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Old 05-12-08, 07:48 PM
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SF bike things?

Hello good people,

I'm going to be in SF for the 1st week in june, can anybody recommend any good (bike related) things going on?

Also what bike shops should i have looksy? US prices compared to UK prices are awesome, so might pick up a few bits for my bike. thanks in advance
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Old 05-12-08, 08:10 PM
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i think the most famous shop in SF is American cyclery.
http://www.americancyclery.com/
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Old 05-12-08, 08:34 PM
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Rent a road bike and ride paradise loop.

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...d&key=MTYwMg==

http://www.gatetrails.com/tiburon.html

Most shops in SF are worth a look. Listing them all would take all night.
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American is a cool place to check out, with lots of beautiful parts and some nice NOS sitting around. I've never had any problems with them, but my younger brother tells me that he always gets a pretty nasty attitude from the people who work there. To be fair, my brother is 16 and might have had it coming.
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Freewheel on Hayes (at Ashbury) is a much nicer shop than American, and they have a case of track goodies that is very ogle-worthy.
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so far Freewheel on hayes has been the best overall experiance for me. i've been there 3 times over the past 2 weeks and ive gotten a different employee each time and all three were friendly and completely attitude free. I've never been to american cyclery but i have heard good things.
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cheers for the advice everyone. i will check out freewheel and american.

sfcrossrider, the trail sounds awesome I'd be up for but im going to be with my girlfriend and even though shes keen on bikes, dont think she'll be up for that

but we do wanna rent bikes, maybe singlespeeds/cruisers and cruise around the city. wheres a good but cheap place to do that? anyone got any smaller route suggestions?
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Old 05-13-08, 05:02 PM
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the two i see around most often are: blazing saddles: http://www.blazingsaddles.com/bicycle_rental_rates.html and bay city bike: http://www.baycitybike.com/baybike/i...bike&Itemid=45 doubt they have anything SS; mostly just see hybrids with their marks, plus a few tandems. a nice short ride (~25km rt or so) would be from the ferry building in the embarcadero to fort point right under the southern span of golden gate bridge. takes you through some nice park areas. i'm sure the people at the rental spots will have maps.
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Old 05-13-08, 05:49 PM
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Their pricing is a little steep sometimes, but Pacific Bicycles have been nice and friendly.

The places I've gotten funky attitudes have been Valencia Cycles and Box Dog, latter of which I wasn't expecting since I've heard a lot of good things about them.
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do an alleycat race!
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Go over the bridge and through the Paradise loop (around Tiburon). Rent a mountain bike and go up Mt Tamalpais (Mt. Tam) in Mill Valley. Ride Marin Headlands. Honestly, you can't lose here.

We used to like starting in SF, riding out to downtown Tiburon, having lunch and drinks at Sam's, then taking the Ferry back to SF. A nice day!

American is a great shop. Esp. for Track/SS.
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I really like box dog bikes on 14th St. between Guerrero and Valencia. I've had nothing but good vibes from them. Closed Wednesdays, though.
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I really like box dog bikes on 14th St. between Guerrero and Valencia. I've had nothing but good vibes from them. Closed Wednesdays, though.
Those guys are nothing but awesome.
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awesome! thanks for the advice everyone. I really cannot wait to go to SF now. gonna check out all these shops and probably rent hybrids from balzingsaddles. shame i wont be there for critical mass, i'll be in santa cruz so im hoping theres wont disappoint.
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Freewheel on Valencia is cool, i also really like the guys at Mojo Cafe on Divis. Nice place to chill with some coffee and talk bikes. Google it.
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Mojo's rad, my friend's girlfriend works there.
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+1 on box dog bikes. everyone i've met there is super nice, helpful, generous with time, etc. all my loot is split between them and freewheel in the mission (on valencia street). i really dig american, but i tend to keep it local to the mission since both those spots are blocks from my place.
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Originally Posted by mastershredder View Post
shame i wont be there for critical mass, i'll be in santa cruz so im hoping theres wont disappoint.
Unless things have changed A LOT since I moved, it will suck.
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Yep, our exchange rate is in the dumps here. We are nostalgic for the very, very late 1920s in the US. Take advantage while you are here. We need your money, please! No, I am not being sarcastic.
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Originally Posted by evictionsurplus View Post
Yep, our exchange rate is in the dumps here. We are nostalgic for the very, very late 1920s in the US. Take advantage while you are here. We need your money, please! No, I am not being sarcastic.
hehe thanks for the blessing will do! im intrigued by the rosebud mechanic......
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