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Old 08-08-11, 06:42 AM
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Renting Road Bikes in San Fransisco

Where is the best place to rent good road bikes in San Fransisco for a few days?
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Originally Posted by shona
Where is the best place to rent good road bikes in San Francisco for a few days?
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San Francisco proper or the Bay Area? I found the best deal several years ago at Campus Bike Shop on the Stanford campus. I rented a Fuji (I think it was a CCR or something like that) and rode it for a month.
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There are several shops in Fisherman's wharf that rent road bikes. Not great bikes but serviceable.

You can rent a bike in Fisherman's wharf, ride through the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito, on to Tiburon. Have Margaritas at a great Mexican restaurant in Tiburon, and take the Ferry back to Fisherman's wharf. Makes for a good vacation day.
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+1 to what merlinextraligh said.

I've also had good luck with road bikes rented from Mike's Bikes in Sausalito if you want to start your ride on the Marin side of the GG.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
There are several shops in Fisherman's wharf that rent road bikes. Not great bikes but serviceable.

You can rent a bike in Fisherman's wharf, ride through the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito, on to Tiburon. Have Margaritas at a great Mexican restaurant in Tiburon, and take the Ferry back to Fisherman's wharf. Makes for a good vacation day.
Tiburon is less than 20 miles from Fisherman's Wharf. Why not continue around the Tiburon peninsula to Larkspur and take the ferry back from there. That will add another 10 miles of beautiful riding. If you want to venture inland a little, there is a ton of other great riding in Marin, e.g., Mt. Tam.

But do avoid biking across the Golden Gate Bridge on weekends, especially in the late morning or early afternoon. Tourist traffic is atrocious this summer.

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I am talking about renting bikes in San Fransisco proper. We will be staying in the city.
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If you'd prefer a non-bento box rental check out https://pacbikes.com/articles/bikes-t...eels-pg126.htm
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Originally Posted by pelikan
If you'd prefer a non-bento box rental check out https://pacbikes.com/articles/bikes-t...eels-pg126.htm
What does non-bento box rental check out mean?
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Originally Posted by shona
What does non-bento box rental check out mean?
It means that he prefers big box retailers to tourist kiosks.
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Originally Posted by shona
What does non-bento box rental check out mean?
Just slang for the Blazing Saddle hybrid rental bikes that are all over the GGP & Sausalito. Not sure what type of road bike you are looking to rent, but Pacbikes has some decent road & mtbs. My office (as in company, not personal) overlooks their parking lot, which is not relevant to anything.

If you do want a hybrid, Blazing Saddles is hard to miss and they have handlebar bags attached.

No personal experience renting from either place, although I have been in PacBikes....seems ok.
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From what I observed from those non-bento box rental check outs are that they stock a whole lot of hybrids, and cruiser types of bikes but road bikes are few and far between. Maybe they have all been rented out or something because I do happen to go by them around 1 pm when the height of activity should be happening. I would recommend Mike's, but only the Sausalito store seems to rent them out, and not the one in downtown SF proper.
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We checked with Pacbikes and they don't do reservations so I guess we will just have to chance it. We do not want hybrids. We want good road bikes. Thanks for the information.
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I happened to rent from Pacbikes this past weekend, actually Monday. They only give you one option of road bike, and it's what you'd generally expect from a rental in terms of components and upkeep level. Had to wait a bit while they straightened the derailleur on the one they gave me.

Overall it worked out fine, and I enjoyed the trip. Probably pushed me towards just bringing my own bike on these kind of trips in the future though.
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Originally Posted by pelikan
Just slang for the Blazing Saddle hybrid rental bikes that are all over the GGP & Sausalito. Not sure what type of road bike you are looking to rent, but Pacbikes has some decent road & mtbs. My office (as in company, not personal) overlooks their parking lot, which is not relevant to anything.

If you do want a hybrid, Blazing Saddles is hard to miss and they have handlebar bags attached.

No personal experience renting from either place, although I have been in PacBikes....seems ok.
Blazing Saddles actually has a road bike shop where they rent out Specialized, Fuji, and Kestrels. All of their other locations all have the hydbrids, but this specific one specializes in renting out road bikes. It's off of Columbus street.
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Maybe too late but.. I asked the Bay City Bikes at fisherman's wharf which is the same company that runs the GGP bike rental about road bikes.

They said the fisherman's wharf one had 3 (the place I asked at), while the GGP rental place at stow lake has like 2 road bikes.
The two I saw were giant defy's, and on the small end. I didn't take too long of a look but they looked about the same size as my 52.
Said that they were first come first serve, though they are not popular and most people want the cruisers or hybrids that you see everywhere.
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