Feel the Wind at Your Back With Bay City Bike
As any biking fan knows, nothing feels more exhilarating than zipping down bike paths, going all out on a flat stretch of road, or even moving seamlessly alongside cars in an urban setting. Biking and enjoying the sun warming your shoulders and the heady rush of a smooth ride is not only a great form of exercise, but also a terrific way to do some sightseeing without the hassle of sitting in traffic or finding parking. With Bay City Bike, you don’t even need to own your own bike!
Bay City Bike is your one-stop shop for reliable bike rentals in San Francisco. Conquer San Francisco’s rolling hills with a hybrid or electric bike, or make a day of it by exploring the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond on a performance bike. It’s all within your reach at Bay City Bike.
Where to Bike in San Francisco
While San Francisco’s colossal hills can seem intimidating to the average biker, there are plenty of options for biking that don’t involve (too much) huffing up massive inclines. The Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito tour is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but it also has very manageable ascents. Traveling across this man-made wonder, you’ll be more than 200 feet above the glittering Pacific Ocean with San Francisco behind you and Hawk Hill in the distance.
Pro tip: The east sidewalk is shared with pedestrians so it’s ideal for more casual riders, but the west has outcroppings perfect for a time out to snap a windblown selfie. While it’s California, it’s still San Francisco and winds can get pretty fierce, so it’s wise to wear layers, regardless of the time of year.
Biking in Golden Gate Park
Biking in Golden Gate Park is another fun option for cyclo-tourists. Dotted with grassy meadows and tranquil lakes, Golden Gate Park is a superb place to spend a few hours effortlessly gliding along its seven miles of paved trails. With several museums within easy biking distance, cycling around in the park provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy both the outdoors and soak up some local culture. If you bike there on a Sunday, you’ll even get to take advantage of a car-free stretch of John F. Kennedy Drive all the way down to Stanyan Street.
Urban explorers will love biking through Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square and even attempting the crooked switchbacks of the legendary Russian Hill (600 feet of heart-pumping cardio!)
Pro tip: Pace yourself and be prepared for some serious slogging if you endeavor to climb this monster hill (that seems more like a mountain when you’re attempting to scale it.)
If you’re interested in a road bike rental in San Francisco to zip along the Pacific Coast Highway you can find what you need at Bay City Bike. With a few options for performance bikes (including road and mountain styles), finding your perfect set of wheels is a piece of cake.
San Fran Bike Tours
Bay City Bike also offers guided San Francisco bike tours that cover a few of the most popular regions of the city. Choose from a downtown tour that exposes you to the street arts and culture of San Francisco or more nature-oriented tours that take you across the Golden Gate Bridge or into Golden Gate Park. Bay City Bike even offers bike tours paired with visits to the most famous prison in the world: Alcatraz!
What You Should Know About Bay City Bike San Francisco Bike Rental
San Francisco is approximately 47 square miles; even on a bike, that’s a lot of ground to cover in one day. Fortunately, Bay City Bike has a host of locations up and down Fisherman’s Wharf and on Haight Street. If you’re meandering around the urban areas of the city you’ll never be far from one.
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Bay City Bike Tickets
You can buy tickets for Bay City Bike tours on the official website. While Bay City Bike may not be the cheapest bike rental option in San Francisco, the quality of their bikes, unparalleled customer service, and impressive tours more than justify the cost. That said, if you’re looking for Bay City Bike discounts, check out San Francisco C3 from CityPASS. Not only will you get a discounted bike rental at Bay City Bike, which can save you up to off regular admission prices to three of San Francisco’s hottest attractions. Choose from Bay City Bike, California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium by the Bay, and more!
There’s something so enjoyable about watching the scenery go by while biking. Whether you’re charging up a heart-pumping hill, whizzing across a flat stretch of highway, or even casually maneuvering alongside urban traffic, it’s truly an experience that keeps you in the moment. (Not to mention it’s great exercise and you’ll work up quite an appetite for San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread.) For a memorable way to experience the Bay Area’s many natural and man-made attractions, hop on a Bay City Bike and pedal your cares away!
Experience This Thrilling Ride for Less With CityPASS
Save up to on this one-of-a-kind tour of San Francisco plus two other amazing San Francisco attractions with San Francisco C3, including the Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, the Exploratorium, and the California Academy of Sciences. Take the guesswork out of vacation planning and save big with San Francisco C3 from CityPASS.
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