SnowFest 2014 is coming!

We know they’ve only barely started selling pumpkin spice lattes, but we just couldn’t wait any longer! Winter is coming, it’s coming up so quick it’s nearly here, and we’re celebrating the Sports Basement way! Snowfest 2014 is coming to a Sports Basement near you, so be sure to save the date and join us as we call forth that glorious frozen rain we hold so dear.

RSVP online for your Snowfest of choice:

Campbell Snowfest: Friday, November 14, 4pm-8pm

Berkeley Snowfest: Saturday, November 15, 2pm-6pm

SF Presidio Snowfest: Sunday, November 16, 2pm-6pm


Meet the Amazing Basementeers


It’s an Ironman, it’s a pro triathlete, it’s… a Basementeer! There’s a lot going on behind those green aprons, we’ll have you know. Our Sports Basement staffers are top-notch in every way, from their smiling faces to their rock-climbing toes. So if you have a question, or are looking for an expert opinion, look no further than your closest Basementeer – chances are she’s got the expertise you need.

Check out the photo to the right: there’s Ian Ballentine, marketer at our Bryant St. store and soon to be marketer at our new Berkeley store. She’s also a top age-group triathlete, racing with the Oakland Tri Club.

Next to her is Anthony Biolatto, our SB Outdoors General Manager. He’s a certified rock climbing instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder.

Next is Annie Underdown, a store manager whom you’ve probably met if you’ve ever been to our Presidio store. She recently completed her first marathon, and is excited for her next.

Next we have Andrew Bauer, one of our buyers. He’s also a pro triathlete, which comes in handy since he orders much of our swim gear and sports nutrition.

Next to him is Eden Slezin, General Manager of our Bryant Street store and professional backpacking guide. He also designs his own clothing line.

On the far right is Tom Trauger, our Director of Finance. He’s a national Ironman 70.3 age group champion, and cannot be seen without a tee from a race he’s competed in (and probably won).

And they’re just the beginning! Click on the image below for stats on our entire company, as well as more incredible Basementeers.



SB Sunnyvale’s Cycle Swap is this Saturday!

Cycle Swap 2014There’s no place like Sports Basement Sunnyvale this Saturday! Cycle Swap is back for a 6th edition this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10am to 2pm. Come check out the huge selection of new and used bikes, bike parts, gear and apparel from more than 70 vendors. And then enjoy the free BBQ, ’cause why not?

Adult admission is $3, and kids 18 and under get in free. All proceeds from ticket sales and booth fees are donated to the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and Hellyer Velodrome.

Download the full-size poster here.

Dusty desert camping trip essentials are at Sports Basement

Heading out to camp for a week in the desert with thousands of other people? We’ve whipped up a checklist to help you when you shop the Basement for essentials.

Bike Department
Bike bells
Bike horns
Bike baskets
Bike lights (front and rear)
LED spoke lights (assorted colors)
Bike lube (staff recommends Triflow)
Replacement tubes
Patch kits
Bicycle pumps
Bike locks
Assorted tools
Front Register Area
Lip balm
Beef/turkey jerkey
Energy bars
Electrolytes (Nuun tabs, etc.)
Reusable water bottles
Camping Department
Sun shade
Air mattress
Sleeping pad
Camp/travel pillow
Camp stoves & fuel
Camp plates, cutlery, pots and pans
Water jugs (regular and collapsible)
Glow sticks
Goggles (clear & tinted)
Bathing wipes
Sun shower
Camp soap
First aid kit
Camelbak/hydration pack
Mini bungee cords
Fitness & Team Sports
Tennis balls (to prevent injuries from stakes)
Shoes (boots, flip flops, tennis shoes)
Quick-dry active wear
Yoga wear/yoga mats
Reusable cold/ice packs

Reebok’s CrossFit is here!


And so are tons of other awesome CrossFit brands. CrossFit is sweeping the nation, and we’re all caught up in the inspirational excitement from the CrossFit Games starting July 25. So pause your WOD and sprint down to the Basement (feel free to throw a few burpees in on the way here) and check out all the goodness we’ve got to offer!

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