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San Fran on wheels

Bike tour offers visitors scents, sounds and sights of city
Writer Paula Froke of New York rides along the Embarcadero in San Francisco during a Streets of San Francisco bike tour. The company offers a variety of tours that won’t overtax riders in reasonably good shape.
Timothy McCarthy of Berkeley, Calif., consults a trail map at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, Calif., north of San Francisco, as part of a series of bicycle excursions in Northern California. This part of the tour included a hiking and mountain-bike jaunt along some of the park’s many trails.
Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours guide and co-founder Eoin Canny explains the history of mural art in the Mission District.
The “Cupid’s Span” sculpture across from the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero in San Francisco which provides the backdrop for a picnic lunch on a San Francisco bicycle tour.
Visitors sample both wine and cycling memorabilia during a stop at Velo Vino Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif., founded by the family that makes Clif Bars and Clif Family wines.
A row of Victorian houses known as “Painted Ladies” on the edge of Alamo Square Park fills the foreground of the San Francisco skyline at the start of a Streets of San Francisco bike tour.
If you go

Streets Of San Francisco Bike Tours: 385 Linden St., San Francisco; www.sosfbiketours.com or (415) 448-7673. Tour prices range from $65 to $115 depending on distance. The Food Tour, $95. Custom options available.
Velo Vino Napa Valley: 709 Main St., St. Helena; http://velovinonapavalley.com or (707) 968-0625.
Napa Valley Bike Tours: 6795 Washington St., Yountville; www.napavalleybiketours.com or (707) 251-8687. Full-day bike rental options include hybrids for $39, road bikes for $65, mountain bikes for $50, tandems for $78, electric assist bikes for $55, kids’ bikes for $25. A variety of tours, vacation packages and custom packages available, including Classic Napa Valley Bike Tour (with stops at three or four wineries), $139 per person, tasting fees not included.
Point Reyes Outdoors: 11401 State Route 1, Point Reyes; www.pointreyesoutdoors.com or (415) 663-8192. Mountain bike rentals, $42 a day.

San Fran on wheels

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Writer Paula Froke of New York rides along the Embarcadero in San Francisco during a Streets of San Francisco bike tour. The company offers a variety of tours that won’t overtax riders in reasonably good shape.
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Timothy McCarthy of Berkeley, Calif., consults a trail map at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, Calif., north of San Francisco, as part of a series of bicycle excursions in Northern California. This part of the tour included a hiking and mountain-bike jaunt along some of the park’s many trails.
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Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours guide and co-founder Eoin Canny explains the history of mural art in the Mission District.
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The “Cupid’s Span” sculpture across from the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero in San Francisco which provides the backdrop for a picnic lunch on a San Francisco bicycle tour.
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Visitors sample both wine and cycling memorabilia during a stop at Velo Vino Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif., founded by the family that makes Clif Bars and Clif Family wines.
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A row of Victorian houses known as “Painted Ladies” on the edge of Alamo Square Park fills the foreground of the San Francisco skyline at the start of a Streets of San Francisco bike tour.
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