We aim to spread the love of cycling to everyone.
We concentrate on selling cycling, and not just bikes - so we lead rides and clinics to help others (re)discover the joy that cycling brings to us. Our mission is to help experienced and new riders alike, by giving mutual respect and honest advice.
We honor the craft of bike mechanics, and we appreciate all bikes - from classic steel touring rigs to the newest carbon race machines to the well-loved bikes that are used for daily transportation. We strive to do our best on every bike we that comes into our shop.
WHAT SETS US APART? OUR POLICIES.
We think our customer service policies are the bike industry's best, and we stand behind them every day. Our policies reflect our desire to make you - the client - our most enthusiastic salesperson. Our goal is to stoke you out so much that we don't need to advertise.
Meet Our Staff
We believe that working at a bike shop should be a viable career so we find great people who share our values, and keep 'em around for the long haul. So thank you, fam, for supporting us since 1969... We're honored to be a thread in the community fabric of Alameda, Oakland, and the East Bay. Let’s keep the rubber side down and ride!
George is a former Marine, father of two, and a bicycling lifer. He’s ridden since he was 4 years old, and wouldn't know who he was if he didn't.
Bikes owned: Rivendell Joe Appaloosa, VanTuyl TT bike, Flying Pigeon PA-06, Crust Lightning Bolt Canti, Brompton H6R Superlight, Trek Fuel 29er.
Gabbie left bartending to play with bikes full time. She's ridden from SF to LA on a track bike (twice). Her favorite day is April 25th because it's not too hot, not too cold - all you need is a light jacket. When she's not at the shop, she's hanging out with her plants.
Bikes owned: All-City Space Horse, All-City Big Block, Heavy Pedal Passage, 90s Specialized Rockhopper
Chris has been doing this for some time now (since 1988, to be precise). He’d guess it all began by stripping a beat up yellow Schwinn abandoned in the alley by his house as a kid. He ruined his dad's chisels in the process, but taught himself about reverse threading and it turned into a career. Since then he’s been using the proper tools, trying to keep up with the dizzying amount of tooling and new product knowledge while passing his knowledge onto the next generation of mechanics.
Bikes owned: 2019 Surly Midnight Special. 2021 Giant Trance X.
Scott rode in circles around the Foster City cul-de-sac he grew up in with his feet on some pegs that never properly got put to use. While attending college in Santa Cruz, he saw someone pedaling a bike in circles around the quad on campus and thought “hey, I used to love to do that!” With some help, he built up a single speed at the bike co-op in town. The obsession started from there. Besides bikes, Scott spends his time thinking about baseball,
records, buildings, and cameras - not necessarily in that order.
Bikes owned: Cam Falconer road and cross bikes, Blue Steel 650b all-road, Santa Cruz Chameleon 29er, Surly Cross-Check, ‘90 Specialized Stumpjumper.
Cari rides dirt but is secretly a roadie. She has never had a drivers’ license. She likes hills and sunsets. Her favorite tools are a mini ratchet and swivel de-burrer.
Bikes owned: Schwinn High Sierra ATB, Salsa Ala Carte Mountain bike.
Guy’s first memory of being on a bike involved taking his training wheels off and promptly falling over. His next memory is listening to the Beastie Boys on a Walkman while riding around in the dirt on a construction site. He’s been working on bikes ever since, appreciating how wonderfully efficient and simple they are. Guy likes anything old - whether it’s bicycles, typewriters, records, or straight razors. Originally from Arkansas, he went to college in the midwest. After leaving Ohio, he traveled, worked in fine dining, taught English in Indonesia for several years and finally landed in the Bay Area. Guy rides for transportation and recreation and has a fondness for steel bikes and hand-built wheels. “If it's good enough for the Amish, it's good enough for me.”
Bikes owned: Lynskey R260, Salsa Warbird, Bianchi B.A.S.S., Ciocc road bike, Litespeed mountain bike turned commuter.
Larry is a longtime bike enthusiast and advocate originally from Los Angeles. He spent his college days at UC Santa Cruz commuting around town on cruisers and traversing the Pacific Coast Highway on old aluminum road bikes. Having spent the better part of a decade living in major metropolitan cities across the country, he’s come to appreciate not needing a car to commute to work or to leisure. He’s also appreciative of comfy bikes with plentiful tire volumes that can hold a pack of beer and his groceries for him on his way home. When he’s not out riding or working, you can find Larry outside exploring our state and national parks; playing some pub trivia, or being at home here in Alameda with his partner and ensemble of black-furred pets.
Bikes owned: Surly Pack Rat, Surly Lowside, All-City Cosmic Stallion, Ritchey Ascent.
Nick has loved bikes since his early days riding around forest paths as a kid in Poland. After moving to the midwest, he started working at a bike shop, and has been in the bike industry ever since. He's been living in Oakland since 2018 and wrenching at Alameda Bicycle since early 2020. Nick enjoys problem solving on bikes and doing flat bar conversions. While he mostly commutes, he enjoys gravel and cyclocross riding. Outside of bikes, Nick enjoys playing and watching basketball and exploring different music genres.
Bikes owned: Ibis Hakka MX, Ritchey Outback, Surly 1x1 Rat Ride, Voodoo Wazoo, 1992 Eddy Merckx Corsa, All-City Electric Queen, 1959 Schwinn American.
Patrick started riding bikes while at University at Buffalo. Fearing another winter of snow, he packed up his trusty Surly Cross Check and rode from Long Island, NY to his new home in Oakland, CA in the summer of 2012. Since then he has raced cross country twice, once from Astoria, OR to Yorktown, VA in the Trans America Race 2015 and the following summer from Banff, Alberta to the Mexico/New Mexico border on his mountain bike in the Tour Divide. When not on a bike, Patrick enjoys watching the pro peloton, baseball, and basketball and maybe secretly watching The Real Housewives with his girlfriend (NJ is his favorite).
Bikes owned: Surly Cross Check, Landshark road bike, Carver Gnarvester, Surly Steamroller, Santa Cruz Stigmata
Originally from Dallas, TX, Matthew started riding bikes back in 2008. He did some road racing back in his 20's. Now he finds his bliss riding on the lonely roads in the East Bay hills. He loves helping new and seasoned cyclists find what they're looking for.
Bikes owned: 2020 Specialized Diverge Comp, 2012 Fairdale Weekender.
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