Fitness + Outdoors
No matter where you spent your 4th of July in the Bay Area, you were in for a spectacular show. Here are some shots from Bernal Hill with a nice view overlooking the city. Where did you watch?
'Tis the season to get your green thumb on.
The Marina So close you might even be able to hear the sailors’ shouts.
By Boat Marshals will tell you where you can and can’t position your craft.
The Golden Gate Bridge Watch from the eastern sidewalk. Remember, no dogs, skateboards, rollerblades, or scooters.
Alcatraz Buy your ferry tickets in advance, and take care not to trample sensitive wildlife areas on the island.
Treasure Island The west side of the island promises clear but distant views and an excellent line of sight to the finish line.
Fisherman’s Wharf Expect the area’s carnival-like atmosphere to go into overdrive.
Brett and Karen Thurber opened The New Wheel, an innovative ebike shop in Bernal Heights, this past March. The shop features a variety of pedal assist bikes to help out with the many San Francisco hills. The "optimistic bike shop" was founded in 2010 in North Beach and features a full bike maintenance shop for conventional bikes along with electric bikes. They even have their own charging station (fashioned to look like a gas pump) at their sidewalk entrance. Stop by to meet Brett and Karen, and experience their excellent customer service and take an electric bike for a test ride around Bernal Heights.
Across the globe, the pedal powered movement is going electric. Simple electric-assisted bikes are being used everywhere from bike tours through the Alps to everyday bikes for hilly cities. Here in our own hilly city, Bernal Heights’ e-bike shop, The New Wheel, is leading the charge. Last week they added a new addition to their electric fleet: A solar-powered charging station to power your e-bike—or any other battery product that needs some juice.
Professional triathlete and elite swimmer Matt Dixon knows a bit about the active lifestyle. In 2008, he founded Purplepatch, a holistic fitness and athletic program specializing in endurance training. Dixon has a master’s degree in clinical and exercise physiology, frequently contributes to Outside Magazine, works with Ironman triathletes, and also hosts a free training session for runners every Thursday night at Kezar stadium. Here, he names the best of SF's fitness scene.