Got the pedaling fever? The cycling itch? Good news, then. Washington might be a mess when it comes to driving, but it has scads, piles and a slew of resources for wannabe cyclists. First thing you should do: Check your local bike shop for group rides and maintenance classes.
Bikewashington.org is a useful site that lists area trails, events and helpful area organizations.
If you’re interested in social rides, check out the D.C. Bike Party or head to Bicycle Space or City Bikes . Arrow Bicycles in Prince George’s County, the Bike Lane in Springfield and Reston, and Freshbikes in Bethesda, Arlington, and Fairfax all have rides of one kind or another.
If you’re looking for races, check out www.bikereg.com, which lists races across the country by region and state.
The District is also rife with cycling clubs and advocacy groups. There’s the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Potomac Pedalers, which is one of the area’s largest area organizations for local cyclists, with around 3,000 members.