Rentals in San Francisco

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  1. clarkc

    clarkc New Member

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    Coming to SF in a few weeks. I'm looking for a place that rents road bikes. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
     
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  2. gpriatko

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    http://www.adventurebike.com/rental_rates.html
    http://www.baycitybike.com/
    http://www.blazingsaddles.com/
    http://www.bicyclerental.com/

    I think that the best ride is the Conzelman loop through the Marin Headlands. The views of the Golden Gate bridge and the city are great. Many of the car commercials shot in northern CA are filmed there. I was talking to a ranger a few weeks ago (waiting a few minutes for a camera crew to get out of the way) and he told me that he had been on eight different shoots that week.

    A map of the Head Lands:
    http://www.nps.gov/goga/maps/pdf/map-mahe.pdf

    The ride starts at the north end of the Golden Gate bridge, runs west out to the cliffs overlooking the Pacific, and then back east on Bunker Road.

    Be sure to take McCullough Road back up the hill to Conzelman. That's the pretty way to go and Bunker Road is one-way through the tunnel. The traffic flow in the tunnel is paced for cars (not bikes). It's not much fun to be in the tunnel and have the cars riding towards you.


    Bike routes in SF...
    http://www.campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/transportation/rideshare/bike/pdf/bicycle_map_sf.pdf

    San Francisco Bay Trail Map:
    http://www.baytrail.org/map.html
     
  3. clarkc

    clarkc New Member

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    Wow thanks! You a very helpful. How's the profile of that loop? Anything serious? I'm riding with my friend who is a beginner.
     
  4. gpriatko

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    I've seen a profile of this ride some where on line but I just googled for it and didn't find it.

    The topo maps for most of the US are available for browsing on www.topozone.com

    The area that you're looking for is here: http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=37.82556&lon=-122.49833

    You can expand the scale and the size of the map by using the controls in the left nav bar on that page.

    The highest point on the ride is Hawk Hill, that's only 800 feet. Depending on where you start in San Francisco, and which little side trips you take, the total change for the ride will be around 2000 feet.

    That might be a little much for a novice but I've seen plenty of visitors on rental hybrid bikes puffing their way up the hill. Almost all of them turn around at the top of Hawk Hill. So your friend should get a special prize for riding the whole loop.

    The longest climb is McCullough Road. It's 8.5% (400 feet climb over 0.9 miles).

    The hardest part of the whole ride is the first 1/4 mile on Conzelman (from the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge up to the first vista point). The climb on that little piece of road is only about 100 foot but somehow it just seems harder than you would expect. It's enough to intimidate a novice rider. Just keep telling your friend that it will get a lot easier once you get around the first big curve.

    If you go on a week end, you'll see visitors on rental bikes and some of them will walk part of the first 1/4 mile. After that, the next 1/2 mile is almost flat, then it kicks up to about 7% for the last 1/4 mile.

    You might want to check out the Marine Mammal Center.
    http://www.nps.gov/goga/maps/pdf/map-mahe.pdf

    It's just north of 'Rodeo Lagoon'. They rescue and rehabilitate seals, and sea lions, and other sea mammals. It's kind of interesting to see them close up. They're open every day until 4:00.

    To the north-west of the Marine Mammal Center is a dotted line that takes you up to 'Battery Townsley'. That's actually a paved road. It's an gentle climb and the views are very nice.

    That whole area was once a military base; now it's a National Park. On the first Sunday of every month, there's a free tour of the Nike Missile Site (on the map, south of Rodeo Lagoo). It's an interesting, and somewhat sobering piece of history.

    Keep your eyes open for wild life. There are lots of smaller creatures, and deer, and coyotes, and bob cats, and (very rarely) a black bear or a mountain lion. Not bad for a place that's only two miles away from San Francisco.
     
  5. Darjevon

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    go with blazing saddles, man
     
  6. gpriatko

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    Darjevon, why do you recommend BlazingSaddles?
     
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