These are photos of people who have found the Hoopty of their Dreams.Tamara from and Her Beloved Ross.
Just look at those smiles.
She has appropriately named him "Ross" and is totally stoked!
More people should name their bikes. She and Ross commute to Marin over the GG bridge
on every Friday.
Kimiko from Finally Finds the Right Bike
Kimiko is new to cycling in the city and needed an exact fit to feel completely comfortable.
She had been searching for a vintage ten speed that offered performance and style at a reasonable
price. Luckly for her we had the bike that she wanted. Now she is cruising the streets of SF in style aboard her
1981 Fuji Allegro.
Brad converts to a Nishiki custom sport Single Speed.
Brad was recently a victim of bicycle theft.(totally sucks) He had a really tricked out 70's era Trek that he customized
with some pretty dope parts. He commutes from Oakland to SF and needed a nice vintage light weight for the ride. His previous bike was multi-geared,& after test riding the Hoopty tuned Nishiki SS he was totally stoked on the simple speed style. If you're ever in the Mission district check out the pizza restaurant where he works.(it smells good in there) Little Star Pizza
Ben wanted a high end road bike to exercise and get around town.
Ben works at a restaurant in the North Beach area and was tired of walking there. He had been
checking out the ten speed scene in SF for some time and finally found this sporty little number.
It's a 1986 Miyata One Ten. It has a super light weightframe and is very fast. You will probably see
him on Polk street getting drafted by a Porsche as he is getting his exercise on!
Matt's 1989 Trek 1500, A Killer Road Machine.
Matt lives in the Mission of San Francisco and works at a restaurant in SF called Tres Agaves in Soma.
He wanted a fast and efficient road bike that will get him to & from work daily. Matt has torn apart cars and
rebuilt them from the ground up. He has the mechanical knowledge to restore his own vintage ten speed, however
he trusted Hoopty to do that job for him. He had been searching for weeks prior to finding this gem, an almost brand
new vintage Trek 1500. The bike was hand built in Waterloo Wisconsin at the exclusive Trek Factory.
Emmanuel needed a ride to get him through the Big City!
He is a long time friend and fan of Hoopty Bikes. He was living in Napa till he recently moved to the city.
He is has an apartment in the Tenderloin district and he loves the scene around those parts (Edinburgh castle, Hemock tavern), but dose not love the walk to and from. He knew that he wanted a cool vintage bike and it need to fit his 6'4" frame. Luckily Hoopty Bikes come in all shapes and sizes. His bike of choice is a 1976 Raleigh Grand sport that was crafted in Holland.
"FEEL THE BEAT MAN!"
Dave and his 1979 Motobecane Super Sprint
Dave is an web developer in San Francisco and is going to ride his Motobecane to work and also
for some exercise on the weekends. He spent time in Sydney Australia before moving to San
Francisco and he had a bike there too. Upon moving to SF he quickly decided that he definitely
wasn't going to hoof it in the coolest city in the world for urban cycling. His Motobecane is very
lightweight and responsive. In the late 70's Super Sprints were some of the most competitive bikes around.
Cody and his super clean 1981 Fuji Espree.
Cody is from the east bay and needed a vintage Hoopty to take with him when he moves down south to
Los Angeles to study. That's his BMW mini in the back ground, so you know that he is a stylish cat. The Fuji that he purchased is almost totally original. The only componets on the bike that aren't original from the show room floor back in 81 are
the tires and shift cables.
Hans wanted a fast bike to get to work and school so he could stop talking the
bus. He studies music and works at a music store in Santa Cruz.
His Hoopty of choice was this 1984 Japanese made beauty.
At Hoopty we always aim to please and were able to find her an early eighties pink Schwinn Le tour.
She was totally stoked with the bike and is probably out riding now with her boy friend Matt.
She is going to be starting a do it your self website devoted to showing people how to do things called Dunzo.
She unfortunately had her bike stolen recently and we were glad to provide her with a reliable replacement, a super clean Sekai 1000.
In this photo, Drugo and Kristina were chilling in SF where they live. Unfortunately Drugo can't ride bikes because he was a super cool dude.
Michele and her very rare Bridgestone Radac
John finds the Motobecane Mirage that he was looking for.
Michele wanted a bike that had some retro style and a boat load of performance.
Meet her 1991 Bridgestone Radac. One of the most thought out bikes of its time. It's made
with aluminum tubes and Chromoly lugs. An interesting fact about this bike is that it was the lightest
bike ever made back in 91. Upon purchasing this bike from Hoopty Michele had test rode a late 60's
Mercier that was nice, but more Cadillac like in its ride quality. She appreciated its style, but the
Bridgestone had what she was looking for. The way she put it was,"The Bridgestone made me feel like I was flying"
Michele, welcome to the cult of Bridgestone your now one of us!
His goal was to pull off the vintage road bike perfecta!
This is the quest to find a rare very old bike in......
-Particular desired style.
He did it with Hoopty BIkes.
He is going to be riding the bike as an original vintage,until he finds enough
modern parts to retrofit this thing into a rocket ship!
Sunny rides the cutest bike in the city. A Free Spirit Brittney
Sunny was looking for the perfect cruiser for going to the store and
running errands. Her friend had just bought a bike exactly like this lil gem
and is really happy with it. Surprised that Hoopty Bikes had the same bike
Sunny jumped at the chance to check it out & decided to buy it after the test ride.
Marcy needed a bike to handle off road excursions!
