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Old 04-30-17, 11:15 PM
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C&V bike shops in SF Bay Area?

I'm headed down for a business trip, staying in Fremont from May 8-18.

I know about Bicycle Odyssey, used to sell stuff to Tony Tom when I was a sales rep back in the 80's back when he was on Caledonia. Most of the shops I liked from back then are long gone.

Specifically looking for shops in the East and South Bay, but could venture out if it's worth it. Box Dog and American Cyclery are already on my list, I coud ride my bike over the Dumbarton and catch Caltrain. Who am I missing?
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Stone's Cyclery in Alameda.

Also, there's a new vintage bike themed cafe a few blocks from my office in Oakland called Lucky Duck - nice folks, good food, a bit pricey, but rents are rising.

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Cupertino Bike shop moved locations a few years ago, and has less display space at the new location.

Great history and some interesting classic bikes and components though:

Cupertino Bike Shop
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Stone's Cyclery in Alameda.

Also, there's a new vintage bike themed cafe a few blocks from my office in Oakland called Lucky Duck - nice folks, good food, a bit pricey, but rents are rising.
I'll second both of these. Stone's has a very nice collection of C&V bikes on the wall and the family has run the business for decades.

Luckyduck also makes a mean cappuccino!
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I'll second both of these. Stone's has a very nice collection of C&V bikes on the wall and the family has run the business for decades.

Luckyduck also makes a mean cappuccino!
I forgot about Stone's! And I did go to Cupertino once about 4 years ago before we moved to Portland.
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A long shot I realize but if you find the time to make it all the way out to Point Reyes Station, Mike at Black Mountain Cycles has a fine collection of vintage road and mountain bikes on display in his tiny shop.
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I recall the Spoke Cyclery in Oakland having a few C&V bikes and parts.
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Are you looking for anything specific?

In San Jose

Slough's 260 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126: This is an experience....a warren of a shop with mix of new and old, sometimes good used bikes. owner has huge knowledge, rides carbon (race oriented) and has curmudgeon moments. The shop has a stash of old/nos stuff. No web site. Not far from best falafel stand in the country

Silvas Cycles: Silva Cycles bit hard to find in odd spot with a ton of car repair business around. Good guys, good stock of little things, Rivendell dealer, build frames, Unicycle specialist. Don't typically have many used bikes, but call you never know.

If you get to san jose pm...... I will buy a beer or a falafel
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
A long shot I realize but if you find the time to make it all the way out to Point Reyes Station, Mike at Black Mountain Cycles has a fine collection of vintage road and mountain bikes on display in his tiny shop.
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Yep, been there a few years ago, good stop to make while eating a peanut butter blondie from Bovine Bakery!

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I recall the Spoke Cyclery in Oakland having a few C&V bikes and parts.
That one's new to me.
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+1 to Cupertino Bike Shop and Stone's in Alameda.

A Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito and American Cyclery in SF are also worth checking out, though it can take a while to get to those shops from Fremont, especially during commute hours.

Will you have access to a bike while you are in town? If so, maybe we could organize a ride depending on your schedule.
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My take on Odyssey is that these days, they seem to cater mostly to cyclists riding upmarket modern CF and retro steel bikes with deep pockets (say Marin County/Sausalito residents).
I don't know if it's just me, but I get the feeling of being sized up financially everytime I ask about something obviously expensive on display on in the shop. In contrast, I feel more welcome with the more down to earth feeling I get from the people at American Cyclery in the City....
I also noticed that the few C&V relatable items at Odyssey seems to be quickly dissapearing. Their recent shop "reorganization" seems to have mostly eliminated the jumble that enjoyed digging through.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
Are you looking for anything specific?

In San Jose

Slough's 260 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126: This is an experience....a warren of a shop with mix of new and old, sometimes good used bikes. owner has huge knowledge, rides carbon (race oriented) and has curmudgeon moments. The shop has a stash of old/nos stuff. No web site. Not far from best falafel stand in the country

Silvas Cycles: Silva Cycles bit hard to find in odd spot with a ton of car repair business around. Good guys, good stock of little things, Rivendell dealer, build frames, Unicycle specialist. Don't typically have many used bikes, but call you never know.

If you get to san jose pm...... I will buy a beer or a falafel
You talking about the falafel shop on San Carlos near 880? Is it still there? Haven't been there in three decades.

