New 2014 Special Edition Bikes

July 29th, 2014

Bikes, like people, have personalities and at PUBLIC we love the idea of taking a bike and making it feel special. The same way earrings and shoes can make an outfit, bike accessories like bells and fenders add character and individuality to a set of wheels. Each of our new Special Edition models is outfitted… Read more »

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Introducing Our New 2014 Special Edition Bikes

Bikes, like people, have personalities and at PUBLIC we love the idea of taking a bike and making it feel special. The same way earrings and shoes can make an outfit, bike accessories like bells and fenders add character and individuality to a set of wheels.

Each of our new Special Edition models is outfitted with individual touches like polished silver fenders and brass bells, handmade leather saddles and grips from Brooks of England. Built atop our durable, lightweight steel frames for a distinctive (and durable) ride. Starting at only $549.

AMELIEPUBLIC C1 AMELIE $741 $549
The PUBLIC C1 Amelie edition is a classic single-speed city bike with European chic. This timeless ride is dressed up with a Brooks B67s Aged SaddleBrooks Plump Leather Grips in honey and a classic PUBLIC Brass Bell. Toss a bouquet of fresh flowers or bread into the Peterboro Original Front Basket and breeze down any boulevard with an effortless je ne sais quoiRetail price is $549 (list price $741).

 

HARRISONPUBLIC V1 HARRISON $750 $549
The PUBLIC V1 Harrison edition gets its moniker from being one of the best bike routes in San Francisco’s Mission District and the home address of PUBLIC’s original warehouse on Harrison Street. Accessorized for the street-smart urban rider, this low-maintenance high function single-speed ride features the bulletproof Brooks B17 Saddle in black, our cargo-ready new Porteur Front Rack in silver, Black Cork Grips and aPUBLIC Brass BellRetail price is $549 (list price $750).

View all our Special Edition Bikes here.

PUBLIC Talk: Amy Wibowo on Traveling with Bicycle

July 22nd, 2014

  Two years ago Amy got her first bike ever, a limited edition PUBLIC C7 step-through she named Peppermint Patty. After learning how to ride in San Francisco, Amy packed up her PUBLIC bike and PUBLIC Twin Pannier bags for a grand adventure riding and camping all over Europe with a friend, from the forests… Read more »

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Two years ago Amy got her first bike ever, a limited edition PUBLIC C7 step-through she named Peppermint Patty. After learning how to ride in San Francisco, Amy packed up her PUBLIC bike and PUBLIC Twin Pannier bags for a grand adventure riding and camping all over Europe with a friend, from the forests of Finland to fields of lavender in the French countryside. Everywhere she met helpful, friendly folks and turned plenty of heads with her free-spirited style. You can read all about her travels with Peppermint Patty on her blog, which is full of beautiful photography and helpful tips on how to plan your own bike adventures.

Bikes In The Woods / Image courtesy of Amy Wibowo

Bikes In The Woods / Photo Courtesy of Amy Wibowo

We love Amy’s story because she’s such an inspiration, showing how much fun anybody can have just by hopping on a bike and riding somewhere new. Although we didn’t have international bike touring in mind when we designed our PUBLIC C7 bike, we’re glad that its simple, relaxed style worked just as well for Amy when she was cruising around Europe as it does getting her across town in San Francisco.

We’re really excited to host a special event with Amy Wibowo at our new San Francisco flagship store in Hayes Valley, next Wednesday August 13. She’ll give a talk about how anybody can have an epic bike adventure without needing a bunch of fancy gear, and she even made a really cool zine full of bike travel tips (shown left). Meet Amy and get your own free copy of her zine at our event Wednesday night, details below.

WHAT: PUBLIC Talk: Amy Wibowo on Traveling with Bicycle
WHERE: PUBLIC Bikes, 549 Hayes Street (between Octavia and Laguna)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 13 from 6pm-8pm

Grand Opening in Hayes Valley Party Recap

July 15th, 2014

Last weekend we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new store at 549 Hayes Street in San Francisco and we really felt the love! So many people came out to help us celebrate and Karl the fog even complied by heading elsewhere and gracing us with a sunny afternoon. We took silly photos in the… Read more »

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Last weekend we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new store at 549 Hayes Street in San Francisco and we really felt the love! So many people came out to help us celebrate and Karl the fog even complied by heading elsewhere and gracing us with a sunny afternoon.

