Sunday, December 24, 2006
On New Years Day we invite you to ride from bikes@vienna to Herndon on what we call First Ride. We'll leave the store at 9 AM. The 8 plus miles to Herndon will take about 45 minutes. Many of us will stop at Anitas for breakfast and then ride back to Vienna. Some members of our group will simply turn around and go home. Check here for more information as the time for the ride nears.
If you are traveling this holiday season we hope you will travel safely. If you are making resolutions for 2007 we hope you will include cycling and lots of visits to bikes@vienna.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Java was cooperative. The antlers were to be worn by young people so a bit large for her. She'd move her head and the antlers would fall forward or backwards. She'd turn towards me and give me a big lick.
Now in this photo she looks demonic with those eyes. I'm holding the antlers on....not choking her. We'll practice some more and see if we can do better.
Have a Happy Holiday.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The book contains a good history of recumbents, explaining why recumbents did not become more mainstream after being banned from professional racing in the early 1900's. Check out the table of contents.
Friday, December 01, 2006
When the Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee requested nominations for the first Business Community Service Award last January, one of the first to respond was Jim Larson, chairman of CHO (Committee for Helping Others). The business he nominated was bikes@vienna on Church Street, owned by John Brunow.John has been collecting bikes for CHO and for Bikes for the World for many years. It's one of the many community activities in which John participates. He doesn't say much about it, he just does it. It's nice to see that his good works haven't gone unnoticed. See the full article in the December 2006 newsletter.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Absent from this photo is a colorful Vienna Dogs handkerchief which Java wears to work. We get questions about the Vienna Dogs attire. It can be found at www.viennadogs.org. Perhaps a holiday gift idea? Proceeds help support the Vienna Dog Park on Old Courthouse Road.
This group includes many long time customers, riders on our Full Moon Rides, and riders in the Halloween Parade. They enjoy cycling and they have a good time.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
The Guilt Reduction Ride is a "No Go" for this morning. Surfaces are wet and there is a mist falling with another weather front coming toward us.
The CHO Food Drive continues for several weeks. The Holiday Stroll on Church Street which is this coming Monday evening would be a great time to bring by your contributions of foodstuff.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
You get all this adjustability and because it is a Bike Friday it can be disassembled for packing and transport. This is a bike that you can ride near home or on the other side of the world. It opens doors to so many uses.........that's why it is a perfect holiday gift
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Austin's little sister helped her father, Keith, do a test ride. The Ruby's ordered a cart for Austin. It should provide Austin and the whole family with lots of riding enjoyment.
Come talk to us about a Blue Sky Cycling Cart if you have a family member with special needs that you want to enjoy the experience of cycling.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
The ride is called the Guilt Reduction Ride because many of us will over consume during this day of feasting. If you've ridden twenty miles in the morning then you should be able to feel less guilty. The second reason is that you are asked to bring food stuffs for the Committee Helping Others (CHO) Food Drive. You will have acted to help others during the holiday season and that reduces guilt. Please invite friends and family to join you and bring lots of food stuffs for CHO.
If the weather is questionable you can call the bikes@vienna number (703.938.8900) after 7 AM to learn if we plan to ride.
bikes@vienna is known for recumbents, trikes, tandems, and folding bikes. We relish the opportunity to help people find a way to enjoy cycling.
We're working this fall and winter to identify, test, and then acquire equipment which will allow more people to experience the joy of cycling. This means that we're looking at trailers, trail-a-bikes, trikes, and tandems which meet special needs,
The Greenspeed GTH shown in the photo is an example of a high end trike developed for commuting and touring. The trike is a handcrank model outfitted with 54 speeds, drum brakes, rear fender, and rear view mirror. This model will appeal to an adult who is serious about cycling.
You'll see other examples here for kids and adults in the next couple of weeks. We've found that our customers give us great ideas, feedback. and contacts. Adaptive cycling equipment is expanding into new frontiers for us so we need your help. Please email us with your suggestions. Send your messages to john@bikesatvienna.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
I was pleased with our turn out to ride in the parade. The crowd response was very positive to our riders.
Our own Geoff Steele and his wife are featured in their clown costumes, riding their recumbent tandem. For a photo of Al Tyre on his Catrike 700 slapping fives with the enthusiastic crowd, check out the printed version. Plan on joining us next year.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
A radical idea is sweeping the world of American bicycle manufacturing: building bikes that people will use for actual transportation.The New Business Cycle, Wall Street Journal article, October 6, 2006.
