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Local Bike Stores Rolling Along

by ARLnow.com June 4, 2010 at 11:05 am 1,146 4 Comments

Arlington County has been investing heavily in marketing efforts that try to persuade people to ditch their cars and bike to work. But a car-free diet doesn’t just benefit the environment and ease traffic congestion — it also, in theory, steers money that would have otherwise been spent at service stations and car dealerships to bicycle stores.

There’s no way of knowing whether there is a correlation with the county’s pro-bike efforts, but according to a published report, local bike stores are doing quite well in a down economy.

Revolution Cycles, which now has two Arlington locations, is on pace to see a $1 million jump in sales this year, according to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Revolution’s flagship Clarendon store alone has seen sales increase by 60 percent in April and by more than 30 percent for the year.

A Revolution Cycles spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

At Spokes Etc., which has an Alexandria store near Fairlington, sales were up 6 percent last year and are up again this year, according to the publication.

In other local bike news, BRAIN is reporting that Conte’s, with its big, iconic store on Wilson Boulevard, is under new ownership and will soon be changing its name to ‘Freshbikes.’

  • Mike

    Go buy a great quality bike at Walmart. For about 1/3 of the cost.

  • Marty

    Arlington gives the local bike stores free advertising on the county website.

  • Tom

    I personally don’t ride a bike much due to the crazy driving habits of people in Arlington (do walk a lot though). However, I noticed that in many places there is still a lack of enough bike parking. One example is at the Northside Social in Clarendon. This morning, every rack was filled and people had chained their bikes to the tree and the new benches that were just installed. More bike racks needed!

  • @Tom: Northside Social actually strikes me of an unusual example of ample bike rack space relative to the business. As someone who’s often roaming Clarendon on bicycle and locking it up wherever I can, it seems to me like a minor issue that I might have to lock onto a signpost or a fence. No big deal.

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