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.

    PUBLIC Women’s Bike Clinic on Sept 13

    August 30th, 2012

    Back by popular demand, we’re organizing another Women’s Bike Clinic – but in Oakland! 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… Read more »

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    Back by popular demand, we’re organizing another Women’s Bike Clinic – but in Oakland!

    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.

    Thursday, September 13 (OPEN)
    6:30-8pm
    205 Alice Street @ 2nd near Jack London Square

    This free clinic is limited to 25 women participants. Please send email to rsvp@publicbikes.com to reserve your spot.

    If you cannot attend, sign up for our newsletter to hear about future clinics.

    Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge

    July 13th, 2012

    Are you a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition? As many of you know, we founded PUBLIC with the belief that bicycles are an important part of a healthy, livable community. Good design, when applied to a bicycle, can inspire more people to get on bikes. But the best way to encourage more people… Read more »

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    Are you a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?

    As many of you know, we founded PUBLIC with the belief that bicycles are an important part of a healthy, livable community. Good design, when applied to a bicycle, can inspire more people to get on bikes. But the best way to encourage more people to get around by bicycle is to make our city streets more accessible and safer for the everyday bicyclist.

    Clif Bar PUBLIC Bike

    Kudos to the SF Bicycle Coalition for transforming many streets in San Francisco into safe places for bikes, including The Wiggle, Market Street, and Valencia Street. Look at some of the work they are currently doing with Connecting the City. This is why PUBLIC supports the 12,000+ member SF Bicycle Coalition  – and why we’re participating in the Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge with other local bike stores to see who can sell the most SF Bicycle Coalition memberships during the month of July.

    If you’re already a member of SF Bicycle, thank you for investing in an organization that works to connect the city with safe, comfortable bikeways.

    If you’re not a SF Bicycle Coalition member yet, you can join now for $35. Your membership will get you the Urban Bicyclists’ Survival Kit, a one-year subscription of SF Bicycle Coalition”s Tube Times newsletter, free bike trailer rentals, free admission to select events, and discounts at many local establishments – and you’ll help PUBLIC win the Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge!

    UPCOMING SF BICYCLE COALITION EVENTS
    Seven Hells of San Francisco Bike Ride

    Seven Hells of San Francisco Bike Ride

    On July 21 join fellow masochists on this ride over some of the steepest hills in the city. Two years ago a PUBLIC team member rode the Seven Hells ride on a PUBLIC M8 – and climbed 25-30% degree hills without walking. It was tough but it proved that you can climb just about any hill in the city on a PUBLIC. Read more about the Seven Hells ride. RSVP here.

    Better Market Street

    Improve Market Street

    Most of us ride on Market Street. To make Market Street into a world-class boulevard, the city needs to make the street more bicycle, pedestrian, and transit friendly. We encourage you to attend upcoming community meetings about Market Street’s future.

    Project Kickstand – Clif Bar’s 20th Anniversary

    July 3rd, 2012

    What’s the coolest thing a company can do for its employees? Often companies recognize hard working employees with monthly awards or free parking spaces. Other companies provide free lunches, extra days of vacation, or casual Fridays. Bay Area company Clif Bar took it up a big notch. They gave ALL of their employees a free… Read more »

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    What’s the coolest thing a company can do for its employees? Often companies recognize hard working employees with monthly awards or free parking spaces. Other companies provide free lunches, extra days of vacation, or casual Fridays. Bay Area company Clif Bar took it up a big notch. They gave ALL of their employees a free custom bike inscribed with the individual’s name and the date they started working for the company. It was one of the greatest acts of corporate generosity for employees we have heard of and PUBLIC was proud to play a part.

    Last December we started working on a special project called “Project Kickstand” for our friends at Clif Bar. Clif Bar Co-CEOs Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford wanted to surprise each of their 300+ employees with a custom PUBLIC bike as part of the company’s 20th Anniversary.

    See more photos in our Clif Bar 20th Anniversary Facebook album.

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    We took our PUBLIC V3 and painted it Clif Bar red with matching rims and rear racks, and added a Clif Bar logo head badge and message “Born on a Bike – Kitchen Crafted – Family & Employee Owned” on the frame. Each bike has a custom decal with the employee’s name and year they started working at Clif Bar.

    Our PUBLIC team secretly delivered these bikes to a warehouse next to Clif Bar’s Emeryville headquarters. It was our privilege to bear witness to the surprise. Gary and Kit led the hundreds of employees around the block to the secret warehouse. After the doors opened, they invited their employees to a find a custom-made bike with their name on it.

