A worker-owned cooperative bicycle shop in San Francisco.
494 14th St. San Francisco, CA 94103 415-431-9627 info@boxdogbikes.com

BDB is heading out on a B.Y.O.B & B. (bring your own burrito & beer) camping trip to Haypress Campground next weekend Saturday Aug. 23rd. It’s a 15mi ride out there so it could be accessible for some beginners interested in bicycle camping! Leaving the shop around 5:30pm. PLEASE EMAIL info@boxdogbikes.com to RSVP or for more information. Space is somewhat limited.

BDB is heading out on a B.Y.O.B & B. (bring your own burrito & beer) camping trip to Haypress Campground next weekend Saturday Aug. 23rd. It’s a 15mi ride out there so it could be accessible for some beginners interested in bicycle camping! Leaving the shop around 5:30pm. PLEASE EMAIL info@boxdogbikes.com to RSVP or for more information. Space is somewhat limited.

Free flat fix class tonight at 7:15!  To sign up email classes@boxdogbikes.com (at Box Dog Bikes)

Free flat fix class tonight at 7:15! To sign up email classes@boxdogbikes.com (at Box Dog Bikes)

New at Box Dog!  Our Abus locks from Germany will keep you secure through superior efficiency and engineering.  They also come in amazing colors.

New at Box Dog! Our Abus locks from Germany will keep you secure through superior efficiency and engineering. They also come in amazing colors.

Next week! Would you like to ride with us? Come on out!

Next week! Would you like to ride with us? Come on out!

The quick release is a funny component. Perhaps undervalued or simply overlooked, it holds the wheels to the frame. That’s actually a pretty big responsibility for such a tiny thing. Since the early twentieth century it’s been through small revisions and now has two distinct forms of operation. There are two types of QRs - external cam and internal cam. The former does what it’s supposed to, but suffers an inferiority complex when compared to the latter. Internal cams offer substantial clamping force which is lost with most external types. Many ext. types use plastic or rubber bits near the lever which translate to compression. Basically, with the external jawns it takes much more force than an internal cam to clamp the hub in the dropouts.

Paul Components finally tackled production on a quick release of their own which ought to set the benchmark for no-nonsense internal cams. The skewer rod is made of stainless steel which screw into aluminum heads on the other side. The lever handle is a mashup of both materials. I’m sure Paul Comp. anticipated how well these would sell upon release (no pun intended) but even domestic production sometimes cannot keep up with demand. As of right now, Box Dog has a set or two among its inventory, but last I heard, the well is dry at Paul. They’re working hard to crank out more quantities. For now they come in three widths (100mm front, 130/135 rear, and the common denominator for fat bikes at 170mm), and two colors (black or silver, both anodized). At $50 each Paul quick releases do make for a significant upgrade, but they’re something you can be proud of while providing long-term confidence that they’ve got you (or at least your wheels) covered.

Link to our webstore here and here.

Salsa Warbird 3 

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Box Dog is, to many a dismay, primarily a steel shop. We’re trying something a little different here. Bringing in Salsa’s aluminum gravel racer. The Warbird boasts standard cross geometry but with a slightly lower BB so that it rides wonderfully on pavement too.

The frame is stiff and responsive, a real racer. The oversized aluminum tubing and carbon fork make for one of the lightest bikes we carry. The frame takes three waterbottles and works great with the frame bags we carry. It’s a serious mover. Built for long days of gravel. Still a great option for those curious about disc brake road bikes but with a bit more clearance.

It’ll be on the webstore soon but if you’re lucky enough to live nearby stop by the shop and take it for a spin!

Emily’s Picks

I ride my bike everyday. I go to the grocery store, camping, the dog park, work, on and off of BART, punk shows, and sometimes up the hills and on trails. I like practical cost effective stuff. My everyday ride is an early 80’s Stumpjumper with a porteur rack. My employee picks are affordable durable items that I use all the time.

Archive X Box Dog Bikes collabro saddle bag.

I love this thing. It’s like a magic hat. I never expected to be able to fit so much in there. I use it as a normal saddle pack filled with a small patch kit, spare tube, & tool but can also fit a sweater and my u lock and a book!

GSI Enamel Cup

I call this guy my tuff buddy. He’s a little tuff buddy. Goes everywhere does everything. He’s my tuff buddy. Blue make you spew? Better red than dead! (The cup comes in blue and red)

I wrote this little poem about these cups. They’re great! They come in blue or red.

Esbit Alcohol Burner and Cookset

This stove is a great deal. $50 for two stoves and a cookset. It includes two different sized pots (cups??), and the option of using the alcohol stove or Esbit fuel cubes. (We sell those too) The alcohol stove comes with a simmer top with a nice little handle to keep you from burning your fingers and a screw on lid to store fuel in the stove.

ESI Silicone Grips

Do your soft rubber grips ever get sticky? It’s annoying and gross right? Well silicone doesn’t degrade from sun or sweaty palms. These are comfy too.

GSI Personal Java Press
This was the only coffee maker I had on the 3+ week tour I did last fall. It’s awesome. We made coffee every morning for 4 people. It comes with a lightweight nesting mug and insulated sleeves for saving your hands and keeping your coffee hot!

Serfas Lightingbolt Lights

Night time rides are right time rides. I’m a little bit of a safety freak and lights are like paramount to my personal concept of safety. These lights are BRIGHT. Made up of a strip of micro-LED they also pack a lot of peripheral illumination. USB rechargeable saves the need for batteries and with silicon loops they are real easy to pop on and off any thing on your bike.  

Panarcer Pasela Tourguard

A shop favorite as far as affordable versatile tires go. Flat resistant. Good Looking. Plenty of widths.  What more could you ask for?