The Bikes of Huckberry: How We Roll
Here in San Francisco, there's no question — biking > bus, train, or ferry. And before much of the city is even out of bed, we're hopping on our bikes and pedaling into work. Even for a relatively small office, Huckberry is packed with bikes every morning — some of our favorites, we've decided to share with you. Ride on.
My lovely lady got this bike for me this past Christmas. (Big thanks to Yang at BB17 for making sure the frame arrived safely!), as I'd been gunning for a triple triangle frame for ages now. Naturally, I'm pretty excited to get a lot of life out of this guy. The steel tubing and the triple triangle geometry are rad — agressive enough to zip through traffic, and with just the right amount of stiffness for my urban commute.
My favorite part about riding to work in the morning is that all my attention and energy can be directed to the road. Usually, I'm doing about eight things at the same time — answering emails while talking on the phone while texting while driving (kidding). But when I'm on my bike, I'm just on my bike.
Favorite thing about your bike: The 650c front wheel is silly, but on the inside I'm still five years old — clearance for barspins is important to me.
I bought my bike three years ago at the Sports Basement just a stone's throw from Huckberry HQ. I love riding into work because it's the exact opposite experience of taking MUNI every morning, and I can get anywhere in half the time of a car in this city, all in a nice breeze.
My favorite part of the commute is a downhill slope between 22nd and 18th Streets on Valencia Street, where you can cruise pedal-free and sync perfectly with every green light. That, and every time I pass a MUNI bus.
I love the big scuff mark across the front where the brand insignia fell off after a wreck, and the fact that it's never been stolen. Knock on wood.
Coolest place you've ridden your bike: Along the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.
My bike is my main form of transportation, my favorite hobby, and the best way to travel. It's really the number one most important possession in my life. It was given to me by an organization called texas4000 as part of a charity ride I did back in 2012. Riding 4,000+ miles to Alaska with a group of 19 other people was pretty amazing; my favorite part of the trek was around Lake Louise in Banff, AB.
My favorite part of my commute is getting caught in bike traffic — I love riding down Market or 14th Street with a big crowd of cyclists, feeling safe in numbers and happy that others are riding.
Favorite thing about your bike: My apple-green Brooks saddle. The comfort that it has developed over thousands of miles has made it the 'Goldilocks' of saddles just for me.
My dad bought 'the Coyote' back in the 80's in Boulder, CO when mountain biking was just starting to pick up speed (pun intended). He rode it for years and then it sat, unused, in our garage throughout my childhood. When I got older, I realized how awesome it was, so I slapped a new pair of brake pads on her and took her to college with me. She's 30 years old, heavy as hell, and has the odd creak and groan, but I'll be damned if she isn't a total workhorse.
My rides on the Coyote have mostly been around campus or commuting to work here in San Francisco — my favorite part is a stretch on MacAllister Street where there are hardly any cars, the pavement is nice and smooth, and there's a bit without any lights or stop signs. More broadly over the course of her long life, she's also seen the Rockies, the Sierras, New England winters, and the deserts of the Southwest.
Favorite thing about your bike: The 80's-as-hell paint job.
I bought my bike at Pearl Velo (RIP) back in Denver in 2012. These days, it's my main means of transportation, my personal gym, and a money-saver; without it I would be pretty screwed.
All told, what's not to love about a well-ridden Surly? I particularly love how mine has the magical ability to collect green lights throughout the city, and it feels like a Transformer when you ride it. But the best thing? 'Fatties Fit Fine.' If ya know, then ya know.
Coolest place you've ridden your bike: The Clear Creek Trail from Denver to Golden, CO.
I did the whole move-to-California-with-a-one-way-ticket-and-two-suitcases thing. Top of the agenda when I landed in the Bay Area? Buy a bike. These Public Bikes are big around these parts — they're designed and made right here in San Francisco — and for some reason I've always wanted a green bike. A new home on a new coast felt like the right occasion to spring for one.
This is the lightest Public model and has seven speeds; even so, I can't quite make it up all the hills in the city, but I sure can zoom along the Wiggle on the way to work. Being able to tote around farmer's market bounty and/or extra layers in my wire basket isn't bad, either.
Coolest place you've ridden your bike: Through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach.
I bought this bike online a couple years ago. Not only does it get me to work every day, it helps me wake up in the morning and lets me unwind on the evening ride home. I like that it's a fixed gear; it gets my legs screaming every morning on the last hill up to the office.
Oh, and the seat used to be white. The side-effects of riding in raw denim.
Coolest place you've ridden your bike: The bustling streets of SF.
I bought the Macho Man as a frameset and built it up right before I moved to San Francisco a number of years ago for one reason (well, two actually, if you count the amazing name): I wanted a 'one quiver' bike — or rather, one that could do it all. Specifically, I needed a bike that wasn't afraid of a potentially wet commute, one that I could use to explore the gravel fire roads and rolling singletrack in the Marin Headlands, and I wanted a bike that I could use to race cyclocross in the fall.
The Macho does all of this, and it goes damn near wherever I want it to, making it not only essential to my daily routine, but an instrumental tool for weekend escapism. It's bar-none the 'funnest' and most empowering bike I've ever owned, and one that not only inspires, but rewards thinking creatively when it comes to getting to and from the office. Case in point.
Coolest place you've ridden your bike: The SuperPro Kitten of Vallejo cyclocross race last fall — a hellish mudbath, i.e. perfect conditions for CX.
I bought my frameset from a friend back in high school and I amassed all the other parts over the course of a year before I finally put it all together. The frame was originally designed to meet the super-strict specifications of professional Japanese track racing (also called "keirin"), and the level of craftsmanship that originally went into the frame never gets old to me — specifically the lug work, tight geometry, and the all-around clean and simple appearance. It's crazy to think that it was probably once ridden by a professional track racer in Japan before I was even born.
These days, I depend on it to get to work. Bombing down the hill from the top of Twin Peaks is the best part of my morning commute.
Coolest place you've ridden your bike: Anywhere and everywhere in West Marin.
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