Local bicyclists probably already know this news, but one of Loudoun’s most venerable businesses shut its doors this week. Bicycle Outfitters, which opened in Leesburg more than 30 years, closed its two locations in Loudoun.

The first Bicycle Outfitters opened in 1988. The Leesburg store has most recently occupied a spot in the Virginia Village shopping center, on Catoctin Circle. A second location has been a staple of the Brambleton Town Center for years. Now, both have closed.

“The hardest thing is always saying goodbye,” read in part a message posted to social media. “We have friends in our cycling community that are as much family as they are customers. Over our 31 years in business, we have supported National Champions and first time riders on two wheels. So it is with heavy hearts and many tears on Monday, September 2nd, 2019, we will be closing our doors permanently. Bicycle Outfitters would like to thank all that have supported us so faithfully over the years in the good times and the bad.”

No word yet on what businesses will replace BO in the two shopping centers.

Images: Bicycle Outfitters