Riide Electric Bike’s Storefront Showroom Opening in Shaw on Saturday

by Prince Of Petworth November 25, 2015 at 11:05 am 34 Comments

1933 9th Street, NW looking north towards Florida Ave/U Street and the Warby Parker

Congrats to Riide who are opening up their first brick and mortar in Shaw on Saturday. They’re located right next to the Serve U Liquor on 9th just south of Florida/U St. Hours will be 11-7 daily and on Saturuday they’ll have free Compass Coffee all day!

“We engineered an electric bike you can count on. A beautifully simple design. If you know how to ride a bike, you know how to riide. Just get on, twist the throttle, and go.”





  • petworther

    Jesus are people really that lazy. Just pedal folks.

    • Dupont Resident

      have you never heard of an electric bike before? You need to get out of Petworth once in awhile

    • Blithe

      It always warms my heart when people who are likely relatively young, and relatively healthy, and relatively able, seem to assume that either everyone else is exactly like them, with the same needs, opportunities, and options, or they don’t bother to think beyond themselves and just DGAF. While I’d be among the first to roll my eyes at the latest hipster trends, this one actually seems like a good idea — and a way to get people who may have felt that biking is beyond them, for whatever reason — to give it a try.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I know a guy in his mid-forties who biked round-trip from Petworth to Bethesda every day pretty much regardless of the weather for nearly a decade. He picked up one of these recently. He is still plenty capable of doing the round trip without it, but he finds that with the little extra boost he has more energy to play with his two little kids when he gets home. How’s that for lazy?

      • Kent

        Exactly. I bike from Chevy Chase DC to Crystal City and back for work. The return trip is pretty steep…a little boost would give me a lot more energy in the evening.

        • Caroline

          I’ve tried biking to my office in Crystal City and it wipes me out (I actually don’t mind the walk except that it takes a couple hours). This could be a good solution for me. Are electric bikes allowed on the Mount Vernon Trail?

          • Kent

            I’ve seen electric scooters on the trail, so I think something like this would be fine.

    • KenyonDweller

      If it gets some people out of their cars, it’s fine with me.

    • rob

      my bike is my car, but if I had to wear suits to work I’d definitely cop this to avoid making it rain at the office.

      • Petworther

        Untangle those metaphors there bro.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I don’t have and don’t want one of these, but I’ll concede that they have value and it isn’t just a matter of laziness, especially for climbing big hills in the road in places without bike lanes, so that the rider can avoid having vehicles come up on them from behind *really* fast as they struggle up the hill slowly. That is a time when a boost could be very helpful.

    • skj84

      I got to test ride one and it makes a huge difference. I’d totally consider one if it was in my budget.

  • Anon5

    Interestingly, the top speed is 20mph for a reason.

    Under District law, if the motor will propel the cycle faster than 20mph, it is considered a ‘motor-driven cycle’, requiring inspection, registration, and insurance, a driver’s license, and a helmet.

  • Anon5

    Are those 26″ wheels? And mechanical, rather than hydraulic, disc brakes? Those seem like odd choices for a 40lb bike that will do 45mph pretty easily.

    • Mojotron

      Top speed is 20 mph, not 45.

      • Anon5

        Top speed of the motor alone is 20mph. You can pedal to go faster, and most cyclists are capable of pedaling up to 25mph on a downhill very easily.

        An ordinary person should be able to pedal up to 20-25 mph and then engage the motor, attaining 40-45 mph with very little effort.

        Of course this is not taking into account aerodynamics, friction, and a host of other factors but 45mph should be easily attainable.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Heck, if we’re talking downhill, why don’t we just drop it off of a mountain and calculate its terminal velocity and call that its top speed?

          • Anon5

            Because riding down hills is an everyday occurrence and dropping bikes off mountains is not. My cyclocomputer tells me that I exceeded 25mph nearly every day this week on my 90’s-era mountain bike.

            Another way to look at it would be in terms of wattage. The electric motor on this bike provides 350w of continuous power. The continuous output of an average rider is in the vicinity of 200w.

            That 550w of combined power is considerably more than the 400-450 watts produced by a Tour de France cyclist.

            With that kind of power I would want to spend the extra few dollars and get the best brakes available.

        • Lol clearly you have never ridden a 350 watt ebike.

  • INDC

    Nice to see this is a local outfit…and interesting pricing concept. I just wish it didn’t look so much like an e-bike.

  • I tried one out and thought it was great. Here’s my review: http://joeflood.wpengine.com/2015/10/23/riide-electric-bike-review/

    Seems to me that the target market for the Riide are urban professionals who want something more capable than Bikeshare.

  • The OP Anon

    My dad has one of these. Target market is older folks who enjoy biking but can’t handle the hills due to creaky bones and health issues. My dad loves his (take them up and down the hills of Laguna Beach and Irvine).
    They are HEAVY. But you really won’t notice it because the power assist kicks in when you go uphill.
    The epitome of lazy, IMHO, are those stupid two-wheeled people movers. I’ve seen an asshole get out of his car in the parking lot and then ride it to the entrance of a Big Box store. And yes, he was only 22 years old and perfectly healthy.

    • skj84

      Was the guy someone you know? Never assume anyone is perfectly healthy at first glance. My roommate suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome. She is in her 30’s and looks perfectly healthy at first glance. But sometimes just walking from the car to a store could wipe her out. You never know unless you are in that person’s shoes.

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 There was a chick at my high school who was in a bad car wreck and thus used a handicap tag b/c walking was difficult. She got yelled at for using the tag when she didn’t look ill/have a cane/look like she needed it. Invisible disabilities happen to young people too.

      • Anon

        If anything I would assume that a young person absolutely needs it. Otherwise pride would overrule laziness.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Agreed with all of the above. Smart money says the dude was just lazy, but substantial risk of being completely wrong. I herniated a disc in my back when I was 21 years old and was barely able to walk for about a month – at the worst of it, it took me about 3 minutes to physically exit a taxi in front of my apartment and about an additional five minutes to limp the 50 feet to the front door.

    • Anon Spock

      Maybe he was driving it back into the store for the next person who needs it.
      You know what they say about assumptions….

    • textdoc

      What’s a two-wheeled people mover?

      • logandude

        The term you know it by is trademarked, but think of the device used by downtown tourists and by parking control officers in our city.

        • textdoc

          Aha — Segway.
          I was wondering if that’s what it was, but thought, “Nah, if the poster were talking about Segways, he would’ve just said ‘Segway’.” Apparently not.

          • Blithe

            There are also two-wheeled, two-wheeled with a seat, and one-wheeled people movers. Some of them look sort of like skateboards – and I imagine that their target market would be teens and younger adults with a fair amount of discretionary cash.

          • The OP Anon

            I was talking about the two wheeled gyroscopic skateboard types that are quite popular with young adults right now, as Blithe mentioned. These are not medical devices and not the same as Segways. You actually need to be fairly fit to use them, as I think there is a weight limit. They are solely used so you don’t have to walk your butt anywhere. I’ve seen guys using them in the airport and stores. It’s the pinnacle of laziness.

          • anonymous

            I think they take balance and muscles and skill to stay on top of, so I’m not sure I’d call them lazy. Seems more like skateboarding to me. I think they look like lots of fun and exercise, and I’m dying to try one, but as I’m getting older, I think it may be prudent of me not to. But I’m fascinated every time I see someone using one.

  • Jose

    I love it! This city needs more cyclists!


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