Both shoes are made by DZR, but BikeRumor breaks down the Rondel’s exceptional performance off the bike making it more user friendly in a bicyclists’ lifestyle. Both shoes have distinguishable characteristics and are equally stylish. Check out what BikeRumor has to say!
“The Local Label Faire is a vendor show for locals who are building brands, creating collections, or designing goods in the San Francisco Bay Area. It showcases small business, independent labels and maker’s collections.
The Faire is set to run alongside A Moveable Feast: www.mvbl.org. A Moveable Feast is a premier food truck festival serving the San Francisco Bay Area.
Find Local Label in Redwood Hall. Moveable Feast is right outside in the San Mateo Event Center commons!
Parking is available at the San Mateo Events Center for $10. Go green and take Caltrain, Sam Trans, bike or walk to the event and save money.
LOCAL LABEL IS ACCEPTING VENDOR APPLICATIONS THRU FRIDAY, JUNE 24th! Apply at: www.locallabelfaire.com.
San Francisco loves biking — more and more people are getting around the city by bike, and that’s a good thing for everyone. We need to meet that growing demand with better bikeways, safe, comfortable, continuous bikeways, fit for anyone from an 8-year-old kid to her 80-year-old neighbor. That’s Connecting the City! More information at: http://connectingthecity.org
PUBLIC bikes are built to be savored.
Their sleek simplicity is pure urban eye candy. Their signature colors are mouthwatering mandarin orange and the pale baby blue of birthday cake frosting. And that decadence is more than frame-deep.
“They ride like butter,” said Dan Nguyen-Tan, the company’s spokesman.
Based in San Francisco, CA, PUBLIC sells crave-worthy commuter bikes, but their brand is a lip-smacking hybrid of retro utility and ultra-modern design. So, it’s not surprising that the man behind the brand is a star in the art world. Rob Forbes is the founder of Design Within Reach, a modern furniture retailer that exemplifies a clean, simple aesthetic. But long before he imported his first Danish armchair, Forbes had a love affair with bicycles. In 2010, he created PUBLIC bikes to put his passion for pedaling within reach of the general masses.
“Sometimes he jokes that he spent years getting people on couches at DWR and now he’s inspired to get people off their couches with PUBLIC,” Nguyen-Tan said. “Rob has a strong passion for design – bicycles as a design object that provide significant social and personal well-being benefits – and urban design as it relates to how we build communities.”
To meet those two missions, Forbes debuted with a modest fleet of city rides: single-speed, seven-speed derailleur and three- and eight-speed internal hub bikes in three different frame models – diamond, mixte and step-through. The colors were inspired by, among other objects, a 1968 Vespa scooter. The frames drew from elements of the “double diamond” – a style that flourished in 19th century Britain. The prices cater to the general masses, starting at less than $500 USD.
The one-word company name sums up Forbes’ desire to serve cyclists’ present needs while pushing the envelope for a better future. PUBLIC bikes, Nguyen-Tan said, are for everyday people who commute to work each morning or pedal to the farmers market on the weekend. Their steel frames have been field-tested and endorsed by members of the public, such as Bert Hill, a safety course instructor for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. While the ride itself is seamless, the company aims to make a statement.
“The quality and usage of our public spaces is a measure of the success of our democracy,” Nguyen-Tan said. “That is why we call ourselves PUBLIC. We want to help in our own way. Our vision is for a time when we think as carefully about the way we get around on an everyday basis as we do about what we eat, how we dress and how we furnish our homes. It’s not a utopian or unrealistic vision. In most modern cities in and outside the US, people make daily choices between trams, buses, walking, cars, trains, bikes, scooters, ferries and other transportation alternatives.”
But PUBLIC doesn’t let politics overshadow style. They blur the line between advocate and artist. “We want PUBLIC bikes to be visual statements about joy and simplicity,” Nguyen-Tan explained. “These bikes should make you feel like a kid again, and this is every bit as important as anything else. We also want to be the most female-friendly bike company, and that’s reflected in the mixte and step-through frame bikes that we offer.”
Clearly, there’s an appetite for PUBLIC’s aesthetic. Their store in San Francisco’s South Park neighborhood is bustling. Their bikes are now seen in retail shops from San Diego, CA, to Boston, MA, and the list is growing quickly. PUBLIC also offers a “Ready to Ride” option, which allows customers to buy online and have their purchase shipped – 99 percent assembled – anywhere in the US. “We’ve gone from concept to validation in less than one year with thousands of customers,” Nguyen-Tan said.
And those customers aren’t shy to report that their bikes put them in the spotlight. “The most common feedback that our customers share with us is that they’ve never ridden a city bike that gets the level of joyful attention that our bikes elicit from friends and strangers,” he added.
Building bikes that cater to design geeks, fashionistas and public space revolutionaries? Clearly, PUBLIC has designed a recipe for success.
