Faber’s Bike Shop Memories Burn Bright

One legend admires another. Jobst Brandt checks out Faber's (closed) back in July 1983.

One legend admires another. Jobst Brandt checks out Faber’s (closed) back in July 1983.

Sadly, the historic Faber’s Bike Shop caught fire Thursday in downtown San Jose and will most likely be torn down. The building dates back to 1884 and had been used as a bike shop for 100 years.

Many San Jose residents have fond memories of the shop, which has seen its ups and downs over the years. It’s a part of San Jose’s history, no doubt. To get a real feel for the kind of place it was, watch this beautiful video photo montage by Bernardo Grijalva on Vimeo. His black and white treatment captures the rough-hewn wood-frame interior like nothing else I’ve seen.

Faber’s, located at 702 S. First Street, shared its historic roots with yet another bike shop nearby, Desimone’s Bicycle Store on 83 S. Second Street. It was owned by Joseph Anthony Desimone, who died in 1945. I don’t know when that shop shut its doors, but there’s an interesting article about one of the shop’s senior mechanics, Ed Barnes, in a past issue of Bicycle Journal.

Jobst Brandt and Peter Johnson inspect the bike wrecking yard at Faber's.

Jobst Brandt and Peter Johnson inspect the bike wrecking yard at Faber’s.

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One Response to “Faber’s Bike Shop Memories Burn Bright”

  1. fknochenhauer Says:

    Hi Ray,

    I well-remember Faber’s while a student at SJSU. The side lot was legendary for used parts although I never bought anything since I had my gear. I was always amazed that a fire hadn’t taken down the building as it was really old and dilapidated. The tools were old and cobwebs covered the corners of some windows but it was a going concern. Great memories of a bygone era.   Let’s keep in touch,

    Fritz Knochenhauer

    (530) 400-7513

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/fritzknochenhauer Facebook me here

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