We took silly photos in the photo booth provided by Say Ya!, indulged in delicious food from local eateries Souvla and Local Gai, boogied to the tunes of Curious Quail and had some very lucky winners in our awesome raffle thanks to donations from Rickshaw Bagworks, Timbuk2, Patxi’s, Sean, Papabubble and Brooks England. We raised money through the raffle to support the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

If you took part in the photo booth, download your pictures from Say Ya! here. And if you share them out via social media we’d greatly appreciate if you tag @publicbikes.

We’ve also created an album with party pics, so head here to check it out.

Again, here’s the list of awesome friends of PUBLIC:

PHOTOBOOTH TEAM
Say Ya! Photobooth

FOOD & DRINKS
Souvla – San Francisco

Local Gai : @Local Gai

MUSIC
Curious Quail

RAFFLE & TOTE BAG PARTNERS
Rickshaw Bagworks

Patxi’s Hayes Valley

Emile Lafaurie for Sean

Timbuk2

Papabubble San Francisco

Hayes Valley Grand Opening Party

July 3rd, 2014

It’s party time! We’ve opened our new flagship PUBLIC store at 549 Hayes between Octavia & Laguna & we want to celebrate with you at our Grand Opening Party. It’s going to be a great event. We’re taking over two parking spaces outside of our storefront for a proper sidewalk party that’s going to include… Read more »

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It’s party time!

We’ve opened our new flagship PUBLIC store at 549 Hayes between Octavia & Laguna & we want to celebrate with you at our Grand Opening Party.

It’s going to be a great event. We’re taking over two parking spaces outside of our storefront for a proper sidewalk party that’s going to include free food and drinks, music, a photo booth, special in-store only deals and a raffle with some really great giveaways from local merchants and a really big one of our own, the winner’s choice of either a PUBLIC C7i or PUBLIC V7i in the color of their choosing.

Everyone who attends the party will receive a free raffle ticket to enter to win prizes, but you can increase your chances of winning by buying additional raffle tickets in support of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

The first 100 people who show up to our Grand Opening Party and RSVP on Facebook will receive a limited edition PUBLIC tote bag with surprises inside.

Looking forward to seeing you there and please share this event out with your friends. The more the merrier.

DETAILS
PUBLIC Grand Opening Party
549 Hayes Street, between Octavia and Laguna
Saturday, July 12th between 11am-3pm
RSVP HERE

 

Ride The Rainbow

June 23rd, 2014

It’s Pride week in our home town. Along with cities such as Dublin, Barcelona and Istanbul, San Franciscans celebrate Pride throughout the month of June. The festivities in SF culminate with a huge parade with fantastic costumes, floats and some incredibly colorful and artistic customized bikes (and riders!), like the ones below. The streetsy, progressive,… Read more »

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It’s Pride week in our home town. Along with cities such as Dublin, Barcelona and Istanbul, San Franciscans celebrate Pride throughout the month of June. The festivities in SF culminate with a huge parade with fantastic costumes, floats and some incredibly colorful and artistic customized bikes (and riders!), like the ones below. The streetsy, progressive, public nature of this event and the celebration of diversity and community are near and dear to our heart.

If you’re local and want to “byke” in the SF PRIDE parade on June 29th, get all the details here where the San Francisco Bike Coalition lists its special programs.

We’re proud to offer a full spectrum of wheels fit for every form and figure. And within our current color line-up of bikes, like those posed above, you truly can ride the rainbow.

 

PUBLIC Pooch Photo Shoot

June 9th, 2014

We’re hosting a pooch photo shoot at our new Hayes Valley store, at 549 Hayes Street. If you have a dog and a bike, bring them over on Friday, June 20th from 5pm–7pm or Sunday, June 22nd from 10am-1pm. We’ll have a backdrop, a photographer and a prop bike (if you don’t bring your own) for you and “fido”… Read more »

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We’re hosting a pooch photo shoot at our new Hayes Valley store, at 549 Hayes Street. If you have a dog and a bike, bring them over on Friday, June 20th from 5pm–7pm or Sunday, June 22nd from 10am-1pm. We’ll have a backdrop, a photographer and a prop bike (if you don’t bring your own) for you and “fido” to pose with. We’ll send you home with a digital portrait or two, share the pictures out on our our social media platforms and feature them on the big screen in our Hayes Store.

