NEW PUBLIC R16 Road Bike – Win One

April 26th, 2013

We are excited to introduce the first ever PUBLIC city road bike. Taking inspiration from classic and vintage steel framed road bikes, the PUBLIC R16 is a stylish 16 speed lightweight bike designed for the modern commuter and weekend recreational rider. We will have the R16 in stock by late May available in three sizes… Read more »

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We are excited to introduce the first ever PUBLIC city road bike. Taking inspiration from classic and vintage steel framed road bikes, the PUBLIC R16 is a stylish 16 speed lightweight bike designed for the modern commuter and weekend recreational rider. We will have the R16 in stock by late May available in three sizes in black, cream, and green. But before we make these available for sale to the general public, we are giving two away to lucky winners. The R16 is priced at $1195 with a special introductory price of $999 this spring.

2 WAYS TO WIN A PUBLIC R16

1. Share the contest with a friend by entering their email address here.

2. Share the contest with your friends on facebook. Get three friends to sign-up and qualify to win.

If you’re already on our email list, then you are automatically entered into the contest. Everyone who enters the contest opts-in to the PUBLIC email list. Deadline to enter is June 1, 2013.

Cool Bikes Give Back

April 9th, 2013

This spring we supported two of our favorite Bay Area non-profit community art centers with bikes embellished with designs based on their artists’ work: Creative Growth based in Oakland and Southern Exposure based in San Francisco. Each organization has a very unique community based program. Two of our bikes fetched $3,000 for Creative Growth in… Read more »

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This spring we supported two of our favorite Bay Area non-profit community art centers with bikes embellished with designs based on their artists’ work: Creative Growth based in Oakland and Southern Exposure based in San Francisco. Each organization has a very unique community based program.

Two of our bikes fetched $3,000 for Creative Growth in their annual Beyond Trend fashion auction, a very cool event. Creative Growth, based in Oakland, serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities by providing a professional studio for artistic development. They have succeeded in elevating the awareness of their artists to a national level. Dan Miller being an example is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC. Another Creative Growth artist, William Scott also recently had his work acquired MOMA. We developed bikes designs off these two artists’ works. Check out the photo gallery here.

To support their annual art auction Southern Exposure selected two top tier local artists to create custom designs on PUBLIC Bikes: Jennifer Morla and Michael Arcega. Both treated PUBLIC bikes as pieces of modern design with hard-edged, abstract geometric shapes beautifully wrapped around the bicycle frame. You can see a photo gallery of the Southern Exposure art bikes here.

While we can't donate a bike to every cause our customers or we care about, we can sell a bike at a reduced price to community organizations that want to raise money to support worthy causes.

Our experience is that if a highly regarded local artist is recruited to help create a one-of-a-kind custom PUBLIC bike, a community organization can raise upwards to $2,000-$4,000 on a special custom PUBLIC bike. Send us an email if you want to put some wheels in motion for a cause you care about.

Basic Bike Clinics in Oakland PUBLIC Store – Feb 6 & Feb 13

January 25th, 2013

Back by popular demand, we’re organizing two Basic Bike Clinics in Oakland during two Wednesday nights in February. Both clinics will be held from 6:30-8pm at 205 Alice Street @ 2nd near Jack London Square Wednesday, Feb. 6 Women’s Only Bike Clinic Wednesday, Feb. 13 Bike Clinic Open to Everyone In 1-hour PUBLIC employee Jillian… Read more »

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Back by popular demand, we’re organizing two Basic Bike Clinics in Oakland during two Wednesday nights in February.

Both clinics will be held from 6:30-8pm at 205 Alice Street @ 2nd near Jack London Square

Wednesday, Feb. 6 Women’s Only Bike Clinic
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Bike Clinic Open to Everyone

In 1-hour PUBLIC employee Jillian Betterly will teach you the basic mechanics of a bike. The purpose of this clinic is to help you understand basic mechanics of a bike with special emphasis on our PUBLIC bikes. Learn how your gearing works, how to change a flat, best ways to lock your bike, and basic troubleshooting of brakes, chain and shifters.

After the 1-hour workshop, stay longer for Q&A. It’s optional to bring your PUBLIC bike or your own bike. Jillian will spend the hour doing a demo on a PUBLIC bike & then can spend some time after the Q&A helping individuals with their bikes.

