Commute in Style With Our New Rickshaw Bags

May 6th, 2014

May is national bike month and this Thursday San Francisco celebrates the 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day. Thousands of people will be rolling to work that day and to help all bikers out in their commutes we’re excited to announce the pre-order of our new Rickshaw Duo Pannier, perfect for everyday commuting and handmade right here in San… Read more »

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Rickshaw Duo Pannier Bags

May is national bike month and this Thursday San Francisco celebrates the 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day. Thousands of people will be rolling to work that day and to help all bikers out in their commutes we’re excited to announce the pre-order of our new Rickshaw Duo Pannier, perfect for everyday commuting and handmade right here in San Francisco.

This new duo pannier is the most stylish and functional you’ll find on the market and is designed by Rickshaw Bagworks, a local San Francisco company who has been producing superb quality, handmade messenger bags and more for over six years. Customize the flap of this duo pannier in five snappy houndstooth fabrics crafted in the USA from recycled bottles in colors specifically chosen to compliment PUBLIC’s new 2014 color lineup. And if you’re into matching, snag a color-coordinating houndstooth Metro Tote (or two) designed specifically to be used with the duo pannier.

Little details are what set the Rickshaw Duo Pannier apart from the rest:

  • Simple and sturdy velcro tabs make for easy attachment and removal of the pannier from the back rack.
  • A removable shoulder strap is included for carrying the bag into the office or around the farmers market.
  • Load this pannier with up to two bags of full groceries and cinch them in tight with a drawstring closure underneath the top flap.
  • Smartly located snaps allow for pannier straps to be snapped into place so they don’t fly around.
  • Empty panniers can be neatly folded and snapped closed.
  • Interior is supported by a heavy-duty plastic frame, so bag does not slouch and can support a heavy load.
  • Webbing loops are provided for attachment of rear safety flashers on both sides.

Pre-order our new Rickshaw Duo Pannier today for $249.

New Rickshaw Metro Tote

Keep the interior of your pannier extra-organized with our matching Rickshaw Metro Tote. This tote comes in the same unique houndstooth fabrics as the flap of the pannier and was designed specifically for use inside the duo pannier.

PUBLIC Interview With Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett

April 25th, 2014

Some of our customers are as passionate and detailed oriented about their products as we are about our bicycles. Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett, a chef’s apron manufacturer, is one of them. We interviewed Ellen and learned all about her love of aprons and our PUBLIC R16. Read on for the complete interview… Read more »

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Some of our customers are as passionate and detailed oriented about their products as we are about our bicycles. Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett, a chef’s apron manufacturer, is one of them. We interviewed Ellen and learned all about her love of aprons and our PUBLIC R16. Read on for the complete interview and then swing by her site for 10% off with promo code: SOFANCYPANTS.

PUBLIC: Tell us about your company and your products?
ELLEN: We’re an apron company that makes badass, functional and high quality aprons for chefs and restaurants all around the world.

PUBLIC: What inspires your creative work?
ELLEN: All the amazing, hardworking chefs we meet. We want to make them happy. We want to make them feel good about the way they look in the kitchen and feel inspired to be different and unique. We also love design and fun bright colors everywhere. Deep down, we’re all kids at heart and love to live life with the mentality that we can do anything!

PUBLIC: What details make your products unique?
ELLEN:
We hand pick really beautiful, unique fabrics like selvage denims from Japan and Italy. We make all of our aprons comfortable and functional. We wear them, wash them and put them through the ringer to make sure they are durable enough for our chefs

PUBLIC: How did you come by your PUBLIC bike?
ELLEN:
I saw a PUBLIC bike for the first time when my boyfriend Casey Caplowe, co-founder of GOOD Magazine, saw them and sent me a link. They were the most beautiful and clean looking bikes I had ever seen and I instantly wanted one.
Later that year I was in San Francisco walking around and I saw a sign for the PUBLIC bike shop. I ran into the store, picked the one I wanted and then took a picture and put it on Instagram saying “ I want it soooo bad !!”
Then in December Casey surprised me with the exact PUBLIC bike I had Instagramed from my San Francisco trip. First, he gave me a little box with a beautiful copper bell to put on the handle. And then the beautiful bike came out!

PUBLIC: How does bicycling fit into your lifestyle
ELLEN:
My office is in Downtown LA so when I have meetings near by I will use it to zip on over and I will ALWAYS take it inside the buildings with me, riding it down the hallway and parking it in the meeting room. People compliment the bike all day long and it sits parked in the entrance of our office.

PUBLIC: How does your PUBLIC bike reflect your personal style?
ELLEN:
I love big, bold, but clean design and this bike is exactly like that.

