City Bikes Is Returning to Barracks Row – Will Offer Electric and Standard Bikes
by Larry Janezich
City Bikes will return to Barracks Row with a soft opening in early February in the space recently vacated by Capitol Hill Bikes at 719 8th Street. The retail shop will be a “store within a store,” according to owner Charlie McCormick, offering electric bikes as well as standard bikes, and maintenance for both.
McCormick said he has seen incredible growth and interest in the electric bikes at his Tenleytown location, calling the product a “spectacular success.”
He said the shop will only offer products from top quality manufacturers, and are priced at $1200 and up, with most Tenleytown purchases being in the $2500 – $3000 range. McCormick says the electric bike is often misconceived as similar to a Moped, but is actually still very much a bicycle. A majority of his customers are women who want to ride with their partners or spouses, but who might not have the same fitness level – and the electric bike serves as an equalizer.
City Bikes will offer free test rides to introduce the product to potential customers. McCormick says he is looking for qualified personnel to staff the new Capitol Hill location. For more information, see here: http://www.electricitybikes.com/
City Bikes left Barracks Row in March of 2016 after a five year run and relocated to Tenleytown. They were recently awarded “Best Bike Shop, 2016” by WaPo readers.