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D.C. area riders!(9 posts)

D.C. area riders!Steve98501
May 30, 2003 10:59 AM
Hi friends. I live out here on the "left" coast, and my daughter just called me from near Arlington, Virginia. She had a bike crash about an hour or so ago on the Custis trail just past the overpass of the Lee highway. Apparently there is a sinkhole nearly 4 feet deep (a product of all the rain you've had?) on the trail that she didn't see soon enough to entirely avoid. She's mostly OK, with a couple minor scrapes. Before leaving the site, she and another person marked the hole with some tree branches, and she will call the police so they can place better visual markers.

I'm relieved that she has no serious injury and sympathetic to the bike damage she incurred. Looks like the front wheel is out of true and the rear rim is totaled. She lives about a mile from City Bikes and has had work done there before, and she likes the treatment she gets there. I'm interested in your recommendations regarding getting the damage assessed and her bike repaired.

And watch out for the hole on the Custis trail!

Sincerely,

Steve
Durn, ANOTHER hole!Humma Hah
May 30, 2003 11:38 AM
The Custis connects with the W&OD trail. Another forum participant reported a cavernous crater, about ten feet deep, which he reported to the authorities, who promptly closed that section for repairs.

We've had about 6" of rain this month.
and what about the exploding manhole covers?rollo tommassi
May 30, 2003 12:00 PM
in Georgetown? I believe it was some sort of gas buildup? (or was that from Capital Hill!!?!?!?)
Bad electrical distribution system ...Humma Hah
May 30, 2003 2:11 PM
... they've got Georgetown all torn up replacing the whole mess. Steel plates and more big holes.
Glad to hear she's okay -- and thanks for the warningGregory Taylor
May 30, 2003 12:04 PM
The Custis has some pretty good swoops in it, so she's very lucky. And good on her for marking the hole!
I think various shops around town could help with the assessmentdjg
May 30, 2003 1:05 PM
and repairs. Closest to the accident (besides Big Wheel, which I'd avoid) is Revolution Cycles in Clarendon (and in Georgetown--personally, I think Pinkie at the Georgetown shop is a good wrench). Spokes is good, although it may involve a wait. I've had very little experience with City Bikes, but if it's near her house and she has a good relationship with them she might just want to stick with the City Bikes folks.
Pinky is a legend around these parts...he owned a shop...Djudd
May 30, 2003 5:02 PM
in Mt Pleasant called Brothers and Bicycles as a courier/grad student I bought a few used bikes from him and his brother and took all my repairs to him. I still get him to work on my current stable. A good wrench is hard to find
Baltimore rider hereJeff Rage
May 30, 2003 9:57 PM
I'll be new to road biking and have a question: are there good places to ride in the Balt/DC area where there aren't any cars?

Sorry to hear about the "attack of the sinkhole."
Yeah, and there's sinkholes in two of the best!Humma Hah
May 31, 2003 5:34 PM
But there are good places to ride, and here's a place to start looking:

http://www.bikewashington.org/

Look up Potomac Pedlers, too. They organize lots of stuff.