PUBLIC: Are bicycles an important part of the community you live in?
ELLEN: Definitely. LA is becoming such a green city, and with downtown being so close together, it’s easy to take the bike around town to restaurants and fabric shops around here.

PUBLIC: Any upcoming projects/partnerships/designs that you are excited about?
ELLEN: We are about to launch our amazing new chef coat line!

PUBLIC: Anything else you’d like to add?
ELLEN:
We love you!!

PUBLIC Response: The feeling is mutual!

 

Photos courtesy of Hedley & Bennett and Life&Thyme.  

Single Speed Contest Winner

February 11th, 2014

To celebrate the launch of our new line of single-speeds, we held a contest in November and gave away three new bikes to one lucky winner: Stan E. from Culver City, CA. He chose blue PUBLIC V1 bikes for himself and his two sons, Jack and Pete, and he sent us some (literally!) fantastic photos of them riding… Read more »

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To celebrate the launch of our new line of single-speeds, we held a contest in November and gave away three new bikes to one lucky winner: Stan E. from Culver City, CA. He chose blue PUBLIC V1 bikes for himself and his two sons, Jack and Pete, and he sent us some (literally!) fantastic photos of them riding together.

Stan says: “I never win anything… I wanted you to know I’m a true fan of the great Public Bikes brand and now my boys and I own our own. You guys create a remarkable product and accessories and your branding is exceptional as well. Thanks again for delivering a smooth and sleek ride on our new V1 bikes.”

We got such a big kick out of the priceless picture they sent as “the first father and son team to win the Tour de France” that we just had to share it with you.

Women, Bikes, and Freedom

November 15th, 2013

When we launched PUBLIC four years ago, we wanted to build a company that offered bicycles and products attractive to all kinds of people, especially women. We’re proud that 60% of our customers are women – and we’re thrilled to see the growing number of women biking around the country. In case you missed it,… Read more »

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When we launched PUBLIC four years ago, we wanted to build a company that offered bicycles and products attractive to all kinds of people, especially women.

We’re proud that 60% of our customers are women – and we’re thrilled to see the growing number of women biking around the country.

In case you missed it, The League of American Bicyclists recently issued a report called “Women on a Roll” (PDF) that highlighted many of the trends we’ve been seeing first-hand. Bicycle Times summarized the report and noted that from “2003 to 2012, the number of women and girls who bicycle rose 20 percent, compared to a .5 percent decline among men.

In our blog, we’ve previously highlighted fifteen women who are making a difference in bicycling around the country. Our list was not meant to be comprehensive, but a conversation starter. Read the comments for other difference-makers, including Georgena Terry from Terry Bicycles, Mia Birk of Alta Planning + Design, or Renee Rivera of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

The good news is that more women are joining the ranks of people incorporating a bicycle in their lives – and they’re leading many advocacy and industry game-changing companies. We hope to do our small part at PUBLIC.

The Rise of Technology and the Decline of Driving

October 10th, 2013

One of our favorite sources of information about urban issues is the The Atlantic Cities, which recently featured this article by Emily Badger on some of the less obvious effects of the rise of technology. “Teleconferencing has made telework more common. E-commerce has reduced the need to drive to the mall. Real-time arrival apps have… Read more »

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Millennials Prefer to Bike

One of our favorite sources of information about urban issues is the The Atlantic Cities, which recently featured this article by Emily Badger on some of the less obvious effects of the rise of technology.

“Teleconferencing has made telework more common. E-commerce has reduced the need to drive to the mall. Real-time arrival apps have made public transit more predictable. Solar-powered stations have helped bike-share expand. WiFi and smart phones have made it possible to get work done on a moving bus, raising the mental cost of driving alone. And social media, for some people, has reduced the need to travel across town to see a friend you might more easily connect with on Facebook.”

Read the full article here.

A correlation between high-tech culture and smarter transportation is obvious to those of us who live and work in San Francisco. We see many people who choose to live car free, and there are increasing numbers of young people on bikes on our streets. The major tech companies like Twitter, Apple, Google, and Facebook have incentive programs for employees who bike to work, and many have bike share programs on their campuses.

Millennials are a lot more passionate and interested in connectivity — smart phone and apps — than they are about physical mobility and what kind of car you drive. This is an optimistic sign and a phenomenon that appears to hold true in all other progressive cities across the country.

