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5 Things to Know About the New Triathlon Store Tri360
The new Arlington store has a bike repair shop, top-of-the-line gear, and more. By Melissa Romero
Tri360, a store dedicated to the sport of triathlons, opens Saturday in Arlington. Photographs by Melissa Romero.
Comments () | Published August 30, 2012

As with many first-time triathletes, it didn’t take long for East Falls Church resident Kate Atkisson to get addicted to the sport. Just a year after diving into the ultra-competitive world, she and her husband, Blaine, were already envisioning opening their own store dedicated to the sport.

Flash forward another year: Tri360, the Atkisson’s store in Arlington, opens this Saturday. “I want this store to be a one-stop shop for everything a triathlete needs,” Kate says.

Here are a few exciting things you can expect from Tri360.

1) The space is huge.
It has 4,000 square feet of space, tall ceilings, and even a shower in the bathroom to wash off after a workout. You’ll find bikes, shoes, gear, nutrition supplies, and more.

2) There is a female-friendly focus.
Blaine, an avid cyclist, admits that many sports stores—especially cycling stores—can be somewhat intimidating for women. Not so at Tri360, says Kate. Much of the fitness gear in stock is designed by female triathletes, including SOAS sports-bra tops with built-in pockets, and Skirt Sports.

3) There is a large bike repair shop.
Experienced bike service managers will be on hand every day to repair your cycling gear. And it’s not just for triathletes—bike commuters are welcome, too.

4) Expect indoor and outdoor group bike rides and outdoor runs.
Every Thursday at 6:30 PM, a team member will lead group bike rides around the area, and once a month they’ll do longer rides on Saturdays. Mondays at 6:30 PM are group runs for 45 to 60 minutes. In the winter, bring your own bike into the store and go for an indoor ride with a group.

5) The gear isn’t cheap, but . . .
. . . Then again, the triathlon is an expensive sport. Prices range from $600 to $9,000 for Felt bicycles. Wetsuits go for $200 to $650. K Swiss and Newton running shoes are also in stock.

Tri360’s grand opening is this Saturday. Giveaways will be offered to every customer. 

Tri360. 2121 Westmoreland Ave., Arlington; 703-533-1363; tri360.com.

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  • Happycats

    I wish I lived in the area. Maybe you can expand to the West Coast.

  • Greenwell Renee

    How does someone steal the idea of a triathlon store? They already exist.

  • WatchdogDC

    This isn't the complete story of how this store came about. (See the ArlNow.com article) The brains behind the operation is under fire and his idea for this concept is trying to be taken away by Kate and Blaine Atkisson. The third partner has filed a petition in civil court to protect his interest.

  • K8atkisson

    Sorry. I have to reply here. All details in this comment are untrue. Anyone who is concerned or has questions is invited to come into the shop or call 703.533.1363 to learn the story behind this false comment.

  • sosorry

    Is retail as much fun as you thought it would be ?

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