Mural artwork donate to the bike shop by Scott Williams.

The bike lanes haven’t yet been figured out, the traffic’s mean, and yet bike shops keep moving in.  With the arrival of Mission Bicycle five now live in the Mission District.  Why?  Too Many? Can they all survive?
Was Valencia Cyclery upset when Mission Bicycle moved in?  To find out, Mission Loc@l visited the five shops and over the next week or so, readers will get some answers in five segments–yes one per shop–on Mission Wheels.  The first piece focuses on Pedal Revolution, open since 1996 and the only non-profit bike shop with a social mission–– helping at-risk youth in job training and life skills.


 

Bicycle shops in the Mission District.

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  1. Cross-posted from Mission Mission re Mission Cycles opening drama:

    Valencia sells new, higher-end bikes and fixes bikes. Ped Rev sells used bikes, as well as higher-end track bikes and fixes bikes.

    Mission Cycles target market is newbie bike riders who want ’stylish’ bikes– so they don’t know how to fix their bikes and Mission Cycles is using ridiculously crappy & cheap parts to build these color-matched ’stylish’ bikes so… any repair shop should actually be happy.

    It’ll increase the number of repairs for other local shops, as well as hopefully get these newbies into riding and start looking for a more ’serious’ type of ride, beyond just matchy-matchy deep V’s and cranks– and for that, they have to go to one of the other shops.

  2. Hey Turtles,

    My name is Zack, I am an owner of Mission Bicycle.

    Can you come by our shop some time? We are at 766 Valencia St. Would love to hear more specifics about what you think of our parts selection. One of us is very misinformed.

    Email me: zack [at] missionbicycle.com before hand and I can be there to meet you.

  3. Bike shops are neighborhood serving. It makes sense that more bike shops are in the mission – the mission is flat and has a higher concentration of bike riders – hipsters, commuters, bike advocates, families, and workers (note those are not exclusive catagories). How many car repair shops are there in the mission?

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