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Urban Cycling / New Cyclist to DC
« on: April 14, 2007, 01:11:10 am »
Welcome to DC.  However, I'm from Kansas.  I cycled the C&O Canal Path from Cumberland to DC last summer and also enjoyed the Mt. Vernon Trail to (duh) Mt. Vernon.  It seems to be downhill both directions!  There are some great websites on DC cycling, like BikeWashington.org.  Good luck!


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General Discussion / Renting a bike for touring
« on: February 08, 2007, 09:36:29 am »
Instead of trying to rent a bike one-way, try renting a car one-way and drive to your point of origin, ditch the car and bike back.  Last June, I packed my panniers and flew from Kansas to Washington, DC, rented a one-way car for one day, rented a bicycle for a week in DC, drove the car to Cumberland, Maryland with the bike in the back seat, and returned the car. Put my panniers on the bike and cycled the C&O canal back to DC, staying at B&Bs, and had a few more days to ride to Mt. Vernon Trail, etc.  The important thing is to choose wisely.  You need the correct type and size of bike for your frame and your travels, a rack for panniers,(a bell if required to meet local laws), bike lock, etc. I had a great bike and a great time!  


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