Handy Bikes, LLC

Handy Bikes, LLC Bicycle Tuneups & Repair Affordable bicycle tuneups & repair services. Reasonable rates, quick turnarounds, and convenient location! Veteran owned & operated since 2013
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Have been working on the daddy of gravel race rigs lately so posting in honor of fathers day (sorry dad).  Started with ...
06/21/2021

Have been working on the daddy of gravel race rigs lately so posting in honor of fathers day (sorry dad). Started with an @evilbicycles Chamois Hagar, added an @absoluteblack.cc oval ring to the @rideshimano GRX drivetrain (hashtag custom machining), and some wheels from @ridespinergy. Oh - also a nifty dual bottle cage bracket from @wolf_tooth_comp and some j***y take-off aero bars I found laying around the shop. Those need to get swapped out. HOWEVER -- the best addition by far was the @infinitybikeseat I added last week. Their E1X fits like a glove after a bit of tweaking πŸ™Œ.
The only thing holding it back really is the rider... LOL
Wanna get a custom shred sled going? Maybe you're looking to compete the @trans.virginia in record time, or just log a bunch of miles? Give us a shout. These bikes are sold out but the framesets are available, and parts are coming back slowly but surely!

Have been working on the daddy of gravel race rigs lately so posting in honor of fathers day (sorry dad). Started with an @evilbicycles Chamois Hagar, added an @absoluteblack.cc oval ring to the @rideshimano GRX drivetrain (hashtag custom machining), and some wheels from @ridespinergy. Oh - also a nifty dual bottle cage bracket from @wolf_tooth_comp and some j***y take-off aero bars I found laying around the shop. Those need to get swapped out. HOWEVER -- the best addition by far was the @infinitybikeseat I added last week. Their E1X fits like a glove after a bit of tweaking πŸ™Œ.
The only thing holding it back really is the rider... LOL
Wanna get a custom shred sled going? Maybe you're looking to compete the @trans.virginia in record time, or just log a bunch of miles? Give us a shout. These bikes are sold out but the framesets are available, and parts are coming back slowly but surely!

Have you seen the new @absoluteblack.cc oval ring for #GRX yet??!  No?  Well that's because they apparently don't make t...
06/14/2021

Have you seen the new @absoluteblack.cc oval ring for #GRX yet??! No? Well that's because they apparently don't make them. I wanted to spruce up the shop's @evilbicycles Chamois Hagar gravel sled so I custom fit this ring - same bolt pattern, different attachment method. It rips even harder now!

#mechaniclife #shoplife #custombuild #getoutandride #custombike #gravelcycling #gravelgrinder #madeinmygarage #bikelife #bikehacks #someassemblyrequired #AlexandriaVA #smallbusiness #veteranowned

Have you seen the new @absoluteblack.cc oval ring for #GRX yet??! No? Well that's because they apparently don't make them. I wanted to spruce up the shop's @evilbicycles Chamois Hagar gravel sled so I custom fit this ring - same bolt pattern, different attachment method. It rips even harder now!

#mechaniclife #shoplife #custombuild #getoutandride #custombike #gravelcycling #gravelgrinder #madeinmygarage #bikelife #bikehacks #someassemblyrequired #AlexandriaVA #smallbusiness #veteranowned

It's official - we're carrying @infinitybikeseat products.  They look like nothing you've ever seen before because they ...
06/11/2021

It's official - we're carrying @infinitybikeseat products. They look like nothing you've ever seen before because they FEEL like nothing you've ever tried before. Take it for a 7 day test ride (deposit required) and return it if you're not 100% happy, but we doubt you'll ever look back. We've got their Elite Series E3, E2X, and E1X in stock. Sorry - the pink E3 is already spoken for, but let us know if we can order one for you!

