Places to RideLeave the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge, cross the bridge, and explore Marin County, away from the urban hustle and bustle. From there, there are endless possibilities. If you want some hills, try the Hawk Hill route up Conzelman Road in Golden Gate National Recreation Area—a tough climb, a view that's worth it and a descent that's breathtaking.
Other routes include:
- Presidio: If you're looking to stay in the city, the Presido just south of Golden Gate Bridge has plenty of roads and trails for more casual bike riding.
- Golden Gate Park: The east side of JFK Drive is closed to cars every Sunday, making for a great bike route.
Events to Remember
The Marin Century takes place in August with rides of 30, 60, 95, 100, 135 and 200 miles. It's a popular event for cyclists.
Other rides include:
- The Sequoia Century in June is south of San Francisco down closer to San Jose but is growing in popularity.
- Tours of nearby Napa wine country are popular, such as the Tour de Rustic Wine Country in Fairfield.
- Search for more San Francisco cycling events.
Stores to Check Out
Bespoke Cycles in downtown (2843 Clay Street) is a great store for serious cyclists.
Other shops to check out:
- The Freewheel, 1920 Hayes and 914 Valencia
- City Cycle, 3001 Steiner Street
One Last Tip
Need a quick fix, or just want to learn more about bike repair? Check out the non-profit Bike Kitchen in the Mission neighborhood. Pay a $5 day-use fee and get access to the shop's tools and volunteer mechanics.