A bike mechanic adjusts brakes and gears, pressurizes tires, trues wheels, and cleans gears, the chain, and the bottom bracket
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An employee lubes and adjusts components, trues wheels, fills tires, tightens bolts, and cleans frames before safety checks and test drives
B-cycle operates much like a car-sharing service, allowing members and non-members to rent bikes when they need them and return them to the same or any other station. Because B-cycle encourages short trips throughout the city, only jaunts lasting less than an hour are covered with your membership; however, you can extend your pedaling for $2.50 for each additional half hour. From now until October 31, bikes will be available at many of the city's popular sightseeing locations, allowing fun-savvy wayfarers, visitors, and new residents to gander at Chicago's stately skyscrapers and overbig pizzas, all while reducing carbon emissions.
Bay City Bike serves as the brick-and-mortar trailhead for bikers looking to cruise through the scenic streets and notable sites of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Cyclists can ask staffers for directions to a number of scenic routes, including a path that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and crosses into Sausalito, mountain-bike trails through the Marin Headlands, or tours of historic locales such as the Palace of Fine Arts or the famed phone booth known for letting people teleport out of Alcatraz.
Thanks to Bay Area Ski Bus, getting from point A to point B never felts so good. Its shuttle buses, outfitted with modern conveniences such as video systems, usher passengers to and from local ski resorts, negating their need to worry over travel plans or convince the troll under their bed to return their car keys. Provided meals, snacks, and beverages keep both hunger and thirst at bay, and lift tickets dispensed upon arrival get skiers straight to the slopes. When the faraway ski destinations of Colorado or Val d'Isère entice travelers away from home, Bay Area Ski Bus grows wings to match. Its guides handle every detail of the adventure, from flights and shuttle arrangements to lodging and lift tickets.
Blazing Saddles' rides whisk guests through California's rugged, oceanic beauty. Riders embark on self-guided expeditions atop the plush seats of a hybrid bike. On self-guided sightseeing tours, riders leisurely pedal through while following provided maps or their own ancient heirloom treasure maps.
As a surfer and cyclist, Marcel Mijares was drawn to the Pacific Coast many years ago; since then, he’s found little reason to leave. A native of Venezuela, Mijares spoke only Spanish when he made the move, but his love of the Bay Area fueled his drive to acquire the English language and graduate with honors from the Lincoln School of Business. Now, as the owner of High Trails Cyclery, Mijares combines his passion with his determination, sharing both with riders in the heart of Russian Hill. He leads a team of cycling experts equipped to repair cycles and perform tune-ups, overhauls, and bike fittings. Team members also share their expertise during maintenance classes, in which they teach students to care for their own cycles and understand the dangers of trying to change a bicycle's transmission fluid.
Housed inside of a graffiti-slathered old garage, Pedal Revolution is a non-profit bike shop. Inside, bicycle frames and wheels hang from the ceiling, while merchandise and decoration mix throughout the walls of the store. This is not only a terrific place for an alignment, but also a job training center for at-risk youth, where interns get hands-on training in how to run a small business, as well as the more mechanical aspects. Selection is on the smaller side, but the prices undercut nearly all the neighborhood’s power players. For the last fifteen or so years, Pedal Revolution has been keeping the Mission’s burgeoning cycling culture going, doing good all the while.
The friendly mechanics at Everybody Bikes nurture two-wheeled transports of all styles, helping urban commuters traverse city streets unencumbered by a car’s demands. Mechanics perform services such as tune-ups, repairs, and custom bicycle builds amid racks stocked with bikes by Kona, Fuji, and Linus. To educate their customers, they also lead private and group lessons on mechanics, safety, and riding techniques. The mechanics also maintain the shop’s blog, which keeps customers in the know about everything from what helmets to buy to when tricycle mating season starts.