#infinityseat #nomorehotspots #love2ride #focusontheride #RAAM #rideyourbike #madeinusa #handmade #triathlon #gravelgrinder #bikepacking #optoutside #rideyourbike

Yes, we DO have @reneherse tires in stock right now!  Got our box in the mail on Thursday -- still have some:-Fleecer Ri...
05/09/2021

Yes, we DO have @reneherse tires in stock right now! Got our box in the mail on Thursday -- still have some:

-Fleecer Ridge 700x55 (@bikepackingcom #gearoftheyear award winner)
-Oracle Ridge 700x48
-Hurricane Ridge 700x42
-Steilacoom 700x38
-Bon Jon Pass 700x35
-Loup Loup Pass 650b x 38
-Rat Trap Pass 26 x 2.3

#thesupplelife #gravelcycling #gravelgrinder #gravelbikes #bikepack #bikegear #bikepacking #localbikeshop #shoplocal #AlexandriaVA #veteranowned

Got in some #gravelcycling these past few days out at @stokesvillecampground.  Nothing like having your groad turn to si...
04/18/2021

Got in some #gravelcycling these past few days out at @stokesvillecampground. Nothing like having your groad turn to singletrack because you didn't check your maps closely enough! Got a good refresher on fixing sidewall punctures as well πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

#mechaniclife #gravelgrinder #gravelbikes #getoutside #groadslikethese #gravelbike #bikestuff #bikelife #stokesville #bikegear #bikepack #rideyourbike #getoutandride

We've been a bit quiet here on social media lately, and here's why..  after just 5 months we were already outgrowing our...
04/06/2021

We've been a bit quiet here on social media lately, and here's why.. after just 5 months we were already outgrowing our space, and had the opportunity to expand into the unit next door. This will allow for a more spacious and better-functioning service department without sacrificing retail space, a space for storage, an administrative office, and a few more surprises that we'll be unveiling soon!

#smallbusiness #veteranowned #shoplocal #AlexandriaVA #localbikeshop

We've been working on something.. more details soon!
04/04/2021

We've been working on something.. more details soon!

If you've been racking up the miles on your @wahoofitnessofficial KickR or any other trainer for that matter, it might b...
03/07/2021

If you've been racking up the miles on your @wahoofitnessofficial KickR or any other trainer for that matter, it might be time for some service. Whaaaaaat?! Yup, these can need a tuneup too. This particular one had a gunked-up freehub which caused a slack chain whenever the rider stopped pedaling. Not good! Some cleaning, lubing, and a fresh set of bearings for good measure, and it'll be good for another few thousand miles. We're dealers for Wahoo and several other trainer brands and happy to evaluate & repair.

So give us a shout if your trainer is acting up, and make sure you check the teeth on those gears too! And for the love of God PLEASE CHANGE YOUR BAR TAPE and inspect your bars & controls, you sweaty animals 🀣

#postoffseasonservice #shoplife #mechaniclife #sweatitout #cleanitup #kickr #wahooligan #wahookickr #wahoo #optoutside #shoplocal #bikegear #shopsmall #AlexandriaVA #bikeVA #bikeMD #bikeDC

Seriously though --- your bar tape. Not just bc it smells horrible, though that should be reason enough.

If you've been racking up the miles on your @wahoofitnessofficial KickR or any other trainer for that matter, it might be time for some service. Whaaaaaat?! Yup, these can need a tuneup too. This particular one had a gunked-up freehub which caused a slack chain whenever the rider stopped pedaling. Not good! Some cleaning, lubing, and a fresh set of bearings for good measure, and it'll be good for another few thousand miles. We're dealers for Wahoo and several other trainer brands and happy to evaluate & repair.

So give us a shout if your trainer is acting up, and make sure you check the teeth on those gears too! And for the love of God PLEASE CHANGE YOUR BAR TAPE and inspect your bars & controls, you sweaty animals 🀣

#postoffseasonservice #shoplife #mechaniclife #sweatitout #cleanitup #kickr #wahooligan #wahookickr #wahoo #optoutside #shoplocal #bikegear #shopsmall #AlexandriaVA #bikeVA #bikeMD #bikeDC

Seriously though --- your bar tape. Not just bc it smells horrible, though that should be reason enough.

