Trek Bicycle buys the six Spokes Etc bicycle shops. based in Northern Virginia, Jim Strang, owner of Spokes Etc., confirms to ARLnow.
This includes the Spokes Etc location. in Ballston at 3924 Wilson Blvd.
Trek, which manufactures bikes and operates its own retail stores, already has a store in Clarendon on Wilson Blvd, just a nine-minute bike ride from the Spokes location in Ballston. The two stores were one and two respectively in Arlies this year for Arlington’s favorite bike shop.
Spokes Etc. moved to Ballston in 2018, replacing Freshbikes.
The locally owned and operated bicycle company was founded in 1985 and prides itself on not being “a ‘cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all’ service,” according to its website.
In addition to selling bicycles, Spokes Etc. repairs, maintains and offers free monthly road maintenance clinics.
There are five other Spokes Etc. locations, in Fairfax, Leesburg, Vienna and two in Alexandria: Belle Haven and N. Quaker Lane, near Fairlington.
ARLnow has reached out to Trek to find out what the sale might mean for local stores, but has yet to hear back as of press time. Strang declined to comment on whether all current Spokes Etc. will remain open after the sale.
Trek has been on a bike store buying spree lately, with deals to buy independent bike retailers in Maryland, New York and several western states announced in the past two weeks.
Jay Westcott contributed to this report