“Cerulean Blue” 44cm Custom Mixte @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Another beautiful Mixte is now available at Pedal Revolution!! This one started its life (like many others) as a Centurion frame from the 1980s–nice quality, light Japanese-made steel.  We had it powder-coated the “Cerulean Blue” you see in the pictures and proceeded to build it up with all new parts.

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The above picture shows the cool textured paint effect!!

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It’s a true Mixte, with parallel tubes running straight from the headtube to the rear dropouts.  Nice looking lugs here.

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We’ve set up the cockpit of the bike with a Soma Sutro stem, a Velo Orange Milan handlebar, and a set of comfortable leatherette grips.  Ergonomic Shimano brake levers (adjusted for smaller hands!!) control dual-pivot Tektro brakes for quick and effortless stopping on any hill this fine city can offer.  A Handsome single-ring crankset is mated to wide-range 12-34 gearing.

This bike would be a great fit for someone about 5′ tall.  Come in and check it out today!

$750 SOLD!!!

Pedal Revolution is hiring for a bike shop sales and customer service position

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Pedal Revolution San Francisco nonprofit bicycle shop is looking for a part-time salesperson to join our awesome team.

We are a 20 plus year full service community bike shop that hosts a work training program for San Francisco youth. Our staff is a fun and supportive group of very diverse men and women and shop dog who love bikes and helping folks with their bike needs.

This position is ideal for someone who is enthusiastic about bike culture and helping people new to bicycling. The position requires some afternoon shifts and some weekend shifts. Wages are competitive to the industry and experience based. Shared sales commissions are included as well as a healthy discount on bikes and bike parts and accessories. We look forward to hearing why you’d be a great match for our shop.

Skills and requirements:

— Knowledge and experience with differing styles of bicycles and bicycle accessories.
— Excellent customer service skills
— Strong salesmanship skills
– Friendly and outgoing attitude
— Engaging, upbeat customer interaction
-Inventory management, organization, restocking
— Able to work in a fast-paced environment, autonomously or with a team- having a sense of urgency to get tasks completed.
-Able to multi-task and problem solve.
— Able to provide support to management, shop staff, and youth interns
-Excited to support and engage with our social mission and work with our youth interns
— A positive attitude, exceptional organizational skills, computer skills, POS experience and a detail orientated personality are required

If you’d like to check out the shop feel free to visit but we’d prefer to meet you after reviewing your resume and cover letter that tells us why you’d be a great match for our unique bike shop. Email your resume and let us know why you think you’d be a great addition to our team. In addition to your work history or resume, please submit professional, experience-related references and wage requirements.

Trek Valencia Commuter Bike 15.5″ @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

Trek Valencia Hybrid Commuter bike. A great everyday bike for the daily ride, outfitted with disc brakes and fenders for solid stopping power and worry free riding in wet weather.

15.5″ – great fit for a 5’1″ – 5’5″ individual.

$600.

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Specialized Sirrus Lugged Steel Road Bike 44cm @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

A great condition Specialized Sirrus road bike. Rebuilt with new wheels, new drivetrain, Pasela tires, Soma stem and Highway One bar.

44cm Fits 5′ -5’3″

$700.

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“Gold Vein” Lugged 56 cm Road Bike @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Anybody who’s been in San Francisco for a little time, or closely studied a city map, knows that the streets can be extremely confusing–especially for a cyclist.  That’s partly because of the hills (if I keep pedaling straight up this hill maybe it’s a shortcut??) but also because of the city’s rapid growth brought on by the Gold Rush.  The city really grew like crazy.  A quick Wikipedia query put some numbers on what I had already vaguely known: At the beginning of 1848 there were only 1,000 residents, but by 1870 it was a city of 150,000.  Getting any type of overarching city plan together must have been nearly impossible.  I guess the city is still trying to mitigate the effects of poor initial planning (e.g. the $ 1.5 billion Central Subway), but that’s another story.

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The story for today, though, is a beautiful 56 cm road bike done up in the beautifully textured “Gold Vein” color (thank you Champion Powder Coating).  The frame was a higher-end Shogun from the mid-80’s.  You can tell its quality based on the fluted tips of the seatstays, the minimalist cable guides under the bottom bracket, and what I believe are investment-cast Suntour dropouts.  Originally this bike came equipped with Suntour components as well, but after the frame got painted it was time to modernize the bike.

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We’ve put some nice parts into this build.  It’s got a SRAM Apex 10-speed drivetrain, Shimano Ultegra brakes (those are some very elegant stoppers, folks), and a nice wheelset with SUZUE sealed bearing hubs.  A Sugino 50/34 crankset, MKS UB-Lite pedals, and a Brooks Professional saddle are some more great looking parts that’ll last a very long time.  Considering the frame is already gold, we tried to keep other things a little understated.

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The geometry of this frame was intended for road racing, but we’ve put the Soma Sutro stem and Highway One bar (in the 42 cm width) for a somewhat more upright riding position.  It handles very nimbly and is a real pleasure to ride.  If you’re around 5’10” or so, she’d be a pretty prime fit for you.

$1500     SOLD!!!

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update: Schwinn Sierra Drop Bar Mountain Tour Bike

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update: Schwinn Sierra Drop Bar Mountain Tour Bike

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It’s truly astounding the number of 80’s and 90’s vintage mountain bikes Pedal Revolution receives in donation (thank you generous benefactors). They are testament both to the number of these bikes sold during the original mountain bike boom and the quality of construction of these frames (FYI: their iron like strength, resilience, and durability is largely due to them being actually made of steel!).

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By the standards of today, bikes like this Schwinn Sierra are terrible bikes for serious single-track mountain biking (ps. the flip side is also true that the super fun trail riding bikes of today are the absolute worst transportation bikes due to technological suspension overkill and lack of utilitarian features).  However, with some parts changes and updates these original off road specialty machines can be transformed into excellent city and transportation steeds.

The rear mounts for both fenders and rack are not something you will find on a 21st Century MTB

Just to mix things up from the rote Pedal Revolution older mountain bike becomes city bike genesis (street slicks replace knobby tires, new drive train parts, etc), a drop bar was added to this bike to give it some long ride and bike tour potential.

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The orange bar wrap gives the bike some seasonal fall flair.  Front and rear fork eyelets add more easy fender and rack options.

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Suntour Bar end shifters are just fantastic.  They were on some very cheap back in the day bikes (the Schwinn Sierra was not originally cheap or equipped with these).  Every micro friction shift with these units is an utter delight.  They are what I (Joel) use on my own touring bike!

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This is a great all-purpose bike for someone about 6′ tall.  The large tires and strong frame with plenty of accessory mounts make a great bike for carrying large loads on bike trips around the city or across the country!

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Schwinn Sierra 23″ : $550