So you finally dragged yourself out of bed early enough to get a ride in, only to find that your tire is flat and your roommate “borrowed” your only spare tube for her “gardening project.” Or maybe you’re having a bitchin’ night out on Broadway and are amped to ride home, but some hooligan swiped the lights off your bike while it was locked up. Perhaps you need a quick pit-stop for some brake pads on a Friday afternoon but you didn’t realize how small Totem actually is and there are five people in line ahead of you who want to discuss the gear-inches-versus-cadence intricacies of the leading manufacturers’ latest 1×52 drivetrain while simultaneously talking about how many miles they are going to ride not this coming weekend but the weekend after that [this has never happened, for the record…]. Or maybe you just don’t like human interaction and would rather communicate with a robot. FEAR NOT – our vending machine is finally back in action, stocked with the necessities to keep you rolling 24/7/365. Inside of this glowing magical portal you will find locks, lights, tubes, lube, CO², tire sealant, rim tape, chains, grips, pedals, tools and more. There are even some Rock n’ Roll cassette tapes in there, because that’s how we roll. Simply swipe your bank card, press a couple buttons and watch your desires fall from the sky. It’s like a modern genie, but without all the weird karma and dread.

There are currently empty slots that will be stocked in the coming weeks, and a forthcoming rotating selection of Awesome Shit.

Now if we can just keep the graffiti off of it this time…

Seasons greetings, friends!

As 2015 comes to a close we want to reach out with a sincere THANK YOU for your support and encouragement as Totem Cyclery was founded during one of the busiest months of the season and, given the circumstances, with little room for preparation. We are beyond excited to be here, in this city and neighborhood that we have come to know and love, to continue to serve the community with what we believe is a unique and personable approach.

In gratitude, we are offering 15% off all tune packages throughout January and February*. Get your bike freshened up before the Spring rush! Check out our services for more details on our tune-ups. This offer is exclusive to newsletter subscribers! Subscribe here and confirm your email address at the time of service for the discount.

(*Limited to one bike per customer. Offer ends 2/29/16.)

Certainly many people have asked “Why Totem?” In many cultures throughout the world both past and present, the Totem concept represents a unification of like-minded people; a gathering place, a source of inspiration, and a reminder of our beliefs or values. In a lot of ways the bicycle has become a totemic symbol of freedom, function, exploration, challenge, youthfulness, an alternative to the status quo for some, health & fitness for others, and more than just a material object. It means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but anyone who knows the joy of riding a bike can agree on one thing – life would not be as fulfilling without it. With this in mind, Totem Cyclery is here for everyone and anyone who shares this love of the bicycle. We honor tradition, but are not chained to the past. Our path led us here – with intent, but never forced, and ever evolving.

Since our official opening took place near the end of the season, we decided to postpone our grand opening party until Spring in order to properly kick off the 2016 riding season. Look for more updates on this in the near future, but expect this event to be held in the March-April timeframe. All we can tell you for now is that it is going to be incendiary. As in “Russell, your guitar tone is…is…incendiary.”

The slower winter months have given us a chance to pause and reflect and plan for the future. Some exciting things will be happening this coming season. For one, our sidewalk vending machine which has been out of order will be functional again in the next month or two for 24hr access to tubes, locks, and other small parts. An amazing handmade storefront sign is in process as well as some interior painting and light remodeling. Additionally, we will be introducing recurring group rides and other community events. Hopefully this will all coincide with the approval of the proposed Broadway Protected Bike Lane and other related Bike Denver events. We encourage you to get involved and voice your opinion regarding these important infrastructure improvements that will make city travel safer for all types of road users.

Meanwhile, we are currently enjoying a retreat in the mountains during the holidays and will reopen on Tuesday, January 5th.

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Forward ever, backward never.
-Totem / Ryan


Totem officially opened on September 16th in the former Salvagetti Annex location. It is the next logical incarnation of what the Annex offered and we are excited to be the neighborhood hub for all commuting and recreational bicycling needs. As we transition into cooler weather and shorter days, we will remain open through the winter and continue to offer the service and product necessities to keep you riding year round. Stay tuned for the evolution of our services and events as the dawn of the 2016 season comes to light.