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Old 10-21-2012, 04:21 PM
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Wise counsel,

I'm moving to D.C. in a month and a half and would like to know what it's like owning a bike in D.C. I lived in the Midwest previously and had zero security issues to worry about, one can park wherever the bike fits, etc. If anyone has advice for me about these things OR anything else I haven't even thought of yet, I'd really appreciate your input!

Thanks. (First post after much lurking, so please take it easy!)

P.S. Immediately upon my arrival I'll be in the market for a Wee, so any recommendations there would be great, too!
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:57 PM
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I live 8 miles out of dc and have a dedicated, uncovered spot. No problems. Use disc lock on back wheel when street parking in dc. If you had a Gixxa or Busa, you'd likely have more issues... Welcome. PS, you get HOV privileges on your bike.

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Thanks, Juicy. Not sure how connected you are with Wee-ers, but if you know of anyone ready to sell I'd love to hear it. Also would be good to know a trusted bike shop, if you've got one.
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Craigslist locally generally has a Wee or 2. Also, Fairfax Cycles is a trusted, independent motorcycle garage.

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Vstroms have an anti-theft aura....so you're already ahead of the game. As for D.C. - it depends a lot on where you actually settle in when you move there for overnight bike storage.

Oh, and don't fall off the rooftop bar at the Ramada Inn next to Obama's place.......
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:01 AM
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All depends upon where you live. i lived half a block ofConnecticut ave for 8 years. No problem till udc and subway moved in. Roomate was robber and assualted in garage behind house. Arlingotn, no problems, Montgomery co. No problems, College Park (Pg Co.) no problems, Just chose neighborhood judiciously.
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Are you planning on living in DC proper or somewhere nearby (e.g. Northern Virginia)?
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Are you planning on living in DC proper or somewhere nearby (e.g. Northern Virginia)?
This.

Exact location makes all the difference.
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Right off the bat I'll be in D.C. proper (while apartment and job hunting), but there's a very good chance I'll end up in D.C. proper after that too.
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Watch the wacky drivers because everyone is in a hurry and they won"t watch you. Aggression is the way in DC and the roads around it. The HOV lanes are great but you have to watch you don't get run over because people use it as a speedway more than an HOV lane.
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