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DC Area RidersRGerwig
Sep 14, 2003 1:49 PM
Greetings,

I'm new to this site.. but hopefully someone here can help me out. Next month I'll be loading my bike up and making the drive from Michigan to Washington, D.C. to ride in the Tour of Hope. I have a few questions about your area, though.

I'll be staying in College Park. What are some good bike shops in the area in case I have to pick something up(i.e., I forget to pack spare tubes, have a mechanical problem with my bike)? Secondly, the day before the ride, I'll be looking to get out on my bike for a bit and loosen up after that long drive. Can anyone recommend a good route to ride that is around 20-30 miles? Maybe even be willing to ride with an out-of-stater on the route(easy pace, 14-16mph). Something with not too many hills.. but that is fairly representative of the topography of the area(I hope it's not too hilly!). Anyway, your help would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Rob G.
You're in luckOverStuffed
Sep 14, 2003 5:52 PM
There are a couple shops in the area. College Park Bicycles (http://www.bike123.com) in downtown College Park, and Proteus (No site) farther north on Route 1. Both should be fine, although College Park probably does better with high-end road bikes. There is a nice loop you can do in the Beltsville Agricultural Research center, and depending on what you want to do, that can be 10, 20 or 30 miles (I'm really guessing on those distances). University of Maryland has a site with a cue sheet (http://wam.umd.edu/~pakulla/cycling/road.html). If you want to change the distance or route, those roads are easy to find on MapQuest. There are hills, but nothing major. I do that loop on my fixed-gear all the time with no trouble. Roads to avoid for long distances: US rte 1, MD rte 193, unless you like a good long sprint. Good luck.