Join us in Brookland!

On Saturday April 18 The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse will open the doors to a partnership that is a first of a kind in DC, Bikes and Coffee together under one roof.

We are proud to reveal a beautifully designed space where you can grab a coffee while browsing through bicycles, accessories and apparel or waiting for your bike to be serviced.

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Filter Coffehouse’s espresso machine is ready for customers!

 

In conjunction with our grand opening, the Brookland Farmer’s market will open it’s 2015 season beginning at 9:00 am. To celebrate our opening, our neighbor and friends at Brookland Pint have been busy collecting several coffee flavored beers for you to enjoy throughout the day.

Bikes, Coffee, Beer and a fully stocked Farmer’s Market. The question is not “why join us for our grand opening”, the question is “why wouldn’t you join us?”

Our team puts the final touches on The Bike Rack's service area.
Our team puts the final touches on The Bike Rack’s service area.

Brookland Opens April 18

Join us for the Grand Opening DC’s first bike/coffee shop brought to you by The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse!

The grand opening coincides with the first Brookland Farmer’s Market of 2015. Along with opening our doors for the first time, we’ll join the many farm stands on the Arts Walk to offer free basic maintenance.

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Entering a vibrant neighborhood

The concept of the bike/coffee shop began in bike-centric cities such as Portland and San Francisco, and we knew was a concept that both DC and the Brookland neighborhood would embrace.

Bikes and coffee just go together, ask any cyclist. We feel that a bike shop should be a community gathering spot for the local community and for cyclists. A coffee bar helps to create that feel year round.

We’ll share space under one roof with Filter Coffeehouse at 716 Monroe St. NE. Filter will inhabit the street facing part of the store, and we’ll inhabit the rest. We’ll be offering everything you’ve come to expect from our Logan Circle location: the highest quality products and service!

Filter Coffeehouse will offer the same range of menu items available at its Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom Locations. Customers will be able to enjoy various espresso beverages, pour over coffee, and loose leaf tea. All coffee offered at Filter will be roasted by Ceremony Coffee Roasters in Annapolis.

We’ll continue to be the first bike shop open in DC, with hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Filter Coffeehouse will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We hope to see you all April 18 to help us celebrate our Grand Opening!

Brookland update

Our new shop in Brookland is on target to open at the end of February. While we were delayed for numerous reasons, we’re excited to be so close to opening our doors!

Filter's brick coffee bar will serve all your coffee needs right from the same shop.
Filter’s brick coffee bar will serve all your coffee needs right from the same shop.

We are partnering with Filter Coffeehouse to bring you DC’s only bike shop/coffee shop combination. We will be located in the brand new Monroe Street Market development at Monroe and 8th Street, NE.

The Bike Rack's inventory and service counter soon to arrive at our new space in Brookland.
The Bike Rack’s inventory and service counter soon to arrive at our new space in Brookland.

Brookland, along with the H Street corridor, is bringing a lot of attention to Northeast DC. In addition to The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, several of our friends and merchant partners are coming to the area or are already there. The list includes Brookland Pint, Right Proper Brewing Company, Sticky Fingers Vegan Bakery, CrossFit DC, Wired Cycling Studio and Busboys and Poets. We are excited about our new venture and even more excited about what is happening in and around Brookland. We hope to see you here!

Best Holiday Gifts for a Cyclist

Not sure what gift would be perfect for that cyclist in your life? Let us help you with a few of our own ideas for holiday gifts.

Bicycle Maintenance Products

Give your cyclist everything they need to take care of their bike and make sure it performs at its peak potential. These products range from bicycle chain lubricants to drivetrain degreasers, from bike washes and polishes to specialty brushes and chain cleaning tools.

Giant Numen + Spark headlight and taillight

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Giant Numen+ Spark is a super bright LED bike light featuring 15 bright LED’s giving 20 Lumens of light with 5 modes offering a maximum 6 hours run time. Micro-USB rechargeable Li-ion battery and a quick and easy rubber mounting system round out a high performance light.

The Bike Rack’s Branded Apparel

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Our Bike Rack branded apparel offers you a unique look combined with high quality apparel wear. Check out our Castelli jerseys and bibshorts, Swiftwick sox, custom caps and American Apparel t-shirts!

Castelli Estremo Cycling Glove

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Gloves like Castelli’s Estremo offer the coverage and weather protection for pedaling through those dark winter months.  Not only do these gloves sport wind- and water-resistant WindStopper X-Fast fabric on the back of the hand, they’re equipped with a fleece liner.  The Estremo Glove delivers with a gripy and durable fabric for the palm and fingers. This offers excellent feedback for control, accurate shifts, and confident braking. The palm is also treated to a vibration dampening palm for reduced fatigue on those longer rides.

Road ID

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For peace of mind and possibly saving a life, Road ID is essential for any cyclist out on the road or trail.

Park Tool Big Blue Book

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Updated with new information, techniques, photos, procedures, and components, the Big Blue Book 3rd Edition is a complete repair manual created to provide both the novice and veteran mechanic the information needed to perform nearly any repair from trailside repairs to complete overhauls. The Big Blue Book is the perfect reference guide and step-by-step repair manual for nearly any bike, including road, mountain, bmx, and single-speed.

Giant Tool Shed Multitool

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With the right tool you can take care of any situation. Giant’s all-new Tool Shed HD1 multi-tool is your solution; your trusted companion no matter where the path leads.

The Bike Rack’s Gift Cards

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Get a gift card for any amount, any item or service and it’s always good!

The Bike Rack comes to Brookland

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Photo by BeyondDC

Those who know me know that sitting still is a challenge. So it was no surprise to me or anyone else when six years after opening The Bike Rack in Logan Circle, I started looking for my next challenge. Call it coincidence or divine intervention, but at that same time I started talking with my friend Rasheed Jabr, owner of Filter Coffeehouse about the possibility of opening a combination bike and coffee shop.

Rasheed and I met at one The Bike Rack’s weekly rides and immediately hit it off. The bike/coffee shop concept was beginning to take off and it seemed like a natural fit, a marriage of two of my favorites: cycling and coffee. The more Rasheed and I discussed it, the more we took steps to turn an idea into reality.

Rasheed and I put together a business plan and began the process of looking for space and funding. The dilemma in looking for a new space was that every location we liked was too close to the Logan Circle store. It was at that time a friend who works for Bozutto Development informed us of a new space under development in Brookland: Monroe Street Market.

Choosing Brookland

Since The Bike Rack opened in Logan Circle, most of DC’s new bike shops have opened in saturated markets and fight for the same customers. However, when we were looking for new locations there was no bike shop in the entire northeast quadrant of DC. Brookland was evolving into the newest “hot spot” for affordable housing in a nice community. The place had everything to make it happen, inexpensive housing, universities, easy proximity to downtown, its own Metro stop. What the community lacked was much needed and essential services. Monroe Street Market was poised to bring that to Brookland.

If only securing the funding was as easy and finding the location.

When we were planning for the new location, banks were just beginning to losen their grip on the credit markets post-2008 crash. For that reason among other reasons, finding a bank that would take a chance on a new concept was challenging, even though that concept was the marriage of two local and successful businesses. Despite any temporary delays, the belief in our idea and the location kept us moving forward, we would not give up. Our determination and hard work paid off and we are now in the buuildout phase of the project.

The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse in Brookland is expected to open in January 2015. Stay tuned and join our email list for up-to-date news about the new shop!

 
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Progress has begun at our new Brookland location. Photo by author.