This free clinic is limited to 20 participants. Please send email to rsvp@publicbikes.com to reserve your spot with the either Feb 6 or Feb 13 in the email subject line.

PUBLIC WORKS Exhibition at Mission Bowling Club

January 17th, 2013

We’re excited to exhibit PUBLIC WORKS at one of our favorite local establishments Mission Bowling Club from February 26-May 20, 2013. We invited a group of world-renowned designers to interpret the concept of “public” in their own voice and style, to play with the word itself if they desired, and to design large scale posters… Read more »

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We’re excited to exhibit PUBLIC WORKS at one of our favorite local establishments Mission Bowling Club from February 26-May 20, 2013.

We invited a group of world-renowned designers to interpret the concept of “public” in their own voice and style, to play with the word itself if they desired, and to design large scale posters around these ideas.

To launch this exhibition, we’re hosting an PUBLIC WORKS Opening Party on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 6-9pm. We’ll offer special deals at the Opening Party on PUBLIC WORKS posters and t-shirts. Join us to inaugurate this exhibition while enjoying no-host food and full bar at Mission Bowling Club. Make a lane reservation to go bowling that evening too. We’ll raffle some special prizes too.


JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARTY
When: Tuesday, Feb 26 from 6-9pm
Where: Mission Bowling Club (3176 17th St @ S. Van Ness)
What: Design Exhibition, No-Host Food & Drinks, Raffle
BONUS: First 20 guests who buy drinks and mention PUBLIC WORKS receives a free PUBLIC WORKS Book.

PUBLIC WORKS posters and t-shirts will be available for sale at the show.

Holiday Party: A Thank You & Year End Sale

December 7th, 2012

We’re closing out this holiday season with a PUBLIC Holiday Thank You & Year End Sale Party on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11am-4pm at 123 South Park. We want to thank our local Bay Area customers. Please join us & bring your friends. Plan to linger, shop, and meet new PUBLIC friends at our festive… Read more »

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We’re closing out this holiday season with a PUBLIC Holiday Thank You & Year End Sale Party on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11am-4pm at 123 South Park.

We want to thank our local Bay Area customers. Please join us & bring your friends. Plan to linger, shop, and meet new PUBLIC friends at our festive event.

Please spread the word via Facebook.

Bikes For Sale
If you’re thinking about buying a PUBLIC bike for yourself before the end of the year, we’ll have a handful of discounted bikes ready to roll to take home. We have a handful of remaining bikes from our last Warehouse Sale. Also come check out our new $399 PUBLIC S7 & PUBLIC T7 bikes, as well our new Red Polka Dot PUBLIC C7. We’ll also feature our New Products, including the Handlebar Flower Vase, PUBLIC Stripe Fenders, and Italian Wool Scarves.

Up to 50% off Select Gear
Need last minute gifts for your friends and family? We’ll have our gear and accessories at special store-only prices. Need gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Guides.

Tasty Food & Drinks
We’ll provide beer, wine, tacos, and snacks for all shoppers.

PUBLIC Holiday Year-End Sale & Thank You Party
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2011, 11am-4pm
123 South Park
San Francisco, CA

Save on select PUBLIC bikes
Last minute holiday gifts under $20
Up to 50% off select non-bike merchandise

Anyone who RSVPs on Facebook & makes a purchase during this event will receive a free copy of our PUBLIC WORKS Exhibition Book.

Oakland Holiday Mart on Sat, Dec. 8

December 3rd, 2012

PUBLIC has invited our favorite designers & food vendors to showcase their products at our Oakland store & warehouse for a Holiday Mart on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11am-4pm. This is a great opportunity to shop & find some new gifts for family & friends. Here is the tentative list of vendors: Barbarian Gourmet Catering… Read more »

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PUBLIC has invited our favorite designers & food vendors to showcase their products at our Oakland store & warehouse for a Holiday Mart on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11am-4pm.

This is a great opportunity to shop & find some new gifts for family & friends.

