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San Fran & Marin County Bike Shop Research Trip

July 20, 2017

I am writing this from super hot Colorado. Roshni and I just spent 6 days in the San Fran bay area checking out bike shops, eating amazing food, trail running and visiting friends and family. The Mission Bicycle Company - a shop focused purely on custom built urban bikes. Customers can choose all the details and they make the bikes in the apartments above. Not sure how well this would go in Dunedin, but in this sensationally hip fixed gear community neighbourhood, perfect ! Big Swinging Cycles - A downtown San Fran shop selling Yeti and other boutique bikes. Has heaps of character and Brian the owner remembered me from old racing days, as we had come into one of...

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Open

April 24, 2017

We get to do some seriously beautiful bike builds in this store, but this one was exceptional even by our standards. Open Cycles is a brand that has just been launched in NZ and we were the first ones in the country to build one of there new UP Gravel Road bikes.  This is a fine piece of kit and beauitfully finished with only the best parts from ENVE, SRAM, 3T, Fixik & WTB. U.P. (Unbeaten Path) and U.P.P.E.R. combine a performance-oriented cross/road geometry & parts with clearance for mountain bike tires. So you can ride anywhere, and ride fast. Get out of town on asphalt, hit the gravel roads or switch to singletrack. The geometry gets you there fast; the...

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