    As you can imagine, the scene was utter disbelief, joy, giddiness, and many tears. A Clif Bar employee captured raw footage of the experience.

    We’re very proud (thrilled) to have produced and delivered these bikes for Clif Bar, a company  that we’ve long admired for putting community, people, and sustainability at the forefront of building a successful business.

    Congratulations Gary, Kit, and the entire Clif Bar family.

    We’re proud to add Clif Bar to our growing list of companies that have provided PUBLIC bikes for employees to use, including Williams-Sonoma, Mozilla, Square, AOL, PeopleBrowsr, Rackspace, and others.

    Call For Models

    June 27th, 2012

    Can you ride a bike with confidence and a smile? We are looking for a range of models for a Bay Area photo shoot on Monday, July 2 and also for a shoot in August (date TBD). Must live in the Bay Area and be comfortable in front of a camera. If you are interested… Read more »

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    Can you ride a bike with confidence and a smile? We are looking for a range of models for a Bay Area photo shoot on Monday, July 2 and also for a shoot in August (date TBD). Must live in the Bay Area and be comfortable in front of a camera. If you are interested and have availability between 9:00 am  and 7:00 pm, please send us a full body shot, your height, and 1-2 sentences about why you love bikes. Email models@publicbikes.com.

    Compensation will be a $100 merchandise credit, plus coffee, snacks, and good humor during the shoot. This modeling gig is more about coming out for fun than about fame. The photos will be used on our website and possibly in a brochure, poster, or magazine.

    Oakland PUBLIC Store Opening Party on Sat, June 16

    June 7th, 2012

    We are thrilled to join the Jack London Square neighborhood on the waterfront in Oakland. Underneath the high vaulted ceilings of our new warehouse you’ll also find our photo studio and a new retail store open on June 8 at 205 Alice Street. The Oakland PUBLIC store will be open from 11am-4pm on Fridays, Saturdays,… Read more »

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    We are thrilled to join the Jack London Square neighborhood on the waterfront in Oakland. Underneath the high vaulted ceilings of our new warehouse you’ll also find our photo studio and a new retail store open on June 8 at 205 Alice Street.

    The Oakland PUBLIC store will be open from 11am-4pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

    Come celebrate with us at our Opening Party on Saturday, June 16 from 1-4pm.

    Oakland PUBLIC Store Opening Party
    1-4pm, Saturday, June 16
    205 Alice Street at 2nd (across from Amtrak station at Jack London Square)

    Last month we moved into a new, larger warehouse in Oakland. We went from 6,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet of warehouse space where we stock our inventory and build thousands of bikes for happy customers around the country.

    The warehouse came with a 1,100 square foot separate space that we’ve quickly converted into an Oakland retail storefront. We’re excited to be part of the Jack London Square neighborhood, which is easily accessibly by ferry or BART from San Francisco. We hope our Oakland presence will help us better serve the East Bay and strengthen our ties with individuals and groups working to make East Bay communities more livable.

    At our Oakland PUBLIC Store Opening Party, you can expect:

  • Good food, snacks, and drinks
  • Tour of PUBLIC Warehouse
  • Special deals up 40% off on handful of warehouse used bikes with slight scratches and cosmetic blemishes
  • Special promotion on our remaining 2011 model PUBLIC bikes
  • Hope to see many of you on Saturday, June 16!

    You can also use this Facebook event page to invite your friends.

    Chased Down in Atlanta

    April 3rd, 2012

    “Dear PUBLIC, Please stop making your bikes so amazing. I’ve been chased down the streets of Atlanta three times now to be questioned about my bike. One person tried to buy it from me, and by the time I finish going over how light the bike is, how easy it is to slide up hills… Read more »

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    “Dear PUBLIC,
    Please stop making your bikes so amazing. I’ve been chased down the streets of Atlanta three times now to be questioned about my bike. One person tried to buy it from me, and by the time I finish going over how light the bike is, how easy it is to slide up hills with the internal hub, and how simple the ready-to-ride assembly was, mixed in with complements on how stunning the bike is in person, I’m late to work. This must end. But in all seriousness, thank you for finally signing a dealer in Atlanta. Hopefully with a few more of these bikes on the road down here I’ll catch a bit of a break. Keep up the good work.”
    – Tim in Atlanta

    “. . . thank you for signing a dealer in Atlanta.”

    We have an ever-growing list of bike shops around the country where you can jump on a PUBLIC, purchase a bike, and develop a relationship with a local bike shop for regular maintenance services. We select these stores because of their high level of service and friendly attitude.

