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San Francisco bike shops...Swampviking
Jun 10, 2002 4:25 PM
Can anyone recommend a decent road bike shop somewhere in the city? I'll be moving out there in a month and only noticed a bunch of mountain bike shops.

Also, any group ride info would be a help as well...
re: San Francisco bike shops...ishmael
Jun 10, 2002 5:46 PM
valencia cyclery was my favorite. Its low tech and you wont find a single high zoot gizmo in the store but they are nice people and that won me over. On the other hand if you go to the other side of the street you have Carlos who owns that place(forget what it's called) and he is a gigantic penis with the testicals wound in a big knot. Lombardi sports is good. The all-time biggest penis works opposite the panhandle, I think it's called velo cycle or something, he is an old crabby poo with gnarrled dingle berries. On the whole there seems to be something about streached scrotums too far working at bike stores, it seems to be everywhere Ive lived and its not just me who thinks so. If you want good mechanical work I'd go to Lombardi or the nice store in the Sunset area that only does road bikes. I sound bitter.
Take BART to the East Bay. . .czardonic
Jun 10, 2002 5:57 PM
Get off in Downtown Berkely and you can walk to:

1)Missing Link (Shattuck Ave.): Good selection of Bianchis and Treks the last time I looked.
2)Mike's Bikes (University Ave.): Carries Cannondale and Specialized, and can order Treks and possibly other brands.
3)Velo Sport Bicycles (MLK Dr.): Giants, Fujis and higher end frame sets, lots of steel.

All are within 15 min walk of each other and BART (check yahoo for addresses and maps). I have had good experiences with all three shops. You can test-ride without running the urban SF gauntlet, and the Berkeley Hills get steep a few blocks East.
more East Bay shopstheBreeze
Jun 10, 2002 6:21 PM
I second Mike's Bikes and Velo Sport. (At Velo Sport ask for Clive)
Missing Link (corner of University I think?) I was not impressed with but maybe it's because I have two X chromosomes. The uptight dickhead who pretended to help me spent a lot of time trying to tell me what HE thought I should want rather than listening to me; and tried to impress me with how much he knew about bikes. They had a nice selection of Lemonds when I was there last Nov.

Now for a truly classy shop try Stones Cyclery in Alameda. Dennis Stone is a real gentleman of the old school variety. Carries Waterford, Gunnar, Torelli, Bob Jackson, Hechin, Surly and high quality used bikes. Lots of steel, a real retro-grouch paradise; yet he could put together a totally high tech racing machine if that's what you want.
On Missing Linkczardonic
Jun 10, 2002 8:52 PM
That's unfortunate. I was there 4 weeks ago with my girlfriend shopping for an mountain bike, and they were very nice. I was too busy drooling over the Bianchis to pay attention, but everything that my girlfriend related to me afterward was straight-forward and helpful.

In general, it seems like 3 out of 4 people working at the shops I have been to have been very laid back and cool, and the 4th rubs me completely the wrong way.
Not a complete losstheBreeze
Jun 11, 2002 5:58 AM
Yeah, i was kind of disappointed too. Once the guy figured out that I didn't necessarily need a "women's" bike just because I am one, things progressed from there. I went back the next day to take out a Lemond on a long test ride and the guy I dealt with then was pretty nice. That bike ended up as second runner-up on my list. I think part of the problem was that they were just SO busy, being right next to campus and all. Felt like they didn't have the time to really pay attention.
Jun 11, 2002 8:01 AM
It's a cool shop to cruise, but the place is overpriced and theol guys a total snob.
re: San Francisco bike shops...Me Dot Org
Jun 10, 2002 6:37 PM
Freewheel bike shop on Hayes Street is the most helpful and unpretentious shop I've been in. Not a great selection of equipment though...

American Cyclery has a nice collection of old frames

Avenue Cyclery has done decent service on my bike:

Roaring mouse gives good individual attention. A little pricier than some other shops.

Bike Nook 3004 Taraval (415) 731-3838
Feels like a bike shop should. A lot of great italian frames hanging from the ceiling. The guys that work there remind me of the cycling equivalent of the employees at Championship Vinyl (see the movie High Fidelity). Lot of old jerseys and stuff. Worth a trip.

There are a lot of bike shops in the City. The ones over in the Marina tend to be a little more upscale, the ones in the Mission tend to be proletarian chic.

My favorite, just to walk in, is the Bike Nook. Haven't had my bike worked on there. Got a gauge for my Torelli pump, though...
yup, Bike Nook nmgtx
Jun 11, 2002 6:17 AM
Go Across the Golden Gate BridgeTonyR
Jun 10, 2002 7:35 PM
Drive (if you must) across the Golden Gate Bridge. Do it quick before the corrupt arseholes who run the thing raise the toll to $5.
In Southern Marin you'll find two VERY knowledgible shops. A Bicycle Odyssey is staffed by very good folks. They are roadies for the most part and know their stuff. As long as you're not a Fred they'll treat you fine. Mill Valley CycleWorks is 50-50 road/mountain. Some good folks there, though some not so good as well. A bit like Lombardi's in SF in that regard. If it matters both shops carry alot of high-zoot rigs.
As for Velo-Sport in Berkeley I say avoid. Some real prize jerks there in my experience with them (which goes back 25 years). The Missing Link is good, but not great. Medina Cycles is also good, if quirky.
I've lost track of who's good and bad arounf GG Park. Used to be some really good folks out there, but so much has changed, I can't say much for or against any of them.
Hope this helps.
re: San Francisco bike shops...zray61
Jun 10, 2002 7:45 PM
I've been comfortable in the;

Bike Nook 3004 Taravel
Fog City Cycles 3430 Geary Blvd

Like doctors, dentist, lawyers, etc, the personal chemistry
between you and the owner/mechanic should be there. Trust is a big part of any endeavor.
Also, the location of the shop to your home will probably effect your decision.
re: San Francisco bike shops...TonyR
Jun 10, 2002 8:13 PM
Good chemistry is a the right call. I trust/like mechanics at both shops I recommended. I've seen them work, they've taught me alot of really useful stuff, and I'd be in real trouble without them.
re: San Francisco bike shops...spankdoggie
Jun 10, 2002 9:24 PM
Some of the shops you recommended are good, but, how can you forget to mention "city cycle" in San Francisco?

I got my Serrota there...

They have the greatest personal service... choose among Serottas, Sevens, etc...
re: San Francisco bike shops...esbike
Jun 10, 2002 10:42 PM
I think the #1 shop in the bay area is chainreaction bikes
(2 stores, redwood city and los altos).

Check them out at
Another East Bay Shopirnchf
Jun 11, 2002 7:54 AM
Cycle Sports on Grand Avenue in Oakland (near Lake Park).

While the selection of bikes is a little too high-tech for my tastes the staff is excellent: both knowledgable and friendly. They are not a bunch of refugees from McDonalds as I have seen in some shops. Every one of them is a rider or a wrench or both.
Diddo on Cycle Sports..jrm
Jun 11, 2002 8:03 AM
I was suprised tha they stocked so much stuff and the techs are pretty cool.
Jun 11, 2002 11:04 AM
It's on stanyan street somewhere
Jun 11, 2002 11:46 AM