The Bike Lane meets new U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell


Prince William Forrest Park- A great setting to discuss getting more youth and family outdoors.

Prince William Forrest Park- A great setting to discuss getting more youth and family outdoors.

Anne Mader, co-owner of The Bike Lane Bike shops in Springfield and Reston, Va. , was among a group of  outdoors stakeholders and local students that met with  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis at a National Park Week event April 25 at Prince William Forest Park, the largest green space in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

 Jewell and Jarvis met with students from Stonewall Middle School in Prince William County, Va. who were participating in a NatureBridge residential field science program in which students live and learn in the park, extending classroom learning with hands-on water-testing experiments of their own design and learning about the Great Depression-era history of their close-to-home national park.
Mader and other representatives of outdoors stakeholder groups were invited to meet with the nation’s top outdoors administrator.  Jewell is the former CEO of REI, Inc., a national chain of retail outdoors and recreation equipment stores that has a strong history of supporting environmental and outdoors causes.

Jewell said she could not “think of a higher calling” than the stewardship of America’s outdoors.”

One of her priorities is the redesign of America’s national parks to “attract all Americans, not just a subset. We need to bring nature into people’s lives.”
Mader said she was “very impressed” by Secretary Jewell.

“Her background working fAnne w:US Interior Secretary Jewell2or a company that values the environment and outdoor recreation, such as REI, will give her a unique perspective and an understanding of the importance of public and private partnerships.
“I was impressed by her eagerness to kick off her appointment by listening to stakeholder groups before creating her strategic plan/vision and goals.  She came across as very ‘un- politician’ and that was pretty refreshing. I hope her ideas will create more opportunities in outdoor recreation, especially for our youth. Outdoor recreation not only creates an appreciation for the environment and physical activity, which our youth desperately need, it also creates many jobs.

“I believe her plan to bring together the private and public sectors will be key in doing this. I just hope it doesn’t get lost in the politics of Washington.”

The Bike Lane stores have long been active in the creation of public-private initiatives to get more kids outside, including support of their local mountain biking club MORE, Trails for Youth, TBL’s own Junior Mountain Bike Development Program and national organizations such as IMBA and Bikes Belong, who is an associate member of the Outdoor Industry Associate.  The Bike Lane also helps in writing grants to get funding for trails, as well as supporting community mountain bike and running races that use local parks.

Bikes for the World: Why Wait For Christmas…

Bikes for the World is proud to be part of Kristi’s Christmas, a local organization dedicated to providing items to selected Fairfax county kids in need. Kristi Brown was a young woman who died in a tragic beltway accident in 1987. Her parents established this fund in her name and memory to honor her giving spirit. Kristi was also a heart, kidney, and cornea donor.Courtesy West Springfield Rotary & Irving Middle School On April 13, 2013 the West Springfield Rotary, whose motto is “Service Above Self”, along with Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School hosted their second annual bike collection with Bikes for the World. The group netted 94 bikes topping last year’s collection of 61 bikes also an impressive turnout.Philip Dondes, a West Springfield Rotarian and new BfW collection manager, approached BfW about donating some bikes locally. Although most of our bikes are donated overseas where mechanics are readily available to recondition our donated bikes, Dondes pulled together a one time partnership between the Rotary, to collect bikes, Bikes for the World, to donate the bikes, The Bike Lane, who agreed to do free safety checks on the bikes, and Kristi’s Christmas, who would help identify possible recipients. The latter two are very important criteria for BfW to consider a local donation.

Bikes for the World helped identify a select number of kids bikes for this program. Dondes then had these bikes transported to The Bike Lane, a local bike shop, who did the safety checks and in some cases swapped parts around to make 13 usable safe bikes to donate to Kristi’s Christmas.Irving Middle SchoolThe Middle School students inspired Dondes who found it rewarding to be surrounded by their young, giving spirit.”I never got the feeling the students wanted to be elsewhere,” said Dondes.Kristi’s Christmas has special ties to the Springfield school district where Kristi was a West Springfield High School graduate. The organization partners with students at the high school to serve as a ‘buddy’ during their huge Christmas event.All Fairfax county school administrators and counselors identify the neediest children in their districts for this program. At Christmastime, Kristi’s Christmas partners each child up with a high school student who accompanies them for breakfast, a shopping spree at Target, and finishes with a visit from Santa.

But the donations and support come in year round. Other donated items distributed throughout the year include books, sleeping bags, food, backpacks, clothing, and real soon BIKES! All thanks to the hard work of Irving Middle School who helped advertise, collect, and process all these bikes for Bikes for the World. And let’s not forget the West Springfield Rotary for organizing the whole thing, bringing it to our attention, and seeing it through. We hope to bring you an update on the distribution of those bikes when it happens in the next few weeks.Kristi’s Christmas has ABSOLUTELY NO OVERHEAD. All donations go to the kids of Fairfax county. If you’d like to learn more or help this program please visit To learn more about the West Springfield Rotary you can contact Philip Dondes

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Trek Domane- Your King of the Classics

Spartucus's taking the lead at the 2013 Tour de Flanders

Spartucus’s taking the lead at the 2013 Tour de Flanders

Admit it, we have all gone on bike rides with friends and found ourselves playing pro peloton,  choosing which pro rider we want to be and doing play-by-play chatter like Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett as we battle our buddies to imaginary finish lines at the biggest races.

But it doesn’t all have to be fantasy.  The Trek bikes used by professional riders in the biggest races in the world are very similar to the bikes you’ll find at The Bike Lane stores in Springfield and Reston.

Project One Domane 6.9 Spartacus

Project One Domane 6.9 Spartacus

Fabian Cancellara’s Trek Domane 6.9 that he rode to win the Tour of Flanders last Sunday and will ride again this Sunday at the Paris-Roubaix spring classic is not much different from the Domane models you’ll find at The Bike Lane.  In fact, “Spartacus” prefers to ride the comfortable Domane in all of his road races and is capable of producing more than 500 watts of sustained power on the bike, as evidenced by the way he dropped Cannondale’s Peter Sagan on the final climb and time-trialed his way to a stunning one-minute, 26 second gap to secure the Flanders win for his Radioshack-Leopard-Trek team.

Tony M. doesn't stand for Tony Martin; it refers to Cancellara's longtime nickname, Tony Montana (from the movie Scarface). Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com

Tony M. doesn’t stand for Tony Martin; it refers to Cancellara’s longtime nickname, Tony Montana (from the movie Scarface). Photo: Caley Fretz |

The only changes he makes for the cobblestone classics are slightly wider 25mm tubular tires and manual shifting instead of his usual electronic Di2 setup due to the battering the system takes while riding the stony bergs.  He does have a special Trek Project One custom paint job with his SPARTACUS nickname across the top tube and a smaller decal that says “Tony M”, a reference to an earlier nickname from the gangster film “Scarface,” whose lead character was Tony Montana.

His saddle height is 78cm and his saddle-to-bars reach is 62cm.  He uses a 140mm stem, 175 mm crankarms and a regular 53/39 chainring setup.  Fit is just as important to a recreational rider or weekend warrior, as it is for a pro.   Interested in Domane yet?  The TBL folks are experts at getting your personal measurements dialed in so you can ride away this weekend on your new King of the Classics!

Tour de Flanders – Dominated by Cancellara