This awesome off the beaten path bike tour explores the sunniest, hippest parts of the city, and is packed with hidden gems. Discover unique neighborhoods and history, see the coolest murals, get spectacular views, and taste the best tacos in the city. The perfect adventure to kick off your day or evening in San Francisco.
Why choose this electric bike tour?
You want the most unique way to explore SF’s coolest local neighborhoods, best views, & irresistible food culture in just a few hours.
Bike Tour Details
- Explore SF’s most hip, distinct, and historical local neighborhoods
- SF’s best tacos in the Mission District
- Epic panoramic view from some of SF’s best hilltop and bayfront parks.
- See some of SF’s finest murals & public art pieces.
- Ride SF’s most crooked street (sorry Lombard!)
Parks you’ll explore
Bernal Hill Park
One of SF most beloved local viewpoints and our personal favorite in the whole city. 360° panoramic views with looks out to the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, downtown, and a spectacular perspective the SF Bay.
Crane Cove Park
One of SF’s newest and coolest parks perched right on the Bay with panoramic views out Oakland. This park occupies restored land that was once the most productive shipbuilding port in the USA and features cool cranes, drydocks, and vintage character that’s wholly unique in SF.
Potrero Hill Com. Garden
A total hidden gem atop one of SF’s hilliest and sunniest neighborhoods. This oasis offers spectacular city views and is one of the best of a expansive network of community gardens in SF.
Taqueria San Francisco
SF’s best taqueria in our humble opinion. Run by 3 generations of the same family, this old school 24th Street staple (in the heart of Latin San Francisco), is notable for its exceptional quality and freshness every time. Great tacos, exceptional burritos, and spot-on salsa. Cash only. Vegan, vegetarian, and GF options.
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
Some of SF’s best ice cream, with fresh house made waffle cones and a tight collection of always changing flavors.
Neighborhoods you’ll visit
Home to the Dandyhorse shop, this large and quirky neighborhood is home to SF’s tallest buildings, best coffee roasters, startups, and many of the world’s major tech companies’ world headquarters.
This locals neighborhood, is, not surprisingly, full of hills that yield spectacular views of the Bay and all the way out to the Golden Gate. It’s also the most consistently sunny neighborhood in San Francisco. Home to SF’s iconic Anchor Brewery, some of the city’s oldest residences, and the real most crooked street in SF (sorry Lombard).
SF’s oldest and most historic neighborhood, dating to 1775. The sunny Mission is packed with incredible food of all kinds, spectacular mural art, the beloved Dolores Park, and the oldest residential architecture on the west coast, dating to the Gold Rush. The Mission is also the heart of SF’s Latino culture, featuring the best Mexican food in the city, heritage events like Dia De Los Muertos, and an awesome lowrider car scene.
Bernal is a neighborhood full of charm and arguably the quirkiest architecture in SF. Beside being very hilly, it also features some of SF’s wildest streets and is connected by a network of staircases, slides, and miniparks. It’s a delightful neighborhood to get lost in. It’s crown is Bernal Heights Park, one of the most unique and largest hilltop parks in SF, with absolutely incredible 360° views of the city.
The Dogpatch was one of SF’s most industrial neighborhoods, devoted to shipbuilding and steel production. It’s industrial past has segwayed into chic and charming modern character and sprawling spaces that hint at it’s former life. It houses some of SF’s finest food makers, including several breweries, bakers, and chocolatiers. It also the center of working artists in SF. We love the textures and tastes here, along with it’s incredible bay views. Definitely one of the great hidden gems of the city and with some of the best biking.
Literally a filled in Bay, this is the hotbed of new development in SF. Home to the new Warriors basketball stadium, a cool gourmet food truck park and minigolf course, and the only houseboat community in the city.
- A taco from SF’s best taqueria
- Custom-built electric bike for easy pedaling – ride the best!
- Wireless-audio guide system so you don’t miss a thing while also getting the space you need.
- Super knowledgeable longtime local guide for the safest, best possible biking experience.
- Immersive iPad photo & video experience that brings stories and history to life.
- Tons of authentic local tips and advice on things to do before and after the tour. Pure gold!
- Drinks – our taco stops also include an opportunity to pick up a delicious beverage. Treat yourself!
- Gratuities – consider tipping your host for great service so they can make rent. 🙂
We characterize this tour as moderate. Physically the ride is easy.
Moderate = you should be pretty confident and comfortable riding a bike. Our bikes are easy to ride and we give you plenty of time to get comfortable before departing.
Notes about this tour and why it’s moderate: the ride requires that you navigate several hills, some of which are steep. Our bikes are well suited and safe for this terrain. Your expert local guide will take you on quiet back roads and official bike routes the entire time, but you will have to share the road with cars at times.
Safety: We take safety seriously. There is an extensive pre-ride safety briefing and we provide the best quality helmets. See our safety page for more detailed information.
Questions: If you have any questions about the difficulty of this tour or if it’s right for you, please contact us, we’re happy to help!
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The Electric Bikes
Have more fun and never worry about the hills on our easy to ride ebikes.
We lovingly custom-build each electric bike to give you the best, safest, and most fun ride around. We promise they’ll be the best bike tour bikes you’ve ever ridden and a cut above anything else offered in SF. All our bikes are unique (like you!) but have the cool features you see below.
