Our bike tour with Nick was by far and away the most fun, informative and unique experience we’ve had in San Francisco. His engaging style and fantastic historical and current day context made this ride one we will not soon forget. Thank you Nick for your passion and energy… we will be back
What a wonderful and original experience! I got to see a part of SF I’d never seen before through the eyes of someone who could reveal hidden layers I’d never have seen on my own. Nick is the most passionate and knowledgeable host – thank you!
We don’t really like organized tours so this was something we wouldn’t have usually booked but it sounded interesting and the positive reviews convinced us; we were so glad we did it! Nick is really passionate about San Francisco and has some great tidbits of knowledge about the city. We went to neighbourhoods we would never have been to if we hadn’t been on the tour. The stops along the way were really interesting and the food was great too. The group size was small (only 6 in ours) so really intimate and the bikes are awesome too. Would absolutely recommend!
Nick was definitely a surprise and delight type of business owner. TOP DOWN service, well thought out route, reasonably priced, felt safe the ENTIRE time, bikes were flawless, we had a slight hiccup on a unavoidable flat and he handled it like a champ! Our tour felt so customized and the entire day made our trip. Not only did he not disappoint, he took it beyond what we would have expected.
His personality is hilarious, he’s smiling ear to ear in all of our candid pictures, he is animated, descriptive and knows all the best areas. He has the best suggestions, great stopping places and the backstory of San Fran WITH illustrations. I think we knew immediately we were going to have a blast when we saw how clean and classy his shop is, and he was a joy from the second we called in inquiring about the tour. THIS is a true business owner. Support local and support those who have passion for what they do. Nick absolutely does.
This self-guided bike tour was a fantastic way to explore the best of the Mission district and other cool neighborhoods – I would never have discovered the quirky places, amazing food, stunning street art or learned about the history of the place without Dandyhorse’s guidance. Plus we got to catch some incredible views along the way! Can’t recommend highly enough.
Happy I made the right choice of picking the smaller, human scale and authentic company run by the very passionate Nick. I’m sure this will soon be the more popular bike tour option, get in now. We saw so many diverse hoods and parks and learned tons about current culture, movements and the right amount of history. He never lost a second of enthusiasm during the entire five hours which I was in awe of.
Had a great experience whilst cycling with Nick and the rest of the tour members. Nick is extremely knowledgeable and you can tell straight away that he is very passionate about what he does.I always felt safe cycling through the city… which is something unexpected in a hilly and busy city like San Francisco. Also, the custom built bikes that Nick builds are some of the most comfortable and easy bikes to ride that I have ever been on. Overall an unique experience and a wonderful way to get to know this beautiful and friendly city. Thank you Nick!
There are plenty of bike tour companies in SF, but nothing like Dandyhorse. It’s the lovingly personal creation of Nick Hormuth, who is both a bike nerd and a San Francisco nerd. Nick is California-earnest and outgoing–conceivably too much for some, but this crusty New Englander at least found him charming. (He used to be a first-grade teacher, which is easy to imagine.) The unique quirks begin with the bikes, which Nick builds himself. They’re benign mechanical Frankensteins with frames, suspensions, tires, handlebars, brakes, and gears mixed and matched from different kinds of machines to create *exactly* the right bikes for touring San Francisco. They continue with the destinations, which include some standard must-sees but also odd corners and shops you’ve never heard of but that Nick thinks (rightly) are really, really cool. I’ve probably visited San Francisco 25 times, and there was plenty on this tour that was completely new to me. While it lasts four or five hours and covers about 15 miles (San Francisco miles, at that) it’s not physically taxing. Total couch potatoes might strain, but Nick has a knack for finding the flattest route between two points and if you do any exercise at all you’ll be just fine. Highly recommended.
We had a great time on Nick’s Night Cycle Food Tour – he’s a great guide! There were a range of bikes to choose from, all of great quality which he adjusted to ensure a comfy ride for everyone. Nick brought us to parts of the city we would never have explored on our own, and his personality really gelled the group – it was great fun, a highlight of our trip. He also gave us a print out of recommended places to explore in all the districts which was an invaluable resource in the days after the cycle – so do this activity early in your trip! Also Nick is a small-time operator who really cares about the experience you have – so support him rather than the bigger generic tour companies!
We took Nick’s tour as part of a girls weekend in SF and it was 100% the highlight! We had so much fun riding throughout the city on our custom bikes. Not being avid cyclists we were a little nervous about biking in hilly SF but the electric bikes made it so fun and easy. They were so easy to ride and as comfortable as a bike seat can be. We loved riding the Golden Gate Bridge and Nick’s maps planned out the whole route and he explained each part to us. We had the most gorgeous weather for our ride and perfect views of the bridge!
This truly was so much fun, book it!
