San Francisco was the first North American city I have ever visited. And now it might be one of my favorite cities on the planet. It is hard to describe why I like it so much. It is so pretty and the vibe is something special. There are people from all around the world and it’s a mix of so many cultures. And although there are a lot of ups and downs in San Francisco (literally), I still think one of the best ways to explore it is on a bicycle.
Exploring a city on bicycles is one of the best ways to see a city in my opinion. You can get from point A to point B faster than when you walk but you are also not too fast to miss any of the cool stuff.
You can stop wherever and whenever you want and you don’t need to worry about finding a parking spot. You can find a place to lock your bike almost anywhere.
Last but not least, it’s fun and you are moving your body not often enough anyway. It’s a free workout, especially riding up the hills in San Francisco.
Where to Rent in San Francisco?
There are a ton of bike rental companies in San Francisco. We rented ours at Blazing Saddles which has multiple locations, most of them around Fisherman’s Wharf.
They have a great selection of bikes, from kid’s bikes to high-end electric bikes. We went with just a normal bicycle which will set you back $8/hour or $32/day. These prices include a helmet, lock and a map. They also offer a trailer for kids or cargo which was very helpful for the two little ones.
Most of the bike rental companies have routes that they recommend. At first, we rode around aimlessly just to explore a bit until we rode over the bridge to Sausalito which is one of the most popular routes.
It’s about 13km to Sausalito and if you’re tired after that trip you can return to San Francisco via the ferry.
I recommend riding up the hill once you crossed Golden Gate Bridge for some stunning views of the bridge and the city in the background. It’s steep but the view at the end is totally worth it.
You can also enjoy a video of our bike adventures in San Francisco!