Inside Petaluma’s Cycle Chvrch Cycles Steel Sanctuary

My recent trip up to the Sonoma, Napa, and the Santa Rosa-area ended at Cycle Chvrch Cycles in Petaluma. I first met the owner, Tim, a while back when he worked at Paul Component Engineering in Chico. Since then, he moved to Petaluma and opened his shop, tucked behind Bruce Gordon’s old space, in a bustlin’ area downtown, which is great for a bike shop like Cycle Chvrch, as Tim can tap into commuters and families looking for an easier way to get around town. Cycle Chvrch may specialize in steel bikes, but he works on everything from Raleigh coaster brake cruisers, to a Steve Rex tandem, and BMX bikes from the neighborhood kids. Tim has a knack for problem-solving and repairing the most idiosyncratic designs from yesteryear.

As for the space itself, it’s in an old warehouse, but Tim has set it up in a way where, as the name implies, it feels like a church. Only the pews are replaced by saddles, the hymnals by Grant Petersen-era Bridgestone Catalogs, and the choir calls from a freewheel. Spaces like this are stories in themselves, told by the items on display, painting a picture of how Tim feels like a bike shop should look. If you’re in Petaluma, I highly suggest swinging by and checking out Tim’s space and sitting in for a sermon.

Cycle Chvrch Cycles
409 Petaluma Blvd S
Petaluma, CA 94952
Thursday 11AM–7PM
Friday 11AM–7PM
Saturday 11AM–7PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM–7PM
Wednesday 11AM–7PM

  • Jordan Muller

    So happy to see this on the site. Tim is an absolute badass. He recently serviced my Salsa Vaya and returned it better than new, with an attention to detail far beyond what I expected or paid for. And even more, the shop is a blast to walk through with all the old bikes to check out, and he’s usually listening to some super sludgy metal. Definitely worth a visit to say hi or for a new whip.

    • that’s good to hear! Both the repair and the doom metal!

    • Tim Nicholls

      Hope that teflon road is still stretchin out in front of ya Jordan. Stop by , it’s been awhile.

    • Andy Sollfrank

      sludgy metal and bicycles, can’t get much better!

  • Tim Clark

    Another Tim singing the praises of Tim. Hey we’re in church right? Petaluma needed a bike master like Tim. Amen!

    • Tim Nicholls

      You are too kind sir!

  • Theodor Rzad

    I really need to stop by next time I’m rolling through Petaluma. Nor-Cal has been growing some of the kindest examples of the idiosyncratic, free-spirted velo folks that keep our two-wheeled tribe rolling for 50+ years (hella understatement!) I’m just honored to be a member.

  • Stumpjumper 29R

    Wow I had that Clymer Fix your Bicycle manual when I first started fixing my own bike as a kid in the late 70’s. I must be old.

  • skunk ape

    Doing a quick three day tour through Marin and Sonoma in a couple months. I’ll swing through. Good looking.

  • Tyler

    Very cool. Reminds me of Recyclistas of Victoria, BC but a lot less crusty!

  • Finally got to check this out! So good!