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Conte's Bike Shop

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Photo: Conte's Bike Shop exteriorCharles Conte, Owner

May is National Bike Month and Conte's Bike Shop in Virginia Square welcomes all cyclists to their store to help celebrate.

Current owner Charles Conte's father opened their first shop in 1957, and the company has grown to nine locations around Virginia, most recently with the Arlington location opening in March 2016. This location is a premier dealer for Giant bicycles as well as BMC. They're also an authorized dealer of Scott, Eddy Merckx and Argon 18 bicycles. The shop carries all major brands of accessories and will service any bike, not just those they sell. Conte's is also one of three Top 100 Bike Retailers in the U.S. located in Arlington out of a total of 4,800 bike stores nationwide.

What makes Conte's different from most shops is that they accept trade-ins and sell pre-owned bikes. For example, parents can purchase a bike for their child and when they grow out of it, they can get trade-in value for the next bike. Commuters or people who want a racing or triathlon bike can also find pre-owned bikes at more affordable prices. Conte said that the Arlington location plans to host shop rides, while noting how he and his staff are heavily involved in Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day.

When a customer comes in to purchase a bike, Conte and his staff ask a lot of questions and listen to what the customer has to say about where and how far he or she is going to ride. Conte noted the importance of proper bike fit — leg extension to the pedals, reach to the handlebars and brake levers are all properly fitted so that the customer enjoys riding the bike. Conte's provides free adjustments for one year on all bikes purchased.

The entire staff rides to work. Conte tells customers who are interested in bike commuting, "the bike lanes and trails are very safe places to ride. You're going to feel better and see things differently on a bike." Conte currently bikes seven miles each way from DC. He'll continue to ride when he moves to Reston, an 18-mile trip each way. "I ride if it's rain, sleet or snow. It doesn't matter." Conte appreciates Arlington's cycling infrastructure, including lanes and the designated trail systems such as the W&OD and Custis Trails, and how bike infrastructure plus public transportation options provide commuters "a choice instead of sitting in a car." Since Conte moved here from Richmond a few months ago he has been pleasantly surprised by how much Arlington promotes alternatives to driving. "It's got to be one of the top counties in the country that promotes cycling."

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Conte's Bike Shop
3449 Wilson Blvd
571-800-3126

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110 Trail
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14th Street Bridge
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Arlington Mill Trail
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Ballston Connector
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Bluemont Connector
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CC Connector
340
Clarendon EB bike lane
203
Custis Bon Air Park
378
Custis Rosslyn
0
Fairfax EB bike lane
74
Joyce St NB
0
Joyce St SB
15
Key Bridge East
558
Key Bridge West
163
Military NB bike lane
11
Military SB bike lane
0
MVT Airport South
0
Quincy NB bike lane
25
Quincy SB bike lane
68
Roosevelt Bridge
305
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
184
WOD Bon Air West
446
WOD Columbia Pike
2271
WOD East Falls Church
871
Wilson WB bike lane
213

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627
14th Street Bridge
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Arlington Mill Trail
773
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
2113
Joyce St NB
0
Joyce St SB
104
Key Bridge East
2290
Key Bridge West
916
MVT Airport South
0
Roosevelt Bridge
0
TR Island Bridge
2111
WOD Bon Air Park
565
WOD Bon Air West
592
WOD Columbia Pike
160524
WOD East Falls Church
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