Fitness + Outdoors
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.
There’s a lot going on in San Francisco this weekend, you may have heard. While the Pride festival will be happening downtown, Pink Saturdays in the Castro and Dyke March in Dolores Park, another festival will be making a quieter presence in the city. This Saturday is the 6th Annual all day Bicycle Music Festival, held in Golden Gate Park and Potrero Hill.
Did you know that San Francisco has a mountain, a real mountain? Okay, maybe not a mountain like Colorado or Utah or even Tahoe, but a mountain nonetheless. And it’s right here in our backyard.
And like other mountains, Sutro has some decent singletrack mountain or cyclocross trails on it. Northern California is painfully lacking in legal singletrack trails, so it’s refreshing—no, awesome—to know that there are a few solid miles of it right here within our city limit.
If you’re not familiar with Mount Sutro, here are the basics: It’s the wooded area behind UCSF, above the Castro and around/beneath Twin Peaks. In total, Mount Sutro is 61 acres of open space, which is a pretty decent amount of land to play on (thanks, UCSF, for protecting it).
With the arrival of several key parts of their new AC 72 (America's Cup 72-foot sail), Oracle is practicing in San Francisco Bay. We went behind the scenes at Oracle's giant Pier 80 complex to catch the latest America's Cup action happening in our backyard.