead? Well, we’ve got you covered on all counts! Join us at our National Mall location at the Old Post Office Pavilion’s rear plaza on Sunday, October 20th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for our second bike sale of the season!

Come for the fun, stay for the bikes! We’ll be selling our Trek 7300 Adult Comfort Hybrid bikes in a wide array of sizes (even smaller sizes that will make a perfect starter bike for your teen!), Trek 7.3FX Performance bikes, Trek 1.5 Road bikes, and a limited assortment of kids’ equipment.

Again, the sales are cash only and final, so please come prepared. See you in a month, potential cyclists!

 

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Car Free Days in DC

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Keep your keys out of the ignition, people! Go either completely car free, or just car light, to help support more sustainable forms of transportation for this year’s Car Free Days in DC.

It’s simple– just swap your typical car commute for bicycling, walking, or public transit! Don’t have a bike? Rent one of ours for the weekend and bike on over to some of these awesome DC events to celebrate the movement:

H Street Festival
Red Bull Flug Tag
National Book Festival
50 States and 13 Colonies Ride
PARK(ing) Day

 

And don’t forget to take the Car Free Pledge for your chance to win some pretty amazing prizes this year!

Best Fall Day Trips from DC

There’s nothing quite like autumn in the district, and it’s just around the corner! This weekend will bring a taste of crisper weather and with it comes a wanderlust for the perfect fall day trip! We’ve rounded up a list of the best day trips to take from DC.

 

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1. Williamsburg

Ride your bikes back in time around (perfectly flat and cruisable) historic Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum, or take the kiddies off to nearbyBusch Gardens for a day of thrill seeking fun!

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2. Harpers Ferry

Nestled above the Potomac river where Maryland, Virgina, and West Virgina meet, Harpers Ferry Historical National Park is a beautifully preserved town known for John Brown’s raid and steeped in Civil War history. Enjoy hiking, biking, white-water rafting, re-enactments, and amazing views galore.

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3. Annapolis

Take in the wonderful shopping, dining, boating, and charming scenery in this lovely coastal seaport city that is the home of the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s college.

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4. Mount Vernon

George Washington’s digs really have it all! From stunning views to interactive exhibits and immaculate gardens, the 18th century plantation is a must-see for anyone in the DC area. And to really check out the lovely upcoming fall foliage, try biking to and from the estate on the Mount Vernon trail!

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5. Baltimore

An hour away from DC, Charm City is an often overlooked and underrated gem of a metropolis! Explore the harbor, take time to check out the National Aquarium, and try out some of the fantastic culinary fare this uber fun city has to offer.