Here is the tentative list of vendors:

  • Barbarian Gourmet Catering – Holiday Pies
  • Milton & Small – Organic, Fair trade bottled medium and dark roast coffee
  • The Cook and Her Farmer – Local organic jams, pickles, and preserves, pickles are half-sours, cold fermented
  • Sunnyside Catering and Biscuits – Cheddar biscuit and slow cooked beef brisket
  • Carlottas Closet – Terrariums and Vintage Clothing
  • Artichoke Jewelry Garden – Handmade Jewelry
  • Muffin Revolution – savory and sweet muffins with Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Dairy-Free options
  • A Verb for Keeping Warm – Knitting and yarn spinning demo
  • Pollyannacowgirl -jewelry, accessories, and fancy treats for flashy folks
  • MamakSF – pedal-powered food cart, serving Malaysian inspired food
  • Join us at our Jack London District store on December 8 from 11am-4pm at 205 Alice Street at 2nd (across from Amtrak station at Jack London Square).

    Anyone who RSVPs on Facebook & makes a purchase during this event will receive a free copy of our PUBLIC WORKS Exhibition Book.

    Please share the event with your friends via Facebook.

    Mission Xchange on Sunday, Dec. 16

    December 3rd, 2012

    We’ve partnered with our friends at Harrington Galleries to invite a few more of our favorite designers to showcase at our Mission Xchange on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 11am-6pm. This is a great opportunity to shop & find some new gifts for family & friends. Also enjoy Malaysian street food provided by

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    We’ve partnered with our friends at Harrington Galleries to invite a few more of our favorite designers to showcase at our Mission Xchange on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 11am-6pm.

    This is a great opportunity to shop & find some new gifts for family & friends.

    Also enjoy Malaysian street food provided by mamakSF.

    Here is the tentative list of vendors:

  • Urban FarmGirls – This San Francisco-based garden and landsacpe design company makes beautiful Pozzola pots and festive succulent wreaths. Any of their pieces would make a wonderful hostess gift!
  • Ryan DeBonville Knitwear – Joining Mission Xchange for a second time, Ryan DeBonville knits snoods, beanies, and scarves from cashmere, wool and silk
    blends. All you need to keep warm in a mild San Francisco winter!
  • Curlew Candles – With bold, cheery graphic design reminiscent of pop art, these SF made candles have a singular look and style. Curlew uses only premium hypo-allergenic fragrance oils, custom blending multiple notes into unique, complex scents.
  • Tiny Splendor – The Tiny Splendor Traveling Gallery was born out of the desire to make fine art accessible through the creation of a portable venue. Tiny Splendor connects with local artists to acquire small artworks such as, handmade prints, artist books, patches, zines, and small drawings and paintings to sell on their behalf. 100% of the profits go back to the artists involved.
  • Motley Goods – Messenger bags hand made in San Francisco, built for the urban adventure. Designs born from the streets of San Francisco, every product is made by hand by us and built to last a lifetime. Motley Goods takes its inspiration from products that were built and used before the age of planned obsolescence.
  • WhileOdenSleeps Jewelery – While Odin Sleeps is a line of ethereal yet industrial jewelry ornamented with raw stones found everywhere from rock shops to the city’s streets. Raw and dark oxidized brass provide the backbone for my structural, often one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings. While my collection is ever-evolving, I keep to my desire for asymmetrical balance and the contrast between man made geometry and mother nature’s purity.
  • Join us at Mission Xchange on December 16 from 11am-6pm at 599 Valencia

    PUBLIC Oakland Party & Sale on Sat, Nov. 3

    October 30th, 2012

    The PUBLIC bikes family is growing and to celebrate we’re throwing a party and sale! Join us in our Oakland store for a celebration of the new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 + PUBLIC WORKS. Come check our new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 bikes available for a limited time for $399. Alongside the new… Read more »

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    The PUBLIC bikes family is growing and to celebrate we’re throwing a party and sale!

    Join us in our Oakland store for a celebration of the new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 + PUBLIC WORKS.

    Come check our new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 bikes available for a limited time for $399. Alongside the new bikes we will be displaying our new PUBLIC WORKS art.

    We asked twenty-seven world renowned designers interpret the concept of “public” with a vision to reclaim urban streets, sidewalks and spaces for walking, biking and eating. The result is the beautiful body of graphic art, PUBLIC WORKS.

  • All attendees who make any purchase during the event will receive a free PUBLIC WORKS Exhibition book.
  • We will special in store deals for attendees on gear and PUBLIC WORKS products
  • In collaboration with Xtracycle, we have also built the first PUBLIC Xtracycle! Come in and see the C8 and M8 as longtail cargo bikes!
  • Two of our favorite Jack London district business Venga Pallea and Cerruti Cellars will be serving food and wine.
  • Pedal Express will be joining us; they are the East Bay’s premier bike courier service, come and find what they are all about.
  • Join us at our Jack London District store on November 3rd from 4-7pm at 205 Alice Street at 2nd (across from Amtrak station at Jack London Square).

