From our office in Los Angeles, a stunning drive north along the California coast will bring you to San Francisco, the home of Cykel SF. These fine folks have been a Ritte dealer since 2011 and we couldn't be prouder of them. A boutique full service shop, Cykel takes pride in stocking only the products they'd use themselves. They offer a range of services, including expert bicycle fitting, and even have a rotating display of artwork from local artists. If you happen to be in the San Fran area, Cykel is a perfect spot to not only get your butt on a Ritte but to get said butt fine tuned for optimal bicycle awesomeness.
We sat down and asked Nik and the folks at Cykel some questions about their shop and the SF cycling scene.
What inspired you to start Cykel in SF?
We decided to start Cykel because we wanted to create what we felt was our ideal bike shop in terms of service, merchandise and community. I had wanted to do this for many years and when my brother moved to SF, Rocio and I felt it was a great opportunity since I had always envisioned this as a family endeavor. We formed the original team with that as our inspiration, a family that loves to ride bikes.
What are some of the ways that Cykel interacts and connects with the local riding and racing scene?
We have sponsored the Metromint Giro di San Francisco Criterium in past years and last year we sponsored a cyclocross team together with Vive la Tarte. We host our own weekend group rides and this year, we have new collaborations with the San Francisco Cycling Club and we’re sponsoring Wheeltalk Road, a men and women road cycling team.
What drew you to working with Ritte Cycles as a brand you sell?
Our relationship with Ritte started around the same time as the shop was being born. We had seen what Spencer was doing with the brand at interbike and we were really excited about where the brand was going. As a company it was fun and unique and the design was clean and fresh, exactly what we were looking for.
Who's your pick for this years Ronde Van Vlaanderen?
Tom Boonen…he’s riding it, right?
What do you think the cycling community could use more of in 5 words or less?
No more online mega discounting.
Do you have a favorite local ride?
My favorite local ride is a headlands loop on a beautiful San Francisco day with the wind in my hair, the sun in my face and my high-vis pink Vlaanderen between my freshly shaven, embrocationed legs. Basically, any ride that ends with coffee.
Best CX hand-up you've ever received?
I normally don’t ride cross, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.
What are some unique services or features of Cykel?
Cykel’s bike fits are one of our unique services. Our fit method is very hands on and we take a more holistic approach to fittings. We offer full bike fits with a purchase of a Ritte frame or full build and it’s also a service on its own that anyone with a Road, cyclocross, track or TT bike can get. We are a full service shop, we offer repairs on all kinds of bikes with quick turnaround. We showcase local artists and host event for them every other month but of course our finest asset is always the infamous ZoeDumplin, our drooly English bulldog.
So if you’re in the area or even visiting and would like to see a Ritte with your own eyeballs, please stop by and say “hi” to Niklas, Rocio, Chris and of course Zoe Dumplin’.