The crew at Columbus Cyclery and Go Bike It puts two-wheel rides on the road with bike sales, rentals, and a service-and-repairs shop. The authorized KHS, Raleigh, and G2C dealer stocks an expansive inventory of new and used bikes, available in both adult- and pint-sized versions. By the hour or the day, they rent out sturdy hybrids, race bikes, and tandems, with add-ons such as baby seats and trailers available. Should bikes fall victim to any mechanical mishaps or run-ins from wild tricycles, the service-and-repair shop fixes them up with services such as tune-ups, brake and gear adjustments, and tire changes.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular offering: Folding bikes, cargo bikes, repairs
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Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Right in the thick of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights sits Fresh Air Bicycles. Despite the hilly neighborhood’s somewhat unfriendly roads, and the traffic-clogged Divisadero Street that serves as a main artery for all points elsewhere, this sunny shop is dead set on providing outstanding bikes for anyone interested in a little pedal power. The storefront is run by a couple of lifelong racers with an affinity for rehabbing old rides and teaching others the skills to take up tuning their own ride to perfection. The knowledgeable team can be a bit intimidating at first, but once you’ve gotten some of the lingo down, it’s obvious the kids hanging around at Fresh Air are only talking about bikes, because they love the ride so much. With a la cart repair prices and plenty of gear to get you started, you might find yourself leaving Fresh Air with a rebuilt ride yourself.
Part café, part bar, part…bicycle shop? Mojo Bicycle Café might raise the eyebrows of pedestrians passing by, but critics can’t get enough of it. Gayot praises Mojo as a “popular haunt for hipsters and bicyclists” that sticks to largely local, organic, and fair trade ingredients. And Daily Candy points out that “the nice guys in charge…all care about city riders,” since they happily equip even amateur cyclists with quality bikes, accessories, and organic wool and cotton athletic wear.
Customers seem to share reviewers’ sentiments, flocking to the orange row home in which Mojo Bicycle Café resides. In the café, sip Ritual or De La Paz Coffee, snack on a sandwich, or take a glass of beer or wine to a sidewalk table. Back in the shop, hand over wheels for tune-ups or repairs, or test out a new bicycle from Jamis, Breezer, or other acclaimed manufacturers.
Watch your head and elbows when you step inside Refried Cycles, the Castro bicycle shop that’s bursting with hubs and spokes, as well as a friendly canine. Avid cyclists love this place for their integrity and passion, but the less-obsessive rider won’t be repelled by snobby attitudes like at so many other neighborhood bike shops. This isn’t the shop for high-end, fresh-from-the-factory bikes, but for tune-ups on your older model or digging up a used bike with lots of personality, Refried Cycles is a great place to start. For most locals, there’s no need to scour the internet for your next set of wheels, when Refried offers so many quality second-hand rides that have been rehabbed and ride as good as new.
Consistently considered one of America’s best cycling shops, this Cole Valley/Upper Haight mainstay is perfectly suited for getting a set of wheels tuned up to cruise around Golden Gate Park, which is (thankfully) just downhill. A neighborhood presence since racer Oscar Juner opened it in 1941, American Cyclery stocks the full spectrum of bikes, from Bianchi road racers to fixed-gear street rides, all spiffed up and shiny beneath black-and-white pictures of the founder’s glory days. Unpretentious and ever-helpful, American Cyclery might smell a bit like spent grease but its efforts to install a public parklet out front and a plaza in the vacant lot next door reveal its commitment to a safe, clean city. Complete with lots of bicycles, of course.
Deep in the tony part of Bernal Heights sometimes known as La Lengua lies Heavy Metal Bike Shop, a full-service repair destination that’s far from any map-wielding tourists. Mission fixed gear bike aficionados and devoted Bernal cyclists both find refuge at this no-nonsense shop, which offers everything from derailleur adjustments to basic tune ups, with affordability in mind. You can browse the random assortment of used bikes lying around or dash out for a burrito while your bike is being worked on, returning with the knowledge that it's been spiffed up nice and you haven't been overcharged. And you’ll likely also walk out with sound advice on how to keep things rolling for years to come.
Just opposite the park in the Inner Richmond is Golden Gate Park Bike and Skate, the perfect place to rent a reliable, affordable cruiser for an afternoon of exploring. Grab rental wheels by the hour or for an entire day to trek from the Conservatory of Flowers down to the Dutch windmill, and anywhere else you care to see. It’s the perfect place to bring a visitor who wants to join a resident cyclist in pedaling to the Presidio and back, with options from mountain bikes and hybrids to cruisers and roller blades, each perfect in their own way for managing the bike-friendly streets of San Francisco. Golf bag rentals, consignment sales, standard bike tune-ups – Golden Gate is a full-service shop for locals as well. Arrive early for any Sunday rentals, when vehicular traffic is prohibited in the park, transforming it into a sloping urban idyll of people-powered wheels.