Yes, we even work on #triathlon bikes.  Here's proof as we caught three at the same time earlier this week.  Races are s...
03/05/2021

Yes, we even work on #triathlon bikes. Here's proof as we caught three at the same time earlier this week. Races are starting to come back, and our workload and wait times are also increasing as the weather gets nicer -- dust off that rig and bring it in for free evaluation soon!!

#triathlon #tribikes #shoplife #mechaniclife #bikergram #timeforatuneup #triathlonlife #smoothisfast #slowtwitch #bikeshop #shopsmall #shoplocal #AlexandriaVA #bikeVA #bikeMD #bikeDC #rideyourbike

Yes, we even work on #triathlon bikes. Here's proof as we caught three at the same time earlier this week. Races are starting to come back, and our workload and wait times are also increasing as the weather gets nicer -- dust off that rig and bring it in for free evaluation soon!!

#triathlon #tribikes #shoplife #mechaniclife #bikergram #timeforatuneup #triathlonlife #smoothisfast #slowtwitch #bikeshop #shopsmall #shoplocal #AlexandriaVA #bikeVA #bikeMD #bikeDC #rideyourbike

New bike day for one of our customers!  @statebicycleco has come out with some great #gravelcycling options, and this 41...
03/04/2021

New bike day for one of our customers! @statebicycleco has come out with some great #gravelcycling options, and this 4130 All - Road from State is one of our favorites. This one is already sold but we do still have one in large!

#steelisreal #steelbike #shoplife #bikepack #gravelbikes #gravelbike #shoplocal #shopsmall #veteranowned #AlexandriaVA #bikeVA #bikeVA #bikeDC

New bike day for one of our customers! @statebicycleco has come out with some great #gravelcycling options, and this 4130 All - Road from State is one of our favorites. This one is already sold but we do still have one in large!

#steelisreal #steelbike #shoplife #bikepack #gravelbikes #gravelbike #shoplocal #shopsmall #veteranowned #AlexandriaVA #bikeVA #bikeVA #bikeDC

I always remember the "before" pics, or the "after" pics, but rarely remember both.  Anyway here's a #suspensionsaturday...
02/28/2021

I always remember the "before" pics, or the "after" pics, but rarely remember both. Anyway here's a #suspensionsaturday pic before swapping to a higher rated @rockshox super deluxe spring; doing some upgrades on a @canyon_na Sender. Add in some new @maxxistires and its ready to rip for spring!

[Insert great "after" pics here]

Yep - we so suspension service. Everyone's first question is "how much", and the answer is "it depends"! If you want it done well, done right, and done on time, drop us a line for a quote.

I always remember the "before" pics, or the "after" pics, but rarely remember both. Anyway here's a #suspensionsaturday pic before swapping to a higher rated @rockshox super deluxe spring; doing some upgrades on a @canyon_na Sender. Add in some new @maxxistires and its ready to rip for spring!

[Insert great "after" pics here]

Yep - we so suspension service. Everyone's first question is "how much", and the answer is "it depends"! If you want it done well, done right, and done on time, drop us a line for a quote.

Winter isn't over!  Did you know we're the only official stocking dealer for @45nrth in the entire DMV?  This round of R...
02/22/2021

Winter isn't over! Did you know we're the only official stocking dealer for @45nrth in the entire DMV? This round of Ragnaroks are already sold, but more on the way. Let us know what size you need!

I'm even more stoked for the Kahva tires though.. 252 concave carbide studs never looked so good.... and they're TUBELESS. They might go on our @evilbicycles Chamois Hagar gravel shred sled unless someone else snaps them up first. πŸ€”πŸ€”

#bikelife #rideordie #snowbike #kahvatires #45nrth #shoplife #shopsmall #warmfeet #mechaniclife #optoutside #rideyourbike #bikepack #bikegear #bikepacking #winterfashion

Winter isn't over! Did you know we're the only official stocking dealer for @45nrth in the entire DMV? This round of Ragnaroks are already sold, but more on the way. Let us know what size you need!

