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!!
As a new resident, this bike tour is a super orientation of the city and some of its unique neighborhoods. Nick did an exceptional job making us feel welcome and providing lots of incredible sights and yummy surprises along the way. I would do this again in heartbeat and recommend it to anyone new to the city!
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!
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!
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.
I don’t usually write reviews. But I have to to for this experience. The Essential SF Bike Tour was simply fantastic. Nick was a superb host who went out of his way to make sure that everyone had a wonderful time. It was a great way to see San Francisco and Nick’s knowledge of the city was first rate and presented in an interesting way. The bikes were comfortable and really well maintained. Thanks so much Nick – I would do another tour in a heartbeat!
Everything was perfect—bikes in great condition and suited for a well-chosen route that both entertained and informed. Nick takes a keen interest in everything around him and delivers up a tour that reflects both his personal tastes and a more universal appreciation for interesting things. Very caring about your satisfaction for the tour and the entirety of your visit. It was a great introduction to a diverse and rich community. A great start to any San Fran visit whether students or business people.
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!!
Nick’s preparation (and enthusiasm) for the group tour is immediately noticeable upon arrival at his bike shop. Every details planned from the iPad check in, chairs fo sitting, great music (groovy analog equipment), custom made bikes with our names on it…all a good sign of what’s to come. I’m not alone in my praise for these bikes he builds, just awesome, light, comfortable, very smooth gears and brakes. Truthfully I now covet one to own for myself. But of course I am here for the sights and narrative of the city and that’s where Nick continues to exceed expectations as a guide, really excels. He has an excellent speaking voice it’s clear diction for us all to hear, easy to follow hand signals and balances the biking, rests and adventures along the way. I’m impressed with Nick’s knowledge of the city, enjoyed his unique stops for sandwiches, treats, shops and sights. I highly recommend this tour for both first time visitors and those who have not fully experienced the SF neighborhoods on bicycle. Bravo Nick for your Dandyhorse Tour business and thank you for the good energy along the way!
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!!
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.
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!!!
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 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!!!
Nick from Dandyhorse just took us on our best experience in San Francisco! My husband and I got a real taste of the varied and dynamic cultures and history of all the very best, unique SF neighbourhoods, local haunts and incredible eateries. Whether you are an art enthusiast, foodie, architecture lover or just a culture vulture you will leave with a deep sense of satisfaction, knowledge and at least one new friend! Thank you Nick for a wonderful day, you are the real SF legend.
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
Go on this tour. You will finish it wanting an audio recording of all of the historical, cultural, architectural, and community knowledge that Nick shares with the group. He was extremely personable, a vivid storyteller, and accommodating to all levels of bike riders. It was superb. Way to go, Nick.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 a world-class tour guide! I truly felt like I was on a bike ride with friends in a magical city. I live in the Bay Area and discovered hidden treasures I would have never known about if it weren’t for Nick’s expertise!
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 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 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.
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!
Nick was a fantastic guide for our bike tour!!! It seemed as though he was BORN for this! I went into the experience with low expectations and some trepidation about how long the bike ride would be and my abilities to navigate the mean streets (kidding) of San Francisco. However, Nick took care of everything, made the trip fly by with his sense of humor, knowledge and experience of the city and its rich history and architecture. I felt the cost was perfect for what was provided and I would recommend this to ANYONE! THANK YOU NICK!!!!