Arrival and introductions (25 minutes)
Here, you’ll receive an overview of the route and a safety briefing, get fitted to the bikes, and go on a test ride. Once you’re comfortable, you’ll be ready for your adventure
SoMa to Potrero Hill (20 mins)
Ride some of the city’s newest bike lanes past the epicenter of the world’s tech culture into the storied Design District. Then, explore SF’s most charming and hilly local neighborhood, Potrero Hill.
Anchor Brewery to McKinley Square (15 mins)
Smell the beer at the Anchor Brewery, SF’s oldest and largest craft beer maker. Continue up, up, up to Potrero Hill’s most beautiful park and a treasured neighborhood garden with incredible panoramic views all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Crooked Street to the Mission District (10 mins)
Ride down SF’s crookedest street and cross in the legendary Mission District. We’ll stop along 24th Street, a Latino cultural heritage district, to soak in the best of the Mission’s local culture including historic murals, architecture, and Mexican food.
Tacos to the Top of Bernal Heights Park (35 mins)
We’ll order tacos (included) from SF’s best taqueria, then ride to the top of the Bernal Heights Park for a panoramic taco feast, enjoying some of the best views available in SF. An awesome local gem.
Bernal Back to Potrero (20 mins)
We’ll ride one of SF’s most charming bike streets, Folsom, through the Mission District and then back to the top of Potrero Hill, exploring some more incredible city and bay views.
Potrero to Dogpatch and Crane Cove Park (30 mins)
Roll downhill into the historic Dogpatch neighborhood and make an optional stop at one of SF’s best craft ice cream makers, an iconic artist maker space, and the infamous Hell’s Angels clubhouse. Then we’ll continue the brilliant Crane Cove Park, with cool bayfront views and tons of industrial charm.
Dogpatch to Waterfront Art and SF Houseboats (25 mins)
Ride along the historic waterfront and witness the remarkable transformation of SF’s great industrial past to its modern era, all while getting expansive views of the Bay. While you’re there, you’ll get to discover one of SF’s coolest pieces of public art. Then ride Mission Creek, the city’s original waterway, home to SF’s only houseboat community and one of our last remaining tidal marshlands.
Houseboats to Dandyhorse HQ (15 mins)
Ride some of SF’s best urban bikeways past titans of the tech industry on our roll back to the shop.
Don’t worry, we’ll include a bunch of helpful details and everything you need to know for the tour in you confirmation email after booking. Here are some common questions, answered.
Where do we meet? Where does the tour end?
All tours begin and end in our bike workshop in the centrally local South of Market neighborhood.
Here is a map to our location.
How should I get to your location? Is there parking?
If you are staying locally, we recommend getting dropped off here via taxi, Lyft, or Uber since it’s super easy. We’re also about a 25 minute walk from Union Square hotels.
If you do drive, there is free parking 2 blocks away at Costco. Here are directions to the lot.
Is biking in San Francisco safe?
The short answer is yes, very safe. Our tours leverage the experience of nearly 20 years of daily biking in San Francisco. Your expert local guide will lead you on the safest, most scenic bike routes and backroads in SF, and all of our tours ride at least 95% in official bike lanes. For more safety info, see our safety page.
Why not choose another tour company or just rent a bike and go on my own?
We’re curious travellers and appreciate authentic, high-quality local experiences, shared by passionate and knowledgeable locals. We deliver that on every bike tour we give, so you feel like your riding along with a good friend who knows all the best routes and places to explore by bike. You’ll experience the real San Francisco with cool longtime locals who are immersed in the city’s bike culture, food, and history. You’ll also get the most interesting perspectives on must-see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, while exploring the hidden gems beloved by locals.
In short, you’ll get an wholly authentic, non-touristy experience that provides a greater depth, better biking, and a complete local adventure that exceeds what you could do on your own.
What kinds of electric bike do you have? Are they easy to ride?
We custom build all our electric bikes in house, using the best parts around using steel frames from Trek and Specialized. We promise they’ll be the best bike tour bikes you’ve ever ridden, designed just for the special riding we have here in SF. They feature comfortable upright riding positions, extra safe brakes, wide tires, cushy saddles, and baskets so you can carry your stuff.
The bikes are very easy to ride and super fun. If you’ve never ridden an electric bike (like most of our guests), just know they function and feel a lot like a normal bike and you’ll get the hang of them in just a minute. The electric bike also allows you to choose how easy the ride is, so you can conquer the steepest SF hills (and enjoy the best views) without breaking a sweat.
Can kids come along? What are the age requirements?
Our electric tours are for age 15+. Our insurance company sets this minimum age and it’s standard throughout SF :).
Have kids younger than 15?
We do offer custom tours for families on traditional bikes. Just contact us and we’re happy to chat about details and set something up ideal for you.
Explore all of must-see SF on this adventure!
- Full ride of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Explore Golden Gate Park, SF’s grand central park
- See SF’s coolest neighborhoods via the best bike routes
- Discover SF’s finest Victorian architecture
- Picnic lunch in the park
SF’s most epic biking, views, and outdoors
- Explore SF’s absolute best views from Twin Peaks
- Full ride and exploration of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Discover the coolest parts of Golden Gate Park
- Picnic at Baker Beach, the most beautiful in SF