July 12, 2011

Moving: Bespoke

Via comments and Twitter we learn that Bespoke is packing up for richer pastures in Pacific Heights. From their blog:
After well over a year, we've found our new home. We realized very early on that we were going to outgrow our small shop over here in Noe Valley. We've needed more room for our mechanical services and for our fitting services and VO2 testing not to mention storage and a real office. This new space fits the bill in every category. The new address is 2843 Clay St. We will continue to update the blog as our time-line develops.

Those of you in Noe Valley have been very supportive of us and we appreciate it very much. The local merchants, our clients and neighbors have played an integral part in helping us build a business we're very proud of. We hope to see you all visit us in our new home even if we are a little further away.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, we can sure see how much NV will miss this high priced bike shop by all the comments.

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know it was here.

Anonymous said...

OK, so the haters on this blog won't miss them, but the store was busy and is doing enough business that it needs a bigger space. Once again proving, that time is passing you by while you were sleeping.

Anonymous said...

the last comment put me to sleep.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the good people of Bespoke will also be putting out the message to their clients to wear a helmet at ALL times and to obey all traffic laws.
Sadly, if not, we will have more accidents like the one this morning where a female cyclists NOT wearing a helmet made an ILLEGAL left turn and got injured seriously by a vehicle.

But if cyclists continue to act like self indulgent, self entitled little children who make their own rules of behavior on the road, there will be more accidents like this one.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the good people at Noe Valley Auto shop will put out the message to their clients to stop running people over at 24th and Church.

Nancy Ho had a driver's license so she knew the rules of the road. Whomever sold her a bike (not BeSpoke) is not responsible for teaching her the rules of the road just like anyone who sold her a car. It's the job of the DMV. They are doing a pretty bad job, apparently - they gave her a license, and she still screwed up. That's the same standard that was applied for YOUR driver's license too. Think about that....

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm not saying or even implying that Bespoke sold Nancy Ho a bike.
What I'm su8ggesting is that as part of bike culture, perhaps bike shops like Bespoke and ALL bike shops can impart a culture of safety, responsibility and awareness to all cyclist. They can TALK about wearing a helmet at all times, they can talk about obeying all traffic laws, they can talk about being super aware as you are riding and not acting like some wild, hipster child out for a joy ride.

murphstahoe said...

If I had a nickel for every ILLEGAL left turn made out of the whole foods parking lot I'd be rich. The neighborhood was upset about the restriction, and many people who know full well it is not legal ignore the sign anyway. That's not "auto culture", that's just "lazy culture". Same with poor Nancy.

For what it's worth - no bike shop in the US would let any cyclist test ride a bike without a helmet, and they are very interested in selling helmets because the margin on helmets is huge. Every time you crash they insist you need a new one. The worst offenders regards helmets are the tourists who rent bikes and go to the bridge. The rental shop requires them to have a helmet, many lie and say "I have my own" because they don't want messed up hair for the pictures. Often they ride - no joke - with the helmet strapped to the handlebars. Such people are... "on their own"

Anonymous said...

Typical comment as usual by anti-car pro-bike people like last commentator:

Illegal left turns out of WF by vehicles of course has nothing to do with the death of Nancy Ho.

She was on a bike, no helmet and made her illegal left turn in front of a truck.
Another tragic lesson for all cyclists in SF to learn from.

Anonymous said...

WTF with the troll who wants to somehow equate Nancy Ho with Bespoke moving to another location? One person made a stupid/tragic mistake and you equate it with everything that is wrong with all bike riders everywhere? Ever looked up the definition of "Generalizing"...?

Go back to SFGate to comment, other anon....

Anonymous said...

Yes, and generally speaking, what happened to Nancy Ho is, in general, what is completely wrong with the urban bike culture and attitude, here in San Francisco.

BTW, you won't find that kind of bike nut mentality and disregard for laws and safety in Amsterdam. The bikers there are polite, careful and work well with the infrastructure.

Anonymous said...

"The worst offenders regards helmets are the tourists who rent bikes and go to the bridge." - [citation needed]

murphstahoe said...

touche'

Anonymous said...

"Another tragic lesson for all cyclists in SF to learn from"

Looking back at the other cyclist fatality from the past year, I guess the other lesson was "There are a lot of drunk drivers out there who will run you over and drive off without stopping"

Anonymous said...

The bike nut people will do everything they can to spin this tragic accident into some other story where they can blame another factor, or another person, or another event.

they will never be able to just admit it and say: "wear a helmet at all times and always obey the traffic laws".

murphstahoe said...

For those who think bikes are a good thing, Patxi's is donating 10% of proceeds from Tuesday, July 26 to the San Francisco Bike Coalition.

Anonymous said...

Of course bikes are a good thing. Riding without a helmet and not obeying the traffic laws is not.

Pretty simple,huh?

murphstahoe said...

You seem very passionate about this. That is a good thing!

Unfortunately, your efforts are poorly focused. The crazy hipster wild children are not reading this yuppie blog. Stop wasting your keystrokes here and make a difference! I recommend you spend some time at 6th and Market - ground central for the scofflaw cyclist cabal (the SFBC office is right there after all) and illuminate the denizens of that location with your wisdom! I'm sure they will appreciate your lecture!

I look forward to the masses of helmeted law abiding cyclists that have repented due to your gospel!

Anonymous said...

I wear a helmet at all times. I wish it were the law. Nancy Ho might be alive today.

scrosby said...

Bespoke is a good shop, several friends were very happy with their experiences (and sweet ti bikes) there. Funny how hard it is for people to stay on-topic.

helmets: not a panacea. Drivers behave consistently less accommodatingly when confronted with helmeted cyclists. Helmet-free riders are given a wider (safer, probably) berth. There's a study out there on this.

Cars kill cyclists, not helmetlessness. I'd suggest we need stronger discouragement for driving a block to buy groceries and some tiny percentage of road funding dedicated to bike infrastructure. One billion-dollar freeway interchange would make the US look like the Netherlands -- 30% of trips by bike. Heaven.

Listen to Murph.

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