Cheese lovers, get your taste buds ready and your bikes tuned, because this Saturday is the Tour du Fromage, a bike ride to San Francisco’s finest independent cheese spots. Join Other Avenues Co-op Cheesemonger, JB Rumburg, as he takes you on an exploration of our city’s fromage frontier.
Cycling fans will be happy to know that the Amgen Tour of California is returning to San Francisco this year. Tour leaders released the map earlier this week, and San Francisco holds the second stage spot, meaning that on May 14 the peloton will be screaming its way through our city—albeit briefly—en route to Aptos.
Like a lot of bike messengers in the age of the Internet, Chas Christiansen found himself out of a job. But he wasn’t going to hang his head low and sadly pedal his fixie into the sunset. Instead, he started his own bike messenger service—TCB (Taking Care of Business), a deluxe courier service aimed at bringing you anything you want, any time of day.
Any given Saturday at Zeitgeist or Gestalt will reveal one simple truth: San Francisco has a lot of bicycle loving singles. But have no fear, pedal lovers, you won’t have the last bike hanging in the bar stall anymore—or at least you have one good shot coming up to find your bike loving partner. Next Wednesday, February 8th, is the annual Love on Wheels event, the 1970s dating game for bike enthusiasts.
While the rest of the country may be celebrating some other Giants’ win (boo!), we in San Francisco know what it really means to have a winning Giants team. Our boys in black and orange report for their first workout in less than a month, which means it’s time to shake off the football blues and get excited for baseball. I found just the thing to lift my sports spirits (and encourage my biking obsession)—San Francisco Giants cycling jersey.
The Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 this year, and in honor of her three quarters of a century of standing strong, she’s getting a facelift, or rather a nice nip and tuck. Over the next few months, the Golden Gate Bridge will undergo some resurfacing, re-grading and mild design changes—all of which will make for better Bridge biking in the days to come.
Remember the good old days of Kozmo, where whatever your craving was would miraculously appear at your apartment door, in the arms of a sometimes smiling, often studly bicyclist? Well, Kozmo may have gone the way of other many other dot coms, but there’s a growing new movement of people delivering goods by bike. Among this pack of people pedaling their wares is Jessica Nguyen and her banh mi delivery service, Banh Mi Love You Long Time.
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.
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