San Francisco is a perennial pick as one of the country’s most bike friendly cities and for good reason. Whether it means taking in a scenic ride along Ocean Beach, through Golden Gate Park or even across the Golden Gate Bridge itself, the City by the Bay offers a little bit of everything for cyclists from all abilities. With more than 200 miles of bike lanes, dirt paths and routes in a city that boasts the world’s largest bicycle-powered music festival and the nation’s largest bicycle advocacy group, repairs and related resources are in constant demand. While it is difficult to go wrong with just about any bike repair shop in the City, here are five that consistently rank among the best for a post-winter tune-up.
Box Dog Bikes
494 14th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Although this bike shop has been in business less than 10 years, it has gained quite a bit of attention, in part due to its expert bike repairs and quality service. Located in the Mission District, the store has been featured in a local publication for having the “Best Mechanics in the City.” With a distinction like that and others such as a recent Bay Area “Best Bike Shop” award, someone in need of a quality tune-up can expect nothing but the best. In addition to its repair service, the store offers a full selection of bike components and accessories.
1073 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
This bike shop’s location along the city’s busiest street is a bike commuter’s dream. Not far from the historic Civic Center and a BART station, Huckleberry has one of the best, most consistent quality ratings among all city bike shops for repairs. Aside from its quality selection of clothing, accessories and its award-winning service, what makes this store extra special is its hosting of a free bicycle repair service kiosk on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m near its store on Market Street. Huckleberry Bicycles says that the kiosk is open to all bike commuters, locals and passersby, making the store well worth a cyclist’s patronage.
Roaring Mouse Cycles
934 Old Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94129
If there was one bike shop with the highest ratings in the city, Roaring Mouse Cycles might just be the one. This five star-rated shop can be found within the Presidio of San Francisco, and near Crissy Field, whose incomparable views of the bay makes this shop worth a visit simply for its picture-postcard perfect location. Roaring Mouse offers a same-day turnaround service for bikes by appointment but also welcomes drop-ins, which can prove to be very handy for the many cyclists who pass along one of the city’s most popular bike routes. Roaring Mouse is also known to have one of the best bike fitting services in the area, adding to its reputation as a superior bike shop.
610 Old Mason St.
San Francisco, CA
Ask any local where the best place in the city is for sporting equipment and bike service and one store that routinely pops up as an answer is the Sports Basement. What started as one store in an aging warehouse that featured a great selection of equipment and clothing and even better prices, has grown to five stores. Like Roaring Mouse Cycles, the Sports Basement’s flagship store is also located in the Presidio, making it a few minutes’ walk between the stores. The big difference at the Sports Basement is the sheer size of the store, which occupies the former military base’s commissary and its availability of other products such as camping equipment, swim and triathlon gear and running apparel. Like its other stores, the flagship is well known for its quality service, great prices and free how-to classes, including bike maintenance.
1065 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
In business for nearly 20 years, Valencia Cyclery’s repair shop has won a local publication’s popular Best of the Bay awards for “Best Bike Shop” and “Best Bike Repair” the past two years. Like Box Dog Bikes, this highly rated shop is located in the Mission District, considered to be the best section in the city for bike tune-ups. Valencia Cyclery claims to have the area’s largest inventory of repair parts, making it convenient for cyclists who need a quick turnaround service. The store is known as “San Francisco’s Family Bike Shop” and has an impressive inventory of bikes for sale, possibly the largest in the city.