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Great Rainy Day Bike Rides Around The City

Great Rainy Day Bike Rides Around The City

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Well, it looks like the rain finally found us. No worries. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you have to hang up your bike, and wait for the next ray of sunlight. Biking in the rain can actually be pretty great. Full disclosure: I lived in Seattle for 10 years and pedaled my way through many a rainy day. But, honestly, riding in the rain can be fun.

On rainy days, there’s a stillness to the city not found on sunny days. Places that are normally overrun with people are suddenly yours to appreciate, and views that you’ve seen a thousand times look different, better, in the rain. Here are my picks for top rainy day bike rides. All the rides are low on cars and high on views. Grab a jacket, some rain pants, a good attitude, and take to the streets.

Beach Bound
Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach is a classic ride, but I find it especially great in the rain. The way the mist settles around the Eucalyptus is magic. Pedal your way slowly (definitely slowly on wet days) through Golden Gate Park and make your way to Ocean Beach. You might discover a few other rain seekers out there, but chances are the beach will be all yours.

Presidio View
One of the best spots in the city is Immigrant Point in the Presidio. Just like Golden Gate Park, a misty Presidio is a sight to remember. Pedal your way through the Arguello Gate and into the Presidio. Immigrant Point overlooks Baker Beach—a quiet, empty Baker Beach.

Wave Organ Listening
The Wave Organ in the Marina is always fun to check out, but on rainy days, when the tides are stronger and the crowds are slimmer, it’s even better. Pedal down to Crissy Field in the Marina. There’s a mixed-use path, so you can stay off the busy, wet road. Roll into the parking lot and settle into the sounds of the Wave Organ. High tide boasts the best acoustics.

Have other picks for rainy day rides? Add them in the comments below.