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The Old Bike Shop Recyclery

The past weekend, Felkerino and I made a field trip out to Arlington, Virginia, and peeked our heads into the new bike shop known as The Old Bike Shop.

We stopped by late in the day but Larry, the owner, was more than willing to stay after hours and chat with us about his recyclery.

The Old Bike Shop

The Old Bike Shop had its start at the Arlington County Farmers’ and Flea Market and now is a brick and mortar business. As the term recyclery suggests, the shop does not sell brand new bikes. Rather, it sells previously owned bikes that have been fixed up (depending on their condition) and made road ready.

Larry’s enthusiasm for bikes is evident, and his mission is clear. He aims to sell affordable, reliable, and attractive used bikes to people who want a bike for transportation.

Larry talks bikes

Larry talks bikes

There were a variety of mountain bikes, touring steeds, and a few mixtes on the shop floor. His affection for steel, lugs, and Japanese frames shows in the shop’s selection.

Lugged steel overload

Lugged steel overload

One of Larry’s Bianchi touring frames was calling my name. Beautiful color scheme! Unique and classy! Fully built! My size! $500! However, I could not justify the purchase of another touring bike and had to leave it behind for some other lucky purchaser.

Hello, beautiful Bianchi tourer

Hello, beautiful Bianchi tourer

The shop itself is also attractive, with hardwood floors and cool high ceilings. Plenty of space for bikes.

Bridgestone (55 cm)

Bridgestone (55 cm)

Raleigh

Raleigh

Larry has used some of the space to display bikes from his personal collection. If you ever want to see a chrome Paramount or a pretty old Alpine touring frame, among others, go ye to The Old Bike Shop!

Schwinn tourer

Schwinn tourer

Paramount

Paramount

In the bike repair zone, Larry was working on an old track bike. I don’t recall the bike’s vintage or what he planned to do with it, but I was fascinated by the fork, the aesthetic of the crank, and the old wooden wheels.

Old track frame

I’ll be back to The Old Bike Shop. Larry’s selection of bikes is ever-changing and his knowledge about bikes is impressive. Best of all, he has a way of making you feel like riding a bike is the greatest pursuit in the world.

Inside, looking out The Old Bike Shop

The Old Bike Shop
2647 North Pershing Drive
Arlington, Virginia

Field Trip: River City Bicycles, Chattanooga, TN

 

River City Bicycles Storefront

 

While my trip to Tennessee has ended, the memories of my bike shop tour work trip live on in my memories and on this blog.

River City Bicycles in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was my third bike shop destination. This is an inviting shop with a large retail space. I must confess that I did not survey the inventory as much as I should have because I was quite taken by the shop’s cat, Lily.

 

Ronald (the owner, Lily (bike shop cat), and Erin (friend)

 

I liked the bikes on display, too. It’s always fun to see a high wheeler.

 

Inside the Shop. High wheeler in the Background.

 

The owner of the shop, Ronald, was super-friendly and we spent some time talking and admiring his road bike. Ronald freely admitted his roadiness, saying that he likes being able to get in shorter rides and still have time to get home and do errands and other things. Hey, is he saying that touring cyclists are trying to avoid their responsibilities? Just kidding!

I’m not much of a roadie, but his bike was alright. And very clean! It’s shameful how little I know and appreciate carbon bikes; I didn’t even take a picture of his Scott. Sorry!

I did, however, get a couple of photos of the bike’s Ligero wheels, which had a nice look to them. Troy Watson, a wheel-builder who lives and works in Chattanooga, is the man behind Ligero. See how pretty they are?

 

Ligero Wheels

 

 

Looking at the Hub

 

Ronald was also keyed into the local scene. He showed us the work of a local artisan who is using recycled inner tubes to make bracelets, and he recommended a local coffee shop, Velo Coffee Roasters, with whom they trade wrenching for coffee. He also told us about one of the popular local spring century rides, the 3-State 3-Mountain Century. This ride goes over three mountains and passes through three states (just like riding in D.C. if you count the District as a state AND except for the mountains part).

If you are ever in Chattanooga and want to talk bikes or find out where to ride, I think Ronald would be a good contact. Also, if you want to see a fine-looking shop with a friendly and furry bike shop cat, River City Bicycles is the place.

I took a few additional photos of our visit, and you can find them here.

One Tennessee shop left to blog, and it’s in Knoxville. Phew! I have the worst time spelling Chatanooga Chattanooga correctly.