The Best Bike Shops: Rapha Cycle Club, San Francisco, California

No matter how advanced online retailers get, they’ll never be able to make the camaraderie of a brick-and-mortar bike shop. We pick our favorite spots for buying a new tube, getting a bike fit, or just shooting the breeze over a couple of beers.

Jun 26, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Best For: Cycling fashion, people watching, and a good coffee

Unlike most bike shops, you won’t find any cycles for sale or mechanics to fix them at the Rapha Cycle Club. But this sunny little spot in the Marina District is a favorite gathering for riding forays across the Golden Gate to the empty, winding roads of Marin. There’s pastry and Italian-style coffee,, indoor and outdoor parking for your bike while you relax, bike racing on the tube, and all manner of cycling reading material to muster your psyche, as well as a llounging deck for those clear days. It’s a chic spot, complete with a few purposefully spare racks of pricey Rapha goods. The space is so comfortable that stopovers might be best reserved for après, lest you get sucked in and skip your ride.