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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-18-05, 10:27 PM   #1
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Bike shops in SF bay area??

hello everybody.

I was just wondering if their are any bike shops around the SF bay area that sell single speed/fixed gear parts. Looking for some wheels..and maybe a few other things here and their. anyone know a good shop?

also i was wondering if i should just build up a pair of wheels? I know some people who could help me out...is that a better way to go money wise?..or no?

thanks for your help.
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Old 10-19-05, 01:41 AM   #2
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David,

For shops, this thread has a bunch of recs for bay area shops
LBS and OBS for Fixed/Track/Single Speed

I would try Road Rage, Freewheel on Hayes and American and see who has what for your budget. Refried cycles in the Lower Haight is good too.

As for wheel building, plenty of threads on that too. Its not hard but you need some patience and IMHO access to a truing stand to get really good results. Pedal Revolution in SF, Missing Link in Berkeley, Freewheel Hayes and the Bike Kitchen in SF all over some form of instruction from time to time. Freewheel Hayes and the Bike Kitchen have stands and tools you can use.

Sheldon Brown's website and a book called "the art of wheelbuilding" are your best bets for easy to follow instructions on wheelbuilding, but it helps to know at least how to true wheels first or at least watch someone lace and build a wheel.
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On the east side of the bay I'll put in a recommendation for Montana Velo on piedmont in Oakland for track stuff. Good shop and really cool guys.
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If you're in the South Bay the standard place to go is Shaw's:

http://www.shawscycles.com

It's in Santa Clara, just north of San Jose.
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Old 10-19-05, 06:21 PM   #5
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or cupertino cyclery.
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or cupertino cyclery.
If you want to pay out the @ss and have fifty yuppies hovering around you at all times

Although Shaw's isn't much cheaper and you can substitute the fifty yuppies for five crusty old guys who'll sit there talking to Terry while you stand there waiting for him to acknowledge your presence, which will take a while. Personally, I'd prefer to go to Shaw's, and so would the ninja and the vampire
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haha. well spence wolf was a legend. i wasn't knocking shaws, i'd go there over cupertino. cupertino is rad for two reasons: 1- their logo is a campy logo rip off and 2- the swap meet. well and 2.5: its right around the corner from my parents place. but yeah, shaws is an awesome place with some history too.

i think the vampire would slum it and go to REI, lots of fresh souls to drain life from.
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