We want to ensure that we have adequate pet treats and scheduling time, so please RSVP with your name, your pet’s name and the day and time you’ll be coming by. Local photographer Akshay Sawhney will be taking the photos and on Sunday we’ll even have Beverly Ulbrich, aka the Pooch Coach, helping to coax a smile out of your dogs. If you can’t make it, we’d still love to see your puppy pics so send them over via email to (rsvpATpublicbikes.com) or share them on facebook or instagram, tagging @publicbikes.

Alright Mr. DeMille, we’re ready for our furry close-ups.

PUBLIC Puppy Photo Shoot
PUBLIC Bikes, 549 Hayes St.
Friday, June 20th. 5pm-7pm
Sunday, June 22nd. 10am-1pm
RSVP HERE

Bike To Work Bay Area

May 9th, 2014

Yesterday the Bay Area celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day with an impressive amount of bikers hitting the road. One major San Francisco thoroughfare tallied that nearly 76% of the trips made on it yesterday were done by bike. Well done, San Francisco! The month of May is National Bike Month and… Read more »

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Supervisor London Breed on Cream PUBLIC C7

Yesterday the Bay Area celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day with an impressive amount of bikers hitting the road. One major San Francisco thoroughfare tallied that nearly 76% of the trips made on it yesterday were done by bike. Well done, San Francisco!

The month of May is National Bike Month and we’re happy to see so many people participating in Bike to Work Day. Of course, we think everyday should be Bike to Work Day for anyone who works less than 5 miles from home. In the Bay Area alone, more than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace.

If you’re considering biking to daily as part of your commute, but not sure where to start, check out the San Francisco Bike Coalition for maps and tips and more. If you’re a bike-to-work regular or just getting into biking, drop us a line and let us know how your bike commute went yesterday

Imagine how less congested our streets would be and how much healthier and happier people would be if more people made the choice to bicycle, walk, or take public transit to work.

We’re lucky to live in San Francisco where bicycling is a mainstream activity and the majority of our local elected officials recognize the value of bicycling. This year, 9 out of 11 local elected Board of Supervisors, our Mayor, and our District Attorney all participated in Bike to Work Day with thousands of other residents. Bike to Work Day helps remind these elected officials to fully fund and prioritize initiatives like Connecting the City which creates safe and accessible bikeways for anyone from 8 to 80 years old.

We know cities can get more people to bicycle if they create separated bikeways like this new one on Polk Street near City Hall. It takes political will and funding to make these changes happen on our public streets.

We encourage you to find out more about your local Bike to Work Day activities – and support your local and statewide bicycle advocacy organizations working to make bicycling better for all of us.


Bike to Work Day 2014 photos by SF Bike Coalition

South Park Closing Sale – Now Through Sat, May 3rd

April 25th, 2014

This is our last week in beautiful South Park – a place we’ve called PUBLIC home for over four wonderful years. We’re closing our 123 South Park store location on Saturday, May 3. From now until May 3, we’re having a South Park Closing Sale to commemorate our time in SoMa. We’re going to miss… Read more »

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This is our last week in beautiful South Park – a place we’ve called PUBLIC home for over four wonderful years. We’re closing our 123 South Park store location on Saturday, May 3.

From now until May 3, we’re having a South Park Closing Sale to commemorate our time in SoMa. We’re going to miss our neighbors & friends, but we hope you’ll visit us at our new location at 549 Hayes when we open later in May.

We don’t want to move any inventory to our new location. That’s where you come in. Come get great in-store only deals on new & used bikes, gear, and even framed PUBLIC WORKS posters.

Bikes as low as $299. Gear at prices you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll probably even find some surprising other items for sale at steep discount from our sample collection of gear.

Even if you don’t need anything from PUBLIC, we’d love for you to stop by and say hello and goodbye before we move to Hayes Valley. Every day starting on Monday we’ll have drinks and freshly baked vegan & gluten free goodies from Sweets Simply. Come by 123 South Park for an afternoon drink and sweet snack.

WHEN: Now Until Saturday, May 3. South Park store hours here.
WHERE: 123 South Park b/t 2nd/3rd and Bryant/Brannan
WHAT: Everything Must Go. Everything On Sale.

Also let your friends know about our South Park Closing Sale via our Facebook event page.

