Learn All The Details About Our Bike Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a bike depends on the type of ride you are looking for. The most popular bike for casual, round-the-bay trail touring is the comfort hybrid. The second most popular bike is the comfort mountain. For advanced rides up to Mt. Tamalpais a performance bike is recommended, while riding through the Marin Headlands might require a MTB. Please consult our staff during check-in if you have any questions regarding your preferred route and which bike to choose, we are happy to accommodate a bike change from your original reservation.

San Francisco self guided bike tours are exactly that: self-guided. Our staff will give you a bike map and assist in determining the best route based on what you’d like to see. Our daily San Francisco guided tours last up to three hours and are narrated by an experienced guide who leads the tour from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito. Daily guided tours begin at our 2661 Taylor street location and end in Sausalito where you have the option to bike back to Fisherman’s Wharf or return by ferry.

All kids have different riding skill levels. The good news is we have something for everyone! The baby seat can fit a six-month-old up to a sturdy toddler while the trailer is good for carrying 1-2 toddlers and their gear. Adults can pair up with a child, via tag-a-long or tandem bicycle: both are great for the budding cyclist who pedals only when inclined, but still feels the pride of the ride!

We recommend four favorite rides: Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, the former extended from Sausalito to Tiburon, City Coast and Parks, and exploring the Marin Headlands (can include Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais, Conzelman Loop & more). Recommendations are based on riding ability, distance, and time.

The most popular route, suitable for everyone- beginner: children & those who do not regularly ride- is Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Continuing onto Tiburon is also an easy ride but a farther distance. For advanced riders, we recommend heading up toward the Marin Headlands or Mt. Tamalpais. Please consult our staff during checkout to determine the best ride for your day of rental.

Absolutely! California helmet law is mandatory under age 18.

Included FREE with all bike rentals are: helmets, front camera bags, bells, maps & map holders, water bottle holders, locks, and detailed map assistance. With the higher-end bikes- going long distances- they come with tube, pump and tools to fix flats.

Ferry tickets are available for purchase at our shop counters, and are recommended to save time at boarding. That said, tickets can always be purchased on the boat in either Sausalito or Tiburon.

Absolutely- please note we change pedals on the performance bikes only. Please tell us in the “comments” box on the reservation page that you’ll be bringing them; the service is free.

Yes, we have SPDs available- and other pedal types- for all the performance bikes ONLY. We mount them (as noted, you may also bring your own pedals) for Performance bikes only: Escape/ Rapid; Road; and Dual Suspension Mountain bikes. You can request them in the “comments” box on the reservation page at no extra charge. Other pedal types include Look and Look Keo.

Weather in San Francisco can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood! Weather can be sunny one minute then foggy the next- and it’s almost always sunny and ten degrees warmer in Sausalito! We always recommend layers: dress comfortably enough for your bike ride but also consider the variations in our weather. Also, the bikes have rear racks & Bungees to strap down any extra layers. Ponchos for rainy weather are available for purchase at our shops.

Bike rentals are for all day until closing. If keeping overnight there is an overnight fee of $25/per bike. More importantly, bikes kept overnight MUST BE STORED INDOORS and never outdoors even locked as they will get stolen.

The Golden Gate Bridge features a wide bike path on both sides.

Most people ferry as the 2 mile downhill into Sausalito from the Golden Gate Bridge is uphill on the way out!

Yes, we charge a $10 restocking fee; many people ride from our Golden Gate Park location to Fisherman’s Wharf and vice versa.

Do not lock bikes up outside, as they are very likely to get stolen. Bikes kept overnight should be stored indoors-most hotels do offer complimentary bike storage. Check with your concierge!

Yes, we are open 365 days a year!

We have three convenient locations on Fisherman’s Wharf: 2661 Taylor Street (between North Point and Beach Street) and 501 Bay Street (at Taylor next to the Cable Car Turnaround).

Restrooms are available at our locations.

The “F Market & Wharves” trolley runs along Market St. Downtown San Francisco, along The Embarcadero and stops at Taylor Street which is one block away from our 2661 Taylor Street location. The Powell/Mason Cable car line stops right outside our 501 Bay Street location. For more information regarding San Francisco Municipal System. For information regarding San Francisco public transit.

We can offer hotel pick-up and delivery- please call for rates.

There are many garages and parking lots throughout Fisherman’s Wharf. Parking costs vary by garage. There is also metered parking throughout the Wharf area.

We do not validate parking.

Our staff is well knowledge in San Francisco and can answer most questions you may have. We also have information and tickets available for purchase to various tours and activities in San Francisco.

Our stores open every day at 8am daily. Store closing hours vary by location and season. Please confirm closing times during check-in.

We are open 365 days a year, rain or shine.

Bay City Bike IS part of the C3 CITYPASS! One pass covers an adult City Bike for the day. No reservations needed, just bring the pass in with credit card and ID (for rental deposit).