Rosebud was a bike!

New shop jerseys and kits coming from Castelli!

Citizen Chain shop kits are on their way!

Citizen Chain shop kits are on their way!

Here ye! Here ye!
We are really excited to announce that we have finally pulled the trigger on getting some custom jerseys, bib shorts, arm warmers and caps! They are scheduled to arrive in early April (we are hoping for delivery around the first week) We have a limited number coming in so let us know what sizes you need to be sure you get them! If these are a success, we hope to get more in shortly after.

We realize we could have gotten slightly less expensive kits, but we wanted a quality brand to represent Citizen Chain. We appreciate the quality of the Italian-made Castelli fabrics, that are then printed and assembled in the USA! We also believe that when you ride in nice things, you feel better and you ride better.

We will be getting “Team” Jerseys with full length zippers, “Team” Bib Shorts, Thermoflex Arm Warmers and caps. For more detailed information is available on the Castelli website about these items,follow the Custom Collection link at the top of the page.

If you’re interested in one, please call the shop at (415) 796-2925 or email Sasha and he will send you a virtual packet with all the pertinent information.

Click here for a larger preview of the kit and the accessories.

Citizen Chain Bibshort

Citizen Chain Bibshort

Were getting arm warmers and caps too!

Were getting arm warmers and caps too!

About The Design:
The red scorpion is the Castelli logo. Those must be on there. Other than that, we have an updated Mr. Chain graphic on the back and a new Rosebud was a bike graphic on the arm and the bibshort. A San Francisco skyline with Coit Tower graces the over the left chest as well as on the inside of the brim on the cap. The green accent color of the kit is inspired by the parrots of Telegraph Hill that live nearby and most days can be heard flying over the shop. The parrot graphic is a tribute to the San Francisco flag. The actual flag has a phoenix rising from the flames to commemorate the rebuilding of San Francisco after the great earthquake and subsequent fire in 1906. The banner on the flag displays “Oro en Paz Fierro en Guerra,” which translated from Spanish means “Gold in Peace, Iron in War.” The banner under the parrot on our kit reads “Oro in Pace, Ferro in Giro,” which in Italian means “Gold in Peace, Iron in Bike Race.” The parrot is grasping a chain whip and a pedal wrench in its hands and is holding a rosebud in its beak.

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Citizen Chain + Apple = <3

Mr Chain + Apple = 3

Mr Chain + Apple = <3

It may have been a little bit ago, but yours truly were had a quick feature in Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference last month! It was unexpected and totally awesome. Thank you to the anonymous force behind this shout out! Towards the end of the address, Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iOS software, can be seen showing off the new version of the Maps app and he uses our shop to demo how users will find businesses on Maps! Bing! Here’s the video. Check out the 99th minute for our little highlight.
They said they cataloged 100 million businesses and chose us. We feel like we won the lottery! Thank you for all your support!
— The Chain Gang

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Citizen Chain “Rosebud was a bike” shirts are back!

Rosebud was a bike and we have the shirts to let them know!

Rosebud was a bike and we have the shirts to let them know!

Thanks to everyone that has supported our little shop! We are proud to announce that our popular shop shirts are back in stock! We have boys and girls shirts in! For now they are still black - but who knows, one day we might even do some colors. Stay tuned for a few more shirt designs coming a little later this year! Email Sasha (like to the right) if you would like one!

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 New Stuff!, Rosebud was a bike!, Stock No Comments

Were here to help!

We wanna get you on the right bike!

We wanna get you on the right bike!


Not too long ago a very tall young man walked into the shop looking for a bike. At an pretty extraordinary 6′10″, he was having trouble finding a frame that would fit him. We hooked him up with our very talented friend at Halekai Machine who churned out this beautiful custom track bike. Those are 700c wheels on that! So … what can we do for you?

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 Custom Builds, Rosebud was a bike! No Comments

NAHBS 2012 - Sacramento

NAHBS Sacramento

NAHBS Sacramento


For those of you who are into bikes and live under a rock, (or I guess you could just ride and not care much about hand built bikes) the North American Handbuilt Bike Show was this past weekend in our state’s lovely capital of Sacramento. Click on the banner, or here to see the rest of our pics! What a treat to have some of the worlds greatest frame builders all gather and show off their greatest contributions to bicycle design. Tom Ritchey was there, as were Joe Breeze, Steve Potts, Rick Hunter, Ira Ryan, Dave Bohm, Richard Sachs, Soulcraft, Iglis (and Retrotec), Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles, Chris Bishop, Naked Cycles and a whole host of others. Some of the things Mr Chain found most interesting include some of the tooling rarely seen by those not building the frames. Anvil Bike Works was on prominent display, as was Sputnik and a whole host of lug and tube manufacturers. I was a little surprised to only see two fit bikes at the show - we were expecting a few more variations.

Everyone had impressive showings, with our buddy Chris Bishop running away with 3 awards! Big congratulations to him! Other winners include Steve Potts, Ellis Cycles, Shamrock Bicycles and Muse Cycles to name a few. Cherubim also showed off this very unsual piece of bling (even tho its … you know, the North American handbuilt show… were not here here to hate, just appreciate.) It was also nice to be exposed to some up and coming builders including shop friend Megan at Moth Attack and Raphi at Raphael Cycles (SF represent!) Some of my favorite bikes on display were the cargo bikes built by Josh Muir at Francis Cycles. We would have liked to see all of the heavy load and cargo bikes, including this Alcohauler all displayed together. Also being a sucker for front racks, there were quite a few variations, including this one by YiPsan and several hidden Pass and Stow racks.

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