    Please share the event with your friends via Facebook.

    PUBLIC WORKS Exhibition @ SPUR

    October 15th, 2012

    PUBLIC WORKS will exhibit at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) from October 23rd – November 1 (extended date). Bike over and join us. PUBLIC, a San Francisco based bicycle company with a mission to improve the quality and character of our cities and public places announces PUBLIC WORKS. We invited a group… Read more »

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    PUBLIC WORKS will exhibit at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) from October 23rd – November 1 (extended date). Bike over and join us.

    PUBLIC, a San Francisco based bicycle company with a mission to improve the quality and character of our cities and public places announces PUBLIC WORKS. We invited a group of world-renowned designers to interpret the concept of “public” in their own voice and style, to play with the word itself if they desired, and to design large scale posters around these ideas.

    JOIN US FOR THE OPENING PARTY

    When: October 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

    How: Please RSVP for SPUR Exhibition Opening Party

    Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

    What: Design Exhibition & Refreshments.

    PUBLIC WORKS posters (20×30 and 40×60) a booklet, and t-shirts will be available for sale at the show. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to SPUR, along with a raffle.

    More information here.

    Size Matters. Looks Closely. PUBLIC WORKS.

    October 2nd, 2012

    We’ve just introduced a series of twenty-seven original posters by a stunning group of designers.  These posters are exceptional for a number of reasons, and worth viewing in person if you can in San Francisco from October 9-11 and in New York on October 18-25. The large-scale 40 x 60 prints on canvas (Michael Mabry’s… Read more »

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    Michael Mabry

    We’ve just introduced a series of twenty-seven original posters by a stunning group of designers.  These posters are exceptional for a number of reasons, and worth viewing in person if you can in San Francisco from October 9-11 and in New York on October 18-25. The large-scale 40 x 60 prints on canvas (Michael Mabry’s shown above) are commanding in presence and also in detail. Each poster tells a special story.  I’ll highlight two contrasting works from Bay Area designers who will be in hand for our October 9th launch at CCA next week: Michael Schwab and Jeremy Mende.


    Michael Schwab is a well-known Bay Area designer. His works for the Golden Gate National Recreational area have become iconic. He enjoys working with saturated colors and plays on positive and negative space, often reducing the imagery to simple dramatic abstractions. He’s also a bike aficionado who lives and rides in the “public” hills and spaces of Marin County. He adores the bike as an object, and approaches it from a personal perspective in his piece, capturing the bike from an angle of worship, putting it on a pedestal aesthetically, reducing it to its essence, but asking us to look differently at the form. When was the last time you saw a monochromatic blue bike in a sea of black? Good designers play tricks on us.


    Jeremy Mende takes another approach to his notion of “public”, an entirely different aesthetic perspective. Maybe the only element he shares with Schwab is his use of blue.  But Mende lives and works in urban San Francisco, and his influences come from bike scenes on the streets of his city. He has depicted five typical local urban scenarios, a romantic park scene, and a bicyclist getting smacked by a car door, a mom riding with her child, a bike accident and a ghost bike. Much of the imagery is quite violent actually, but Mende had disguised this in a decorative sweet blue and white palette like something you might find on Victorian china or wallpaper at the Ritz.  Good designers can be cleverly subversive.  You have to see this piece in its oversized version and up close in-detail to appreciate it fully.

    Several other Bay Area designers will be on hand at our opening event next week, each with works as unique and personal and Schwab’s and Mende. Kit Hinrichs, Michael Mabry, Jennifer Morla, Jason Munn, Jason Schulte, Michael Vanderbyl. Each designer has created a piece as unique and personal as Schwab’s and Mende, and we’ll doing features on each designer later. But look at these closely at these works, you will certainly find something that resonates with your sensibility. If you need a major wake up call or inspiration in your home or office, consider a 40 x 60 version for $350.  For more modest budgets and spaces, we have 20 x 30 sizes available for $50 (unframed) and $250 (framed).  And we’ll be offering t-shirts and other PUBLIC WORKS products in the near future.

    And RSVP here for our event next week.