Daily Bike Storage Recommendations in DC area
This is cross-posted with the Northeast forum. It was suggested that I try posting in this forum instead. Apologies for those who are reading this again...
I've been looking into buying a bike, but one big problem exists: I don't have anywhere to store it. I live in a townhouse close to downtown DC and it is pretty cramped as is. I was wondering if there are any places I can use to store my bike if I buy one. I've been looking around at bikes but I can't really pull the trigger until I can figure out the storage situation. Initially, I was thinking about a bike locker at one of the Metro stations but my home station (Shaw) doesn't have any.
There's also the Bike Station
at Union Station. Originally, that was my plan, but after I re-read the website, it seemed like a place for people to store their bikes while they commuted to work. This leads me to believe that most people will be storing their beater bikes there. I'm not sure how the bikes are stored - whether they're locked up or not, but it seemed like there's a chance my shiny, new bike may get stolen.
Lastly, Bicycle Stations
on 14th St. offers bike storage, but I'm balking at the $55/month price.
I was wondering if there are any other options for bike storage. Or am I limited to doing the SmartBike rental thing? Look forward to hearing your responses. Thanks.