Fitness + Outdoors
Bike counts on Market Street show that bikes outnumber cars three to one. Sure, that was on Bike to Work Day, one of the busiest biking days of the year, but even an ordinary day there is still a sea of people pedaling down the green and protected lanes of Market Street.
This Sunday, join 1,500 fellow bike-loving locals for the biggest bicycle bash of the season—Winterfest. Now in its 16th year, this annual party and fundraiser for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an event not to be missed. With wine and beer flowing, food by local vendors, an epic bike and art auction, and views of the city from the roof of the Metreon, it’s sure to be one of the best parties of the year.
There are few things more wholesome than picking out a Christmas tree. Whether you’re heading out to find the perfect tree with your young kids, or with your annoying roommates, the process of picking out a tree, if done correctly, can be the one of the highlights of the holiday season.
It’s been a great year for San Francisco biking, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Today, as you prepare to stuff yourself with turkey or tofurky, raise a glass to some of our biking victories and our city’s exciting pedal-powered movement. And when you’re done gorging on mashed potatoes, you can give thanks that it’s never too cold to go for a bike ride in San Francisco. May I suggest the Butter Lap as a fitting ride for this gluttonous holiday? Without further ado, here are five bike-related things to be thankful for. I’ll make it brief—there’s a cranberry soufflé with my name on it.
On December 3, San Francisco's cycling community will come together once again for the 6th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep, a charity event to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. The race brings together all types of cyclists—casual riders, commuters, messengers, competitors, etc.—to help feed the city's hungry by picking up food from various grocery stores around town. This year, there are two ways that you can participate: ride in the race—speed or cargo—or fundraise at Firstgiving. To ride, just show up at Cupid's Span (Folsom & Embarcadero) on Saturday, December 3 at noon.
The Bay Area may be the birthplace of mountain biking, but today it can be hard to find enough legal singletrack to satiate even the intermediate rider. And over the next few months, it’s going to get even harder. Three of our best local mountain bike spots are slated to close this year due to state budget cuts.
Surfers tend to have an inflated infatuation with their surfboards. Probably more than car people love their cars, or gadget people love their gadgets, the love story between surfer and surfboard is profound and deep. Just check out a new board and you’ll understand—the crisp lines, the perfect smoothness, the immaculate curves…surfboards are beautiful.
Dance, fly, and get out of the studio for a fresh take on one of the city's favorite pastimes.
Take it Outside
Practicing yoga en plein air is a huge change of pace from the confines of a pristine studio where cloying incense fills the room and wood floors provide a steady platform. In the urban landscape, you’ve got uneven ground and the weather to contend with, but you also have dramatic views to keep things interesting.