Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Homespun Bikes

Homespun Bicycle

Apast Oakland sign entry as a different business, Homespun Bikes is not easy to categorize. Yep, they repair bikes, build custom frames, and sell bike accessories. But they also have compost, plant starts, classes on gardening, food preservation and other sustainable living skills.

They're next door to Leaning Tower of Pizza in the funky little commercial district off Lakeshore on Wesley.

Even if they had a business I wasn't likely to patronize, they got a lot of points from me for preserving the old Wesley Cleaners sign. They very carefully repainted the sign with the new name, and even documented the process. I stopped in to check them out, not thinking to buy anything, and came away with a cool USB-rechargeable headlight for my bike. The current one I have uses AA batteries, and doesn't last very long. The USB one has been amazing -- I want a tail light like it now, too.

In any event, if you're looking for bike accessories, a tune up, or some gardening advice near Lake Merritt, check out Homespun. Their next event is tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6:30-7:30, How to turn your weedy lot into an Organic Garden!

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