At first glance, the Boombotix BB1 portable amplified speaker system kind of looks like a silly toy. The kind that teenagers with colored hair and lip piercings attach to their backpacks (author’s note: I teach high school kids at my day job). But while it’s certainly a fun little gadget, the BB1 is a serious device.
It packs a self-powered 5W audio system, complete with a USB-rechargeable 900 mAh lithium-ion battery. The charge takes about 45 minutes and lasts more than 4 hours. Audio input is handled by a standard 1/8″ headphone jack, with a 3 foot retractable cord included. The controls are absolutely minimal—there’s a power button and an LED indicator, and that’s all. A simple steel spring clip secures it to your messenger bag’s strap, belt, etc.
The BB1 retails for $40 and comes with a one-year “no matter what” warranty. This means you can break it in a crash, even doing something stupid, and they’ll send you a new one. So far all I’ve managed to do is poke one of its eyes out (and they’re sending me a new one). Visit www.boombotix.com for more info.
TdP is a perennial highlight of the Bay Area ride calendar, offering a variety of routes to suit everyone:
- Kids (1 to 3 miles, 1pm)
- First time and intermediate riders (20 & 31-miles, 8:30 am)
- Serious cyclists (56 & 63-miles, 7:30 am)
Based in scenic Coyote Point Park along the bay in San Mateo, it’s easy to hangout after the ride with a picnic lunch, listening to live music and enjoying family activities, including free admission to the Coyote Point Museum.
Our beloved trails in Downieville have taken a beating this winter and spring. There is an incredible amount of deadfall covering the trail and the tread is damaged in several locations due to the huge runoff. We need your help with trail maintenance to get these trails in tip-top shape for the upcoming Downieville Classic and trail season.
For those interested in lending a hand; we’ll house you in town, feed you, and make sure you have plenty of cold beer to end the day with. RSVP for Downieville Trail Work Contact: email@example.com
Our Trail Crew will be working on Butcher Ranch, Pauley Creek and Big Boulder Trails right up to the event date (July 8-10). So please let us know if you can make it, we need all the help we can get. RSVP for Downieville Trail Work
To the general biking public, it may have seemed like this whole MBP thing had stalled out. I’ve been out riding and can’t count the times someone’s asked “What’s up with the bike park?” My answer: A lot. These things never move as quickly as you think, or in the ways you think they’re gonna move. There’s quite the checklist of players that all have an important stake in how this thing goes, and if this thing goes. And not just cyclists. In fact, more non-cylists, and by a landslide. Neighboring communities will be affected and need their say. Naturalists want to insure we’re taking mother nature into account. Youth programs are a key ingredient to the success of this bike park. Scores of groups, organizations, and neighbors need to be a part of the process.
That’s why we’ve gone a bit dark lately. It’s not real sexy to talk about meeting with neighborhood groups, or sitting down with SFRPD to talk about potential boundaries of the park, if we need an EIR or Soil testing, or have to remove the asphalt, or cap it with soil, and how we’re going to get the money to do all of it. So, we’ve spared you the unsexy bits, and are inviting you to the beginning of the culmination of all the meetings, and community outreach, and emails, and phone calls that have been out of the view of most of you. If you are a part of a community group we’ve met with, thank you for your time and support. If not, now’s the time to become a part of the MBP Community Design Process!!!
On Saturday June 18th, SFUR and SFRPD will be hosting the first McLaren Bike Park Community Design Meeting. We’ll meet at the Crocker Amazon Clubhouse at 1:00pm, then take a short bike ride over to the proposed bike park location on Sunnydale Avenue near the entrance to Glen Eagles Golf Course. We’ll return to the Clubhouse for our meeting start at 2:00. We’ll finish up between 3:30 and 4:00. The site visit will help inform the meeting, so if you can make it, awesome. If not, hopefully you can make it to the meeting.
We’ve been jockeying dates to hold this meeting for quite some time, but the recent support letters from SFRPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg and District 11 Supervisor (and now Mayoral candidate) John Avalos, have given us the political capital we’ve needed to start this process. We don’t have a green light on the Park itself… yet. That will most likely come in the Commission meeting on September 22nd when we present the final bike park design.
To work with us through the Community Design Process, SFUR has retained Alpine Bike Parks of Whistler, BC. Alpine’s most recent project is Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado, set to open June 11th, just one week before our first community meeting. Look for another Alpine specific story here shortly.
SF Urban Riders wants to give a big thanks to everyone in the McLaren Community. There are too many groups and individuals to list. We also want to thank SF Recreation and Parks Department for their openness and partnership in the development of this project.
MBP shirts will be for sale for $20 cash. All proceeds to go to Bike Park Design. Available in Red and Black. Three layer screenprint on American Apparel Triblend high-quality short sleeve shirts. Adult and kids sizes available.