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Old 06-08-05, 09:52 AM   #1
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San Francisco Bike Rentals?

It's kind of tentative at this point, but my wife will be staying in SF for 9 days in July for a corporate meeting, and I may be flying out to meet her for 3-4 days. She's gonna be in meetings during the day, and I'm infatuated with SF, so I'd like to use the free time cycling around the city.

Does anyone know of a shop that rents bikes on the cheap? I'm trying to get an idea of what it'll cost, because if it's too much I'll just find some way to bring my bike with me.
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Depending on when you're going to be here, and what size you are, I could loan you a bike. Hell, if you're here on a Saturday I'll take you on a ride.

Edit: When my mom comes out she rents a bike from Pacific Bike and Board, which is by my house, and they charge $50 for the weekend. They have mostly "comfort bikes" but also a few hybrid "city bikes" as well...
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Recent thread San Francisco Rentals

I was in a similar situation last year. My wife was attending a conference in San Jose, so we made a vacation out of it. On Saturday when she was busy, I drove back to SF and rented from Blazing Saddles at Fisherman's Wharf. Happy with their service. Middle-range cross bike, but it worked well for getting to Tiburon and back. Lock, rat trap rack and at small handle bar pack came with the bike. For the rest I brought my own gear: shorts, jersey, gloves, helmet, etc. (the guy at the shop was amused that I came equipped.) I also brought a small back pack for my change of cloths since they don't have lockers at the rental place.

Several of the bike rental shops in SF have coupon discounts, usually 5 dollars off. Shop around. Check on line.

There is a really good bike map of SF that has the street grades in shades of red and the usual best routes marked. There is a pdf on line as well as a hard copy you can buy at a LBS.

Have fun.

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Thanks, I appreciate the suggestions.
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A friend and I rented bikes for the day near fisherman's warf, not blazing saddles, but they were comprable in price. There's a great bike lane across the Golden Gate Bridge that takes you to Golden Gate National Recreation area with miles of beautiful road to explore. We went out to the Point Bonita light house, which is a great place to stop. There are also a few batteries and such leftover from WWII which are neat to see. An old NIKE missle site is out there as well. Regardless, you should have a blast. Let us know how it goes, take lots of pictures!
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The trail along the bay from FW to the Golden Gate Bridge is easy and scenic, but very crowded. Lots trail users, bikes and peds, didn't have the sense to stay to the right, and the cyclists there don't like to call out when they pass (didn't hear an "on your left" once.) Be careful.
The views from the bridge are great. Take the "bike only" side if it is open.
The riding on the Marin side of the bay was more fun. At the far end of the bridge I looked up hill to the headlands and down the hill that sweeps under the bridge, and I picked the low road to Sausilito. Was probably the hillier way. If you have time, try both. You can always take the boat back.

Couple of websites:
http://sanfrancisco.about.com/cs/bikin1/a/bikerides.htm
http://www.sfguide.com/transportation/bikerentals.htm

and the bike map http://www.campuslifeservices.ucsf.e...cle_map_sf.pdf

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Riding across the bridge is definitely a top priority, but for the most part I'd like to focus on urban riding. I want to get several rolls of film worth of pics of different areas of the city, and just get a feel for the various neighborhoods. I'll have at least 3 days to do this, which is why I'm focusing on the more budget-friendly rental outfits. Thanks for the great suggestions. Keep 'em coming!
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Definitly get the bike map. Shows bike paths and has the streets grades marked (useful in SF)

After I got back from Tiburon (cheated and took the ferry back to save time), I rode down the Embarcadero to Market and the old downtown with an architecture guide book, hunting for some particular buildings (like the only FL Wright building in SF). Rode back through China town and North Beach.
It was a good day.

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Definitly get the bike map. Shows bike paths and has the streets grades marked (useful in SF)
I emailed the DPT Bicycle Program to request a free bike map. I just received a response that the map is on it's way, and the person was extremely pleasant. What a great city.
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