For too long bike manufacturers concentrated on a few markets; recreational riders who wanted fast, lightweight road bikes, or mountain bikers who wanted suspended bikes with fat tires. Hybrid bikes have become popular, but most require additional accessories be added to allow bike commuting. The lightweight road bike and mountain bike frames are built in such a way that it is usually difficult to attached racks and fenders. Commuter bikes on the other hand generally come with integrated racks, fenders, and lights.
We carry the Uptown 8 bicycles made by Breezer Bikes that are mentioned in the article above. They come ready for commuting, with fenders, integrated lighting systems, a rack, puncture-resistant tires, and a chainguard. We also carry other bikes appropriate for commuting.
Many of our customers have already discovered the benefits of commuting to work by bike. Many use folding bikes in combination with Metro, others ride long distances on recumbents or uprights outfitted with racks, fenders, lights, bags, etc. They don't generate pollution or sit in traffic for long periods of time. They have fun, they get exercise, and they save money. They don't worry if their commute will take 20 minutes or an hour; they know how long it takes to cycle to work or to the store or wherever their regular commute trips take them. If you don't already, now is a good time to start commuting by bike.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Take a look at this beautiful Tour Easy that was assembled for author of The Recumbent Blog. It has many accessories that you'll usually only see on a traditional lug-framed steel bicycle such as Dura-Ace Bar-end/Paul Thumbies for shifters, Nigel Smythe & Sons bags, Rivendell Cork grips, and Full Wood, Figured Maple fenders. It's a work of art.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
I thought you might find this interesting--my 8-year old son, Erik, joined the "Opportunity for Success" bicycle ride last Friday, which highlighted the need for employment of people with disabilities as part of disability awareness month. Erik has spina bifida, which limits his mobility and made riding an upright bike very difficult. He had pretty much given up on biking when I learned about the KMX and ordered one from your shop. The KMX has worked wonderfully for him after a few modifications, and really improved his self confidence.
The ride started with a core group of riders in New York, and people were invited to join the group as they went through each town along the route. There were supposed to be several hundred people joining the ride in DC, but that portion of the ride ended up being cancelled due to the poor weather (50 degrees and pouring rain) so only the core group rode through DC.
Erik had been "training" for several months for the DC portion of the ride using his KMX trike from Bikes at Vienna, but we were a little concerned about the bad weather. We offered him the option of backing out since it was cold and raining, but his response was "pack my raincoat." I had initially been worried he wouldn't be able to complete the 2-mile long DC portion of the ride. However, he practiced for several months and we literally had to get him to slow down during the actual ride (despite the weather) because some of the adult riders couldn't keep up.
I was his run-along pit crew in case he needed technical assistance (he didn't), and to take pictures along the way.
Here is a press release with some info:
Thanks for your help getting the KMX,
The photo shows Eric on a much nicer day than he experienced on the ride last week.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
We invite you to bring your family to this free, community event. Please read the adjoining flyer for more information.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
I was searching the Birdy on the WEB and came across your WEB page. Yesterday (Thurs 10/5) Kathy, Henry (Williams younger brother), and I came back from Florida. We spent a week down there visiting my mother (near Orlando). I took my Birdy as we flew (usually I drive with road and recumbent bikes on top). I notice that you are renting the Birdy-in-a- bag! Great!! You remember I took my Birdy-in-a-bag (bought them both from you) to Italy. What a great trip which was even more enjoyable with my Birdy along. That BAG with the wheels on one end and the handle on the other was in tow from Florence to Rome (via train) and through the streets of Rome (just to the hotel). I rode the Birdy daily in Tuscany, all around Florence, and some in Rome.
I use this "fold up" as an easy take along (just in case I get a chance to ride) all over PA and on frequent visits to VA. As I mentioned I just took it to Florida and back this past week. On this trip they lost my Birdy which caused me 24 hrs of consternation and a torn hand strap. Actually, the tag came off (so they tell me) and the Birdy didn't know what flight it was supposed to board. I filed a claim describing my "luggage" as a bicycle with the word "BIRDY" on a soft sided large suit case. This was enough for them to find her and send her on her way (claimed 24 hrs later). So, late today (Fri) we were re-united and Kathy and I drove up to Laurel Hill (our home in the beautiful Western Pa mountains).
