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Bicycle Outfitters closes after 31 years in business

The shop had two locations — one in Leesburg and one in Brambleton.

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
9 Comments
  1. feathers 2 years ago
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    Bummer. These are good people. By assessing the number of cyclist on Claiborne Pky in the mornings, you’d swear that business must be good. Same with traffic on the W&OD – I would have thought business has never been so good?

    • Rider N. Peleton 2 years ago
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      It has more to do with corporate decisions at Trek bicycle wanting riders to go their store v. a distributor, which BO was.

  2. Chad Hutchings 2 years ago
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    If you support Amazon more than brick and mortar stores you’ll continue to see your favorite businesses closing their doors. Support local businesses or you won’t have any left.

  3. Jeffrey 2 years ago
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    Re-opening with new owner

  4. Jim Muth 2 years ago
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    I just dropped of my FuelEX 8 for service that I purchased here earlier in the year and spoke to Justin about the future. This place is retaining all old staff members and rebranding as a co-op under new leadership as Revolution. They are still honoring my 2 year tune-up warranty and will provide a full service shop again soon. I come for the staff and professionalism they offer. I’ll be still coming back after Revolution opens to see what awesome bikes and gear they have. Sounded like an exciting new chapter for us locals.

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