Mission Mission reports that a couple of entrepreneurial bike messengers have launched a late night courier service delivering to the Mission, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, SOMA, the Castro, Potrero Hill, and some of the non-valley parts of Noe Valley. Never again will you stand in line at El Farolito at 2am! TCB Courier will bring you late night burritos, dinner from places that don't deliver, or even random toiletries if you're too lazy to leave your house. The delivery rate is $6 plus $1 for extra stops before your location before midnight, and $10+ after midnight, depending on the circumstances, plus the cost of your items (tips excluded, and don't be cheap). Think of it like Kozmo.com but local and with San Francisco as its warehouse.
We posted a few weeks ago about Tour de Fat and the Car-for-Bike Trade. Find out who won this Saturday at Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park! The day begins at 11am with a bike parade (registration at 10a, see bottom of page for pre-registration) and performances at Speedway start at noon. This year's lineup includes March Fourth Marching Band and Sean Hayes, along with cabaret and circus performances. Celebrate the Car-for-Bike Trade winner's switch to two wheels beginning with a funeral procession at 2:30 and the official ceremony at 4:30. And of course, since the event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, spend your afternoon drinking tasty beers (and far more than just Fat Tire). The event is family friendly but be sure to bring ID to drink and cash for beer tokens. Curtain closes at 5pm. If the weather people are right, it should be a beautiful afternoon.
With the success of Zip Car and big changes to SF streets in the pipeline, now is a better time than ever to trade in your car for something without monthly payments and parking challenges: a bicycle! Every year, New Belgium brings their traveling music, beer, and bike festival, Tour de Fat, to Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park (this year's party is Saturday, September 26). For every city on the summer tour, New Belgium selects one aspiring carless citizen to exchange the keys to their car for a new bicycle in an on-stage ceremony at the event. And if you're the San Franciscan chosen, the lucky carless citizen will be you!
As the summer winds down in the rest of America, it's time to get ready for SF summer. And what better way to enjoy the weather by getting around on bicycle? But as you dust off your long-neglected ten-speed, you realize your gears are out of whack and you hate your handlebars. Or, worse, you don't even have a bike and want to buy one, fast. Where to go? Here's a quick look at seven of our favorite bike shops in the city.