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Tri360 Opening Soon in East Falls Church

by ARLnow.com — August 22, 2012 at 10:00 am 3,980 77 Comments

A new store specializing in outfitting those who compete in triathlons is expected to open soon in East Falls Church.

Tri360 is located at 2121 N. Westmoreland Street, just off of the W&OD Trail. The store is built, stocked and ready for customers, but it’s awaiting its Certificate of Occupancy from Arlington County before it can open, according to the Tri360 Facebook page.

Tri360 will sell athletic apparel, accessories and shoes, and will also feature a “full-service” bike store — everything a triathlete needs to swim, cycle and run.

The store’s owners are hoping to be open by the end of the month.

Photo via Facebook

  • novasteve

    Wow, anyone want to become a investor in my decathlon store?

    • awesomepossum

      How about a modern pentathlon store: swords, guns, saddles, shoes and speedos!

    • Captain_Obvious

      Sure, if you invest in my handball store.

      • novasteve

        But handball is only one sport/event.. I will agree if you also invest in my curling store.

      • AstroGlide

        +1

    • Arlingtonian

      Lame.

  • WhoKnew

    Who knew there was such a demand for triathlon related clothing.

    • AL

      Some of the business ideas people have are just plain stupid.

  • Boom! Roasted

    “A-Town” would’ve been a great name for this place.

    • novasteve

      I might start a hippie friendly store/organic wine bar call A-Tree-um

      • Arlingtonian

        And why do you think triathletes are hippies? You tend to trade in a lot of stereotypes but those are often way off base. Your biases (and hatreds) are frequently based on misinformation and ignorance.

        • novasteve

          How did you jump to that conclusion Arlingtonian? I said hippies, not triathletes. Funny you accuse people of doing the very things you do.

      • Arlingtonian

        Scott Brown is a hippie? Sanjay Gupta is a hippie? (Sorry he isn’t white. I know you don’t approve of that.) All the CEOs that participate in triathlons are hippies? All the people from various walks of life, including former college athletes, middle-aged people looking for an active and healthy pastime, teenagers, all of them hippies? Wow.

        • WeiQiang

          If novasteve is getting to you this early in the morning, let me just offer my best wishes for getting through the rest of the day.

        • novasteve

          How did you jump to the conclusion that I said that triathletes are hippies? If you think you can read my mind, you can’t. I said I was going to start a store for hippies called A Tree Um that also has an organic wine bar. Where does Triathlete fit into this?

          • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

            ya u guys arent great at this. novasteve was actually not comparing triathletes to hippies at all.

            seems like peeps wanna attack steve just for being steve! i’m lookin out for u novastevie

          • X

            lapdog

          • Mr. Jones

            Calling a wolf a lapdog is probably not wise…….

          • novasteve

            wuff!

  • thelevyisdry

    Triathlon is the new marathon!

    • C Spackler

      I thought crossfit was the new marathon?

      what happened to crossfit?

      • Allie

        +1

  • JimboJones

    Not sure if this has been covered in ArlNow yet, but a new bike store specializing in refurbished bikes just put their awning up on the corner of Pershing and Wash blvd.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Old-Bike-Shop/358068734263449

    • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

      ah! thx for this

    • sifa

      Good to know. Thanks.

  • Becoming indifferent

    I’m starting a coffee and fried chicken place–Starclucks. Who wants to back me?

    • YTK

      You may have to wait until Arlington approves their Backyard Chicken Laws.

  • Fitgurl

    Clearly these negative commentors aren’t active, because if you were, you’d know how big triathlons are in this area. DC Tri club is just one of many groups for this sport and has more than 1,000 members. A store like this is exactly what triathletes need. Tri apparel is more than bike shorts and a tank top and the bike/athletic stores are limited in their tri stock.

    • novasteve

      What comments are negative? We’re being capitalists who want to start up businesses.

    • ArLater

      Agreed 100 percent. Just ignorant comments about a sport they do not know. So happy this is coming in, now I do not have to drive out to the Beltway to get to the nearest Tri store

      • Viktor Zyemtsev

        wouldn’t you prefer to swim, bike and run to get there?

        • YTK

          Trolley! your forgot the Trolley!!!

      • nom de guerre

        Yeah, because we all know that Bonzai Sports in Falls Church is too far for a real triathlete to cycle/drive to.

    • JamesE

      Yes, everyone with a negative comment does not exercise at all, ever.

      • YTK

        We exercise our Sardonic Wit

    • Arlingtonian

      +100

      But I kind of expected the negative and snarky comments from some of the regulars. Seems like they don’t have many hobbies other than posting critical comments and juvenile jokes on ARLnow. Or smoking.

      • Jane-Dallas

        Nobody is making fun of people who compete in triathlons. We’re making fun of yet another ditzy business idea. Now I understand why such a high percentage of small businesses fail.

        • rowdyINdowdy

          Fresh Bikes has nearly the same concept, I wouldn’t say that was a “Ditzy” business idea.

          • Jane-Dallas

            Oh, well having competition must make it more viable. I stand corrected.

          • rowdyINdowdy

            There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of people in this area willing to throw down $8K on a new Cervelo. There are a lot of shops within a 10 mile radius that offer the same goods and services that all seem to be doing pretty well.

