Retailer Spotlight: Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Meet Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Located in the beach town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Mad Dogs is a woman-owned business that houses a curated lineup of premium bikes, accessories, art, and apparel.


Sawako is a huge fan of their heirloom quality, design-classic bikes. A specialty retailer for several brands, many of their bikes are hand-crafted, limited editions.


Mad Dogs & Englishmen recently graced us with their time to answer some questions about the role of cycling in their life.


  1. What kind of cyclist are you?

I am more of a leisure cyclist. I ride for fun and enjoyment more than any other reason. I love all bikes and have been cycling since childhood. As long as they are premium quality relative to design, craftsmanship and performance, then I will love them. I commute four miles to work from our house in Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s very hilly where we live so I am particularly loving the electric bikes.

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  1. Which lifestyle brands are you following at the moment?
Machines for Freedom is a pretty cool brand, I like what they stand for. I am also into DGR.

 Machines for freedom

<photo credit: Machines for freedom>

  1. Tell us about your business and why you started it. What are your core values?

    We live and work in a very special place, a magical, fairytale-cottage-style community perched on a hill above one of the most beautiful beaches and scenic coastlines in the world. I studied art in college and have always been an artist at heart. Our town is very artistic, it was founded by artists and poets. I wanted to create a bike shop that felt more like an artist’s gallery than a bike shop, one that showcases the most beautiful bikes and bike accessories you can find anywhere in the world. And I wanted to encourage more people to enjoy the beauty of our community on bikes vs driving around in their cars.

helmet picnic

  1. Besides your business, what is your passion?

    Photography, cycling, exploring new places, eating out, wineries, live music venues, art galleries, hanging with our doggies and enjoying our beautiful nature and beaches.


  1. What is your role in inspiring other women to cycle?

    I have created a bike shop that is very inclusive for women and all types of cyclists.


  1. What would you say is the difference between cycle chic and cycle geek?

    I think you can be both. I would say a cycle geek is more into competition or performance and a cycle chic is more into leisure and style, but I could be wrong.


  1. Where’s your favorite place to pedal?

    Scenic Drive in Carmel and 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.


  1. What was your first bike?

    Huffy Red Rose #5. I got it for Christmas as a child and it was stolen that night because I left it in my front parents didn’t buy me another one for several years.

red kid bike


  1. Black croc, leopard or glitter?

    Leopard, but I love all three!

a lot of different helmets


  1. If you could cycle anywhere in the world where would it be?

    The French and Italian countryside.


  1. Tell us your secret cycling style tip.

    I love stylish helmets, pannier bags and wicker baskets.


  1. What's on your cycling soundtrack?

    Don’t have one. I never listen to music when I am cycling.



address: SW Corner of Ocean Ave and Mission St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

instagram: @maddogscarmel


photo credit: Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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