Starting today, Waller & Steiner standby Wiggle Bicycles has a new address—but it hasn't gone far. The Lower Haight's popular bike shop has reopened its doors at 520 Waller St., right around the corner from its former location. The new shop is light and spacious, and conveniently located right next to Bean There Cafe.
Wiggle Bicycles first joined in the neighborhood in May of 2013. The sign was easy to miss, and the front door even more so. A mere 200 square feet in size, the bike shop could only fit a couple people and bikes inside at a time, meaning if you were waiting for a flat tire fix, you'd probably have to chill on the sidewalk outside.
Tiny footprint aside, Wiggle Bicycles grew in popularity, and has become a haven for weekday commuters zooming up and down the Wiggle route. On the weekends, the shop sees a more diverse group, with more road and mountain bikers stopping by. Now, Wiggle Bicycles has the space to service them all (indoors).
Formerly the office space for digital studio Portal A, and before that home to longstanding salon Hairdo Voodoo, 520 Waller St. underwent two months of construction to transform into the new bike shop. The floors are original, but the bike repair stations are new, as are all the fittings for storage and supplies.
One advantage that the larger square footage grants business partners Michael and Garret the ability to carry bikes for sale—something they were unable to do before. But while Mojo carries new Jamis Bikes, Mike's Bikes is Specialized dealer, and Box Dog features new Pelican frames, Wiggle Bicycles will focus their attention on used bikes.
"It can be overwhelming buying bikes on Craigslist," Garret points out. And for many commuters on a budget, shelling out $1,000 or more on a new bike can feel excessive. Most of the bikes they carry will be built up by the shop, but if a customer can't find what they're looking for Garret says they're willing to help them out and custom-build a ride. "They'll leave the shop riding something that fits them well, in their own riding style, that's unique to them," Garret says.
Aside from bikes and repairs, the shop is also planning on hosting events for the community. Group rides and art shows are just a couple ideas brewing. There will also definitely be an opening party once they catch their breath from the big move, so keep an eye out for a celebration coming up soon.