- $39 for a complete bike tuneup ($85 value)
Many cyclists have experienced some variation of this story: You stop by a bike shop, start talking to the staffers, and before you know it, you're swapping tips and stories with people who are just as enthusiastic about riding as you are. At most shops, the conversation winds to a close once the receipt prints, but that's not the case at VeloBrews.
Instead, this casual spot is a combination of bike shop and café, where folks can get a tuneup, refurbished bike, or a cup of Joe. The staff calls upon Emeryville's Ubuntu Coffee Cooperative for the beans, which form the basis of hot and cold coffee drinks that complement a deli menu. Along with organized group rides, flat screen TVs airing races, and Wifi, the café's comfy seating and eats help to fortify San Francisco's already warm sense of cycling camaraderie without requiring everyone to ride tandem bikes.