NEW COLORS • NEW BIKES • NEW PRICES

May 8th, 2013

Our 2013 PUBLIC bikes just arrived this week, so we are back in stock on almost all models and there are a range of new colors and new models, even including a road bike. We’ve made some minor changes in some visual details, such as new stripes, we’ve upgraded our handle bar grips, and even… Read more »

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Our 2013 PUBLIC bikes just arrived this week, so we are back in stock on almost all models and there are a range of new colors and new models, even including a road bike. We’ve made some minor changes in some visual details, such as new stripes, we’ve upgraded our handle bar grips, and even added water bottle cage braze-ons to our higher end bikes. On top of it all, we’re kicking off the season with special prices across the boards.

Our most popular PUBLIC C7 for example is now available in a classic red and priced at $449 (regularly $595).

We added two new, 7-speed internally geared city bikes the PUBLIC C7i and PUBLIC V7i priced at $649 (regularly $795) in royal blue and red in the step-through frame style and black in the classic diamond frame style.

If you’re new to internally geared bikes, these allow you to shift gears when stationary or coasting for easy stop-and-go riding. With the gears sealed in the rear hub, the bikes are more impervious to bumpy roads, bad weather and the all the challenging conditions that daily city riding dishes out. If you can find a lower priced 7-speed internally geared bike with similar PUBLIC features – buy it!

We’ve been fine-tuning our premium 8-speed internal hub PUBLIC M8i and PUBLIC D8i since we launched. These are available in a range of new colors and we are back in stock on the larger sizes that tend to sell out quickly. We’ve priced these at $899 (regularly $1095) to kick off the season.

We are introducing our first ever city road bike, the PUBLIC R16, to meet the requests for an affordable and classic road bike for the modern commuter and weekend recreational rider. We are having a contest in which we will give away two of these city road bikes. Enter contest here.

All models can be shipped to your door 99% assembled, Ready to Ride. Roll into this summer with a smile.

 

NEW PUBLIC R16 Road Bike – Win One

April 26th, 2013

We are excited to introduce the first ever PUBLIC city road bike. Taking inspiration from classic and vintage steel framed road bikes, the PUBLIC R16 is a stylish 16 speed lightweight bike designed for the modern commuter and weekend recreational rider. We will have the R16 in stock by late May available in three sizes… Read more »

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We are excited to introduce the first ever PUBLIC city road bike. Taking inspiration from classic and vintage steel framed road bikes, the PUBLIC R16 is a stylish 16 speed lightweight bike designed for the modern commuter and weekend recreational rider. We will have the R16 in stock by late May available in three sizes in black, cream, and green. But before we make these available for sale to the general public, we are giving two away to lucky winners. The R16 is priced at $1195 with a special introductory price of $999 this spring.

2 WAYS TO WIN A PUBLIC R16

1. Share the contest with a friend by entering their email address here.

2. Share the contest with your friends on facebook. Get three friends to sign-up and qualify to win.

If you’re already on our email list, then you are automatically entered into the contest. Everyone who enters the contest opts-in to the PUBLIC email list. Deadline to enter is June 1, 2013.

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.