Electric Bikes and Millennials

PUBLIC BionX mixte electric bike in San Francisco

We don’t have any stats on Millennials’ preferences for electric bikes in the US yet. But studies in Europe show that these new electrical-assisted bikes are the fastest growing transportation segment in their cities. This new generation of faster, easier bikes have become a logical alternative to a car for many people. We’ve launched a range of e-bikes this month. Some are made from PUBLIC DNA with a BionX system, and others from the Swiss bike design firm Stromer. They combine technology in a manner that will appeal to both Millennials and the older crowd alike.

A Taste of Guatemala

September 13th, 2013

We’ve been serving coffee in our South Park neighborhood since July, and customers have been lining up for the special Saint Frank coffee drinks. Saint Frank offers a special roast from very special Guatemalan beans and this creates a taste experience that is as unique as it is rich, aromatic, and flavorful. I’ve been grinding… Read more »

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We’ve been serving coffee in our South Park neighborhood since July, and customers have been lining up for the special Saint Frank coffee drinks. Saint Frank offers a special roast from very special Guatemalan beans and this creates a taste experience that is as unique as it is rich, aromatic, and flavorful. I’ve been grinding my own beans and making my own espresso drinks for over thirty years, and I can attest to the fact that the Saint Frank coffee is exceptional. The youth driven coffee culture is taking coffee to entirely new level in sophistication.

We’re now making Saint Frank’s freshly roasted beans available to all of our customers by shipping directly to your door.

St Frank Coffee
“Frankly” speaking, we should not sell this special product at a discount. But we think that once you’ve brewed this in your own kitchen you’ll be back for more. The single origin coffee is that special. The farm where it is raised is called Retiro (which means “retreat”). The coffee is comprised of the traditional heirloom varieties of Bourbon and Typica and grows under the shade of tall Grevillea trees. The result is a great representation of a classic Antigua coffee from Guatemala: elegant, well balanced with a rich aroma and a very sweet taste.*

Juan Luis Barrios Ortega produces these unique coffee beans. The Ortega Family has been growing coffee for 100 years near Chimaltenango in Guatemala, and the farm has been in Juan’s family since 1832. They are one of the most environmentally progressive estates in Guatemala and use innovative sustainable practices for coffee production, forest preservation and management.

Here’s how our program works:

Your Beans Roasted Tuesday and Shipped Thursday Every Week

Get your order to us by Monday, 12:00pm PST for a Tuesday roast and we will ship to you on Thursday. You will receive freshly roasted coffee beans. You’ll need to grind them yourself, and if you do not have a coffee grinder – it’s about time you did! The aromatics and flavor imparted by freshly roasted ground coffee makes for coffee drinks that are astoundingly sumptuous.

*The package that the coffee arrives in is equally as elegant as the coffee itself. The graphic design is the work of Paula Scher of Pentagram. Scher was awarded the 2013 Communication Design award from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and has been distinguishing herself for decades as an artist and designer. The PUBLIC logo evolved from her poster for PUBLIC Works.

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
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St. Frank Coffee
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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.

 

The Bike-In Camp-Out with Alite Designs & PUBLIC Bikes

July 11th, 2013

A few weekends ago we teamed up with our friends from camping gear, including tents, folding chairs, and bags. They offered their easy-to-use equipment to make life easier for all participants and recruited Halcyonaire performed music around the campfire after all of us finished bourbon s’mores and hot chocolate. In many respects, we were “glamping”… Read more »

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A few weekends ago we teamed up with our friends from Alite Designs for the Bike-In Camp-Out, our first ever collaborative bike-in camp-out overnight trip.

A group of 60 participants biked to Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio, which is the city equivalent of setting up a tent in your own backyard. For most of us, it was our first experience camping inside the Presidio with access to incredible beaches, views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, and spectacular Pacific Ocean sunset. And for most of us, it took only 30-45 minutes to bike to the campground.

Alite Designs makes and sells some of the best and simplest to use camping gear, including tents, folding chairs, and bags. They offered their easy-to-use equipment to make life easier for all participants and recruited Rice Paper Scissors to cater dinner, snacks, and breakfast. And Halcyonaire performed music around the campfire after all of us finished bourbon s’mores and hot chocolate.

In many respects, we were “glamping” (glamorous camping) but part of our desire was to introduce customers to bike camping without any worries – and to inspire them to consider camping to even further and more remote places on their own. For some participants, it was their first experience pitching their own tent and sleeping outside. Our Alite Design friends even documented easy tips on how to bike camp.

If you’re interested in learning about future collaborative events, make sure to sign up for the PUBLIC e-newsletter and follow Alite Design too.

Check out some photos of the Bike-In Camp-Out from photographer Kurt Manley, who also guided a photography hike for participants.

And of course, you can’t have a proper camping event without s’mores. This photo was taken by Dan from PUBLIC.

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.

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.