I'm even more stoked for the Kahva tires though.. 252 concave carbide studs never looked so good.... and they're TUBELESS. They might go on our @evilbicycles Chamois Hagar gravel shred sled unless someone else snaps them up first. πŸ€”πŸ€”

#bikelife #rideordie #snowbike #kahvatires #45nrth #shoplife #shopsmall #warmfeet #mechaniclife #optoutside #rideyourbike #bikepack #bikegear #bikepacking #winterfashion

Don't mind all the clashing colors on our @somafab #bikepacking rig, but I had to sport my @wasatchtouring water bottle ...
02/22/2021

Don't mind all the clashing colors on our @somafab #bikepacking rig, but I had to sport my @wasatchtouring water bottle while trying out that sparkly green @absoluteblack.cc chainring 😍

Will be blogging about the 'ring soon, but I can tell you it made a huge difference in power, feel, and traction out on the very frozen C&O yesterday!

Don't mind all the clashing colors on our @somafab #bikepacking rig, but I had to sport my @wasatchtouring water bottle while trying out that sparkly green @absoluteblack.cc chainring 😍

Will be blogging about the 'ring soon, but I can tell you it made a huge difference in power, feel, and traction out on the very frozen C&O yesterday!

We've been adding so many new brands lately I can't keep track.  One of the latest is @borealisbikes.  Never heard of th...
02/20/2021

We've been adding so many new brands lately I can't keep track. One of the latest is @borealisbikes. Never heard of them? That's ok - they don't need approval. Just know that they've been doing #fatbikes since before it was cool, their name is on the world fat bike championships, and heck even their website is literally just "fatbike.com".
I bring all this up because their preorder window is opening, and we have the opportunity to lock in guaranteed bikes for late summer / early fall delivery. If you're interested in picking up a legendary Crestone (pictured) or one of their other complete bikes, now's the time to give us a shout... especially since we're lucky enough to be the only dealer in the area! Next closest is 190 miles as the fat bike flies, in Pittsburgh PA.

NOTE - while complete bikes from Borealis are sold out right now, they DO have some frames, forks, and various components available. Linkin.bio for details.

#fatbikefriday #smallbusiness #shoplocal #veteranowned #bikeshoplife #mechaniclife #ridefatbikes #bikefat #snowbike #bicycleoverlanding #bikepacking #alexandriaVA #bikedc #bikeMD #bikeVA

We've been adding so many new brands lately I can't keep track. One of the latest is @borealisbikes. Never heard of them? That's ok - they don't need approval. Just know that they've been doing #fatbikes since before it was cool, their name is on the world fat bike championships, and heck even their website is literally just "fatbike.com".
I bring all this up because their preorder window is opening, and we have the opportunity to lock in guaranteed bikes for late summer / early fall delivery. If you're interested in picking up a legendary Crestone (pictured) or one of their other complete bikes, now's the time to give us a shout... especially since we're lucky enough to be the only dealer in the area! Next closest is 190 miles as the fat bike flies, in Pittsburgh PA.

NOTE - while complete bikes from Borealis are sold out right now, they DO have some frames, forks, and various components available. Linkin.bio for details.

#fatbikefriday #smallbusiness #shoplocal #veteranowned #bikeshoplife #mechaniclife #ridefatbikes #bikefat #snowbike #bicycleoverlanding #bikepacking #alexandriaVA #bikedc #bikeMD #bikeVA

When Coach Kelly says "do an FTP test for your next workout" but you're also on duty at the shop solo.. #shoplife #zwift...
02/19/2021

When Coach Kelly says "do an FTP test for your next workout" but you're also on duty at the shop solo..

