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Super Stockist #2 : Mission Bicycle Company

There’s oodles of mutual love spreading across The Pond with our latest spotlight on a stockist: Mission Bicycle Company. Proud stockists of Boneshaker since the very first issue, the San Francisco-based custom bicycle company are the bespoke bike gurus if you’re after an affordable, easy and fun experience of designing your very own singlespeed or geared bike for city riding.

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Set up in 2008, the company was formed with a simple premise: to build the most beautiful, practical and customisable bikes on the market. With key input from the rider at the design stage each Mission machine is perfectly tuned to a rider’s needs before it’s carefully hand-built at the company’s workshop in San Francisco’s Mission District. “When we started none of this existed for urban commuters. If you wanted a custom bike you either had to source every component and build it yourself, or pay a custom fabrication shop, which is very expensive,” explains Mission’s Kai McMurty. “Mission was started so any commuter could design his or her dream bike in an hour, and be riding a custom bike in a few weeks.”

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With their hand-welded steel framesets designed by local framebuilder Emmanuel Eng, a custom Mission frame is not only lightweight and long-lasting, but a genuine product of San Francisco; a city that constantly inspires the Mission team, especially when it comes to riding. Which begs the question, if we wanted to explore the city on two wheels what’s the best route? “There are lots of inspiring streets in San Francisco,” says Kai. “Market Street during rush hour is a blast because it’s packed with bikes. Being part of a peloton of commuters is always gratifying. Golden Gate Park is an oasis of calm right in the city. Separated bike lanes and beautiful scenery make it a must see… or must ride. And of course, the little side streets and alleyways in our Mission District are full of vibrant colour and culture. A slow ride and a stop for coffee is a bit magical.”

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The company builds around 700 bikes a year with each and every one different to those that came before it. “After six years of builds we’re still surprised and impressed with the designs our riders come up with… There’s always a new bike to get excited about.” With such an extensive back catalogue of custom bikes to choose from it’s no surprise the team find it hard to pick a favourite. But hanging in the back room of the Mission shop on Valencia Street is the very first frame prototype the company built. “It’s obviously sentimental for us,” says Kai. “And a literal and figurative symbol of our efforts and beliefs.”

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In the bicycle building community there’s increased competition among custom bike businesses to attract clients willing to part with their hard-earned cash in exchange for a bicycle that not only fits their needs, but also their personality. So, what sets Mission Bicycle apart from other custom bike builders in the SF area? “We focus exclusively on the bike as transportation. Our bikes and our gear are all designed to make city riding as fun and easy as possible. We want to see more riders on city streets around the world, with bigger smiles.” And who doesn’t want to see more smiley cyclists on their morning commute, whether that’s dodging traffic on Golden Gate Bridge or battling the gradient of Park Street in Bristol.

For more information about Mission Bicycle Company visit: missionbicycle.com. Or when you’re next in San Francisco stop by their shop on Valencia Street to shop, test ride, rent a bike, or design your own. 


Kinoko Cycles

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A little introduction to one of our most stylish and best-loved stockists, who’ve been beside Boneshaker from the early days. We just learned that this store is set to close by the end of August, though Kinoko will live on as a web store.

Founded by Max Lewis in 2006, Kinoko Cycles is the creation of everything he loves about cycling. Fuelled by his passion for bikes and builders the business plan was simple – to create a melting pot of sport, design and fashion. And over the past 8 years he’s done just that.

Initially inspired by the competitive track racing and custom bike scene in Japan the business began as Tokyo Fixed, an aptly named web-based shop selling bike products and apparel to serious bike enthusiasts all over the world. Its success online resulted in the opening of a London shop in 2009, where the team could focus on the beating heart of the business: building beautiful custom bikes.

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Kinoko Cycles’ flagship Golden Square store in Soho, which opened its doors in 2013, has become a mecca for people looking for top quality and stylish cycling equipment, from beautiful custom steel frames to lightweight road bikes. As the business continues to develop the focus is set to shift to Kinoko’s clothing range but they will continue to seek out hard-to-find frames and components to add something unique to their online-only presence. “Moving forward we will be putting all our efforts into our web site. We will continue to seek out brands, we will continue to work on features, photography and work on projects with talented designers. This will always be a part of what we do,” Max told industry news site Bikebiz (also friends of Boneshaker).

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Asked to pick a favourite bike from the current range at Kinoko Cycles it’s one of these great brands that Max opts for: “a Cannondale Super 6 EVO Black edition – slightly boring answer, but if you like riding road bikes you’ll understand!” And quizzed about where in the world he’d want to release his inner Sagan riding this super SUPER lightweight machine (5.2kg sans pedals) Max is decidedly patriotic with his response. “Personally I love the Black Mountains in Wales [with their] very quiet roads, stunning scenery and brutal climbs – there are so many amazing places to ride in the UK.”

Kinoko Cycles really has become a treasure for all things cycling, off and on the bike – a reminder of just how beautiful bicycles can be. Long may they ride.

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Issue 13: A sneaky peek

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Finally – your first glimpse at our next issue. It’s been a whirlwind: climbing mythic peaks and tickling cycling’s counter-cultural underbelly, taking a spin around the world’s smallest velodrome, following a girl as she raced her visa allowance across China, considering the emotional power of potholes and meeting a man who’s building a recumbent crocodile….

Mags will be winging their way to our lovely stockists next week.

Never want to miss a copy? Our fine friends at Newsstand will gladly sort out your Christmas gift subscriptions.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving. And speaking of gifts, there’s lots of fabulous stuff for bicycle lovers here.

 

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Freshly printed

After the whirl of Bespoked Bristol – what a great weekend that was – we’ve finally got round to adding some beautiful new bicycle art prints to the webshop. There are three from long-time Boneshaker collaborator Adams Carvalho, and three from our new-found friends at the Indian Bicycle Shop. Feast your eyes above and below, and direct your digits thissaway to make a purchase, should you be so inclined…