Win a 3-Night Stay at a Kimpton Hotel

July 19th, 2013

We’re incredibly excited to work with another San Francisco-based company, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, to debut custom Kimpton PUBLIC bikes at all their 60 nationwide boutique hotel properties. To celebrate we’re giving away a 3-night stay at any Kimpton Hotel. It’s easy to enter the contest. All you need to do is get your friends… Read more »

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We’re incredibly excited to work with another San Francisco-based company, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, to debut custom Kimpton PUBLIC bikes at all their 60 nationwide boutique hotel properties.

To celebrate we’re giving away a 3-night stay at any Kimpton Hotel.

It’s easy to enter the contest. All you need to do is get your friends to enter the contest by signing up for our newsletter. Deadline to enter is September 30, 2013. Click here for contest details.

You are probably familiar with many of their hotels that exist in many cities across the country. We’re big fans and customers of Kimpton for their shared emphasis on design, high quality food and amenities. We frequently put our guests in their San Francisco properties. Some of our favorite Kimpton properties are the Hotel Monaco in Chicago, the Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, the Hotel Palomar in San Francisco, and the 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York. But all of their 60 hotels in 26 cities across the US reflect their commitment to the same high standards and that personal touch of a boutique hotel.

Kimpton has always been considered an industry leader and this program is one further example. They are the first boutique hotel brand with a national presence to offer custom bicycles for hotel guests at every property. You can read the full description of the nationwide Kimpton complimentary bike program here.

The bikes are complimentary for guests’ enjoyment, in keeping with Kimpton’s commitment to health, well-being and sense of fun and adventure. The Kimpton PUBLIC bike will be easy to spot on the street with its custom cherry-red frame with orange and blue accents, cream tires, matching double walled rims, brass bell, and rear basket. The three-speed mixte frame bikes make city riding a fun adventure for novices or expert cyclists alike.

So join the contest, and think about taking a Third Wheel on your next hotel stay at a Kimpton Hotel.

BONUS OFFER FOR PUBLIC CUSTOMERS & FANS
Get two free cocktails for $1. When you book your reservation at any Kimpton Hotel use promo code PUBLIC. For one dollar more than the best available room rate you’ll receive 2 free cocktails per night during your stay. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or packages, and some alternatives may apply based on each individual hotel property. Take advantage of this offer between July 22nd – September 30th, 2013 at Kimpton hotels across the country.

Coffee Comes to Public

July 11th, 2013

St. Frank Under Construction Kevin Bohlin St. Frank’s Texaccino Benjamin Paz Starting this week at our South Park store you’ll see a big wooden crate on our porch, and within that box you’ll find fantastic coffee service and a barista from St. Frank Coffee. We’ve teamed up with St. Frank to offer our customers and… Read more »

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St. Frank Under Construction at PUBLIC
St. Frank Under Construction

Kevin Bohlin St. Frank Coffee
Kevin Bohlin

St. Frank Coffee
St. Frank’s Texaccino

Benjamin Paz
Benjamin Paz

St. Frank Coffee

Starting this week at our South Park store you’ll see a big wooden crate on our porch, and within that box you’ll find fantastic coffee service and a barista from St. Frank Coffee. We’ve teamed up with St. Frank to offer our customers and passersby what we think are some of the best espresso and coffee drinks in the city.

There are numerous world-class coffee roasters and destinations in San Francisco: Sightglass, Ritual, Four Barrel, and Blue Bottle to name a few. All of these groups deliver superb coffee. We’ve partnered with St. Frank for numerous reasons. The founder Kevin Bohlin is a nationally recognized barista known for his service and smiles. Read more about him and St. Frank and their shop which is about to open on Polk Street in this SF Weekly.

Kevin and his crew fit in well with our PUBLIC staff and culture. His talented staff includes people like Benjamin Paz from Honduras. Benjamin overseas the sourcing of the highest quality beans from very small farmers in Honduras in what is referred to as “relationally sourced” coffee.

The coffee itself is superb, and like our bikes, tasteful, accessible, and friendly with a nod to the best European traditions. The Honduran beans are roasted here in San Francisco to Kevin’s exact standards. Our initial offering will include a simple and classic selection of espresso drinks. Come on down and meet Kevin, Benjamin, and the St. Frank crew. Make a pit stop for a terrific coffee. Walk or ride away with a smile and a little more pep.

Why are we doing coffee? Why not? Coffee and bicycles go together quite nicely. We like engaging our customers in conversation as often as possible. In my travels around the US and Europe I’ve seen so many great bike and coffee pairings, it just seems like an obvious addition to our store. Expect to see some other food and fuel offerings from PUBLIC in the future.