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    A Street Bike Named Desire Five Star Review - "If you are looking for a unique cruising bike, this is the place to visit."

    Last updated 6 years ago

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    • The cutest bike shop ever!  They carry a number of delicious European cruising bikes along with unusual accessories (eg. helmets painted like watermelons or shaped like fedoras).  The owners are extremely nice and helpful; they let me test drive their bikes in the back parking lot to see how much fun they are to ride.  If you are... More

      Jane C.

    A Street Bike Named Desire Five Star Review - "You can tell this place is run by someone passionate about what they do."

    Last updated 6 years ago

    • on Yelp
    • I just went here for my first time, and I just love this bike shop. Great, helpful and so friendly mother and son team who walked me around the store and explained their whole selection and accessories. You can tell this place is run by someone passionate about what they do. Busy on the weekends, but you'll find great one-on-one time on a... More

      Kelly L.

    Linus

    in City Bikes

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Besides the obvious joy of riding a bicycle, these small bicycle trips reduce carbon emissions, congestion, noise pollution, and make for a happier, city experience. That's LINUS… a simple, affordable, elegant bike for riding around and doing stuff. Check out our full inventory.

    Why You Need a Brompton Folding Bike for Your Commute:

    Last updated 6 years ago

    It’s Wednesday morning around 7:30 am. In efforts to reduce your carbon footprint, you like to use public transportation to get from your point A to point B. Your morning commute probably begins with a refreshing bike ride a few blocks to your most convenient means of public transportation. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay and Palo Alto area, there’s a good chance the Caltrain or BART is one of those convenient choices.

    Whatever your choice may be, we’ve all run into the issue of having to try to get your bike onto the actual train car. While the Caltrain and BART both offer bike racks in the car, there’s a good chance it’s not always open or easily accessible to you. What if the bike racks are full or it’s too crowded for you and your loyal companion to fit? Perhaps it’s about time you considered a folding bike, like Brompton, for example. Known for its speed and agility, it’s also made to fold easily and quickly into a completely portable package.  

    Folding bikes like Brompton have a rigid frame and accurate alignment which makes them perfect for many different uses. Brompton bikes are known for their pristine construction with no two bikes being the same. Every bike is built by hand from the bottom up and Brompton offers three different styles to accommodate all types of riders. Depending on your wants and needs, there’s most certainly a Brompton bike that fits your lifestyle.  

    Take a look at this video from Brompton demonstrating the folding process. You’ll be able to see how easy it is to pull out and fold, as well as, see how functional it remains for actually riding it.

    So whether you’re an environmentally friendly commuter or you simply enjoy a nice afternoon traveling across town, a folding Brompton is an investment you should definitely look into. A Street Bike Named Desire in Palo Alto considers Brompton one of its foundation products and can answer any questions one may have about folding bikes. Carrying all the major folding bike brands, there’s definitely a bike here for you. We also carry a full selection of European-style lifestyle bikes. Give us a call at (888) 821-6831 for visit our website for more information…

     

    and Happy Riding!

    Shaft Drive Bikes Versus Classic Chain Bikes: What's the Difference?

    Last updated 6 years ago

    So traditionally you assume a bike that you purchase will most likely operate using a chain, as it’s an essential tool to your new bike to drive the best it can. This has been the case for bikes, typically, but there are some European style bikes, for example, that operate with a shaft-drive, or without a chain.

    Take a look at the Biomega Copenhagen, for example. This is an innovation in its class and can promise more, quite possibly, than a classic chain operated bike. But first, it’s important to note the difference between the two types of bicycles.

    What’s the difference between a shaft-drive bike and a classic chain bike, besides the obvious? Let’s take a look at each and then we’ll make our decision.

    Shaft Drive Bicycle:

    • Shaft drive bikes use the drive shaft to transmit power from the pedals to the wheel instead of a chain.
    • Shaft drives are known for their consistency, rate of efficiency and performance.
    • The maintenance on a shaft drive bicycle is next to none unlike a classic chain bike.
    • There is a little bit more freedom to switch gears while moving in reverse or parked stationary.
    • Drive shaft bicycles also tend to be cleaner and less dirt or grim has a chance of being attracted to your clothing as there’s no chain to collect dirt.
    • Perfect for city bike riding, shaft drive bikes are designed with speed in mind so you can get where you’re going without having to sacrifice style or speed.

    Classic Chain Bicycle:

    • Chain bikes are classics. No matter the style, type, purpose or design of a bike, the likelihood of having a chain on your bike is high. That’s because of its accepted use and reliability.
    • Power is transmitted through the ‘drive chain’ or passing over a sprocket gear and the teeth of the gear mesh with the holes in the links of the chain.
    • Drive chains are operated through gears and with the consistent reliance of gear shifting comes chain bikes that don’t operate as they should all the time.
    • Chain bikes have been in use for a long time so people feel they are reliable and a necessity when navigating their bicycle.
    • Chain bikes are the norm.

    So when choosing a bicycle for your commute, recreation or just for an afternoon stroll, the choice is yours to make. A Street Bike Named Desire has both options in store and would be glad to educate you on which is the best for you. Our Biomega Copenhagen, as mentioned before, is a shaft drive bicycle that might have you addicted to chainless European bikes after spending some time riding it. Come in to our new store located in the Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, CA. Give us a call at (888) 821-6831or check out our full inventory for more information about the Biomega Copenhagen or any other type of lifestyle bike.

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