DC-area retail chain Freshbikes shuts down

By Stephen Frothingham

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BRAIN) — Freshbikes, a Washington, D.C.-area retail chain, announced Monday that it was shutting down.

“For the past 11 years, it has been our honor and our pleasure to serve you. Effective immediately, due to circumstances outside of our control, Freshbikes is closing permanently,” the retailer announced on its website Monday. It made a similar announcement on its Facebook page.

According to the website, Spoke Etc, a five-store chain in Northern Virginia, has agreed to handle existing and future warranty claims by Freshbikes customers for most brands, while VeloConcepts, a bike fitting studio in Culpepper, Virginia, will handle Cervélo warranties for Freshbikes customers outside the DC Beltway.

Freshbikes at one point had as many as six locations. When it closed, it apparently had two: one in Arlington, Virginia, and one in Bethesda, Maryland. A location in Fairfax County closed last year, according to local news reports.

Bicycle Retailer is reaching out to the owners and we plan to add more to this report later.

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