When I caught wind of Rapha Racing's pop-up shop in Cow Hollow I pinged a bike buddy and we were off. Not so fast. We stopped at Swan's Oyster Depot on Polk for some clam chowder and oysters. Mmm. 6.5 minutes, and some wind beneath our wings later, we arrived. The Fillmore x Filbert corner-space had inside bike parking and a cafe to rev our engines back up. A community table contained cycle reading material and we faced two large screens playing races, while sipping on Four Barrel coffee. A couple library sections, vintage paraphernalia, and an upstairs photography gallery provided more bike musings. And then there were the gloves; white, leather, fingerless. $160. Onward. The gear was high-end, primarily in black, white and pink. For the cycling novice (me), I recommend the classic striped racing caps at $30. For the serious cyclist, check out the May Club Races. The mood serious, the staff friendly. Breeze, bike, or buy, by July 31st.
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