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How Many Bike Shops Is Too Many Bike Shops?

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The Mission is full of bike lanes and the people who frequent such lanes, so it's reasonable that the neighborhood would be home to a proportional number of bike shops. But according to SFGate, that number is on the rise. The pub reports, "Don Rafa's, Valencia Cyclery, Freewheel, and Pedal Revolution have been in the Mission since before the turn of the century. The Bike Kitchen and Box Dog appeared soon after, followed in more recent years by Treat Street Bicycle Works, Low Bicycles, Raphael's, Kroyer's, and a branch of Public." Though the area's Public, Kroyer's, and Raphael's locations have since been discontinued, there are still nine bike vendors in less than two square miles. At least it makes comparison shopping easier.
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