    • WeiQiang

      I’d suggest that derision is ArlNow commenters’ sincerest form of flattery … and not a small amount of envy [at least in my case]. The Tri’s are in amazing shape. Every time I do a 5k [one of the 200 every weekend in the DC area], I marvel at the Tri’s who bike to the race, run the course 3 times just to warm up, and then bike down to Mt. Vernon afterward, just to swim across the Potomac and then run back their home in DC for lunch … at about the same time I finish my 5k.

    • Boom! Roasted

      $10 says you spam Facebook with your triathlon updates

      • Arlingtonian

        And people don’t spam ARLnow with their tired “brah, bro, clown question, Donaldson Run, smoking, Trev, illegals, fro-yo, Starbucks, brown flip-flops” jokes?

        • JohnB

          Don’t forget burgers, trolly, sam’s corner, artisphere comments.

        • WeiQiang

          … and mobile education centers, automatic trasmissions, and all the rest.

          I’d argue that it shows a connection to the events that make Arlington, well, Arlington. Sometimes it’s tired, sometimes it’s funny.

          Without it, I think you’re left with … Springfield.

      • DarkHeart

        and WODs!

      • bum

        Cue the Trolly Troll!

    • Fitguy

      +1. Not only are they arent active…but I think it’s ignorance too. Seems to be a common theme across many topics they continually hate on.

      • JamesE

        You’re not active because I just said so on the internet.

      • US Department of Irony

        Yes, you must be correct.

    • Jeff

      Oh, don’t be ridiculous. 90% of what triathletes need are basic bike handling skills, some paper towels, bike lube, and a phillips head screw driver. If you want to go really nuts, a 5mm allen wrench and a pair of tire levers cover most of the rest. If everyone owned and knew how to use just those tools, there would be more than enough bike shops for cyclists and triathletes alike.

  • yequalsy

    I peeked inside the other day. It looks promising. We’ll see. Virtually by definition they’re already better then the other supposed tri store in Arlington. Rhymes with Pig Meal.

  • Fitness Fad-O-Meter

    Triathalons: IN.

    Crossfit: OUT.

    Parkour: NEXT UP.

    • SomeGuy

      Triathlons might have already peaked. That was the first thing I thought when I read this headline. Not sure what’s next, but I’m sensing less buzz in the community than I used to.

  • nom de guerre

    I understand this store will also carry “tri cupcakes” infused with energy gel.

    • WeiQiang

      … for those of us wishing to complete the race in no fewer than 20 hours.

    • Jenna’s Bush

      Dispensed from a self-serve fro-yo machine.

  • Roger

    self-serve lycra machine?

    • WeiQiang

      Handwritten sign at a beachwear shop in DE: “Please be realistic about your size. Lycra stretches only so far.”

    • DarkHeart

      Yep. Repurp one of those TSA scanners, attach a 3-D printer = instant clothing!

      • Clarendon Skank

        I’d apply for that job.

        • Serbian Lifeguard

          I bet you would.

  • Roger

    the whole point of the self-serve lycra machine is to dispense with having an employee run it. duh.

    • One Solution

      You mean like the self-serv check-outs at the grocery store that have to have an employee there to monitor them?

  • CW

    Can someone just explain what sorts of synergies or whatever exist that require a specific tri store? What about a bike shop and a running store? Is that not really sufficient? There seem to be plenty of each. And the individual populations each of runners and cyclists are larger than that of triathletes, I’d think. So it seems that this store is just shrinking its target with little value add.

    • SomeGuy

      That’s also something I was thinking. Tri-bike geometry is different from road bike geometry; I get that. Most bike stores have a small selection of tri-bikes, so maybe this store has even more? Also, wet suits. Most local sports stores that have swim-specific sections are going to have few if any wet suit options (I think). But aside from those differences, the individual sport-specific stores seem to meet the need.

      That said, people in this area are willing to pay premiums for the conveniences of having their goods co-located and saying where they bought them and being part of that niche community.

      I have no objections to the store. I’m just not sure I get it.

      • CW

        Yeah, I don’t know either. I can’t imagine there are that many wetsuits to be sold. And when your tri-bike breaks, are you really going to take it specifically to the tri-bike store?

        • SomeGuy

          Not necessarily. You’re going to take it to the nearest competent bike shop that doesn’t gouge you on price or schedule. So if Tri360 is the one, then you’ll take it there.

          • CW

            I just wonder how many people who are hardcore into cycling don’t already have allegiance to a shop. Guess we’ll see.

      • nom de guerre

        You are correct regarding the difference in tri-bike geometry vs, road bike geometry. It can be actually be “felt” when one eases their lycra clad starfish on a saddle less carbon fiber seat post.

        • CW

          Felt…I see what you did there…

  • YTK

    Oh… I… am … yaaawn….so..very much ….. immmpressed….with this. I hope at least that next door there is an ice cream parlor or some decadent cake shop — or better yet a CUPCAKE shop– there’s a novel idea– OR a FroYo…OR.. best yet– a STREETCAR SHOP!! YYYYES!!!

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