#shoplife #zwift #trainerthursday #thursdaynight #work #workworkout #sweatitout #rideordie #feltlikerideANDdie

When Coach Kelly says "do an FTP test for your next workout" but you're also on duty at the shop solo..

#shoplife #zwift #trainerthursday #thursdaynight #work #workworkout #sweatitout #rideordie #feltlikerideANDdie

Wait a minute... Tent repair at Handy Bikes?   Nope.  But we do love bikepacking and we are gear nerds, so when we had a...
02/12/2021

Wait a minute... Tent repair at Handy Bikes? Nope. But we do love bikepacking and we are gear nerds, so when we had a chance to finally snag a @klymit sky bivy setup, we took it. Claims to be an "all weather" sleeping system - challenge accepted! Also a bit on the heavy side compared to what I expected, but have plans to lighten it by taking out one or two of the spreader bars & poles. Still a pretty cool setup though! What options are you considering for your next adventure?

NEW BIKES AVAILABLE.  These came last week but we still have a couple of these Kespor Bicycle rides available - a Conque...
02/11/2021

NEW BIKES AVAILABLE. These came last week but we still have a couple of these Kespor Bicycle rides available - a Conqueror and a K7 folder. Not sure when we'll get our hands on more but these are great at their price points and worth a look before they're GONE.

NEW BIKES AVAILABLE. These came last week but we still have a couple of these Kespor Bicycle rides available - a Conqueror and a K7 folder. Not sure when we'll get our hands on more but these are great at their price points and worth a look before they're GONE.

Got some good product testing done yesterday on the @chesapeakeandohiocanal yesterday with the @somafab #bikepacking dem...
02/07/2021

Got some good product testing done yesterday on the @chesapeakeandohiocanal yesterday with the @somafab #bikepacking demo rig. This studded rubber from @schwalbetires really made for a pleasurable ride even in sloppy slushy snow that had refrozen a few times. Add in the heated socks I got for Christmas and I was good for 30+ miles.
Sick of being stuck inside? It's all about having the right equipment!

#studdedforriderpleasure #snowtires #schwalbetires #bikepacking #bikepackinglife #bikelife #cyclinglife #producttesting #winterishere #groadslikethese #gravelgrinder #gravelbikes #mechaniclife

#tbt (literally) to last Thursday when this sweet @babboe_cargobike came by for some service and to hang out with our @s...
02/04/2021

#tbt (literally) to last Thursday when this sweet @babboe_cargobike came by for some service and to hang out with our @somafab #bikepacking demo bike.

Is that #cargobike fast, you ask? Not really, no. Is it light and agile? Also no. Is it one of the coolest machines we've tried to fit through the front door lately? 100% yes.

Also of note, it didn't end up fitting through the door..the crew still got her fixed and back on the road though!!

#slightlytoowide #bikergram #shoplife #cargobikelife #cargobikes #cargobike #cargobikelove #shoplife #mechanicproblems #sizematters #bikepacking #bikepackingcom #multimodal #threewheelerthursday

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3800 Wheeler Ave
Alexandria, VA
22304

Capitol Bikeshare, bus, metro (Van Dorn or Crystal City stations)

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Greetings! I am an active duty Navy Corpsman and have enjoyed bicycling as a racer and shop mechanic for years. In 2011 I established a handyman business in North Carolina and formed an LLC, and in 2012 I attained accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. I am a member of the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals, and am proud to be reviewed on Angie’s List. In 2012 I left the handyman business behind, relocated to Washington DC, and shifted gears (pardon the pun) to offer bicycle repair and tune-up services. I hold a valid Washington DC Business License (# 400313901922) and am fully insured.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12pm - 6pm
Wednesday 12pm - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 2pm
Sunday 11am - 2pm

Telephone

+17035987795

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Locks, lights, tubes, tires, wheels, and repair parts including brake pads, chains, cassettes, freewheels, and cables.

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