Marcy owns a two-floor wine tasting room and art gallery located in Sausalito CA called Bacchus Venus
She also owns another location in Lake Tahoe. She wanted a comfortable bike that could handle the
commute on Tahoe roads and few simple trails. She found this Sherpa, a fully rigid mountain bike / street commuter.
Fully rigid means that bike doesn't have suspension. This is a good thing for efficiency and performance because Sherpa mountain bikes are constructed out of 4130 Chromoly steel. This frame material is perfect for the needs of some one like Marcy.
When pedaling the frame feels relatively stiff & efficient, but it still absorbs a large amount
of vibration and jolts as they occur.
Ryan needed a quick get away bike, a Raleigh Grand Record(mixte)
He recently had is bike stolen. He was bummed, but was soon stoked to start over and
get what he really needed, a quick get away bike. He wanted a bike that had a low
stand over height so he could jump off ASAP to capture the perfect photo. He didn't
want to sacrifice performance & upon some research he learned that a mixte frame
would suit his needs. Mark Gonzales "The Gonz "(pro skate boarder & cultural icon) likes mixtes for the
same reason. However the Gonz is probably gonna be doing some sort of stunt in traffic.
Ryan just wants to cruse in Hoopty style. At Hoopty we say word up to that!
Regina is really stoked to have such a classic bicycle.
USA made Trek 460
Regina was a gun specialist in the armed forces. Pretty cool. She also rides a really cool bike
too. An American made vintage Trek. She wanted a vintage bicycle that was comparable to the
performance characteristics of today's modern bikes. Well I guess I could say that her first
requirement was style and this baby has got it. Down tube shifters, high end Sugino crank set.
Stiff and light weight 27x 1/4 wheels. Regina is going to use this bike for transportation and exercise.
Olivia doesn't have to take the bus any more....NICE!
700c wheels, Specialized Armadillo tires. She has only been in the city
for a short time(two months) She quickly found out that the main mode
of getting around the city was by bike.
Kimberley and her Bridgestone Altair
She was unfortunately hit by a car early this year.
She is totally stoked to be getting back in the Saddle aboard her
blueberry colored super smooth Japanese engineered Bridgestone.
Brian wanted a French Connection, he got connected to a Motobecane Mirage and wouldn't let go!
sold it when he had to move. He wanted a close to original bike, but with a few upgrades.
This mirage had every thing that he needed: a modern ergonomic seat made by Specialized
and light weight tires. This bike even has the original Motobecane rubber bar wrap, super cool!
French Craftmanship, an awesome bike to commute with or just have fun on.
Speaking of vintage French bicycles, Mikey rocks the Parlez-Vous Français too. On his Astro Elite.
last bike which totally sucks. He was cleared by the doctor recently to be able for cycling.
He was searching for a french made vintage bike and found in with Hoopty Bikes.
He training to be a paramedic and will be getting to and from classes on this yellow submarine
American muscle with a french name. Angela is styling on the Schwinn Le-Tour.
for a while. She had previously bought a vintage bike before that was not up to par and it had some major problems.
She loves the style of vintage, but was reluctant to buy another restored vintage bike. However, with a little reinsurance from her
friends that are fans of Hoopty Bikes she was able to make a decision and purchase this little beauty.
Devin and her Puch
Devin, loved her last vintage bike, but it didn't quite fit her as well as this Puch touring model.
It's built for long rides and very comfortable to ride due to a taller stem which raises the handlebars, so the
rider is not too hunched over. She had been looking for quite a while and with the help of boy friend she
decided to choose this Hoopty.
Mark is getting back to commuting like a Jedi again aboard his mid 80's Nishiki.
He had two bikes stolen in the last year and needed a third replacement
(PLUS A REALLY GOOD LOCK) to break up the monotony of riding
the bus. He found the Nishiki pictured above to be the right size as far as stand-
over height, but he needed a longer stem to really make it fit. After a new stem and a
few adjustments he was on his way to being a totally stoked commuter again.
Reason to bike to work # 467: A way to avoid the bummer life
Carlos and Taylor find the Bianchi's they were looking for.
Lucky for her the next Bianchi that came into the Hoopty shop was a Red Bianchi Premio.
They are both super stoked on their bikes and can probably be seen riding all over SF.
Lauren a Triathlete from finds a Fuji Alegro to Cruise on.
Lauren was previously using a super high-end carbon fiber road bike to get
around on. She likes the feel of the carbon fiber bike for racing, but really liked
the Fuji for its ability to absorb small bumps and holes in the asphalt. The Fuji
is made of 4130 chromoly and that material is perfect for a comfortable yet
John and his Nishiki - Semi Pro, a classic Japanese Hoopty.
a mountain bike for some time and wanted to add some classic performance
to enjoy his ride to work a little more. Now he is cruising on the bike with the
same name as a Will Ferrell Comedy, awesome! Viva la Hoopties.
Fulin and his super awesome Peugeot P6
Me and Fulin were happy to have met because both of us ride BMX. It was nice to chat about
appreciating that form of cycling and how it relates to vintage bikes. He was looking for a early
eighties Peugeot in great shape and was stoked to find it at Hoopty.
He also is the base player for a pretty rad band called Loquat.
www.loquatmusic.com Check out the site for some samples of their tunes and local show dates.
Andy Hawgood & His Ultra Rare (Swiss Made) Allegro
Andy owns Popular Workshop a graphic design and art direction company
in San Francisco. He was super stoked on the Allegro's intricate details.
It's made with Reynold's tubing & was upgraded with vintage Suntour
drive chain components. For smooth original era shifting you can't get any
better than what the Japanese produced.