The simple bicycle bell is one of our favorite bike essentials. An often-overlooked accessory, a bell adds personality and safety to your ride. Easier than hollering and whistling to announce your presence, bells are a simple way of alerting bikers, pedestrians and cars of your approach. We have a new selection of bells for all styles of riders, from unique bells crafted of cherry wood to bells equipped with flashing disco LED lights. Visit our website to see (and hear!) our fun new bell collection.
For the past few years, we’ve had many customers ask us to design and offer an affordable single-speed PUBLIC bike that doesn’t compromise on quality and design. Voilà: The new PUBLIC C1 and PUBLIC V1. Single-speed bikes have a great tradition going back 120 years, when all bikes had only one gear, and you’ll see… Read more »
For the past few years, we’ve had many customers ask us to design and offer an affordable single-speed PUBLIC bike that doesn’t compromise on quality and design. Voilà: The new PUBLIC C1 and PUBLIC V1.
Single-speed bikes have a great tradition going back 120 years, when all bikes had only one gear, and you’ll see them in classic films like The Bicycle Thief. They continue to be ridden today both for track racing and as city bikes around the world. Our new PUBLIC single-speeds come out of this tradition, foregoing multiple gears in favor of an economic and efficient drivetrain. (But unlike track racing bikes or fixies, on our single-speeds you can stop pedaling and coast whenever you like.) They are simple, lightweight, stylish, affordable, and fun.
The PUBLIC C1 comes in Yellow and Turquoise and the PUBLIC V1 comes in Gold and Royal Blue. Ideally suited for trips around town, casual riding with friends and weekend jaunts through the park – these bikes are intended for a flat or moderately hilly terrain. We have carefully selected the ideal gearing for rolling hills as well as flatter routes.
We challenge you to find a better single-speed city bike at this price point that features strong dual pivot caliper brakes on both front and rear tires, durable steel frame, kickstand, matching painted inside rims, fenders, and chainguard.
Limited Supply at Introductory Price of $299 (Retail $449, Save $150)
Our new PUBLIC C1 and PUBLIC V1 bikes are now available for pre-order purchase for a special introductory price of only $299. We will have them ready to ship to your door, or to be picked up at one of our Bay Area stores in early December, right in time for the holidays. We think our new single-speed bikes are an ideal gift for yourself or for a special someone who wants an entry-level bike or a seasoned rider who wants a simple, around town ride.
We only produced a few hundred of these single-speed bikes for the holidays so pre-order now because we anticipate selling out very quickly.
New Lower Priced Bike Shipping
Along with our new line of even more affordable bikes, we’re announcing a new lower-priced bike shipping option for online orders. We’re calling it Find Your Own Mechanic shipping. For a flat $55 anywhere in the continental US, you can now choose to ship your bike in a smaller factory box without pre-assembly. Instead of our Ready to Ride shipping option, where our mechanics build and tune your bike in our Bay Area warehouse before shipping to your door, you can now choose to find your own local bike shop to assemble your new PUBLIC bike after it’s delivered to you. Learn more about all of our bike delivery options here.
Hi, I’m Rob, founder of PUBLIC and a daily e-bike rider. I’ve put together my top ten reasons for buying an e-bike, as an experienced rider and advocate. They are a thrill. You will ride more often. They make hills a non-issue. I like climbing hills on my road bike, and when we ride for… Read more »
Hi, I’m Rob, founder of PUBLIC and a daily e-bike rider. I’ve put together my top ten reasons for buying an e-bike, as an experienced rider and advocate.
- They are a thrill.
- You will ride more often.
- They make hills a non-issue. I like climbing hills on my road bike, and when we ride for exercise we typically look for steep hills. It feels good to sweat and hammer up a hill, and you always get the rewarding descent. But to me there is no pleasure in riding hills in the city when dressed in work clothes. With an e-bike, I can ride up even the steepest hills without puffing, with about as much effort as walking.
- They are friend-friendly. If you have a partner or friend who does not ride as vigorously as you, on an e-bike they can keep up with you (or stay ahead of you).
- Park anywhere for free.
- Ride in bike lanes to avoid traffic.
- Saves money (no license, insurance, or parking meters).
- Speed. If you want to zip past the other cyclists you can, some will chuckle, others will glare.
- Effortless function. You can carry twenty extra pounds of anything and not even know it.
- Now equipped with disc brakes our new e-bikes are safer than ever.
Listen up. We are introducing several electric bikes this month at PUBLIC. I want to strongly encourage any and all bicycle lovers to take a close look at these and, if possible, take one out for a test ride. If you’re in the Bay Area or Seattle, we’ve got several models we can loan you… Read more »
Listen up. We are introducing several electric bikes this month at PUBLIC. I want to strongly encourage any and all bicycle lovers to take a close look at these and, if possible, take one out for a test ride. If you’re in the Bay Area or Seattle, we’ve got several models we can loan you for a quick test ride.
