All bike shops encourage you to hydrate. What’s unusual about The Daily Rider, which opened last week at 1108 H St. NE, is that husband-and-wife owners Loren Copsey and Beth Rogers urge you to make that drink a beer — on one of the brewery rides they plan to organize for customers.
It’s part of their philosophy that cycling is not only great exercise, but also the best way to get around every day, whether it’s for work or fun. That means their inventory is stocked with urban errands in mind. Most comes with a back rack, and there are tons of baskets, bags and other accessories that will help you haul stuff.
“A lot of times people are using bikes to go to work and that’s only feasible if you can carry papers and clothes,” Rogers says.
If you’re stocking your place for a party, you might need the Bullitt ($3,200) from Danish manufacturer Larry vs Harry. Copsey relies on the cargo bike to ferry supplies back from the hardware store, but it could just as easily handle two cases of beer, he says.
“This does everything I’ve ever wanted a bike to do,” says Copsey, who predicts that this style of bike — whose flat cargo bed makes it a viable car replacement — will soon gain popularity in the U.S.
If you opt for a traditional bike, such as the one from Pilen ($1,250) that Rogers is currently obsessing over, you can still be a good party guest. The shop sells straps designed to secure a six-pack ($29) or a bottle of wine ($36) to your frame.
The store’s brewery rides and brunch rides will head out from the back of the shop, which is an open area Copsey plans to use for community happenings. It’s also where the shop will hold classes on city cycling and bike repair. (The first event: an April 15 bike wash. It’s $10 per bike, with all proceeds going to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.)
Although the Daily Rider’s focus is bringing stylish, functional bikes to the city, it’s the little things that might get customers even more excited. That includes Bird Industries skirt garters ($10), which Rogers considers indispensible.
“If you don’t have something holding your skirt down and a gust of wind comes, you’re not focused on riding,” she says.
And staying focused is the best way to make sure you — and your beer — get where you’re going safely.
The Daily Rider isn’t fully stocked yet. But the store is already carrying some brands of accessories that are hard to find in D.C., including Yakkay helmets (which look like hats) and Po Campo’s durable bike bags (which can double as chic purses).