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Good Bike shop in San Francisco (O'Farrell St)(10 posts)

Good Bike shop in San Francisco (O'Farrell St)craigg
Dec 27, 2003 11:39 PM

I'm traveling to the US in January and will be at a hotel in O'Farrell St, San Francisco. I want to pick up some road bike parts (Stem, bar tape - Colnago, bike computer etc).

Any ideas for a GOOD bike store that has reasonable pricing and is around that area ?

Thanks in advance for your help.

American Cyclerysnapdragen
Dec 28, 2003 6:26 PM
I'm a South Bay girl, but I've heard good things about this shop. There are actually 2 of them, American Cyclery and American Cyclery Too.
American Cyclery/ my takeThe Human G-Nome
Dec 28, 2003 7:50 PM
They're a great shop, but it really depends on what you're looking for and which brands you prefer. AC deals almost exclusively with steel frames and they pretty much scoff at the idea of using anything else. Honestly, in that way, they're kind of snobby. I went to get a tune-up there and explained that I had a creaking problem that I'd like them to check out. Before even glancing at the bike, the repair man scoffed at the "ultra-light aluminum stuff" and said "it doesn't surprise me." In the end, they weren't able to fix the creak which turned out to be the way the quick release addressed the fork and had nothing at all to do with the frame. To say the least, I was disappointed. Still, they have really friendly service overall, they definitely know what they're doing for the most part and they have a pretty decent stable of steel framed bikes including cross and track. If you want to go another "snob" route and you like titanium, check out CityCycle. They don't sell ANY cheap bikes, but they do have lots of really nice high end stuff. They have kind of a bad reputation from a snob standpoint, but that probably has more to do with their location in the Marina then anything happening in real life.

My favorite LBS is The Freewheel on Valencia St. They have a good mix of everything, decent prices, real cool wrenches and sales folk and even sell super high end track stuff like Nagasaki track frames. Definitely worth checking out.
Second the Freewheelpeter1
Dec 28, 2003 7:55 PM
Super friendly, low snob factor, but still with an eclectic mix of bikes. My fave in SF. Plus lots of good eats and thrift shops in the Mission...Valencia St. is worth the trip if you're anywhere in the city.
re: Good Bike shop in San Francisco (O'Farrell St)craigg
Dec 29, 2003 1:53 AM
Thanks for your help and advise !

re: Good Bike shop in San Francisco (O'Farrell St)mexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Dec 29, 2003 9:03 AM
I know a place on O'Farrell but it's not much of a bike shop ;) Goes by the name of O'Farrell Brothers.

Definitely visit Freewheel. It's one of those few shops that caters to almost every type of rider, from once a month riders to hard core racers. They also carry from low end stuff to frames costing well over 2G's.

American Cyclery is also nice, if Rona helps you out. Otherwise it's a little snobby.

City Cycle is okay, supposing you want to get a fitting session or custom Calfee. As for parts, you'll end up paying way too much.

Have fun in S.F. Make sure you visit Mama's Restaurant on Stockton and Filbert in North Beach.
also check out roaringmousecyclesChazWicked
Dec 29, 2003 9:39 AM
visit for the full 411. Good guys, no BS, they know their stuff. Probably less expensive than American Cyclery. 15th/Irving.
second that..._rt_
Dec 29, 2003 11:39 AM
Chris (owner) is a really nice guy & a great wrench. he stocks his shop with nice stuff and will go out of his way to get you want you want.

re: Good Bike shop in San Francisco (O'Farrell St)ukiahb
Dec 29, 2003 9:43 AM
The Bike Nook on Taraval is great, not near your hotel, but it is right on the "L" LRV line (and near the S.F. Zoo FWIW)
Stanyan St.Sao
Dec 29, 2003 11:39 AM
Avenue is also good. Actually, if you go to Stanyan St. between Fulton and Cole, you'll hit about 7 or 8 bike shops. Valencia St. also has a lot of shops.

SF is full of bike shops, really.