I have not been riding as much - miss the W&OD Trail. We have a few more hills up here than No. VA. I'll also miss the fun at your Halloween parade. I'll be sure to stop by the next time we are in the area - William is due for a new bike this Christmas. Keep up the great work and bike shop. Ride safe!
PS - Any one interested in hearing how great the "fold-ups" are and how I have traveled with my Birdy, well you know me - I'll swap bicycle stories any time (some say "all the time"). And the "GREAT" place to buy one, with great service and instruction is Bikes @ Vienna!
Sharing the road, riding safe,
Thursday, October 05, 2006
You can see Randy and his Stars and Stripes outfitted Tour Easy at http://www.railstotrails.org/newsandpubs/features/20060921_AlternativeTransportation.html?s_oo=EX2Q9hmjxyVcB_oE5wuYLw. This is a story on the Rails To Trails Conservancy website about bike commuting. There is a terrific photo of Randy with the Potomac River as the backdrop.
From reading the article I learned that Randy has given up his automobile. Randy, you're my hero.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
John Schubert of Adventure Cycling has also written about Interbike on the Adventure Cycling Blog.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
To read about some of the latest advancements in the bike world, visit the Adventure Cycling Interbike blog, or ask Tim about the show the next time you see him.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Last month my wife Kerie and I travelled to Portland, Oregon to ride a Bicycle Adventures tour of the Oregon Coast. The tour we chose this year was their “budget” tour, which meant we stayed in basic accomodations and didn't have dinner at gourmet restaurants. We had a great trip and I took some notes and photos that I've posted on my website under Oregon Coast 2006.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
A foot of empty
space is what my house holds. I
don't care: my bike folds.
The photo records the moment last week when Jim visited the store and picked up his new Dahon Speed 7. I'm shown holding a bunch of ZipCar brochures to make Adam Johnson of ZipCar feel good about the promotion. Jim has just test ridden his Speed 7 which he plans to use for commuting. We've got the bikes@vienna sign centered above our heads. Yep, we've got the bases covered.
bikes@vienna provides ZipCar members with a 15% discount on the purchase of Dahon bicycles. We're serious about fighting "oil addiction" and reducing the number of motor vehicles on the roadways.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
We'll continue to carry Burley trailers. Their trailers are well made. I wish them well in their efforts to keep their business operating. They have initiated change to save the business and now we will have to initiate change to adjust to Burley's shift.
It is rarely dull here at bikes@vienna.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Geoff and his wife, Sandy, ride a Ryan Duplex, a Bike Friday Twosday, and individual Bike Fridays. Geoff commutes by bike from their home in Arlington to work in Washington.
You have to like a guy that will mug for a photo with an unknown super hero in front of a line of porta potties. We like him. Come to the store on a Sunday afternoon and we can arrange for you to have your photo taken with Geoff. You'll have to bring your own super hero outfit and line of porta potties.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Then he was coming down the alley and yes he was wearing a tuxedo. He looped the parking lot in front of the store and I noticed a rose placed in the water bottle nestled in the Vision seatpack. Some people can make an entrance......Dave Taylor is one of them.
Dave brought his Vision in for some service. He test rode a Tour Easy and talked about riding across the country ( I did not ask if he planned to wear the tuxedo). He ran some errands in town and I took him to the Metro after we closed the store.
Ces came in the door from work and told me she had just seen a man at the Metro Station wearing a tuxedo and carrying a bike helmet. I said......."Sure, that's Dave Taylor and he gets your attention doesn't he?"
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
This photo is from the first morning of RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). Daughter Sara and I were ready to start riding as the sun came up. We rode on a Barcroft Columbia. The bike performed wonderfully. I appreciated the disc brakes because we were on numerous downhill glides and in crowds you need to be prepared to ride defensively.
This year's route was 444 miles. We had one flat and no other issues in the six and one half day ride. Sara and Ces (my wife) alternated the days that they rode with me. Ces joined me for what was the toughest day with twenty-two substantial hills between Manning and Ida Grove, a head wind, and temperatures in the mid nineties. Sara was with me when Lance Armstrong whizzed past just before we pulled into Ladora.
It was a wonderful week. RAGBRAI is extra fun because Ces and I grew up in Iowa. We get to visit family and friends as we ride across the state. It was especially fun to share the experience with members of the Hopwood extended family, Geoff Steele, and our son-in-law, Drew Holloway.
