Bike Tours

by Joel Pomerantz

June 2nd, 2010

How to prepare for your bike tour

Thinkwalks bike tours are never strenuous. We travel slowly between nearby stops and never ride steep hills. I’m a hill wimp. That’s why I love the Wiggle so much!

Before coming to a ride, you’ll need to be sure your tires are firm and your bicycle is functioning reasonably smoothly. If you need assistance, please get in touch. If you need a bicycle and are between 5’2″ and 6’2″, please ask me about my loaner bike.

Thinkwalks Tours by bicycle

Outside Lands Bike Cruise
Social Justice Mural Tour (ride by request only)
The Wiggle and San Souci Watershed (ride by request only)

Bike tours of your own design

Custom tours are available with many variations. Some groups ask for me to arrange rental bikes. Some bring bikes. Some like to rent a bus. Some groups arrange an indoor discussion or workshop to follow their tour. Some even start with a slide presentation and follow it with an unstructured ride to replace a question-and-answer period afterwards.

I can easily accommodate these and other special desires, but some require advance notice.

Other bike tours you might like

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has frequent rides that include presentations. Some are more about riding, some more about the presentations.

Shaping San Francisco bike tours, by Chris Carlsson, are approximately monthly rides with lots of highly detailed political history presentation and discussion.

Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center accommodates tour requests by foot or bike.

Cycling resources

Rental shops along Stanyan Street and at Fulton/5th Ave. give easy access to Golden Gate Park. Pacific Bicycles at 4th Street/Folsom rents good bikes. The Bike Hut (415-543-4335) sometimes has clunkers (or nicer bikes) they’ll rent out. In the waterfront tourist zones you can find rental bikes galore.

SF Biking and Walking Maps are available from Joel, here at Thinkwalks, and at many SF shops (bicycle shops and other stores). They cost under $5 and show official bike routes (easier, safer) plus hill grades and important bike facilities. The Duboce Bikeway Mural is also on the map, twice. It’s marked at Church Street and Duboce Avenue, and a detail from the mural is shown as a graphic.

Streetsblog is the best web site for people who use their bicycle for everyday transportation in San Francisco. (They have one in NYC, too.)

The SF Bicycle Coalition has a much more complete resource list.

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