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a tandem bike named gilbert: bike date in san francisco

April 14, 2011

bike date in sf
I’m so excited to bring you the first of the bike date guest posts from cb of the citybird’s nest in San Francisco. cb, her ‘mister’, and their tandem named Gilbert enjoyed a gorgeous day in Golden Gate Park and surrounding SF area. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities ever, so I’m thrilled to be kicking off the bike date series by following along with a bike picnic in such a lovely place. Here are Cristie’s tips to a perfect bike date in the city…

bike date in sf

hi, i’m cb from the citybirds nest and when s. asked me to do a post on bike dates, i was super thrilled as we had plans for one last weekend! so here goes!

going on a bike dating is one of the great pleasures of owning a bike and can be even more special when it is a romantic ride for two. so what does one bring on a date bike ride? well of course, you, your bikes or in our case, bike, give it up for gilbert our french tandem! so now that you have yourselves & your bike(s), now what? where are you gonna venture to? we hadn’t been to our favorite spot in sf for almost 2 years so we decided that is where we needed to be. we rolled out to golden gate park for some people watching & fun in the sun.

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we opened the back of the film on these pictures so they look like they are on fire, i love it! LOOK! our panniers have a the perfect wine holder, yay! you can kinda see a bit of our new mexican blanket and all our yummy goodies!

what to bring:

♥ new mexican blanket from disney cruise trip: check

♥ yummy wine: check

♥ amazing to die for cheese: check check

♥ crackers & cold cuts: check

♥ dominoes: check

♥ bike chain: check

♥ kicking misters a** at dominoes: CHECK!

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drinking wine out of my awesome bike cup!!

what to do when you get there? have no expectations!

we had a great time just talking, drinking & eating and just really enjoying each others company. we used to go to this very spot e.v.e.r.y. single weekend when we lived in sf. it was and still is our favorite thing to do and wish we could go out there every weekend.

bike date in sf

bike date in sf

bike date in sf

the flowers in front of the conservatory of flowers change seasonally so i was thrilled it was poppy season! they are my all time favorite flower. the poppies were so amazing that i had to take some pictures of them. they are so happy looking and make me smile whenever i see them :)

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feel like doing more? be spontaneous!

we packed our bags and headed over to haight street where i popped into one of my favorite stores..buffalo exchange which is a used clothing store and never lets me down :D then we headed to a great little spot called the zeitgeist which is a great place because so many people from all different walks of life gather to this watering hole! if you can snag a place outside which is rare on amazing sunny days in sf then you have found yourself a gem…don’t ever get up in fear that someone who has been hawking the backyard will scoop it up in a blink of an eye. don’t worry though because there are portapotties outside. hungry?then you are in luck because they bbq all night long and make the best grilled cheese i have ever eaten! the mister and i grabbed a table and a couple of pitchers of beer and played dominoes into the night.

we had so much fun just letting our bike take us on our date…no real plans just being together, pedaling in unison. it was the best date we had had in a really long time. i love riding with the mister and couldn’t imagine riding with any other person. like i have said before and i will say it again…riding a bike is more fun when in love!



Thanks so much, cb! If you want to see more of cb’s beautiful film photography and gorgeous adventures by bike in SF, check out her site the city bird’s nest.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2011 07:41

    So much fun and beautiful photos! How awesome is that French tandem? Very. I love the idea of brining dominoes or some other simple board game on a bike date picnic. Simply lovely.

  2. April 14, 2011 11:38

    Yes! The lawn in front of the conservatory is my absolute favorite place for a bike date in the city.

  3. April 20, 2011 14:39

    thanks for the awesome feature! can’t wait to read more of these!


  4. rider44 permalink
    May 18, 2011 08:18

    So glad I finally read this. My daughter and I are loving SF Bike Party on our tandem, looking forward to the summer when my wife can join us. SF is indeed such a beautiful city to ride in. Thanks for a great post!


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