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.

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.

Polka Dot PUBLIC Bike

December 10th, 2012

Polka dots are a decorative element that we rarely associate with the Holiday season, and that’s precisely why we are introducing them right now.  They have a habit of cropping up in the most unexpected situations. And when they do they almost always bring a smile on our faces. It’s goofy enough to be appropriate… Read more »

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Polka dots are a decorative element that we rarely associate with the Holiday season, and that’s precisely why we are introducing them right now.  They have a habit of cropping up in the most unexpected situations. And when they do they almost always bring a smile on our faces.

It’s goofy enough to be appropriate for clowns and serious enough to go on the jersey for the King of the Mountain award in the Tour de France.  They are often associated with kids’ gear but actually crop up more often in accessories and visual statements by the most sophisticated designers.

Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera put them on dresses and caused a sensation all over her country. Last season, Louis Vuitton invited Yayoi Kusama to bring her famous polka dots into the forefront of the fashion world.

Buddy Guy put them on this Fender Stratocaster.

They were made famous in yellow from a 1960’s Bubblegum Pop song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss that made it to the Top Ten charts in many countries with hilarious refrain “One, two, three, four/Tell the people what she wore”, and “Stick around, we’ll tell you more”. Listen here. But they are in no way related to the Polka dance as some have suggested.

I have some on a Paul Smith tie that never ceases to draw comments (loved in London, despised in Paris).

Once you start looking for them they crop up in many places. You have to respect Polka Dots for their audacity as well as their humor.  Unlike their cousin Stripes for example, they ignore the form they attach themselves to and steal our eyes attention.  They play with us.

We have helmets with polka dots, but this is our first bike. The red polka dot print is on the cream PUBLIC C7, our most popular 7-speed step-thru city bike. It’s a limited edition one-time shot, and a great way to surprise someone for the holidays.

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

    Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone from $10-1,500

    November 15th, 2012

    We’ve curated a select group of products that women in your life will appreciate, including our most popular bikes for women. From posters to t-shirts to baskets, these gifts will warm any heart for the holidays. What does that special guy in your life or friend want for the holidays? Maybe a unique PUBLIC WORKS… Read more »

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    Gift Ideas for Her We’ve curated a select group of products that women in your life will appreciate, including our most popular bikes for women. From posters to t-shirts to baskets, these gifts will warm any heart for the holidays.
    Gift Ideas for Him What does that special guy in your life or friend want for the holidays? Maybe a unique PUBLIC WORKS t-shirt, a leather Brooks saddle, or PUBLIC Twin Panniers to carry stuff.
    Gift Ideas for the Bike Lover It’s hard to come up with gifts for that special someone who seems to own all the bike gear anyone can possibly want. Check out these products for the bike lover in your life.
    Stuff a Stocking These small stocking stuffers range from $6 to $90 and each one can fit in a stocking or small package to ship as a gift. These gifts may be small in size, but they’ll make a big impression.

    JUST IN: New Graphic Tees

    November 8th, 2012

    A lot of new t-shirts just arrived at PUBLIC. Sharp enough to wear on their own. Comfy enough to layer with your favorite sweater. Add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe. Check out the whole collection.

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    A lot of new t-shirts just arrived at PUBLIC. Sharp enough to wear on their own. Comfy enough to layer with your favorite sweater. Add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe. Check out the whole collection.

    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.

    NEW City Bikes $399

    October 23rd, 2012

    Last week we launched our new PUBLIC Bikes. Our new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 have been selling quickly. There are several new colors with our new Red PUBLIC S7 and Golden Gate Bridge T7 featured above. We are also introducing these bikes in classic Silver and Black. At this price, these might be considered… Read more »

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    Last week we launched our new PUBLIC Bikes.

    Our new PUBLIC S7 and PUBLIC T7 have been selling quickly. There are several new colors with our new Red PUBLIC S7 and Golden Gate Bridge T7 featured above. We are also introducing these bikes in classic Silver and Black.

    At this price, these might be considered our most PUBLIC and democratic bike.

    We don’t think you’ll find a comparable multi-speed, steel-frame city bike with matching fenders, chain guard, and kickstand at this affordable price. It is truly Mass Transit for One.