The Art of Descending Hills

Going downhill is one of the hardest things for new cyclists to get used to. Why? The reason is simple: Speed scares people. There are even some pros who don’t descend correctly, because they’re either nervous or don’t practice it enough.   To start, familiarize yourself with the condition of the road surface by riding up […]

How to Shop for a Bike

Shopping for a new bike can be a confusing task for many.  Here are a few tips to help you in your search:   Find the Right Shop Just as you would test-drive a car, try a shop before you commit. Join a shop ride, take a maintenance class, or just stop by. Buy from […]

Why I Ride

Over the 20 plus years I have been riding, my reasons have changed, but also remained the same. The one reason that has never changed is the freedom to be able to get out on my bike and ride for hours. Secondary reasons include touring, training and competition. While the reasons vary, the underlying passion stays with […]

Garrett County Gran Fondo

Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area boast some of the finest and most challenging cycling in North America, and in just three years of sold out rides the Garrett County Gran Fondo has established itself as a premier North American Gran Fondo unsurpassed in challenge, scenery, and riding quality. The Garrett County Gran […]

Fernando’s View of our Sunday Shop Ride

Our friend Fernando came along one Sunday with his GoPro cam. The result is an excellent view of The Bike Rack Sunday Ride. Thanks Fernando! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v_SpegAhQk  

How to Shift Gears on a Road Bike

This video demonstrates how to shift your road bike gears for maximum performance.

Group Rides: Rules of the Road

Poolesville Cafe 107

Leading: Riding on the front of the pack is a position of responsibility. Not only are you the eyes of the group, but more importantly you are also the one responsible for making decisions that affect everyone else on the ride. What may be safe for you may not be safe for the other riders […]

In My Own Words…

borderstan interview

Here at “Borderstan People,” we like to profile local movers and shakers who are spicing up the neighborhood in a variety of ways. Recently, we caught up with Bike Rack owner Chuck Harney to chat about business, the neighborhood and biking in the city. Here’s what he has to say. Borderstan: When did you start […]

Our Week in Photos at The Bike Rack – 12-7-12

The Bike Rack DC - sparks

Every so often, we bring you a selection of The Bike Rack’s staff mobile uploads, to share what a week in the life of the shop is like. Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to recently:

Ridley Bikes now at The Bike Rack!

Ridley Orion

We are pleased to announce The Bike Rack now carries Ridley road bikes. In their early years, Ridley built the reputation as a company specializing in bikes “tested on the pavé” — and this Made-in-Belgium heritage was something appealing to anyone sensitive to the rich bike culture of Flanders. In the years since, they’ve graduated […]