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Citizen Chain Cyclery

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 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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Raleigh Clubman Lady

Raleigh Clubman Lady

FINALLY FINISHED! It took a while - but she is well worth it! Click here for more photos. Whatta beaut! Unfortunately for the rest of you, shes already spoken for, but dont be disheartened, we can try to build something like it for you too!

This one features a VO Touring hub in the rear - so its super easy to change a spoke, if ever necessary. We were lucky enough to score the TA mini front rack with the frame purchase. The previous owner did the nice bend to echo the curve of the fender. We wanted to keep the bike looking vintage but have the benefits of modern indexed shifting, so we went with 8 speed thumbie mounted downtube shifters, older shimano derailleurs (you know, when they were all made of metal), and some IRD defiant compact cranks (you gotta get up some hills here in SF). Honjo fenders were the perfect compliment of class and the PDW grips matched the Brooks antique brown the best.

So … what can we build for you?

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Friday, January 27th, 2012 Custom Builds, Rosebud was a bike!, Stock No Comments

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


We wanted to take a moment to thank everybody who has supported the shop over the past years and would like to extend warm seasons greetings to everyone! We hope that 2011 was a blast and you got to ride and ride and ride. But maybe you didnt ride enough. Maybe you should set your sights a little higher for next year. Maybe you should be humbled by the feats of “The Mile Eater,” one Tommy Godwin. (Not this Tommy Godwin, although hes pretty badass too.) So that was the answer to the last shop trivia question. Stop by the shop for your chance to flaunt your cycling knowledge and save a penny or two.
Also, a big “Thank You!” to the very talented Cheryl Coon for her support and her bear bike shop model! Happy Holidaze!!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

browsin at the bike expo

browsin at the bike expo


We were hanging out at the SF Bike Expo last weekend (if you wernt, why not?!) and we had a great time. We missed the cross race, as many of you did, surely, but we still had a great time. Amongst the gems spotted at the bike fiesta were this totally rad Landshark tandem mountain bike. Whats not to love? The great components on it? (Magura hydraulic rim brakes :D, Kooka tandem cranks and XTR captain seatpost!) There was a nice selection of vintage steel and we were happy to see a new area that allowed some custom frame builders to showcase their work. And personally I would rather see custom bikes more than a fashion show, but to each their own. Also a shout out to Moth Attack! It was nice to see Megan again and check out some of her work. One of the fanciest bikes to see at the show was Ira Ryan’s bike built for the Oregon Manifest race last month. Really nice, clean work and a great attention to detail.

And while Mr Chain has never been the sort of rider to fly through the air off huge ramps, it is always very impressive to see. The final heats were really exciting and we witnessed more than one front flip. Totally bodacious.

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San Francisco, CA 94133
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