Fitness + Outdoors
Gone are the days of awkwardly clanking your way into a café wearing clunky SPD bike shoes, spandex pants and oversize windbreakers. The days of dorky bike gear are over, and in their place, a highly stylized selection of urban bike wear, almost indistinguishable from the highly stylized street wear. And lucky for us, San Francisco is leading the way in hip new gear. Among the cadre of cool local bike designers are the husband-and-wife duo of DZR shoes.
There is a place in Berkeley where women congregate and dance their asses off. What began as a belly dancing studio three years ago, is now a thumping, sweating, smiling mecca for women who want to let loose and get down. Hipline takes the fear out of exercise and puts the fun back in. Weekend classes book a week in advance, evening classes are illuminated by a disco ball and glow jewelry and Shimmy Pop Ninjas teach their hearts out.
Chances are, you’re going to wake up on New Year’s Day feeling less than perfect. You’ve had a really big night out and now, on the first of the year, it’s time to sweat out the hangover and start the new year on a healthier note than you ended the old. So, here’s a great, short road ride to sweat out the old, bring in the new—all while reminding you that you live in a gorgeous, amazing city with gorgeous, amazing wilderness just outside its bounds. And this is your year to explore it—starting now.
Still looking for the perfect gift for that pedal-loving person on your holiday list? Well, you’re in luck! With a plethora of local bike-focused companies based here in San Francisco, you have plenty of pedalific gifts to make your cyclist sweetie smile—and help boost our local economy. Here are my top picks for local bike gifts, all under $50:
One of the many beautiful things about living in the Bay Area is the possibility of playing a pleasant 18 holes of golf a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean (in the middle of December no less). However, one of the most scenic and affordable places to do so, Sharp Park in Pacifica, is facing a pending closure.
If you’re like me, it’s probably been a long time since you bought a new bike. Maybe the last time you had a shiny steed under a Christmas tree was when your parents bought you that cherry red Schwinn in 1977. No worries, buying a new bike isn’t that hard. And in many cases, it isn’t that expensive—especially during these end-of-the-year sales.
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You've seen them - the skaters blazing down the steepest of San Francisco streets - and wondered, how the hell do they do that? We caught up with some local skateboarders in this week's Scenes of the City.
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.