Nick is an amazing tour guide of the local scene & how proud he is of the history & heritage of his beloved city shows through beautifully in his tour. The second you arrive at his shop he has all kinds of books and literature in a short presentation about the history of the city and where you will be going on your tour. Each bike has a unique adorable name especially picked my neck for you. Mine was “Purple Reign” which this adorable play on words thrilled me because I am a huge Prince fan and a girl of the eighties!! The bikes are great quality, again Nick is a fantastic tour guide & he will stop in many great little spots off the beaten track of the tourist traps & grab some great bites along the way. Time flies so quickly you don’t even realize it. Also he has so much knowledge & advice. He shares his email & number with everyone in case they have any questions on their stay which was so super sweet!! We ran into him the next day when we were touring the Castro and he was super eager to say hi and chat with us on where we were going and what we were doing. Great guy & a superb experience!! Don’t miss this one!!!
We’ve done many bike tours both domestically and internationally, and Nick was far and away the best bike tour guide we’ve ever had!!! His passion for San Francisco as well as his knowledge of history and interesting tidbits of information kept us thoroughly entertained throughout the trip. His service is top notch from the expert bike fitting and his careful attention to detail making sure we were all comfortable safe and enjoying ourselves. We had a spectacular dry sunny day so every stop was a wonderful photo opportunity. He was generous with his time his recommendations and willingness to help now and in the future. Highly recommend!!!
This was our best experience in San Francisco. Nick is an over the top, out of this world guide. He weaves the different neighborhoods in the city into a rideable and enjoyable day, full of unexpected surprises, with lots of insider tips and history woven throughout. Don’t miss it!
I loved this tour. Highly recommended for locals who want a really fun day out and to see and learn some more about the city. Nick was an excellent guide, and he’d thought of everything – from customising each bike to each person, to taking you around the best spots in San Francisco, to the best picnic spot to stop for lunch. We discovered so many places in the city I would never have found on my own, and Nick was so knowledgeable throughout the whole tour. Thanks Nick!
This is a must-do tour of SF and totally worth every penny! We wouldn’t have explored 10% of what we saw if we’d tried to tour the city on our own. Plus Nick’s insights, stories, history and tips are absolutely priceless. Also the bikes are so good – comfortable, smooth and easy to ride. You’re insane if you come to San Francisco and don’t do this tour!
Our self-guided tour was a true San Francisco adventure, from the views, architecture to landmarks to mural culture, and of course, food! The electric bicycles were in excellent shape and made riding so easy and fun. Nick at Dandyhorse also answered many questions we had, and sent us away with additional info he had prepared about the city for the rest of our stay. Thanks Nick!
We had the best time on Danyhorse’s self-guided tour. Fabulous custom built bikes to cycle the beautiful route taking in a plethora of fascinating sights and neighbourhoods that only a local expert could put together. Dandyhorse has a gift for storytelling and really brought the city to life. If you only have one day in San Francisco I recommend doing this tour!
Loved this cycle tour – our guide Nick was great, all the bikes were really high quality and he customized them to suit each person – he even fitted a saddle for me that i had brought with me! The cycle has very little traffic on the route so easy to complete even if you’re not that experienced on a bike. His workshop is easy to find and its nice to relax there and get to know other people on the tour.
Nick is a very affable guy and I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this company, he really created a good group dynamic.He provided us with a good historical overview of the city and also insights to what it’s like to live there now, so we got to really experience the place on a deeper level. Nick also took photos of the group which he forwarded by email later on – so lovely to have those as a keepsake. He also gave us a great printout of suggestions for bars, restaurants, shops etc. in all the various districts, which proved invaluable!
Definitely take this tour and support the smaller guys like Dandyhorse- who are ultimately better and more passionate about their offerings than the bigger tour operators!
Nick is an amazing bike tour guide. First, you will be on one of his custom-made bikes that feels like something you would have bought for yourself. No cheap mass produced bikes here. Nick has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the tour route accessible and on designated bike infrastructure (think safety). It probably took months for him to pick such an amazing route. And then there is the route itself – through SOMA, the Mission, Castro, Lower Haight, Haight-Ashbury, and the east side of the Golden Gate Park. We had lunch in Alamo Square Park, rode by the Conservatory of Flowers, and went up the de Young Museum Tower for a panoramic view. I can’t say enough good things about this tour. It was truly a highlight of my time in SF. Thank you Nick.
As many others have commented, Nick was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. He gave lots of good info on all the neighborhoods we rode through to help us (people moving to SF soon) a great feel of the city and where we want to apartment hunt. The ride was easy enough and the bikes were awesome (and not all matching and super touristy like a lot of the other bike tours offered in the area). Nick added lots of personal touches and is clearly very passionate about what he does and about SF! An amazing experience.