Back on topic, OP, if you decide to cycle across the Dumbarton, you can take University Ave into Palo Alto. Cardinal Bike Shop on El Camino across the street from Stanford had a selection of vintage bikes on display the last time I went in. There's an mechanic there that's a real Peugeot guy also but can't remember his name, maybe Tom? Good cycling in the hills above Stanford.

Btw, I bought a real nice Bianchi (in Electro Rose) from Slough's back in the 80's.

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Don't forget to visit Garner's Pro on Alma in Palo Alto!

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You talking about the falafel shop on San Carlos near 880? Is it still there? Haven't been there in three decades.

Back on topic, OP, if you decide to cycle across the Dumbarton, you can take University Ave into Palo Alto. Cardinal Bike Shop on El Camino across the street from Stanford had a selection of vintage bikes on display the last time I went in. There's an mechanic there that's a real Peugeot guy also but can't remember his name, maybe Tom? Good cycling in the hills above Stanford.

Btw, I bought a real nice Bianchi (in Electro Rose) from Slough's back in the 80's.
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Sadly my favorite bay area vintage shop is gone (was extreme north bay anyhow), but we do have an interesting shop in Santa Rosa that refurbishes old bikes with new paint jobs parts etc https://store.bicycleczar.com/
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Rivendale bikes in Walnut Creek.

Technically not C&V, but they have that vibe.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Will you have access to a bike while you are in town? If so, maybe we could organize a ride depending on your schedule.
Yep, I'm shipping one down (if I can hurry up and get the wheels built on time!). I'll be leaving it either in Newark or Berkeley, I have good friends both places. It's been awhile since I rode the Berkeley hills, the hairpin turn on Pinehurst would be a good test...right now the 13th and 14th are free.

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I don't know if it's just me, but I get the feeling of being sized up financially everytime I ask about something obviously expensive on display on in the shop.
That's too bad, when I was a sales rep in the early 80's the old shop on Caledonia was a great hang out.

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Back on topic, OP, if you decide to cycle across the Dumbarton, you can take University Ave into Palo Alto. Cardinal Bike Shop on El Camino across the street from Stanford had a selection of vintage bikes on display the last time I went in. There's an mechanic there that's a real Peugeot guy also but can't remember his name, maybe Tom? Good cycling in the hills above Stanford.

Btw, I bought a real nice Bianchi (in Electro Rose) from Slough's back in the 80's.
Another vote for Slough's. I knew he had moved awile back, haven't tried to find him, this should be the time!

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Don't forget to visit Garner's Pro on Alma in Pablo Alto!
If Mick and Rick were still there...

Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
Sadly my favorite bay area vintage shop is gone (was extreme north bay anyhow), but we do have an interesting shop in Santa Rosa that refurbishes old bikes with new paint jobs parts etc https://store.bicycleczar.com/
What was your favorite shop up there? I think I bought my Raleigh International frameset on eBay from bicycleczar.
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Falafel and beer-a winning combo!

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Are you looking for anything specific?

In San Jose

Slough's 260 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126: This is an experience....a warren of a shop with mix of new and old, sometimes good used bikes. owner has huge knowledge, rides carbon (race oriented) and has curmudgeon moments. The shop has a stash of old/nos stuff. No web site. Not far from best falafel stand in the country

Silvas Cycles: Silva Cycles bit hard to find in odd spot with a ton of car repair business around. Good guys, good stock of little things, Rivendell dealer, build frames, Unicycle specialist. Don't typically have many used bikes, but call you never know.

If you get to san jose pm...... I will buy a beer or a falafel
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Don't forget to visit Garner's Pro on Alma in Pablo Alto!
They haven't been in Palo Alto in maybe 15-20 years! They moved to Redwood City.
I bought a bike from them (in PA) a couple of decades ago.
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They haven't been in Palo Alto in maybe 15-20 years! They moved to Redwood City.
I bought a bike from them (in PA) a couple of decades ago.
Actually, when I worked in the Palo Alto shop in 1990, they also had a shop in Redwood City. @gugie worked there roughly around the same time (but not at exactly the same time as I did).
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You never know what gems might get donated at the... Used Bike Sales - the recyclery
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You never know what gems might get donated at the... Used Bike Sales - the recyclery
er.....Chicago is a part of SF Bay area ????
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er.....Chicago is a part of SF Bay area ????
Ha, did a quick search, Re-cyclery in San Rafael.
Re-Cyclery Bike Shop - TFK Marin

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er.....Chicago is a part of SF Bay area ????
I have trouble thinking of San Jose as Part of the Bay Area. It's a long drive!
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