Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bicycle Repair in Redwood City

Motostrano Suburbanbikes now offers free pick-up and delivery service for bike repair in and around Redwood City. Call us or text us and we'll pick up your bike, perform any required maintenance and bring it back normally within 24-48 hours.

Motostrano's bicycle mechanics are among the best in the business. No bad attitudes. No gimmicks. No rush jobs and no un-needed work. Just straight talk and good advice from the pros.

If you are in Redwood City and need your bike fixed, call us, email us or text us for an appointment.

We offer full service bicycle repair, from complete tune-ups to complete tear downs, assembly.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

High Wheel Coffee

In our tenth year in business, Motostrano has always tried to be different, to change, to evolve and offer new things for our customers. As the basis for the company, we've always tried to be something more than just a store where you look at things, check a price, buy and leave. We've always wanted to make the shopping experience at the store something unique and real.

In keeping with that spirit, this month we are launching a new effort in our store that's on a totally different tangent and another plain. High Wheel Coffee is a joint effort between the people at Motostrano, the owner Joe and 4 young and energetic entrepreneurs who've spent the past few years gaining some deep knowledge about the caffeinated beverage: coffee. The other thing they've spent the past few years doing is developing relationships and friendships with local coffee drinkers and bike people, so that an opportunity for a real bond and community opens up.

On the best of days, this is what Motostrano has always tried to create. And, let's face it, the past 3 years have been harder than ever to maintain that kind of community. When the opportunity came to meet with Zach, Rae, Enrique and Maurica and talk about their interest in building a new spot for locals get great coffee, get their bike serviced and experience real community in the area, we got down to business and tried to come up with a way that made sense to add in a coffee store to our storefront in Redwood City.

To be honest, we have no idea if this venture will fly or not, but we're giving it a try and hope the world goes for it.

The first thing that had to be established was that no one had any money to do anything. If this was going to happen, it would be using found stuff, borrowed stuff, free stuff, or really cheap stuff. After a few meetings to get all up to speed, we all seemed to be under the same vision.

As of this writing, High Wheel Coffee is being fabricated, brought into reality, from ideas. So far, we've carved out a space by moving the whole front office at Motostrano "elsewhere" to the back of the store. The walls got new paint and now we're going to lay down some new flooring. Next it's time to bring in the coffee machinery and start brewing.

No one in this is in any position to fail. The four kids starting this and putting the time in don't have day jobs. The dreams and time and effort they are devoting to this is real.

In a few weeks, local Redwood City folks will be able to ride, walk or drive to 926 Broadway, experience the smell, the smiles and tastes of High Wheel Coffee. Park your bike in front of the store, or in the store.  Sit at a table and chart out your next route while your ride gets a new set of rubber put on. Listen to some tunes, talk to a person.

We're excited. Are you? Show your love and be a patron.

High Wheel Coffee opens on September 29.

Stromer Electric Bicycles are in Stock

After a short dry spell, Stromer Electric Bicycles are in stock again.

We received a fresh shipment of 2012 models including elite and standard bikes.

The Stromer is a Swiss designed bike now owned by the famed Swiss racing bicycle company BMC.

The Stromer e-bike is taking the e-bike world by storm with one of the best, lightest and fastest e-bikes on the planet.

We have the hydraulic brake version in stock!

EVENT: Motostrano / Suburbanbikes / High Wheel Coffee - The THiNG

September is Motostrano's 10 year birthday!! To celebrate this miraculous accident (and some other stuff) we are planning a "Thing". The "Thing" will take place on Saturday 29 September and last most of the day and maybe even some of the night. If we're feeling really delusional, we'll stay up all night and ride out to the beach and watch the sun rise and jump in the ocean. Probably not. "The Thing" is hoped to be a day of hanging out, having fun, learning, hugging, drinking, riding, creating, listening, trying stuff out, talking and sharing ideas about the future and the past. We'll invite ghosts and figures from our past and we'll lure unsuspecting prospects and total strangers from our future and introduce them to the now. We'll honor the dead and respect the living, toast to our close calls and laugh about our crashes. We will invite our friends and you can invite friends and they can invite friends. 

If you enjoy any of the following: motorcycles, bicycles, coffee, people, ideas, transportation, speed, wheelies, music, thumping music, friendly people, food, creativity, art, photography- you might enjoy this event.
So far, we know there will be test rides on our various Suburbanbikes (pedal and electric) vintage and modern high-octane-fueled racing supermoto and street motorcycles, a two-wheel inspired art show in the evening time, probably a band, hopefully the opening of High Wheel Coffee in our front office, most likely a single-speed/cruiser bicycle race out front. We're inviting reps from our moto and bike camps to come in and show us some stuff, more like an expo than a store. They'll be food and foamy suds and wine. We want to have any local bike-builders, customizers and modifiers show up and pass on their craft to the young and uninitiated. If you are really good at doing something or making something, or know some one who is, show up and tell others about it. Have a micro-business you're working on or at? Bring it. We will post more info here and in our newsletter and tweeter as it manifests itself. 
stuff to do: 
  • test rides on our various Suburbanbikes (pedal and electric), Felt, Ultra Motor, Stromer, Vanmoof
  • vintage and modern high-octane-fueled racing supermoto and street motorcycles on display
  • a two-wheel inspired art show in the evening time
  • probably a band
  • the opening of High Wheel Coffee
  • excellent, steaming hot coffee
  • a single-speed/cruiser bicycle race out front
  • reps from our moto and bike camps
  • food, suds, wine.
  • you, us! 
the action starts around noon. we hope you can spend some time with us! 

Supermoto Wheels From The Pros

Motostrano has been selling supermoto wheels to customers worldwide for a long, long time. In fact, nearly 10 years.

Not a lot has changed in that time frame. We've added a few brands, a few options, but for the most part, the options have remained about the same.

Our best wheelset, the Excel Talon Supermoto wheels are the way to go if you want the best spoked wheel you can buy. The best rims, matched to the best hubs, by the best spokes. No brainer- and thought the flow of inventory has in previous years been a little on and off, it's been more on than off lately and that's a good thing.

Our best tubeless wheelset, if you can get them, if you can wait for them - the Marchesini Supermoto wheels will set you back more cash and more time if you decide to bite the bullet and go tubeless. A good thing to do too if you're a bawler and want the best performing wheels you can own. Just be prepared to wait for your order as NO ONE STOCKS them, not even the dudes in Italy. You place your order, you pay, you wait.  Either that or you don't get wheels.

Warp 9 is a barebones way to go if you just want some damn wheels and don't need the best and want to keep as much dough in your own wallet as possible. And who doesn't want that? Wheels that spin, rotors that stop, sprockets that go. That's really all you need right? Warp 9 Supermoto wheels are the ticket is this is your attitude.

There's a cheaper alternative too and one that's as good as most of the above. Motostrano will lace up new rims to your stock hubs with new spokes. No need to buy a new hub and you get great rims from DID and spokes that do the job. Instant supermoto wheels.

Chances are, if you see a bike rolling down the road or the track with supermoto wheels, they got them from Motostrano.