We have spent 3 full weeks in San Francisco over the past 3 years. When we are on vacation, we like to be super active and do lots of things. This without a doubt is our most favorite thing we have done on any of our visits. We have done segways, gone to Alcatraz, visited Muir Woods, and hit most of the museums. We’ve even gone with several different tour companies. This was the most fun thing we have done in San Francisco EVER. Truly most important was our tour guide. Nick was so informative, kind, helpful, educational, and fun. We absolutely loved learning about the city, and seeing so much of it. We aren’t bike riders, so we were reluctant about the distance. We did great and rode the Golden Gate Bridge which was totally worth it and fun. I could simply write about this for days. We loved it that much.
I had so much fun on this tour–Nick’s animated personality and enthusiasm for the city/biking made this experience very enjoyable. He was extremely knowledgeable and taught me way more than I expected to learn– I probably know more about San Francisco now than I do my own home town! Being able to stop, walk around, and sample food allowed me to really immerse myself in the neighborhoods’ different cultures. A perfect blend of exercising and education. Great photo opportunities as well! Thank you, Nick.
Nick is an amazing host and tour guide. I am a local and I’ve learned so much during this wonderful bike ride than I did all these years. I especially enjoyed all of our food stops.
My wife came up to me during this tour and said, “This is the best day I’ve ever had as a traveler!” That blew me away because I was just about to say the exact same thing to her! Nick exceeded our expectations on every level with his vibrant explanations of the city’s cultural, economic and architectural history. I learned so many fascinating things about SF and got to experience places that we just never would have discovered on our own. It was incredibly relaxing too, getting around on bikes and Nick was so professional with guiding us we felt safe at all times.
Dandyhorse offered such an authentic and epic experience on so many levels… our guide, Nick, possessed so much detail about architecture, history, neighborhoods etc even locals (not on the tour) were commenting on how they learned stuff. In roughly 5 hours we covered all best neighborhoods and got the ins and outs, you could never get without an experienced guide.We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and such a grand overview in such a condensed amount of time. We fell in love with the city because of Nick. His tour was world class!!
Dandyhorse was amazing! I went on the tour solo as my husband was at a conference. Nick, made me feel welcome right away. He had my bike handpicked prior to arrival and spent time before I left reviewing SF history and what I’d see all the way. They route included enough scenic stops, views, and neighborhoods to really get a feel for the city. I loved the lunch/picnic in Golden Gate Park! It was a great day all around. I highly recommend it as a must do whether you are visiting SF for the first time or you have lived there for years!!
We had a great time seeing San Francisco on our self-guided adventure. All the details and unique insights into the city really made our day. The bike route is beautiful, has incredible views, while going through several of the best landmarks in the city, and riding the Golden Gate Bridge was so cool. We can only recommend any one looking to see San Francisco to go with Dandyhorse, is 100% worth it! Thanks, we had a blast!
This was my favorite thing we did on our brief visit to San Francisco. If I had tried to do this on my own, I would have been lost a million times, missed out on hidden gems, and not learned even a fraction as much fascinating history about the city. It’s a great way to get your bearings in this sprawling city if you are staying a while OR if your trip is short (like ours) it’s a great way to see all the famed neighborhoods and get a sense for their unique flavors. With the electric bikes, it’s not at all arduous even though SF is very hilly and the bike lanes are all new; overall very safe experience. The length of time is appropriate for sure as there is so much to see.
As they had good reviews/similar prices. They were unresponsive by email/phone; I booked on TripAdvisor and was informed their tours were booked. After experiencing Dandyhorse, I would choose him again 100 times out of 100. Nick just offered such an authentic and epic experience on so many levels: Custom built 8 speed bikes with great attention to detail (our bikes were named “Betty White” and “Barry White” and had our name on stickies already on the bike, in addition to stickers for gear switching– these details are representative of the entire experience Super easy-quick registration process on iPad in his shop Shop was amazing, all the maps, monitor for presentation, comfortable seating and just a great welcoming use of the space Multiple walking/exploration breaks at all the best spots (Dandelion Chocolate, first LGBTQ flag, lunch break at Bi-Rite Market, Alamo Square Park, Golden Gate park etc) Nick possessed so much detail about architecture, history, neighborhoods etc even locals (not on the tour) were commenting on how they learned stuff In roughly 5 hours we covered all best neighborhoods and got the ins and outs, you could never get without an experienced guide Nick did a great job about photo opportunities for the group At the end of tour, Nick offered a bunch of top notch recommendations in a booklet, along with a great map and customized recommendations for each bike rider Going with a small business, in the heart of the Mission district, especially one with such enthusiasm and experience — made the tour a huge success. We are forever indebted to him for a lifetime of memories. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and such a grand overview in such a condensed amount of time. We fell in love with the city because of Nick. His tour was world class!!
Even though we live in San Francisco we saw parts of the city we hadn’t explored before. This is a great way to spend an afternoon and get a fresh local’s perspective of SF and discover new places.
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