Best Place to Fix Your Bike - 2010
The Bike Kitchen
Notice we didn't title this Best Place to Get Your Bike Fixed: At the Bike Kitchen, you do it yourself. The nonprofit offers a sea of workstations: You simply arrive with your wounded stallion, pay $5 for day use (or join as a member for $40 to $80 a year), pick new and used parts as you see fit (they're available for sale), and ride the lightning (fix your bike). But if you're mechanically broken, don't try to bullshit your way through a front derailleur adjustment, whatever that means. Avail yourself of the volunteer mechanics, who will do just enough to let you do the rest yourself — nobody gets left on the battlefield. The longtime city favorite moved to a new Mission District location last year, but the Kitchen continues to keep odd hours, so listen up: It's open 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.