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.
The interior of Hybrid Training SF is like an athlete's playground—two speed bags, four heavy bags, and uppercut bags hang from the ceiling, and the floor is packed with yoga balls, kettlebells, and an assortment of cardio equipment. This array of training tools comes in handy during the gym's classes, which range from muay thai and boxing, to jujitsu tailored for kids, men, and women. Classes are led by a team of experienced instructors with diverse backgrounds in Brazilian jujitsu, and amateur boxing.
SF Mad Dash’s Helluva Halloween 5K run comes as close as any event to answering the question “Who would win in a race: Frankenstein or Dracula?” That’s because the run encourages attendees to dress up in their Halloween costumes and run or walk around Golden Gate Park. Though entertaining on the surface, the core of the fall festivities is charitable, as all of the proceeds benefit the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School.
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.
SG Kiteboarding conducts lessons all up and down the Bay Area, seeking out excellent wind conditions to get boards gliding across the surf. They start beginners out in shallow water to get them comfortable on the board. Kiteboarders learn necessary skills during balance and technique lessons, which teaches everything from basic turns and transitions to meteorology knowledge and speed control. For kiteboarders who are ready to move beyond their home waters, the team also conducts trips to Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to conquer a whole new set of waves.