Geoff Steele took this photo and hundreds more. I'll try to share several more that may give you a flavor of this American classic which will celebrate thirty-five years in 2007.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Suggestions for future moonlight ride destinations are welcome. We will try to do the ride again on Tuesday, September 7, 2006 at 8 p.m. See our Events page for more info.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The contrast on this photo is not the best, but this photo is worth more than a thousand words. The little puppy that joined us in March is growing. She enjoys coming to work and she is more mellow. She has not been trained to do customer service at the front counter although this photo makes it look like she's ready.
Java's going on vacation for ten days. Some of us a're going to Iowa to ride RAGBRAI and she's going to Richmond to visit.
bikes@vienna will be open just without Java.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
"The real advantage of a recumbent is comfort," Colliton says. "If your goal is to get exercise, maybe lose some weight, you're able to stay on your bike for a lot longer, comfortably. Recumbents are also more aerodynamic than conventional bikes, because they present a smaller surface area to push through the wind."
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Cyclists are amazing people. As Ces and I rode on Bike Virginia in the rain during the final days of June that fact was reaffirmed for me.
This photo and email message tell the story of a cyclist who would not be detered. Here is the message,
I wanted to thank you again for making it possible for my wife,
Yvonne, to do Bike Virginia this year even though she had a broken
left wrist. She could steer, change the rear gears, and apply the
rear disc brakes all with her right hand. It made her one happy
biker, or rather triker. She triked about 300 miles over the 5 day
event. Thanks again.
The EZ-3 USX trike is not a light weight trike. It did fit the bill for Yvonne's needs. She is a strong and dedicated rider to have covered 300 miles. She is also an inspiration.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
John is riding in Bike Virginia and is having a wet ride, as the rain that we are experiencing is mostly coming from his direction in the south of Virigina. Today they rode from Emporia, VA to Roanoke Rapids, NC, towns that sound familiar to those of us who have ridden the Great Peanut Bicycle Tour.
We did have a few customers in the shop. Ralph and Kris LeMeur and Jim and Kathy Bremner just completed their cross country tour, Ralph and Kris riding a Seven Cycles tandem and Jim and Kathy accompanying them in their RV. Ralph needed a place to pack the tandem for the trip back to California. We provided space, tools, and two boxes that he combined into one large tandem box. We enjoyed hearing about their adventure and look forward to reading their blog, Biking from West to East.
My bike commute home was aborted due to news that a bridge on the W&OD Trail between Vienna and Reston is damaged. I hope it doesn't take long for the repairs, as there are few options for riding between the two places.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
rescheduled for Saturday, October 14. The Bike Rodeo was an event where
bikes@ vienna, LLC provided a public service of inspecting and doing
quick repairs on children’s bikes. to make the bikes safer. Rather
than waiting until October 14, bikes@vienna, LLC will provide a free
bike safety check from 4 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, June 21 at the
bikes@vienna, LLC store located at 128A Church Street, NW.
The safety checks will be provided for children twelve years of age and
younger when accompanied by an adult. In addition to the safety check,
small repairs and adjustments will be done. The value of the services
provided at no charge will not exceed $10 in labor per young person..
This is an opportunity to get bikes ready for summer vacation. The
rain date for the event will be 4PM to 6 PM on Thursday, June 22. This
event is being staged on a Wednesday because bikes@vienna, LLC is
traditionally closed on Wednesday. This will allow bikes@vienna
employees to work specifically on the safety check. This free safety
check service at bikes@vienna, LLC will not be available at any other
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
"The bottom line: I like the Strada. A lot.
The Strada felt good right from the start. Some bents you never get a good feeling for. Their steering or balance or riding position just isn't right and doesn't feel natural even after a few hours on the bike. By the time I rode out of the parking lot, it felt like a bike I've been on for quite a while. The Strada was stable at both low and high speeds. It's a high racer configuration with 571 wheels and a shell-like seat. It's seat height is low enough so that there was no problem getting a foot firmly on the ground.
I rode the Strada because I wanted to try the new Bacchetta Euromesh seat. The seat is comfortable and I felt that the mesh back did indeed reduce the heat/sweat buildup that you get from fiberglass shell seats. Fiberglass shell seats also seem to amplify the drivetrain sounds that come up the seat stays. The Euromesh seat eliminated that sound.
