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San Francisco Bike Rental??(4 posts)

San Francisco Bike Rental??fitzpb
Aug 6, 2002 7:00 AM
Anyone know of good shop in San Fran that rents decent road bikes? USAir wants to charge me $160 to bring my bike with me. For that amount, I could purchase another ticket!! All I really need is the name of a couple of stores so I can call them. Thanks!
re: San Francisco Bike Rental??Me Dot Org
Aug 6, 2002 7:33 AM
1. http://www.excite.com

2. click on the Yellow Pages link.

3. On form with appears, type in bicycle rental. Change the radio button from Name of business to Type of Business.

Fill in the city and state fields. You'll get a list.

Virtually all of the rental bikes I see in SF ar of the city/hyrid variety, but you might be able to find some place that rents road.
I would take my bike with mems
Aug 6, 2002 6:20 PM
Last summer, I found a road bike to rent after looking around in SF. Blazing Saddles (the one on Columbus, not the one at Fisherman's Wharf) had some road bikes. I rented a Trek 1200 from a shop about a block away from Blazing Saddles (I can't remember the name and nothing that came up on my web search looked familiar). The daily fee was $45.00. Depending upon how many days you plan to ride, you will come close to the $160.00 that you do not want to spend. But the most important factor is that you will be much more comfortable with your own bike, which I also expect will be better than the Trek 1200 that I rented. The steep hills of SF and the Marin Headlands where I rode are no place for a bike with which you are not familiar or in which you do not have confidence. When I was descending on the Counselman loop (a very steep descent), I had trouble controlling my rental bike and was scared. That ride convinced me to get a case and take my bike with me on my next trip. I have taken my bike on three trips since then -- the airline fees were work the benefit of having my own bike to ride (America West said that the fee was going to be $75.00, but the gate agent waived the fee because I only had one other (small) checked bag and my bike was not too heavy; Northwest charged me $80.00; Southwest charged me $40.00 -- (all charges are one-way)).
no road bike rentalsgwendolynofthemountain
Aug 7, 2002 12:00 PM
bring your bike with you. don't encourage LBSs to rent road bikes.

the last thing the city needs is a bunch of weekend yahoos barreling through stop signs and crowding the bridge on rented road bikes. weekend warrior + road bike = disaster. leave them on (heavy, slow) mountain bikes; and for those of us that swing/ride both ways, our off road trails are too far for them - so we are safe.

better yet, all rentals (in any city) should be painted in neon colors so riders and drivers can steer clear.