    We’re pleased to announce new dealers in Seattle, Portland, Washington DC, Atlanta, Palo Alto, Chicago, St. Louis, Cambridge, and many others. If you have a favorite local bike shop that you think should carry PUBLIC, let us know the name of the bike shop and what city. Check out our full list of dealers.

    We love customer comments.

    Not much pleases us more than receiving unsolicited notes and photos from our customers, like the note we recently got from Tim in Atlanta. We’re flattered, entertained and proud. It reminds us that we are succeeding in our mission to help improve our communities, put smiles on faces and create some love out there. We keep many of our customer stories on our website and photos in our office. And we’re always looking for more, so don’t be modest – send them along.

    Help Grow PUBLIC in 2012

    December 28th, 2011

    2011 has been a fun and feisty year at PUBLIC, largely as a result of many great customers and staff. Thanks to all our supporters. We’re ending the year on a very optimistic note, and we have several new exciting ideas and directions for 2012. We’re growing at a fast pace, and this keeps us… Read more »

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    2011 has been a fun and feisty year at PUBLIC, largely as a result of many great customers and staff. Thanks to all our supporters. We’re ending the year on a very optimistic note, and we have several new exciting ideas and directions for 2012. We’re growing at a fast pace, and this keeps us motivated.

    We’re a small team of entrepreneurial people hell bent on changing the world in modest ways. We operate from our small office and store in South Park, and we have retail partners and dealers around the country. We have some major growth plans and initiatives for 2012 and beyond, and we need to recruit some other people and partners to work with us.

    We have listed these opportunities below. We would appreciate if you passed this along to anyone interested, especially local Bay Area residents. We are looking for the following:

    Director of Operations / Chief Operating Officer
    We are a small company, and a business title like COO seems a tad formal to us. But we’re essentially looking for the person to head up the operations of our business and organization. This is a senior position for someone skilled and experienced in retail operations, process and disciplines. They do not need to have experience in the bicycle industry. They do need to be committed to our mission and lifestyle. Visit our PUBLIC Jobs page for more details. Email resume to operations@publicbikes.com.

    Retail Store Manager
    We plan to open another store in early in 2012. We will need a Retail Store Manager with strong people and merchandising skills. This person doesn’t need to have bicycle industry experience, but they need to love bicycles, sales, and customer service. Visit our PUBLIC Jobs page for more details. Email resume to store@publicbikes.com.

    Food Concession Partner
    Bicycle cafes have been sprouting up across the US and in Europe. We love seeing the connection between food, bikes, and local community. We are tossing around ideas for an extension of our San Francisco store concept to sell some form of simple food and beverages. If you are a San Francisco-based food operator or caterer that can help us develop and manage this concept, please email partner@publicbikes.com.

    Dealers
    We have over a dozen retail partners and dealers across the country. We’re looking for other dealers in cities where we are not currently located. If you are interested or have a favorite local bike shop that you think should carry PUBLIC bikes, email dealer@publicbikes.com.

    Pop Up Locations and Managers
    We get a lot of inquiries to set up temporary pop-up PUBLIC stores around the country. We’re open to this concept in propitious locations where we do not have stores or dealers. If you can find and manage a PUBLIC pop-up in places as diverse as Marfa, Texas or Portland, OR, email partner@publicbikes.com with concept ideas.

    Steve Jobs Made Design Mainstream

    October 12th, 2011

    Like many people, I’ve been thinking and talking about Steve Jobs and Apple a lot this past week. There are too many ideas for one newsletter, so I’ll likely write more in the near future. Everyone who takes design seriously owes him, myself included. Most of my professional career in business has relied on Apple’s… Read more »

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    Like many people, I’ve been thinking and talking about Steve Jobs and Apple a lot this past week. There are too many ideas for one newsletter, so I’ll likely write more in the near future. Everyone who takes design seriously owes him, myself included. Most of my professional career in business has relied on Apple’s products, devotees, attitude, and inspiration. Apple was instrumental in creating a broad consumer market for good design.

    Artek Alvar Aalto, Stool

    Artek Alvar Aalto, Stool

    If there were a silver lining to Steve Jobs’ passing, it would be the numerous discussions about the value (spiritual and financial) of good design in our culture. Jobs did something that no one else had ever done: he made great design mainstream. This will be his legacy. I have been reading comparisons of Jobs to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, but neither of them (nor any of the industrialists) kept design and aesthetics right at the core of their businesses.