The Strada is clearly built for fast riding on decent roads. It's a light bike with very narrow tires on lightweight wheels. It climbed well and it handled well on fast downhills. It's SRAM X.9 components are good. The chain management is via a double sided idler wheel and is quiet. The cockpit is a bit tight but one can get used to it; and it does provide a pretty comfortable hand position. The bike is an excellent value for the price.
Why won't I buy this bike? With it's typical OSS design, there is no telescoping boom and it is thus too long to fit into a standard bicycle box. Too long to easily take with me on a flight and be used for touring."
C/D * 26 * MD * 10:30 AM * Point of Rocks (POR)
Towpath and Lunch at Harpers Ferry. Park at the picturesque Victorian train station on Rt 28 in the town of Point of Rocks. The bike ride itself is on the towpath to Harpers Ferry and back--an historic stretch where the Potomac cuts through the first line of the Appalachians: Catoctin Ridge and South Mountain. On the way to Harpers Ferry, there are great views of the islands and rapids of the river, as well as the old canal works and the abandoned mill town of Weverton. Hybrid or ATB tires are best, but it can be navigated on a touring bike. Bring a bike lock and money for lunch. Leader is planning to go rain or shine--it can be sunny up the river while it’s raining in Washington. If it’s raining cats and dogs at ride start, we’ll explore other options. C/D (10:30 AM) * Mike High * 703/597-7912.
bikes@vienna note: This should be a terrific experience. Mike High is the author of the C&O Canal Companion. Here is how the book is described:
" The first comprehensive guide to one of America's unique national parks, The C&0 Canal Companion takes reader on a mile-by-mile tour of the C&O Canal, the 184-mile Potomac River Waterway that stretches from Washington, D.C., to the Appalachian Mountains.
Outdoorsman and writer Mike High has spent many hours exploring the C&O Canal, asking questions, making notes, taking photographs, and conducting research to assemble this informative, user-friendly book. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and drawings, the guide blends history, nature writing, and tour-guide tips to create the only book of its kind. High offers practical advice on cycling, canoeing, birdwatching, and other pastimes along the canal and river. Exploring the canal's history, he relates the early struggles to build a trade route to the Ohio Valley and gives in-depth coverage to the Civil War years, when the canal became a dividing line between North and South. He also explains the nineteeth-century technology of the canal--how it worked and how its operations were related to water-driven mills and ironworks along the river.
For the convenience of visitors to the canal, High provides a helpful appendix that includes names and telephone numbers for such resources as hotel, bed-and-breakfasts, bicycle shops, river outfitters, nearby parks, campsites, and regional associations. The C&O Canal Companion is both a pleasure for the armchair tourist to read and an indispensable guide for anyone planning a hiking, camping, or cycling adventure along this remarkable landmark.
Mike High grew up in the Philippines, California, and Vietnam. He has cycled in many places around the world, but the trail along the C&O Canal remains his favorite ride. His interest in the canal began when he discovered he could ride the towpath all they way to Antietam Battlefield, 72 miles from Washington. "
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Granddaughter Mira is growing rapidly (she was born the end of September). As you can see she has blue, blue eyes and is called upon to model interesting hats.
We'll get to see her in July during RAGBRAI. Her father will ride with us several days while she and our daughter Jessica visit my folks in Iowa.
Friday, June 02, 2006
WHO: Friends of DRHT members, guests, and those interested in helping to celebrate this treasure in the heart of King George.
WHAT: RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION for the DRHT, a 15.7 mile "rails-to-trails" project being developed in King George, preserving the former CSX rail bed as a NATURE, HIKING, and BIKING TRAIL.
WHEN: SATURDAY, 3 JUNE 2006, 10:00 A.M.
Please JOIN US!! Bring your family and friends. Experience the beauty of this unique trail. Meet, greet, and visit with DRHT Friends and other trail enthusiasts.
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!
DIRECTIONS: Parking is currently very limited at the trail's junction with Indiantown Rd. (Rt. 610), the Ribbon-Cutting opening ceremony site. Participants driving cars will please park at Caledon Natural Area Picnic Shelter on Caledon Road, (Rt. 218) by 9:30 A.M. A shuttle will provide transportation to the event. Bicyclists will meet at the King George County School Board Office and depart en mass at 9:00 A.M. (sharp!), for the ribbon-cutting--an easy five mile ride away on quiet rural roads. Immediately after the ribbon cutting and refreshments, interested bicyclists are invited on a celebratory ride to Colonial Beach for coffee and muffins! For additional information contact Dave Jones at (540)663-2137(w) or (540)775-9364(h) or via email at
It will be our pleasure to see you there!
