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San Francisco Independent Bike Tour with Rental

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Explore beautiful San Francisco at your own pace with this independent bike tour! Visit famous sites like Fisherman's Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and Chinatown. Enjoy the freedom to create your own itinerary with your full-day rental.
You'll start at
501 Bay St
501 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAShop opens daily at 8am
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    San Francisco
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Fisherman's Wharf
    Pass by Aquatic Park
    Pass by Fort Mason Center
    Pass by Marina District
    Pass by Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Pass by Crissy Field
    Pass by Warming Hut at the Presidio
    Pass by Fort Point National Historic Site
    Pass by Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
  • 2
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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    Sausalito Boardwalk
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Pass by Alcatraz Island
    Pass by Ferry Building Marketplace
    Pass by Union Square
    Pass by Civic Center
    Pass by Painted Ladies
    Pass by Haight-Ashbury
    Pass by Mission District
    Pass by The Castro
    Pass by North Beach
    Pass by Lombard Street
    Pass by Pier 39
    Pass by Lands End
You'll return to the starting point
  • Independent bike tour of San Francisco with full-day rental
  • Explore as much of San Francisco and the surrounding area  as you'd like at your own pace
  • A great way to exercise while on vacation
  • Opt for purchasing a ferry ticket for a return trip from Sausalito
What to Expect
Begin your independent bike tour by picking your bike up at Fisherman’s Wharf for a full-day bike rental. Your bike includes a bell, water cage, bike rack, bungee cord, storage bag, helmet, and lock. Spend a day exploring San Francisco at your own pace. From Fisherman’s Wharf it’s a short ride south to North Beach, and from there to Chinatown and Union Square. Alternately, travel west to Fort Mason, the Presidio, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Where you go is up to you. Since you have a full-day rental, you have enough time to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge. From there, see the city skyline and Alcatraz Island in the middle of the bay, and head to the charming waterfront town of Sausalito. If you’ve bought ferry tickets from the bike shop, easily board the ferry from Sausalito back to San Francisco. Finish by dropping your bike off at the original pickup point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
501 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Full day bike rental
  • En route roadside assistance
  • Helmet, Bike lock, Bike bag
  • Map and Map-holder
  • Guide
  • Optional ferry ticket (14.50 USD; payable to supplier at time of travel)
  • Optional electric bike upgrade ($35, payable to supplier at time of travel)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Rescheduling is available in the event of inclement weather
  • Infants must be at least 6 months old and able to sit up to use a baby seat or bike trailer
  • Children age 4-11 can use kid bikes or Tagalongs
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes, water and sunscreen are recommended; dress in layers as weather is likely to change quickly
  • Helmets are provided and recommended, though not required
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Great experience hiring these bikes, worked well & cheap insurance. Recommend the independent tour so you have time to explore on your own and spend as much time as you want in certain areas. The only tip is that the ferry charges are more expensive from the shop as opposed to
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Response from ReservationsDesk, Manager at San Francisco Independent Bike Tour with Rental
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Thank you so much for your feedback and for your recommendation! It means a lot to us that you took the time to write about your good experience. I am so glad that you enjoyed the bikes and the independent tour route. The ferry tickets we sell at our shops are open ended tickets and are valid on either of the two ferry companies in Sausalito at any time, hence the price difference. Buying the tickets in advance also allows you to skip the line to buy tickets at the Ferry. I apologize if this was not explained to you at check out- it should have been. I am sorry for any inconvenience we caused you and am happy that you loved the bikes! Thanks again and we hope you'll come visit us again soon! Ashley
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We have been to San Francisco many times and were looking for a new experience so we rented bikes and did the ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and then took the ferry back to the Ferry building. the ferry ticket is included with the rental price of the bike. Total tour took
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Response from ReservationsDesk, Manager at San Francisco Independent Bike Tour with Rental
Responded 14 Dec 2019
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed your rental and you had a great bike trip over the Golden Gate Bridge! It was a pleasure having you here at Bay City Bike and I hope you'll come back and visit us again soon to try our electric bikes. Thanks again, Ashley
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we rented two bikes for the whole day, paying a surcharge to get insurance coverage. after an hour of use my bike broke, becoming unusable. I had to take a bus back to the bicycle depot .. open claim for refund amount (I had paid extra insurance) but this reimbursement did not
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Response from BikeRentalManager, Guest Relations Manager at San Francisco Independent Bike Tour with Rental
Responded 22 Sep 2019
Dear Matteolambretta, We are sorry to hear that you experienced issues during your rental. We offer a $4 per bike optional damage insurance that covers any damage to our equipment bike during your rental. We also have roadside assistance to quickly swap out bikes that experience issues during your rental duration. All you have to do is call and we will dispatch your problem. If you were charged for damage after purchasing insurance, then this was done by mistake. Please contact us with more information so we can reverse these charges for you. Thanks! John
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It’s a great way to explore the city, good service and great e bikes. We recommend e bikes because of all the hills. Ride over the golden gate, explore china town.
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The bike that we rented was not working properly. It was a frustrating experience. When I complained. They just said to file a complaint and they didn’t even review the bike. The manager was the worse of the staff
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Response from BikeRentalManager, Manager at San Francisco Independent Bike Tour with Rental
Responded 4 Aug 2019
Sorry to hear this. When folks rent we require them to test ride and come back during the test ride If there are any issues. If any problems occur during the ride we include free emergency rescue service; seeing that you are local we wish you had just called us as we would’ve brought you a replacement bike. It would have been so easy to resolve during the ride! Finally although you aren’t privy to our operational procedures we do mark bikes that people complain about and send them to the mechanic for review. The customer service staff you encountered would not take care Mechanical issues
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About the operator
By: Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours
2,306 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Love the experience
Fantastic scenery, convenient location to rent the bike. Friendly service. Totally worth trying. Reasonable
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Great Experience
Good service and explanations at the rental center. Bikes in good condition. Great trip to Sausalito and Back.
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Melbourne, Australia
A different way to see the city
My 18 year old and I really enjoyed seeing the city from a different vantage point. Steve was really knowledgeable
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Joshua B
Awesome bike rental
Rented an e-bike and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Was a great experience and it was easy with
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Sydney, Australia
Bike Hire Fisherman’s Wharf
They were really helpful, no fuss. They also have us good advice on where we should go on the bikes. A very simple
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Perfect Guided Bike Tour
The tour we had was great. We had enough time to select a proper bike, which suits our height and got all the
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Golden gate bike tour
Really enjoyed our trip, our guide was very informative and made sure she waited for the slower members of the
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Los Angeles, California
Great Service!
Such helpful directions from staff!! They have a huge map on the wall and gave us great guidance. I highly
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A quick review
Everything advertised by this rental firm was accurate. My wife and I wanted to try out e-assist bikes. The bikes
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Sydney, Australia
Bay City Bike Rentals
Great value for money the only issue was a lock on one of the 10 bikes. They provided a good service fitting all
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Taran S
I'll be back
Excellent customer service. Great bikes. Very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer any questions. Thank you!
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A must do whilst in SF
Really good experience, we actually upgraded to the electric bikes when we arrived (even though we are fit) which
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Wonderful day riding
A great half day tour with Steven riding through SF from fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito Steven was very
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Plainview, New York
Poor Service with Lovey Tour
We enjoy going on bike tours in all the places we visit. We booked this specific tour because we wanted to see
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Rugby, United Kingdom
The bridge and views from a completely different perspective.
We had recommendations from friends to take a cycle tour over the Golden Gate Bridge and with Bay City Bike
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