Directions & hours we're open

Note:  If you're planning to test-ride a bike, please arrive at least one hour prior to sunset and/or 2 hours before closing, whichever is earlier. Properly choosing and setting up a bike for a test ride takes time if it's done right. Here's a guide for what to expect when test-riding a road bike.

Also, the most dangerous time to ride is just as it's getting dark. We will not allow test rides if it's even questionable. Nor will we allow test rides if the pavement is damp. Your safety is more important than us selling a bike.

If you call to find out if we have a particular model in stock, and plan on coming down to check it out, please make sure to ask if it's ready to ride.
At any given time 30% of our inventory is unbuilt, and a quick glance at our bike list doesn't tell us if a particular bike is built or not. It's something we need to physically check. We should ask if someone would like us to make sure it's ready to ride, but sometimes things get hectic and we don't. Please don't assume that a bike is ready to ride without someone checking to make sure. Thanks-  --Mike--

HOURS Redwood City Los Altos
Monday 11am-7pm CLOSED
Tuesday 11am-7pm 11am-7pm
Wednesday 11am-7pm 11am-7pm
Thursday 11am-7pm 11am-7pm
Friday 11am-7pm 11am-7pm
Saturday 10am-6pm 10am-6pm
Sunday CLOSED Noon-5pm
Chain Reaction Bicycles is located in Northern California, on the San Francisco Peninsula. We have two stores, one located in Redwood City, the other in Los Altos.  

In Redwood City
(650) 366-7130
(South of San Francisco, California)

1451 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA  94063

In Los Altos

(408) 735-8735
(North of San Jose, California)

2310 Homestead, Los Altos CA  94024

From San Francisco, head south on 101 to the Woodside Road exit. Take Woodside Road (also known as Highway 84) west about a mile to El Camino Real (there will be an overpass). Go north on El Camino 1/2 mile (you will be turning right onto El Camino). Look for a huge 6-story concrete building on the right-hand side of the road, opposite a Firestone Tire dealership.

Alternately, if you're closer to 280, take it south to the Woodside Road exit (Highway 84) and, upon exiting, turn left so you're heading east (towards the bay). Travel about 3 miles to El Camino (which has an overpass) and head north on El Camino 1/2 mile. As above, look for a huge 6-story concrete building on the right-hand side of the road, opposite a Firestone Tire dealership.

From Palo Alto, take 101 or 280 north to the Woodside Road exit, then follow the same directions above. Or you could just travel north on El Camino and look for the Woodside Road overpass (the only one on El Camino for miles). We're 1/2 mile further north on the right-hand side.

From San Jose, take 280 north to the Foothill Blvd exit (which is immediately after the Freeway 85 interchange). Immediately upon exiting the freeway you will see a shopping center on your right-hand side. That's Foothill Plaza, and we're right in the middle of it!

From Palo Alto, head west to 280, and take 280 south to the Foothill exit (which is the last Los Altos exit and is immediately before you come to the 280/85 interchange). Upon exiting the freeway, turn left onto Foothill and go under the freeway. The shopping center will be immediately on your right-hand side.

From Santa Cruz, take Highway 17 to Los Gatos, and then take Freeway 85 north to 280. Head north on 280 and the next exit will be Foothill Blvd. Foothill Plaza will be immediately on your right-hand side. Very fast & easy!

From Mountain View, take Freeway 85 south to 280, head north on 280, and exit on Foothill Blvd, which will be the first exit. Foothill Plaza will be immediately on your right-hand side. An alternative is to take the Homestead exit off of 85, head north about half a mile, and look for our shopping center on the left-hand side of the road (there will be a Starbucks in front of the shopping center).

Normal Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and closed Sundays. (650) 366-7130 Normal Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday noon-5pm and closed Mondays. (408) 735-8735

Last updated 03/14/13

Last updated 03/14/13


Interesting stories 
Common questions 
Kid's stuff 
Tech Stuff 
Rides & Maps 

Directions & Hours We're Open
1451 El Camino Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 366-7130
2310 Homestead (Foothill Crossing), Los Altos, CA 94024 (408) 735-8735 &

Email to Mike in Redwood City or Steve in Los Altos
Content, including text & images, may not be republished without permission
Web Author: Mike Jacoubowsky, Chain Reaction Bicycles
Not responsible for typos etc, but please let us know about them!

Chain Reaction sells bicycles & accessories from Trek, Gary Fisher, BikeFriday,Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Continental, Descente,
Sidi, Giro, Blackburn, Speedplay, Oakley, Saris, NiteRider, Bontrager, Torelli, Look, DeFeet, Rock N Roll, Hammer, Cytomax,
Powerbar, Fox, Clif Bar, CamelBak, Chris King, Profile Design, Craft, X-Lab and many more!