Espress Lane: Baristas and Bicycles

June 14th, 2010

Bike shops often get a bad rap for having attitude or being unfriendly to anyone but bike geeks. That’s changing big time. What could say “take your time, you’re welcome here” better than a friendly, on-site barista? We were in Minneapolis last month. We stopped by the Angry Catfish bike shop where the barista served… Read more »

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Bike shops often get a bad rap for having attitude or being unfriendly to anyone but bike geeks. That’s changing big time. What could say “take your time, you’re welcome here” better than a friendly, on-site barista?

We were in Minneapolis last month. We stopped by the Angry Catfish bike shop where the barista served us this cappuccino with the foamy heart shaped adornment. It was nothing special for him – just another coffee.  But it was very special. How many other kinds of retail stores provide this sort of pleasure? Maybe in Italy, but here in the US – and in a bike store?

It turns out that quite a few bike shops across the country boast a café – it’s becoming part of the culture. In San Francisco we have the Mojo Bicycle Cafe, a terrific local establishment where the modest barista allowed me to film her finishing off my cappuccino. Other caffeinated bike shops we have visited include the Juan Pelota Café at Mellow Johnny’s in Austin, and One on One in Minneapolis where you can find Moose and Masi’s together.

Ride Studio Café Serves coffee and PUBLIC bikes

This cool bike shop in Lexington, MA, just opened. They are carrying a range of PUBLIC bikes as well as their own Honey bikes. Both are pretty sweet. For information on what other bike shops carry PUBLIC bikes click here.  Not all these stores make and serve cappuccinos, but they are known for service and smiles.

If you frequent a bike café, tell us in the comments below, and we’ll make a list of them to share on our website. We’re guessing that Portland or Seattle might have five or six, given the regional addiction to coffee in the northwest. And if you send us a video clip of a worthy cappuccino foam topping, we’ll post it and send you a surprise gift from PUBLIC. Surprise gift means whatever item we have too many of. We’ll give you credit of course, but this contest is just for coffee nuts like ourselves.

Caffeine Powered Bike Shops

We Love Rush Hour

May 31st, 2010

Add to Rush Hour Madness When people ask us about the mission of PUBLIC, we have lots to say. But in short, we want to help bring this kind of rush hour madness to the US. To aid and abet the cause right now, we have reduced the prices on our bikes and we are… Read more »

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Add to Rush Hour Madness

When people ask us about the mission of PUBLIC, we have lots to say. But in short, we want to help bring this kind of rush hour madness to the US.

To aid and abet the cause right now, we have reduced the prices on our bikes and we are offering free shipping through the end of this week (June 7th). And we have signed up a number of shops around the country where you can test ride a PUBLIC. Ask us for details.

Behind the Scenes at the PUBLIC Photoshoot

May 4th, 2010

A big thank you to our PUBLIC models — all friends from the neighborhood — who helped us create an ideal spring day on a cold March day in San Francisco. Here are some photos from behind the scenes. You can compare these photos to the beautiful final photos that have made it in our… Read more »

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A big thank you to our PUBLIC models — all friends from the neighborhood — who helped us create an ideal spring day on a cold March day in San Francisco. Here are some photos from behind the scenes. You can compare these photos to the beautiful final photos that have made it in our web site.