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    Senior Member amor fati's Avatar
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    Bike co-ops in the bay area?

    I'm coming to visit family in Sunnyvale in a few days and I've got a frame and some parts lined up to use but I'm going to need some tools for bb and headset installation. Are there any co-ops where I could borrow tools in the area? I work part time at a shop so I feel a little silly paying some one to do it for me.

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    This one's in San Francisco, might be a little far http://www.bikekitchen.org/
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    Around Berkeley and Oakland:

    Street Level Cycles, part of Waterside Workshops, along the Bay Trail / Aquatic Park / Bolivar Drive, http://www.watersideworkshops.org/wb/pages/bikes.php

    Spokeland, a recent addition near the border of Oakland and Berkeley, 64th at San Pablo, http://www.facebook.com/spokeland

    I believe there's one in east Oakland, don't know anything about it though.
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    Thanks for the help. Nothing in the south bay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amor fati View Post
    Thanks for the help. Nothing in the south bay?
    If you work at a shop, just go to Walt's in Sunnyvale or any other shop, be a Bro and ask to borrow or rent the tools you need. With a co-op you'd have to pay to join anyway before you can use the tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardmasoner View Post
    If you work at a shop, just go to Walt's in Sunnyvale or any other shop, be a Bro

    You need to qualify your statement. How do you "be a Bro"? Bribe with beer?
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    There is also this: http://bikechurch.santacruzhub.org/

    It's in Santa Cruz roughly at the corner of Pacific and Laurel (one block south - I forget the street). There is nothing like this in the south bay that I know of, but if you're up for a not-so-long drive (about half an hour if traffic is decent), this will get you what you're after. Plus, when you're done, you can nip around the corner to the Asti for a beer (give my regards to Kathy or Linda - the bartenders)

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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
    You need to qualify your statement. How do you "be a Bro"? Bribe with beer?
    Secret bike shop bro handshake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
    You need to qualify your statement. How do you "be a Bro"? Bribe with beer?
    That's one way, yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadheadSF View Post
    +1 on Santa Cruz Bike Church. And it's only a block from the Santa Cruz Metro bus terminal.

    If you don't have wheels, catch the Highway 17 bus downtown San Jose. $5 for the bus ride over the hill, $10 for a day pass good on all Santa Cruz Metro and VTA buses. Bike racks on the buses (but they're frequently full, so plan ahead).

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    There is no official bike co-op in the South Bay, but some cool shops. Bicycle Express in downtown San Jose is really cool about loaning tools to use just in front of the shop. Assemble what you can at home, and then go over there when you're ready to throw in your BB.

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    I also recommend Bicycle Express on 4th and William in downtown SJ.. they will let you borrow their tools and are cool folks. Try to go in in the morning or very early afternoon on the weekdays. they get crazy busy later in the day and on the weekends
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