Despite visiting during winter, the beauty of California is that one can enjoy almost concrete pleasant weather conditions year-round. This makes for the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and soak in all that California has to offer, as many of the attractions are outdoors, active and best enjoyed with others. Having just visited the beaches of LA, I was most looking forward to hiring a bike in the city by the bay and crossing the Golden Gate bridge during my time in San Francisco. Thankfully time permitted me to do so (a few days in San Fran is really not long enough) so on our last day in the city a group of us hired bikes at Fisherman’s Wharf and off we went!
Though there are a number of companies offering bike rentals in San Francisco, we decided to go with Bay City Bike as it was close by at Fisherman’s Wharf and made for a pleasant route through Fisherman’s Wharf, along the Bay, across the bridge, and the same upon return. We decided to begin our ride later in the day which inadvertently worked in our favour as there were less people doing so in the afternoon, making for less traffic in the bike lane ways and an all-round more comfortable ride. The ride is not at all strenuous though accustoming one’s self to a foreign bike can take some time and would often result in most of us doing more physical work than necessary – yet upon return most of the journey is down hill and much more enjoyable than the first leg trying to operate the gears.
For we Australians riding a bike was a good way to get used to
driving or riding on the ‘wrong’ side of the road – which would only really become confusing when trying to cross intersections – and believe me, it is a bit of a mind game (hence why I chose not to hire a car in LA!) Overall it was a lot of fun and the views were spectacular – particularly at sunset. We returned just after dark which I’d say was a perfect time as the bikes don’t have a light and it can get dark quite quickly – so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your times.