Huge news for people wanting to commute regionally by bike! Tomorrow BART will launch a pilot that removes the bike ban during rush hour commute times. Until now, there’s been a “bike blackout” period in effect every morning and evening. But all that’s going to change—at least for these five Fridays in August.
Most San Francisco bike routes are designed to avoid the city’s hills. But this Saturday there’s a group bike ride that goes out of its way to hit every steep crest, reach every gorgeous vista, and scale every SF peak. The annual Seven Hells Ride is back again—and it’s even tougher than ever.
The Tour de France is well underway. With the flat stages behind them, the peloton has now moved on to the mountains—the most exciting stages to watch. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a race fan, watching the group of riders power up the Pyrenees and Alps is a breathtaking sight. So if you’re looking for a good place to hole up and watch the battle for the polka dot jersey, look no further. Here are five great spots to watch Le Tour—and have a beer or espresso while you do it.
Anyone who has spent time at Zeitgeist knows the only thing harder than getting the bartender to notice you in the sea of a Bloody Mary thirsty crowd is to find a place to lock your bike. With limited pole space outside and only a few hooks inside, finding a place to tie up your steed can be challenging. But not to worry, bike and booze fans, Zeitgeist recently got a new, improved and HUGE bike corral!
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.
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).
It’s June, meaning the gay high holy days are upon us. For San Francisco queers, there are more homo-centric activities and parties than you can wave a rainbow flag at. For bike loving queers, there are an equal number of pedal-centric pride activities. From rainbow bike rides, to LGBTQ bike parties to queer bike education classes, here are just a few of the “byke” pride activities scheduled this month. Feel free to add more in the comments section below:
San Francisco bike riders are lucky. We’ve got world-class road biking in Marin, killer single track to the North and South, and gorgeous bike touring along the coast. Not to mention the miles of bike lanes in our city.
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