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Old 01-14-07, 12:00 PM   #1
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San Francisco lowdown

I'm probably coming to SF in March. Can you give me some info on bike shops and vegan/vegetarian restaurants, and anything else I can't miss while I'm there?
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see link above, we do not post here much, but there are tons of us on sffixed.

my restaurant recommends and favorite veg dishes there:
burma superstar (get the rainbow salad and garlic eggplant)
golden era (spicy gourmet "chicken")
osha thai (papaya salad)
king of thai noodle (veg pad kee mao)
pakwan (palaak paneer)
chaat cafe (chole batura)
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Cha Ya on Valencia is a mind-blowingly good vegan Japanese place that opened pretty recently. It's pretty close to a couple of decent bike shops: Freewheel Valencia (well-stocked, but some of the sales dues have been kind of dicks) and Box Dog (not as well stocked, but the staff seem really nice - more of a co-op-y vibe, although I don't think it's a co-op).

Everyone is going to tell you that the best LBS is Freehweel Hayes, and they are right. You should probably also go to American Cyclery, just to look around. It's really expensive, but they have pretty much anything you could ever need or want in stock. It's also really close to Amoeba records, which is a good time if you like records.
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Box Dog is a co-op
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Not to get all fussy, but worker owned collective != co-op... either way, it seems like a nice shop with good folks working there. They gave me a good price on a stem.
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You must hit up Gestalt. A "biker bar" for cyclists!
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man i sent a thing for sffixed.com but no one replied back...was like a week ago or some ****. boooooo
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scott77- youre in... my email server mustve farted and not sent you the notification. and it was 3 days ago
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scott77- youre in... my email server mustve farted and not sent you the notification. and it was 3 days ago
Good thing. This isn't like the skull and bones is it?

Also, I'm looking to get some pink phils laced to mauve unmachined deep Vs? No, not really.
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This isn't like the skull and bones is it?
Not sffixed. But we will jump you in with group hugs and put flowers in your hair, then make you spend one night alone at LeVey's Church of Satan.

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I was there for a week last summer and made a point to try every vegan place i heard about. A few favorites are:

Golden Era (572 O'farrell) it was mentioned a few posts up. Awesome food, cheap prices. Try the vegan lemon chicken.

Ananda Fuara (1298 Market st.) Good vegan brunch and specialty teas.

Millenium (580 Geary) Expensive, but the only vegan fine dining place I've ever eaten at. Every dish there is a unique creation rather than trying to immitate something else.

Those are just a few, but there are a ton of others.
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Try riding up Geary St. one day. It's almost impossible!
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yeah, i was on foot the whole week. I can't remember seeing any fixies going up or down the big hills... mainly just back and forth on the Market St. bike lanes, but I was staying on Bush st. between Powell and Mason, so i don't think that many kids lived around there.
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That hill on Mason is another killa.
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When I was there for the holidays I stayed in Russian Hill. It was near the intersection of Jones and Union. I borrowed a singlespeed from someone, and I couldn't even make it halfway up most of those hills. Do you guys just avoid them?
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you serious? i rode from 2nd to like 3xnd, thru the park then to the beach and back up judah to my house on 42nd...on my bmx

hell, i just rode from 42nd to stanyan, up stanyan to geary and down to roadhouse bbq, then back home the same path up geary & stanyan

i regularly do fulton both ways as well...
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When I was there for the holidays I stayed in Russian Hill. It was near the intersection of Jones and Union. I borrowed a singlespeed from someone, and I couldn't even make it halfway up most of those hills. Do you guys just avoid them?
i think most people do. i can't...if i want to go anywhere beyond 40ish blocks from my house, i have to climb a hill
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you serious? i rode from 2nd to like 3xnd, thru the park then to the beach and back up judah to my house on 42nd...on my bmx

hell, i just rode from 42nd to stanyan, up stanyan to geary and down to roadhouse bbq, then back home the same path up geary & stanyan

i regularly do fulton both ways as well...
Yeah...but you ride the TARDIS.
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it gets me there before i even start
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maybe the scarf and the curly hair help you muscle up geary or mason but i know i have a hard time walking up those things, nevermind trying to bike up 'em.

here's some random doctor who goodness for ya.

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maybe the scarf and the curly hair help you muscle up geary or mason but i know i have a hard time walking up those things, nevermind trying to bike up 'em.

here's some random doctor who goodness for ya.

nice. i have a TARDIS on my left forearm...its not done yet though, got 1 more session left
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How long does it take for sffixed.com to reply back ? I also sent my email to them and subscribed but still nothing.
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