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washington, dc info...TrevorS7
Aug 2, 2002 9:54 PM
im possibly moving to dc come september 1...

who's going to be my new riding partners?
wheres the ideal place to live if say your a 22 year old
with a semi-limited budget(cause of a small investment known as a road bike:)
what are the must see places of that town

thanks all

re: washington, dc info...jtkirk15
Aug 3, 2002 2:34 AM
As for where to live and what to see, that depends a lot on your income. There are free museums (Smithsonian of course) but DC isn't cheap. I live in Arlington, where you get more for your money. Hope you enjoy DC.
DC is a great cycling cityKillerQuads
Aug 3, 2002 4:36 AM
I once lived in Bethesda (just NW of the DC line). DC is a great place to ride because of the wide avenues. I liked to ride downtown on Wisconsin Ave or Connecticut Ave and could often beat the car traffic. Just look out for the taxi cabs which are unpredictable. And car doors, too. The ride back uptown is a gradual uphill and good for conditioning. Riding up and down M street (Georgetown) is cool and there used to be some great bike shops there.

Rock Creek Park is a great place to ride with a canopy of trees on hot summer days. They close off part of the Park's road to car traffic on weekends. There is a loop with a steep climb which is good for training.

The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club is a large well organized cycling club with many planned rides each month. Check them out on the Internet.

NW (North West) DC is the best and safest place to live but pricey. Adams Morgan off Connecticut Ave is a funky place to live near the National Zoo and with lots of exotic restaurants. A girl friend of mine lived there and we could here the elephants at night.

The lay out of the city can be confusing (diagonal avenues criss-crossing each other and round-abouts), so I would buy a large city map and hang it on a wall as you learn the city.
Some suggestions...kapalua
Aug 3, 2002 11:16 AM
Who to ride with: There are a number of cycling clubs in the area. Check with the LBS (particularly ones that carry high-end bikes since those usually support cycling teams). Pick up free periodicals at the LBS where group rides are listed for specific areas. The National Capital Velo Club is a pretty serious riding group from what I hear...

Where to live: If you like lots of restaurants/bars/nightlife, then check out Adam's Morgan, Woodley Park, Capitol Hill. Check out the Washington Post online for roomies... If you want access to the WO&D trail, Arlington is a good scene.

Must see: too many, Check out the "City Paper" which is DC's alternative weekly newspaper. It lists social, cultural events, party scene, and of course...'news of the weird'... Smithsonian and art galleries are great.

Good luck with the move!
Try this.....MB1
Aug 4, 2002 2:28 PM

Check back on this forum on a weekday, there are a lot of posters from DC here.
Arlington. DC originally was laid out in a diamond. If you notice on a map,bill
Aug 4, 2002 5:41 PM
the rest of the diamond was Arlington (and some part of Alexandria, too). Arlington has loads of places where a 22 y/o would find himself in good company, and it's going to be a little cheaper than DC. Public trans is pretty good.
Arlington is the 'burbs, but it's one of the coolest 'burbs, anyway.
Lots of good riding. I must have seen a hundred real roadies today, along with every other stripe of cyclist. Once you find out where you're going to live, then the recommendations there are a little easier to make.
Didn't DC Get their Plans From NJ - Patersonjose_Tex_mex
Aug 4, 2002 6:52 PM
Let's check with the historians for 100% accuracy. However, if memory serves me correctly, DC got their plans from those laid aside for Paterson, NJ. I think it was a shortfall in funds that moved the plans south.

As for cycling in DC and the surrounding areas - good luck. There's just no hills in that area. Furthermore, the drivers aren't just cycling un-friendly they are anti-cyclist. Try cycling anywhere on the street and you will realize that cars will buzz you as a matter of fact and clearly not give you courtesy. I quickly learned that if I did not stick to trails like the W&OD an accident would be an inevtable outcome. Drivers love the old hook manuever as well.

I would absolutely deal with the cabbies in NYC at rush hour than any Northern VA drivers. There's a few problems in the DC area that just makes cycling unbearable:

1) A race at every green light
2) A late breaking race at every green light.
3) More lane surfers than wave surfers in CA.
4) Traffic does not get "a pace" it just never seems to flow.
5) Many in the area "know" someone or has some incredibly important job that gives them the feeling they area allowed to play Nascar on public roads. If you disagree, just ask the cops...

Another problem with areas like Tysons (and out nearly to Leesburg) is the number of decentralized roads. There's so many communities with only one way in and out that getting from A to B is accomplished on four lane roads like Gallows, Lee HWY, Arlington Blvd... The speeds of the cars just gets too high for cyclists to even try and coexist.

IMHO, take Rt66 out to the end and cycle around Front Royal or GW State Park.

As for living in the area, I hope you are making at least $70,000. That may seem like a lot of money elsewhere. HOwever, in order to live comfortably in the DC area this is a realistic figure. There aren't too many apts within 10 miles of DC for less than 1K a month. When you see what this gets you - you'll be shocked.
Okay, you've made some good points (although I have no ideabill
Aug 5, 2002 6:05 AM
what you are saying about Patterson, NJ). Traffic sucks. I tend to stay on the trails, which limits any sort of real riding to the very early mornings or dusk hours when the housewives are off it, unless I'm with a group. Real or imagined, I think that there are safety in numbers. While it pisses off drivers, we tend to take the entire lane of a two-lane road -- screw them if they can't take a joke; I think it's safer that way.
Group houses still can be found, and there are a number of apt buildings built up in the last few years, although I don't know prices. Finding a place through a realtor or something will have you paying top dollar. If you can, networking usually is better.
I'm a 'burban dad, now, so that I've been out of this market for awhile, but I think that it still could be done.