Monday, May 22, 2006
Maybe some day those same people will make the decision to use their new bike instead of their car for those many short, local trips that we make each day. Those trips generate a great deal of pollution because cars don't have a chance to properly warm up. It's bad for the car and bad for the environment.
I do wonder what the folks at Don Beyer think when they receive messages from John with his signature line that reads: "We're fighting 'oil addiction' with human powered transportation. Join the fight—park your car and ride your bike."
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
This is a great step forward for the county. Most other local jurisdictions currently have bicycle coordinators and bike maps. The maps will help county cyclists find bike-friendly routes throughout the county. As the W&OD Trail gets more and more crowded each year, it will be necessary for cyclists to explore other bike routes. Many of us know our local routes, but there is not good, detailed map of county bike routes. The bike coordinator will ensure that the needs of bicyclists are addressed in major development and road projects in the future.
There will also be public meetings during the production of the bike plan where cyclists can help document existing routes and identify gaps in the potential bike network. Check the FABB Web site for updates.
Friday, April 21, 2006
The Birdy and bag shown in the photo represent a new service from bikes@vienna. We are now renting two Birdys with bags for your airline and train travels. Want to take Amtrak to New York for the Five Boro Ride with a bright red Birdy in a bag? We can help. Want to fly to Key West and explore on a bright red Birdy? We can help. Ever dreamed of going to __________ (you fill in the blank) and seeing so much more on a bike than walking or driving? Yep, we can help.
We have a different set of rates for this service and it will be several days before we get those prices posted. Send us an email for more information,,,,,,,,,firstname.lastname@example.org
This Java sleeps in an interesting position. Bruce snapped this photo of her on Thursday afternoon. She is totally relaxed. People walking and talking as she lies there on her back.
This is a Java story about Vienna being a small town.
I walked Java up to the store on Wednesday morning. Our walk included a stop at the bank for me to make a deposit. Although she is getting too big, I picked Java up and carried her into the bank. The nice teller handled my deposit and talked about Java noting her name and age.
Hours later daughter Sara went into the bank to cash her paycheck from the store. As fate would have it she went to the same teller. She had left her identification in the car, but the teller noted the matching last names of the payee and payor. As Sara offered to go get her drivers license, the teller said that wouldn’t be necessary if she could answer two questions:
What is the puppy’s name? How old is the puppy? The check was cashed.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
We have the new SatRDay in the store for test rides. Unbelieveably this bike fits in a checkable suitcase. It has suspension. It is a very comfortable seat.
The handsome man in the photo is bikes@vienna's own Al Tyre. Al owns half a dozen recumbents, but not a folding, packable recumbent. See that expression? He's excited about test riding the new SatRDay.
Come ride the SatRDay and place your order for this new foldable recumbent from Bike Friday.
Even though it's been a little cool, I think the conditions are ideal. A light windbreaker is all that's needed to keep you warm after a few miles. There are almost no insects, and on the cool days there aren't that many people out riding. When the temperatures are in the 60's and 70's the trails will be very crowded, so it's best to anticipate a slower pace or find a good on-road route.
If your bike needs work, the shop is a little backed up but we can probably get your bike back to you within a week or so for most tune ups and minor repairs. This is also the time to come in and check out our new bikes. The shipments come in daily and it's the time of year when you have the best selection of models, colors and sizes.
Don't forget that Bike to Work Day is next month on Friday, May 19. To register go to WABA's website. If you're not a member, now is a good time to join WABA, although you don't have to be a member to participate in Bike to Work Day.
See you on the trail.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
It is time to act. Bike to Work Day is less than two months away. Now is the time to register. Now is the time to organize your friends and co-workers. Now is the time to begin riding.
Spring is coming to Northern Virginia. Soon the blossoms will create zones of sweet smells which stratify and embrace you as you woosh down a hill. The sounds of birds and frogs will compete for your attention with the traffic. Riding will make you feel alive.
bikes@vienna is proud to be one of the many sponsors of Bike to Work Day. We believe bicycling can help to fight the "oil addiction" that plays a role in so many of the issues of our time. Our statement for 2006 is:
"We are fighting "oil addiction" with human powered transportation. Join the fight.....park your car and ride your bike".
Now is the time to begin.
