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Here's how to rent a bike in SF—and perfect rides to take once you've got one

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The best way to get around San Francisco is almost certainly by bike. If you’re a Bay Area newbie or visitor, though, it can be a little tricky to figure out how to get the most out of the city while on two wheels. Luckily, the people at Wanderu have done the work for you with some handy bike data including places that will rent you a bike and the best trails to take it out on once you’ve got one.

If you’re looking to rent for a visit or just to get the hang of cycle-life, you’re looking at costs of about $33.25 for a day or $7.60 hourly, according to their averages. The lowest-cost rental bike option comes from local bike operation Bike and View in the Marina for just $22.40 per day. Bay Area Bike Share is another way to go, allowing you to pick up and drop off a bike at docking stations around the region. They offer short-term memberships for one or three days at a time if you’re not looking for a long-term commitment (though, if you are, at just $88 for a year, it’s a pretty great deal).


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When you’ve got your wheels (and helmet, please!) ready to go, Wanderu suggests taking them out for a spin on each of four themed routes: Downtown Explorer, Instagram-Worthy Stroll, Seaside Lovers Adventure or Foodie’s Adventure. Each one shows off some of the best of the city, from a laid-back exploration of Chinatown and SoMa to the more challenging ride that offers views of the Painted Ladies and Golden Gate Park. The Foodie’s Adventure winds through the Mission District and Inner Richmond, encouraging you to hop off at some of SF’s best dining spots along the way.

Even hesitant cyclists may feel inspired to hop on board and see where the ride takes them.