Tuesday, September 13, 2005

If you're going to San Francisco...

We are too! We'll be going toward the end of October, MEA weekend for you Minnesotans. It will be me, the wife and another couple. This will be the first time the four of us have travelled together, so it should be a very interesting experience. We have all been discussing what we would like to do while we are out there. I've composed a list of typically tourist-y things (visit Alcatraz, ride a streetcar, etc.), but the one I'm most excited about is renting a bike and riding it across the Golden Gate bridge.

The idea hadn't even occurred to me on my own. I was googling San Fran, looking for interesting things to do and found several bike rental outfits. For about $50 (give or take) you can get outfitted with a bike and a map and turned loose in the city. The basic route is to get out of Fisherman's Wharf and cross the Golden Gate into Sausalito. Once there you can either continue into Tiburon or just stay put in Sausalito. Either way, a ferry ride back across the bay is included. It sounds just awesome.

If anybody has any experience with San Fran biking, let me know! I'd also be interested in any cool San Fran things that I'm not likely to find on the Official San Fran website.

7 comments:

Nancy said...

Ooooh, that does sound fun.

Pete said...

So does that mean you'll do the ride with me? We can have lunch in Sausalito!

Nancy said...

I think I will!

Good luck talking E. and V. into this one, though. ;-)

Jon said...

Go to Telegraph Hill near North Beach. Go to the top of the tower and take some spectacular pictures. Hit the Italian restaraunts in North Beach and if you care to, go to City Lights Books. I would also recommend Japantown, which if memeory serves, is right past Chinatown. And the next time I go, I'll definitely make to time to head to Walnut Creek and Rivendell Bicycle Works.

Pete said...

Thanks for the info Jon! I think we'll detour off the route to get to Coit Tower at the very least.

City Lights Books sounds like something the wife would be interested in. I would love to see Rivendell, but I just don't know if I'll be able to squeeze it in.

equipoise said...

A friend of mine rented a bike in San Fran and road across the bridge, etc back in March.

Maybe you could benefit from his experience:

http://aclickinthedark.com/posts/000056.html

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Biker Nut Job said...

I would stop by the Pedal Revolution in the Mission.http://www.pedalrevolution.com/. They are a very cool co-op shop. When I was there last I bought a used bike/lock from them and rode around the city for a week. After the week was up I sold the bike back to them. They were very friendly and cheap. Good Luck and have fun.