Fitness + Outdoors
This weekend brings the geekiest, bike geariest local event of the year—The San Francisco Bike Expo. For all of you bike nerds like me, the SF Bike Expo at Cow Palace is the local motherland of all things pedal-powered. It’s the once-a-year event where all of the local bike shops unload their inventory and bike companies big and small showcase their goods.
In San Francisco's rabid food and restaurant culture obsessed with trying the newest, latest dishes, we can forget how easy it actually is to, you know, make magic happen in the kitchen ourselves. For instance: crab. You can have crab feasts galore whenever your heart desires, if you're willing to get a proper license and get out there. Crab season started November 5th, and experienced crab catchers all claim the first two weeks of the season are the best. Here's our guide to DIY crabbing in the Bay Area, full of tips, tricks and spots to equip yourself for a day spent on the water.
If you’re one of the hundreds of people who bike down Market Street at rush hour, you may have noticed a tiny bike repair station peeking out of an old newspaper sales hut on mid-Market.
The noticeable presence of pro surfers in the city means that San Francisco surfers are doing their best to show off the city’s party side. Almost every night during the November 1-12 contest window of the Rip Curl Pro Search, there is something surf related happening somewhere in the city. While each party has its own unique flavor, one of the hottest events where you can mingle with the world’s best surfers is the Surfbreak Rentals Launch Party on November 5 at Public Works.
On Tuesday, November 1, the Rip Curl Pro Search, set “somewhere in San Francisco,” officially opens. It’s an event that has been anticipated by the local surf community for months and many of the world’s best surfers have been spotted at Ocean Beach in recent days, adjusting to the cold water and unique waves. After all the hype, it’s time for the big show. Let the surfing begin.
On Saturday, Civic Center was transformed into a snowboard park complete with ramps, rails and jumps. This was all part of the Downtown Throwdown series where $5,000 was up for grabs.
San Francisco is falling in love with the bike. More locals (7 in 10) are riding bikes, tourists are choosing the two-wheeled transit, and new bike projects, bike art installations, and bike news are happening on a near daily basis. Here's our roundup of cycle-centric news and events.
1. ARTCRANK Show Tonight! Bikes and art are a beautiful combination. Last week we wrote about Papergirl SF, which delivers art by bike. Today brings another fun bike/art project—ARTCRANK. Chrome Bags’ annual ARTCRANK poster event showcases some of the coolest bikecentric designs around. Drink some beer, look at some art, and celebrate with other bike-loving folks. Free bike valet by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, so just lock up your steed and enjoy the fun. 111 Minna, Friday, October 17, 2011, 7 pm.
2. JFK Separated Bikeway Approved! Yesterday, the Recreation and Parks Commission voted unanimously to approve a plan for separated bikeways on both sides of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. For those who commute down JFK on non car-free days, this 1.5 mile separated bikeway between Stanyan Street and Transverse Drive means a much safer daily ride and a key link in safe, crosstown bike routes.