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Coolest Bike Shop in San Francisco Bay Area?(7 posts)

Coolest Bike Shop in San Francisco Bay Area?8cht
Feb 19, 2003 7:39 PM
I'm heading out to NASA's Ames Research Center next week (in Mountain View, CA). I might have time to hit a bike shop (I only have one evening free). I've been to Palo Alto Bicycles many times, even have one of their jerseys, but I'm looking for something different. Any recommendations in the area or as far north as San Francisco? Thanks.
City Cycle is THE Serious Shop!DUOHEAD
Feb 19, 2003 10:21 PM
Low key, hottest bikes-SEROTTA, SEVEN, CALFEE, etc. and a no-pressure, very sharp, highly personable staff! Not alot of "stuff" bulging the walls but well selected gear! Where the hardcore who know, go! Guaranteed! Ask for IAN!
The Bike Nook or American Cyclerygtx
Feb 19, 2003 10:55 PM
Both are in SF. The Bike Nook in the Sunset is very old school Euro road only. American Cyclery near the park has a bit of everything--that shop has changed hands a few times in the last 10 or so years but it has quite a bit of history--good if you're into old stuff. City Cycle sells a lot of high end ti bikes to doctors and lawyers--I never really liked it, but if you go there there's a great Italian restaurant next door--Pane e Vino.
The Bike Nook or A Bicycle OdysseyPicshooter
Feb 20, 2003 6:35 PM
Whenever I am in SF on business I make sure I have a shop day. The Bike Nook is indeed a cool place. I have been treated very well there just browsing or buying something small. The owner Len has a true love of cycling.
If you have a little more time, take a trip over the Golden Gate bridge and head to A Bicycle Odyssey in Sausalito.They have more high end frames than any store I have visited.
Roaring Mouse Cycles in SF..._rt_
Feb 20, 2003 7:30 AM
a buddy of mine owns it (you can recognize him by the crutches: he shattered his femur 2 years ago in an mtb freak accident). he's a great guy & they've got a nice selection of high end bikes in a very small shop. worth checking out.

http://www.roaringmousecycles.com/

if you go, tell him i say hi! (he'll know who rt is)

rt
re: Coolest Bike Shop in San Francisco Bay Area?The Human G-Nome
Feb 20, 2003 12:23 PM
it depends on what you like. City Cycle is all upper end TI. American Cyclery is VERY cool and almost all steel save for a couple aluminum frames. Bike Nook has stuff no one else in the city has. i think American would be my first choice.
Chain Reaction in Redwood CityPseuZQ
Feb 20, 2003 12:24 PM
If you're in Mountain View check it out. It's not a shop I go to regularly, as I live in SF, but I think they do a great job promoting the sport through a web and newsgroup presence. You can tell the proprietor (Mike J) is absolutely passionate about the sport. You can check out the website (www.chainreaction.com) for local routes, great ride stories, etc. The physical shop itself is great as well. (It's been more than two years since I've been there, though.)

Regarding Bike Nook, I tend to avoid shops where I don't get a "hello" after, oh, 10 or 15 minutes. City Cycle has a reputation for being kinda snobby, but I've never encountered that. The folks at Roaring Mouse are *super* nice.