    None of the current tech geniuses at Google, Facebook or Twitter have design and aesthetics as integrated into their missions. Or if they do (or think they do), it is relegated to stepchild status – cleaning up after technology, function, and speed. All lack the caliber of design elegance that is part of Apple DNA. For many of us, there is no such thing as civilization without elegance, and Steve Jobs provided plenty.

    DWR

    “Design,” as a respected business discipline, is a very recent phenomenon. Even ten years ago “design” was not part of the business vocabulary. I know this well because I was trying to raise money for Design Within Reach about that time. In my meetings with nearly a dozen venture capital firms, nobody seemed to understand what I was talking about when I said that good design meant good business and that the US market would embrace it if it were made accessible. Design and aesthetics did not have a meaning to most business leaders beyond visual appearance – it was associated only with creative work, decorators, fashionistas, business card graphics, and hairdos. Certainly not with business success and profit.

    Jobs returned to Apple in the late 1990’s and led the most successful turnaround of any modern company, all based on design. Apple is now worth more than Microsoft and Intel combined. Credit also goes to Steve Jobs for making the business world a safe and welcome place for designers, creatives, and visually oriented people. The value of this may be unquantifiable, but it is hugely significant to a lot of us.

    Paul Rand, IBM Logo

    Paul Rand, IBM Logo

    PUBLIC was founded on the principles of good design and with the belief that design is now a mainstream value. Jobs and Apple did not create this alone. He appropriated much from others such as Dieter Rams, Paul Rand, Charles and Ray Eames, and other significant modern designers. One of his lasting legacies will be as the person who brought good design to more people than anyone else.

    I hope the myriad discussions and articles on Jobs, Apple, and design persist as relentlessly as Apple’s products come to the market.

    Burning Man, Boulder, & Las Vegas

    August 24th, 2011

    The best thing about this business is getting to know our customers and hearing their stories. Our customers come in all different shapes and sizes and from a variety of professions and locations. They keep in touch with us in any manner of ways.   Some come by our South Park headquarters, some meet us on… Read more »

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    The best thing about this business is getting to know our customers and hearing their stories. Our customers come in all different shapes and sizes and from a variety of professions and locations. They keep in touch with us in any manner of ways.   Some come by our South Park headquarters, some meet us on the road when we visit cities for urban transportation events, some share photos on our Flickr group, and some send us nice notes like these:

    “Today I rode 24 miles on my 7-speed PUBLIC step-thru bike and the bike did great – 12 bike path miles and 12 hilly Cape Cod roads around the ocean and through the ponds. I tackled each hill and stayed comfortable. Very pleased with my PUBLIC bike.” – Vanessa Allen, Newton, MA

    “Nearly a year since purchasing my PUBLIC D3, I have logged more than a thousand miles on it commuting to and from work in Columbus Ohio – even in 15 degree weather. I am on my original tires and have only done light preventative maintenance. If you’re on the fence as to whether to buy one, trust me you won’t regret it.”  – Shane Neff

    “Just got off my Public bike, not 24 hours ago!!!  Love that thing and I get compliments on it all of the time.” – Scott Kerslake, CEO Prana

    CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Alex Bogusky

    We like to share interesting customer stories, creations, and photos.  PUBLIC customer and advertising icon Alex Bogusky, his wife Ana, designer John Bielenberg, and creative strategist Rob Schuham launched the fantastic new venture COMMON. “COMMON is a living network of creative people rapidly prototyping dozens or hundreds of progressive businesses designed to solve social problems.” They put together an inspiring video to introduce their mission.

    A COMMON STORY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.

    Last Friday night in Boulder, CO they hosted an event to support and incite a competitive market for socially minded entrepreneurs.  The finalists encourage a business world with educated and empowered consumers.  Read the Washington Post article to find out the winning products.

    If you ride a PUBLIC or know someone who does with an inspiring story, share it with us. We’ll feature it in a future customer spotlight.

    MEET US IN LAS VEGAS – JOIN US AT BURNING MAN

    Dan Nguyen-Tan, our PUBLIC Citizen, brings innovative marketing and customer programs to our business. Dan will be in Las Vegas at the Interbike trade show where we are teaming up with Peterboro Baskets.  You can connect with Dan at Interbike – just drop him a note. If you have a bike shop that would like to carry PUBLIC bikes, this would be a good place to meet us and chat.

    Dan will also be at Burning Man next week. If you see a half naked guy riding in the playa, that will not be Dan. For one week, Burning Man’s Black Rock City becomes the bicycle capital of the world with almost everyone riding bicycles to get around. Read more about the bicycle culture of Black Rock City by our friend Matthew Roth.