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Need Rental/Route Recommendations for Washington DC area(5 posts)

Need Rental/Route Recommendations for Washington DC areaastrobiker
Mar 27, 2003 7:38 PM
I travel to DC occasionally, and this summer may schedule to stay over a long weekend and do some riding there. Can anyone recommend a store to rent from and a good scenic route? Also, I just noticed today that most of the people I saw riding along the Potomac are on MTBs - is that a better plan than a road bike?
Well...MB1
Mar 28, 2003 4:06 AM
Lots of folks ride ATBs on the road because that is what they have. Unless you plan to do a really long ride on the C&O canal tow path road bikes are your best bet.

For routes try this website http://bikewashington.org/

Lots of shops in town rent bikes do an internet search or one I know of is Revolution Bikes in Georgetown at 3411 M Street at the Key Bridge.
The bike trail along the Potomac....Gregory Taylor
Mar 28, 2003 6:47 AM
...is a madhouse on the weekends. Joggers, walkers, kids, dogs, rollerbladers and, oh, bikers too. Forget it anytime after 9 am on a sunny weekend.

The bikewashington.org website is really cool. Lots of routes. Again, any of the "Multi-use Trails" listed (like the W&OD or the Capital Crescent) are mobbed on nice weekends. If you do go the mountain bike route with your rental, try the C&O Canal. It goes 184 miles up the Potomac River. There are some really pretty spots along the way. Any decent local bookstore will carry a guidebook for the canal, which can fill you in on its rather interesting history.

The Potomac Pedalers website also has some good routes and scheduled rides in the area. http://www.bikepptc.org/
Thanks for the recommendations!astrobiker
Mar 30, 2003 6:42 PM
Thanks for the info, guys. This will help a lot.
PS - Sorry to be late getting back to you - I just got back from a Sat/Sun 100 miles each day trip! It was great!
Both good suggestions.djg
Mar 31, 2003 7:33 AM
I will say that a number of the area trails offer good and/or scenic rides for someone who wants to keep navigation easy. Taylor is right that things can get horribly crowded on a nice weekend, unless you are out early. The worst of it, in my opinion, is the Capital Crescent Trail, although parts of the Mt. Vernon trail along the river get just packed as well. These are good reasons to find a route map or hook up with a group ride on the road. The W&OD probably offers the best bet for an easy to follow (and fairly long--over 40 miles each way) MUT that is still, over most of its length, actually rideable on a weekend. It really is ok.

Another fairly easy suggestion is Rock Creek Park. I think that locals can forget how scenic it is, not to mention the fact that it can stay reasonably cool on a hot summer day. On weekends, stretches of the Park are closed to auto traffic and, although well used, are still nice to ride in.