Bike valet parking is great -- but what we really need is a bike valet, someone to lay out our freshly laundered cycling duds, to provide discreet, expert service and adjustments to our gleaming bicycle fleet, and to suggest the appropriate bicycle for any given occasion.

The good news: today’s used-bike-tube-ribbon-cutting marked the official opening of Warm Planet Bicycles, a free bike parking service and shop specializing in commuter needs, located by the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 4th and Townsend Streets. (Townsend between 4th and 7th is really more like an elongated, spastic parking lot than a street, but that’s another argument entirely.)

The bad news: we had to catch the 11:37 train, and so we missed all the speechifying and good vibes, as well as the actual tube-snipping.