Our Unique History

A young American created Fat Tire Bike Tours in Paris, France in May 1999 and since that first day, the company has led hundreds of thousands of customers through Paris, Versailles and Normandy on bicycle.

In 2003, Fat Tire was asked to lead a group of journalists around Paris while riding on the new state of the art machines called Segways. While we rode bicycles, the journalists rode Segways and we were only permitted to try out the Segways at the Louvre.

The machines were fantastic and the ease at which one could maneuver was impressive. Suddenly we were much more photographed and interesting to others than the Louvre’s pyramid and bingo, the idea for City Segway Tours was born. Since these humble beginnings in 2003, we have expanded to open multiple operations in both Europe and the USA. As soon as we opened in Washington, DC, we knew we had yet another destination perfectly suited for Segways. It became abundantly clear that the history of the city didn’t change if you were walking, riding on a Segway, or riding a tour bus. But with the distance between these sites, we realized you could get closer on Segway without tiring yourself from walking.

Capital City Bike Tours COMES TO WASHINGTON D.C.

After just a few years of touring the city on Segways, we knew it was time to go back to where it all started. We first gained our passion for touring with bikes and knew that they would fit in seamlessly with our tours here in the Nation's Capital. So, in 2011, Capital City Bike Tours was born! 

Our unique mix of tour guides provide informative and entertaining tours, regardless of whether our guests have been in Washington for 30 years or 30 minutes. Our office is a healthy mix of locals and transplants who all share a passion for the city of DC, its people, its incredible history and its amazing sites. Being able to interact with each tour group ensures that visitors to DC are shown a wonderful overview of our amazing city, while being flexible enough to make sure that long-time residents aren’t bored with information they already know.

We take great pride in our customer service here at Capital City Bike Tours of Washington, DC and the results can be seen in our high rankings at user-driven sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp. If you have a less than excellent experience while on one of our tours, let us know and we’ll work with you to make things right.


Today, we've grown from just a few bikes in the early days to a great fleet, and can easily accommodate large groups for standard or private tours. There is no other Bike or Segway tour company on the planet that has our experience, our unparalleled number of satisfied customers, and can offer you more tours in the world’s top destinations. Book your Capital City Bike Tour of D.C. today!

We guarantee that any of our tours will give you the most fun on two wheels – We hope to see you soon!