Family Bike Ride by the San Francisco Bay with...
Last Saturday, we went on a bike ride by the Bay thanks to Bay City Bike rental company who asked my family if we would be willing to test our their services, bikes, and family bike trail.
I was curious about the experience but anxious about riding any hills and I was afraid that it may be too hard in San Francisco with the children. They are 7 and 11, definitely not too little but still…But why not, we gave it a try.
What we liked
Rafael at the desk. Makes you fill out the paperwork, show you the family trail on the map, and tell you which bikes you need. He advised us to pick a tag-along for my 7 years old daughter Thais who started to cry because she wanted her own bike. Talk about starting the day.The smallest bike they have is a 15'” and it was too big for her (she is tiny).
Rodrigo: I do not know how he pulled that out but when I went to pick my bike, Thais, my diva extraordinaire, was sitting on the tag along with a big smile on her face and Rodrigo had even found a bag so she could have her plush toy with her on the ride.
Rodrigo checked all our bikes and made sure that the seats were at the proper height and explained to us why they should be at the height they are. Note to self: readjust all the bike seats at home. He provided us with some locks in case we wanted to stop for a walk and a kit if we would get a flat tire.
Brandon: the repairman. Luckily, we did not have to use his skills!
Bay City Bike makes it easy for you
At some point, we wanted to change trails (several trails are featured on the map), but it took us a minute to realize that it was safer to stay in the family trail, that avoids driving alongside cars at all cost.
And thank you Rafael for showing the restrooms along the way! as well as the tourist stops.
Riding the Golden Gate Bridge
Ask all the questions you want and need at the shop before leaving. Or call them if you have a question along the way. The staff is really friendly and helpful.
Wear layers: it is San Francisco. If you want to experience the fog on the Golden Gate Bridge and not ride with the crowd, leave before 10:00 am. If you want a warmer weather and do not mind the people, leave after lunch.
Bring snacks and/or a picnic.
Count on more than 4 hours for the tour. And this is a minimum with children. Go at your rhythm, stop when you want, they are plenty of things to do along the way.
Is it worth it?
We had an amazing time and discovered a city that we know pretty well under another light.
What we did not like too much
As far as the service is concerned, there is nothing I could advise them on doing better. The whole process, rental, and visit went smoothly and they made us feel like the only client in the store, and we saw them do the same thing with the other customers.
Parking: it is not an easy area to find parking. If you stay in a hotel, walk to the Wharf, take the Cable Car or bus. If you must drive, check around the location, you will find parking around the block for $20-30 a day in a garage. If you spend the whole day, it is not that bad.
Bay City Ride
Bay City Bike gave my family complimentary bike rides . I received no other compensation besides this, and Bay City Bike did not express any requirement that I express a particular point of view.Lydie Thomas is a Travel Whisperer and mother of two little avid travelers. She is sharing her tips and tricks on visiting the San Francisco Bay Area with children. She also loves to share her French culture and tips on vacationing in France with little ones. Subscribe to her blog www.travelismorefunwithkids.com or follow her on twitter @lydiethomas or on Kindle.