Buzz About Us

We know we do great work, but don’t take our word for it. Here’s a video of us on CNN that shows the early years of Phoenix Bikes and our commitment to youth, which is stronger than ever today:

Our Customers:

“Phoenix Bikes is a tiny pocket of altruism that happens to fix and sell bikes.” – Aaron D., Washington, DC

“If you like to bike, welcome home.” – Ryan H., Arlington, VA

“I felt like Phoenix Bikes had our best interests in mind, genuinely listened to what my husband was looking for….” – Lara S., Manchester, NH

“It felt awesome to invest in a bike and know that you were investing in something bigger.” – Lara S., Manchester, NH

“Staff were endlessly patient and helpful in giving advice, getting it fitted, and allowing test rides.” – Sidney R., Washington, DC

“A well-stocked and well-educated staff provide something for everyone at Phoenix.” – Alex M., Washington, DC

“You won’t find better used bikes in the DC area for less. They are well built, and for sale every weekend.” – Alex M., Washington, DC

“This is the perfect bike shop for people who love to bike but don’t own spandex, fancy jerseys or thousand-dollar road bikes.” – Rob P., Washington, DC

The Press:

Newsletter Archive


Mobility Lab/PeopleForBikes: Stories from Youth Summit Display a Bright Future for Bicycling, October 2017 

DC Commute Times: Phoenix Bikes Hosts Youth Bike Summit, National Youth Bike Ride This Weekend, October 2017

Mobility Lab: Phoenix Bikes Provides True Transportation Education in Arlington, September 2017

ARLnow: Phoenix Bikes to Move into Arlington Mill Community Center, September 2017

Arlington County: Phoenix Bikes to Move to Arlington Mill Community Center, September 2017

DC Commute Times: Kids Learn About Bicycles & Themselves at Phoenix Bikes, July 2017  


NBC News 4 Washington Story: Chain Breakers, August 2016

Bicycling: The 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016

Arlington Chamber of Commerce – Best Business Awards: Arlingtonian – June 2016

NBC News 4 Washington Story – Volunteer Arlington Day, April 2016

Kindness Activist Blog: Bicycle Kindness


Arlington Chamber of Commerce: Arlingtonian – May 2015

VDOT Safe Routes to Schools Newsletter: April/May 2015

Community in Schools’ Blog: Partnerships in Service to Community – Debbie Polhemus & Phoenix Bikes

Radio Fairfax: Radio Hotline with Dennis Price (9PM show on 5/12/15)

Blog: Improvement Hubs

Arlington’s Car-Free Diet: Partner Spotlight


People for Bikes Blog: Shifting Futures Through Gears

WJLA ABC 7 Harris’ Heroes: Phoenix Bikes helps kids earn a bike while learning biking skills

Washington Post Local Living: At Phoenix, building bikes, confidence and tech skills


WAMU Radio: Arlington Nonprofit Bike Stores Lets Kids Shift Gears


WTOP Radio: Volunteers, kids refurbish and repair bicycles

WTOP Radio: Bicycling Comedian Show Benefits Phoenix Bikes


Washington Post: Helping kids get on the right path (on their own bike, too)

Out Of Print Magazine: Phoenix Bicycles, Giving Back

Fox5 Morning News: Phoenix Bikes Gearing Up for Warm Weather

Washington CityPaper:Best of DC – Best Bike Shop

CNN: Changing lives one bicycle at a time


Washington Post: Not Afraid of Elbow Grease: Local Bicycle Clinics Help Those Who Want To Fix It Themselves

Green America: Recycle Your Bike: Phoenix Bikes

WUSA 9: Green Mechanics, Green Apple

WAMU: Phoenix Rises from Ashes – MP4

Washington Examiner: 3 Minute Interview

TrailVoice: Phoenix Rising


Washington Post Express: Pride in a Sweet Ride

Arlington Sun-Gazette: Phoenix Combines Community Service with Skills

Arlington Connection: Rising from the Ashes

Arlington Connection: Neighborhood Day Parade