Monday, March 20, 2006
The W&OD Trail runs through the communities of Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, Hamilton, and Purcellville. The Trail Patrol is seeking new members to be on-scene ambassadors of safety, courtesy, information, and goodwill. All adult trail users--cyclists, walker, runners, skaters, carriage pushers, dog walkers, horse riders, or wheel chair users--are eligible to apply. The first orientation session of the year will be held on April 25 at the Vienna Community Center starting at 7 p.m. Future sessions are planned for other trail communities. For further information and signup please contact John Boone at 703-437-4158 or email@example.com
Sunday, March 19, 2006
We are ready for Spring. We have 10 of these EZ-1s in both red (5) and blue (5). These are the terrific starter recumbents from Sun Cycle which were designed by Garner Martin. They have 21 speeds, the comfy seats, and a new bike warranty.........what more could you ask? And at $520 what a price!
Come take a test ride.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I did it again. Marin had a number of women's 15 inch bikes in the warehouse so I bought 20. This is the Bolinas Ridge which is a light (aluminum frame) mountain bike. I bought this model because it is perfect for moms riding with their families or fast growing young ladies. I've priced them at $285. If the reaction is like the one we had last year to a similiar model then they will sell briskly. Come see us
The Town of Vienna has posted new "Historic Church Street" signs which may be helpful in finding us. The signs appear on Maple Avenue (Route 123) and on Lawyers Road. The street signs for Church Street have also been switched to a color that matches the historic signs.
Also shown is our sign on Church Street. It is on the alley and not easy to see. It gets more difficult to see in the summer when the leaves from the ornamental trees are full and lush.
We are behind Terra Christa on the Alley. Terra Christa is a brick, kind of Cape Code house at 130 Church Street, NW. That NW is important. Church is divided at Center Street and many times people look for us a block down on Church Street, NE.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Bike Florida - March 18-24, 2006
Maryland Tour de Cure - May 13, 2006
Bike to Work Day - May 19, 2006
Shenandoah Tour - May 29 - June 2, June 19 - 23, Aug. 28 - Sept. 1, Sept. 11 - 15, 2006
Virginia Dare MS 150 Bike Tour - June 3-4, 2006
Virginia Tour de Cure - June 4, 2006
Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride - June 10, 2006
Bike Virginia 2006 - June 23-28, 2006
Cycle Across Maryland - July 13-16, 2006
RAGBRAI - July 23-29, 2006
Great Peanut Tour - Early September
Potomac Pedalers Century - September 17, 2006
Seagull Century - October 7, 2006
C&O Canal Tour - October 15-20, 2006
Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival - October 20-22, 2006
Tour du Port - October 22, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
These photos are from the WABA Gala and Auction held last evening at the Embassy of Finland. I captured people in a bit dresser attire than I sometimes see them. The gentleman standing alone is Keith Oberg of Bikes For The World. Keith is like me, you're most likely to find him in jeans and flannel shirt. He regularly is wearing a ball cap. The two gentlemen are Harvey Sachs (left) who volunteers for WABA events such as the bike swaps and Eric Gilliland (right) who is the Executive Director. Both of them look very serious, but I would hope that Eric was smiling by the end of the evening. WABA put on a delightful event and given the weather; attendance was strong and I would guess the financial side was successful. The lovely couple are Douglas Stewart and his wife, Tamara Harvey. Douglas is a WABA Board Member and a sparkplug in Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) which is affiliated with WABA.
bikes@vienna donated a Dahon Speed 7 to the auction. I was pleased with the large number of bids on the bike. I was tickled that it bought retail price to benefit WABA. The WABA Gala and Auction is typically held early in February. If you like bicycles, interesting surroundings, good food and drink, and intriguing auction items then you might like to join in next year.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
This man, Jon Fisher, is smiling because he was just awarded the Dahon Boardwalk 7 that he won by participating in bikes@vienna's drawing at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. Jon came out from Washington to pickup his prize and ride it on the W&OD Trail. Jon has a bike, but he was excited about owning a Dahon folder and the places he visit and ride his Dahon.
You will notice that Jon is wearing a T-shirt on the 21st of January. Our weather has been warm and it has resulted in more opportunities to ride than occur many Januarys. Both days this weekend we had lots of store visitors looking at recumbents and folding bikes. Perhaps you should come visit us and get a jump on the springtime crowd.
We are open during the winter months from 10-6 on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday our hours are 10-5. We're closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.