Velo Cupids

January 27th, 2011

Bicycling can be an incredibly positive social activity – an opportunity for people to share a joyful experience together. We love hearing how much our customer couples love riding together, especially on their PUBLIC bikes. Just recently we spotted Jody and Kerry Brothers with their two PUBLIC Bikes in front of San Francisco’s Ferry Building… Read more »

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Bicycling can be an incredibly positive social activity – an opportunity for people to share a joyful experience together.

We love hearing how much our customer couples love riding together, especially on their PUBLIC bikes.

Just recently we spotted Jody and Kerry Brothers with their two PUBLIC Bikes in front of San Francisco’s Ferry Building enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon together.

We’re especially fond of the newly married couple Tommy Pham and Ngoc Luong pictured above. As wedding gifts for each other, they bought a cream PUBLIC D8 and a blue PUBLIC M3.

When we met Tommy and Ngoc at our store in South Park, they had recently returned to San Francisco from what they describe as their “most amazing” vacation ever in Amsterdam.

They loved bicycling in Amsterdam together and caught the bug to extend their vacation joy to their lives in San Francisco.

To celebrate their nuptials, they gave each other PUBLIC bikes.

Their wedding incorporated a bicycle and bird theme at the gorgeous Nestldown in Los Gatos. Bicycles were featured in their wedding invitations and programs. Their PUBLIC bikes were staged at the wedding with beautiful flowers inside bike baskets.

We can’t think of a more timeless gift for a loved one than a bicycle. And we’re not alone.

PUBLIC is currently featured in Get Married magazine’s Spring issue as a hot gift idea for that special loved one.

The bicycle is the gift that keeps on giving – miles and hours of shared happiness over the course of many years.

Speaking of special gifts, we’re also giving away TCHO Chocolates for any bike order or order over $100 till Feb. 14. You can read more details here.

PUBLIC Love With TCHO Chocolates

January 18th, 2011

We’ve got a special promotion in preparation for Valentine’s Day. From now until February 14th, we’re giving away a box of TCHO chocolate when you purchase a bike or place an order more than a $100. We have several chocoholics on the PUBLIC team, so it’s not a stretch for us to combine our passion for… Read more »

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We’ve got a special promotion in preparation for Valentine’s Day. From now until February 14th, we’re giving away a box of TCHO chocolate when you purchase a bike or place an order more than a $100.

We have several chocoholics on the PUBLIC team, so it’s not a stretch for us to combine our passion for bikes with chocolate. Our friends at San Francisco-based TCHO are as obsessed with good dark chocolate as we’re obsessed with quality city bikes.

SPECIAL TCHO CHOCOLATE OFFER
Buy a bike or place an order >$100 and we’ll throw in a Valentine Artist Series 12-Bar Sampler ($15 value) for free.

To get your free Valentine Artist Series Sampler with your bike or >$100 order, enter promo code TCHOVD during checkout.

TCHO describes the Valentine Artist Series as “Elegant, rich-touch, soft-black boxes with glossy black TCHO logo embossed on the lid. Each perfectly square box closes with a smart magnetic click, and features a selection of our exquisite bars, along with a unique tasting guide to our flavor-driven chocolates. Each box is designed with a seasonal sleeve printed on luxurious pearlized white paper.”

And don’t forget about our $5 Grab Bag of items to add to your order too.

Learn more about our friends at TCHO by watching this video:

Customer Spotlight: SUSAN CASEY

January 6th, 2011

Did you know that the force of an oceanic wave created what is now known as the British Isles 8,500 years ago? Or did you know that there is an international tribe of tow surfers who search out 100-foot ocean swells around the world – far from the viewing public – for the purity of… Read more »

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Did you know that the force of an oceanic wave created what is now known as the British Isles 8,500 years ago? Or did you know that there is an international tribe of tow surfers who search out 100-foot ocean swells around the world – far from the viewing public – for the purity of the experience? How about the connection between the recent rise of rogue waves, global warming, and ship disappearances? Want to sense what its like to surf scary 40-foot waves? Read this book. What does this have to do with bikes? Nothing.  But we like to feature our customers whenever we can.

The Wave by Susan CaseyLaird Hamilton. Teahupoo - photo by Mickey SmithGabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton, & Susan Casey, photo by Anthony BeharSusan Casey photo by Rob Forbes

Recently, I tuned into The Daily Show to find one of our customers, Susan Casey being interviewed by Jon Stewart about her recent book The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. I met Susan during our inaugural Design Ride Manhattan last May. I remember her friendly, low key, and modest personality. She was confident and agile on a bike. I had no clue that she was an accomplished editor, researcher, author, and creative director with astounding credentials. Google her if you have a few hours to spend. Here is a link to the full book review.

Casey has authored numerous books covering a diverse array of subjects. In recent years, her writing has moved toward adventure and outdoor pursuits, including a best selling book on great white sharks, The Devil’s Teeth, and now The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. Both books explore deep-sea mysteries, phenomenon, science, and powerful physical and metaphysical forces. (Our friendly bike ride in Manhattan was not one of her most dramatic experiences). Get the book if you want a terrific and provocative read.  I have always doubted that Jon Stewart actually reads the books from the authors he promotes, but I zipped through this one. Casey  uses words well, and her first hand encounters give the book a refreshing authenticity.

Autographed Copies of The Wave available
Susan has agreed to sign a limited number of books for our customers. She’ll also have her colleague and pal Laird Hamilton – the greatest big wave surfer of this generation – autograph the books. If you are interested, just comment on this blog post and we will reserve a hardback copy for $30. If you don’t like to read at least watch this video of Laird Hamilton at Teahupoo in Tahiti. Hamilton pretty much redefined what surfers are capable of with this ride.

Looking for Other Customer Stories
Nothing interests us more than our customers.  You don’t have to be on The Daily Show to be featured in our newsletter. Just give us a heads-up if you have an interesting story, product, or video to feature on yourself. Send a note to here.

 

Crochet Cycling Gloves - Men's $5 Grab Bag
Here is our January deal. If you place an order greater than $50, you can add any of these items – hats, gloves, bags, and other goodies – for only $5 to your order.

 

LOCAL EVENTS: Going Dutch on January 13 and January 27 in SF
If you live in San Francisco, we encourage you to catch our friend Leah Shahum at SPUR for a luncheon event on January 13 or a Treehouse Talk at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition office on January 27.  She’ll share her observations from her sabbatical in Amsterdam and give insight into what cities can learn from “going Dutch” in terms of bicycle-friendly infrastructure and policies.