Capitol Hill Bikes Closing

Co-Owner Denise D'Amour Will Retire, Sell All Inventory

Capitol Hill Bikes shop at 719 Eighth St. SE. (Photo: Capitol Hill Bikes)

Capitol Hill Bikes (719 Eighth St. SE) is selling its entire inventory and shutting its doors after 17 years. With the closure of City Bikes on Barracks Row in March, that leaves two bicycle shops near the Hill: The Daily Rider (1108 H St. NE) and Bike and Roll (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE; 955 L’Enfant Plaza).

CH Bikes co-owner Denise D’Amour said she plans to retire and hopes to sell the business to anyone interested in taking over the bicycle shop. If not, she and business partner Laurie Morin will finish out their lease in December and close shop.

“For me, this is a big big decision,” D’Amour said. “I’ve been doing this for 17 years now and I realized it was time.”

The retirement sale started Oct. 7 and will run until everything is gone — that includes the fixtures on the walls. On repairs, D'Amour will finish the current orders, but is referring people to The Daily Rider and Bike and Roll for new requests.

D’Amour said she’s also open to talking with anyone interested in taking over the store, which is around 2,000 square feet with a basement. She said she loves the shop and wants it to keep going, but is ready to move to her home in North Beach, Md., and explore the next phase in her life. 

“I’ve been very involved in the Barracks Row community on the Main Street board for several years,” she said. “It’s been near and dear to my heart.”

She and Morin opened the shop in May 2000 at 709 Eight St. SE after taking over Metropolis Bicycles, and served as the only bike shop on the Hill for several years. They moved in 2009 to the current 719 Eight St. location.

Barracks Row Main Street tweeted well wishes for D’Amour on her retirement on Oct. 6, and several others sent notes that they will miss the store as it closes its doors.