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.
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.
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!!!
We are so happy that we did the Dandyhorse Bike Tour! My husband is an avid biker, myself and our college age kids with us, not so much, but we all were able to keep up and enjoy the tour. Danyhorse was awesome at including information about the different neighborhoods, SF history and quirky little facts. We got to see areas of SF that we wouldn’t have gotten to see on our own. The bikes were in great condition, the roads were smooth, and everything was easy to navigate. We really lucked out with great weather-hot and sunny! Having lunch in Dolores Park with the city spread out at our feet was incredible. Thanks for an epic day, Dandyhorse!!
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!!
This was my favorite thing we did on our brief visit to San Francisco. I’ve been on 5 bike tours before this in other cities and can say that Nick is the best tour guide I’ve ever had. His enthusiasm and knowledge of SF’s history was impactful and enlightening. 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. The biking is not 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. Also, after the tour was over, Nick spent time with each of his guests offering recommendations on where to go next–he even hand wrote out places on his already chalk-full preprinted recommendation list of where to go in various neighborhoods. Great guy, great tour! Keep it up Nick!
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.
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 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!
Probably our favorite thing we did in San Francisco- going at our own pace, with everything perfectly mapped made for a delightful ride. We saw many of the classic sights, including the completely beautiful path to the Golden Gate Bridge. what we loved too were the little neighborhood finds we probably wouldn’t have learned about otherwise- not only on the tour but Nick, the owner of Dandyhorse, gave us dozens of other recs, taking time to draw on a map and describe why he loves those spots. We took several of them and doing so made our trip SO MUCH BETTER. . Thank you 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!
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.
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!
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!
I am so grateful that I did choose this self-guided tour opposed to renting a bike and doing the ride solo. Nick, the owner of Dandyhorse, is such a friendly character full of energy and full of useful information. Before we set off, Nick giving us all information on where we were riding and some history context on the city. We got fitted out onto his custom bikes which were extremely comfortable and easy to ride and then the adventure began. The self guided GPS route pointed out so many points of interest along our bike trip that I learned so much that I never knew about SF! And there we arrangments for us to stop in the Presidio for a a picnic lunch before we rode the Golden Gate Bridge . At the end of our trip Nick greeted us with cool SF guides and emailed us all the information and a map of what we covered on the ride. It was a fantastic I highly recommend!
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 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 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!!
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