We are thrilled to be bringing our more than ten years of experience providing fully-escorted bicycle tours to the capital city! For more than the past decade, our New York-based Bike the Big Apple has been delighting customers with day-long explorations by bike of the five boroughs—in our (impartial) opinion, the very best way to see any city!
We are offering a unique opportunity to experience the capital’s diverse neighborhoods up close while covering more ground than one can by foot. Together we’ll see some of the major monuments of U.S. history, but why limit ourselves to them? We’ll also take you to lesser known sites of great cultural significance and fascination. We’ll visit places such as Howard University, experience the La Puebla in La Ciudad drum circle, venture to Theodore Roosevelt Island nature preserve, enjoy a ride through Little Ethiopia, and much, much more!
Now, meet the guides:
Pat, who, in 2011, returned to his hometown of Washington D.C., had spent nearly a decade in New York City, earning a Master's degree in English Literature, teaching composition and urban literature at Brooklyn College, and working as a bike-guide-extraordinaire for Bike the Big Apple! Now back in DC to pursue his PhD in American Studies (with a focus on urban and environmental history), he has been instrumental in creating Bike the Big Capital. In his spare time, he enjoys reading poetry, screen-printing t-shirts, and attending local hip-hop shows. He has toured the west of Ireland, Quebec, Ontario, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, California, and Long Island on extensive bicycle trips. On one memorable adventure, he and a friend towed their dog, Frita, up to the Canadian border with their bikes; on another, he slept in a public square next to Henry, a rescued bear residing in (and watching over) the small town of Mitchell, Oregon. He looks forwarding to sharing with you his love for Washington, D.C.!
Sean hails from DC. He is a second generation Washingtonian and has lived here most of his life. After attending Gonzaga College High School on North Capitol, where he was forced to run up and down the Capitol steps for his wrestling team, he took his Purple Eagle pride with him when he studied Philosophy at St. Bonaventure University. He has since taken the same enthusiasm and curiosity on to his varied travels through Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Croatia, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Argentina.
Back in our Nation’s Capital, Sean’s diverse interests and adventurous spirit have allowed him to explore the city in ways that very few have. Sean’s jobs have taken him from waiting tables on U Street to internships on Pennsylvania Avenue, commuting in just about every part of the district by all forms of transportation imaginable; he even worked the night shift chipping away at concrete in the DC metro tunnels! When he is not biking or working, you can find him checking out new exhibitions at the Smithsonians, buying local goods at Eastern Market, or exploring the Mount Vernon Trail. Sean looks forward to showing you the wide variety of things to see and do in this great city!
Alex originally hails from America’s Dairyland: Wisconsin; Milwaukee specifically, which is actually more populated by breweries than bovine. After college years in Minneapolis and a year teaching English in Japan, he found his way to our Nation's capital. Here, he immediately fell in love with the District’s unique history; not only the famed happenings of presidents and the federal government, but also the lesser-known stories of its neighborhoods. An avid biker, there’s barely a street, avenue, or alley in Washington that Alex hasn’t explored on his trusty, pink-accented Cannondale (baby pink’s his favorite color, by the way). His other passion is skateboarding. If you inquire about it on the tour, he’ll be elated to ramble on about DC’s historic NBDs, hammers and kickflips.