PUBLIC D8 Electric in Black
I don’t often make product endorsements this strong. But I have been checking out e-bikes for five years, watching them explode in popularity all over Europe. I’ve also been riding these e-bikes every day for several months, and I have become an addict, an evangelist, and a proselytizer. I think these bikes are game changers, commute changers, and even life changers for some of us. The electrical assist function is perhaps the biggest technology change in bikes since the invention of the derailleur to change your gears. They will not replace our basic bikes for beauty and simplicity. And why should they? But e-bikes offer some terrific benefits that will encourage many of us to ride more often. Find out more about the advantages of electric bikes on our website.
PUBLIC M8 Electric in Navy
I am fortunate to have several different bikes and a Vespa in my garage. Depending on my mood and what my day demands, I always have to decide which is the best vehicle to ride. Now that I have an electric bike I find myself choosing it way more often than the others because it gives me the most flexibility, speed, and fun. My daily commute involves two stretches that are no fun: a mile stretch of flat grey asphalt, headwinds off the Golden Gate Bridge, and a steep half-mile uphill to my apartment. The e-bike solves the grind at the end of my day.
If I only had the space and budget for one two-wheeled vehicle in my life in San Francisco, it would be an e-bike. For any of us that have three to twenty-mile commutes or a hilly commute and are fortunate to live some place with a garage or elevator, an e-bike is a compelling option.
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 »
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.
“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.
The leading bicycle industry trade show, Interbike takes place in Las Vegas (September 18-20), and it is the traditional source for new bike products introductions. But we’ve seen that some of the most interesting design innovations in bicycle-related products don’t necessarily come from the big traditional bicycle companies that can afford to pay for an… Read more »
The leading bicycle industry trade show, Interbike takes place in Las Vegas (September 18-20), and it is the traditional source for new bike products introductions. But we’ve seen that some of the most interesting design innovations in bicycle-related products don’t necessarily come from the big traditional bicycle companies that can afford to pay for an exhibition space and all the costs associated with travel to Las Vegas. And not to state the obvious, but why should the leading bike show in the industry be held in such a bike-unfriendly city? We attend the show every year and always come away with the same reaction.
That’s why we’re big fans of crowd funding websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other platforms that feature new bike products and accessories that come from entrepreneurs.
Here are three crowd funding products that caught our eye recently, two from the Bay Area and one from Austin, Texas.
Spurcycle’s Reinvented Bicycle Bell
Our friends at San Francisco-based Spurcycle are designers at heart. They’re raising money to finance a new, American-made bicycle bell, and they have already raised over $230,000. Kudos.
Urbanist’s Chamois Panties
Austin-based designer Christiana Guzman is developing stylish, comfortable riding underwear, and changing the way we think about panties. It’s encouraging to see a woman succeeding in this male dominated business. Kudos to Ms. Guzman for already exceeded her funding goal and attracting over 500 backers.
Erogear’s Fos Wearable LED Display
San Francisco-based designer Anders Nelson is offering this wearable LED display system that can be used for bicycling and other purposes.
Back to Interbike. So maybe it’s true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens on the web happily does not. All around the globe people can see these cool Kickstarter supported products and help fund these entrepreneurs. Please let us know about other products you find online or from other sources.
Do these loads look unreal? They are. French photographer Alain Delorme embellished photos captured in Shanghai as a commentary on the Chinese economy and global consumerism. These compelling images entitled Totems feature migrants who bear the physical brunt of the fast-paced economy by hauling wares on their bikes and carts, like improvised trucks. All PUBLIC Racks are… Read more »
Do these loads look unreal? They are. French photographer Alain Delorme embellished photos captured in Shanghai as a commentary on the Chinese economy and global consumerism. These compelling images entitled Totems feature migrants who bear the physical brunt of the fast-paced economy by hauling wares on their bikes and carts, like improvised trucks.
All PUBLIC Racks are on sale till June 18th.
Most of us don’t consider a bike complete without a rack, and 70% of our customers attached a PUBLIC Rack to their bike for good reason: it makes riding more enjoyable and functional. The rear of the bicycle frame is the most stable part of the bike and the most logical place to carry extra weight. And
if you’re used to carrying weight on your back, your body will thank you when you switch to one of these.
A rack allows people to carry their everyday awkward goods effortlessly with them when they ride such as laptops, u-locks, food, and other bulky items. And with a rack, many other possibilities open up: basket, pannier, or bag. (We have many to choose from and some are on sale too.) Our racks are unique. We design them ourselves to match our bike colors and for easy installation by anyone. They are an everyday good value and a special deal this week.
PUBLIC REAR RACK WITH SPRING CLIP
Was $65 Now $49
The most practical rack is our PUBLIC Rear Rack with Spring Clip
. Our spring clip rat trap feature makes it practical and convenient for everyday lightweight objects and clothes. This rack can fit most bikes with 700c wheels & seat stay braze-ons.
PUBLIC SLENDER REAR RACK
Was $65 Now $49
Even our new city road bike PUBLIC R16 has a compatible matching Slender Rear Rack
option so you can carry weight on longer recreational rides.