City Bikes Opened Today at Its New Barracks Row Location – Photos
by Larry Janezich
City Bikes returned to Barracks Row on Friday afternoon at 719 8th Street, the former location of Capitol Hill Bikes, which closed last December. City Bikes founder and owner Charlie McCormick told Capitol Hill Corner: “We’re so happy to be back…the outpouring of support from the community has been humbling.” McCormick cited the company’s deep roots in the community, referencing their previous location at 709 8th Street, SE. City Bikes left Barracks Row in March of 2016 after a five year run and relocated to Tenleytown. He said, “We were sad to leave, but very happy to be back with a better presence and featuring the electric bike.”
The retail shop will be a “store within a store,” according to McCormick, offering electric bikes as well as standard bikes, and maintenance for both.
He said he has seen incredible growth and interest in the electric bikes at his Tenleytown location, calling the product a “spectacular success.” The electric bike is often misconceived as similar to a Moped, but is actually still very much a bicycle according to McCormick. 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.
The shop will only offer products from top quality manufacturers; electric bikes are priced at $1200 and up, with most Tenleytown purchases being in the $2500 – $3000 range.
In addition to Barracks Row, City Bikes has outlets in Adams Morgan, Chevy Chase, and Tenleytown.