Monday, July 13, 2015

All roads lead shops.

Some people can't pass by a certain type of shop without stopping to look in the window. For some of my friends: that's a shoe shop. For others it's hardware stores. For me? It's bike shops. 
This weekend, Bicycle Space opened two new shops: one on K Street and one in Adams Morgan. I never need an excuse to visit Adams Morgan, so I stopped in. The video here gives you a quick look.

Everyone has a favorite bike shop: I've had many. I've heard the raps on some shops: that the mechanics at Shop A have too much "attitude", that staff at Shop B are slow to help, or too aggressive in trying to upsell. I have to say, I've had good experiences at the various bike shops I've patronized over the years here in DC, Maryland and Virginia. (Jeez, I do like bike shopping...)

I've only had one experience where I felt like I was interrupting a bro-fest and couldn't get arrested, let alone waited on. And yes, I never returned. That was years ago, and I'm betting that seeing the change in the market, that more women are getting to where they go on bikes, that's probably changed.

What do you look for in a bike shop? Proximity? Great selection? Price?  Feel free to share recommendations. 


Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Even grown-ups turn back to children"

The thing about living in a city, and getting out of your car and going places by bike or on foot, is that you have closer contact with the things going on around you. That can have its drawbacks, but more often than not, I find it a real pleasure. 

Today, I stopped to listen to two men playing for the crowds that were drifting by at the farmer's market at Dupont Circle. Meet Zach and Will--just Zach and Will--they told me.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lane Change: Radical Shift

...Because I just can't stop tinkering. Shifted gears rather dramatically and moving the site to Tumblr. It may mean more posts, more concentrated posts, or it could land me in a cyber-ditch. But I couldn't resist. So find this blog moving over to:

Once we are through election week, I PROMISE I will get to so many of the stories I've been packing away. Or I will end up as a feature on a new segment on Hoarders: The Cyber Version.

Don't be a stranger.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Police Still Searching for Suspect in Capital Crescent Trail Assault

Montgomery County Police released this sketch of a man they believe is the suspect in a sexual assault on the Capital Crescent Trail. They also note  this:

"Additionally, a white male riding a bicycle was observed in the area at the time of the assault and may have information that can assist investigators. The bicycle is similar to the one pictured below."

Note that they don't say the white male spotted on the bike is the suspect. Important distinction. 

Here's the police illustration of the type of bike the male rider was spotted using.

Finally, here are numbers to call if you believe you have any information for police:

Detectives are asking anyone who believes they know the suspect in the composite sketch or is familiar with the bicycle or the bicycle rider to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency line at (301) 279-8000. For those callers wishing to remain anonymous please contact Crime Solvers of MontgomeryCounty toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 240-773-TIPS (8477).  Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Solvers ofMontgomery County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided anonymously to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the individual(s) responsible.