Cycling Across Golden Gate Bridge

One of our favorite things to do in San Francisco is riding bikes across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. We did this for the first time a couple of years ago when Lisa lived in the city. We had such a great experience, we knew we had to do it again on our trip there!

Fun facts:
1) At the time of its opening, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world.
2) Instead of the widely recognizable “international orange” color the bridge is today, it was almost painted yellow and black to make it easily visible for naval ships to pass. However, the bridge was painted orange to compliment the natural surroundings and enhance the bridges visibility in fog.

It’s not often that we ride bicycles (in fact, we don’t own any here in Arizona), but there isn’t anything like riding freely, hair flowing through the wind, on one of the most well-recognized bridges in the world. It brings Lisa back to simpler times when she was in a bike gang in elementary school (story for another time).

We always rent from Sports Basement because of its proximity to Golden Gate Bridge, reasonable pricing and their staff is always helpful in adjusting our bicycles to our specified needs. They also have an extensive collection of outdoor clothing and equipment. If you’re planning on cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, make sure to rent from the Presidio location as they have another one located in the Mission District. We paid $24 each for our bike (helmet included) and our friends Grant and Summer paid $50 to ride on a tandem bike together for 3 hours.

If you start your route from Sports Basement, you will pass Crissy Field, a former U.S. Army airfield. This is a perfect spot for picnics, playing frisbee, walking your dog and getting that Instagram-worthy picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. From there, you can head down Marine Drive where you’ll be riding along the coast and approaching the bridge. At this point, you’ll need to bike up a fairly steep hill, so make sure to change your gears as needed.

Crissy Field

The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles across and has east and west sidewalks. We spent approximately 30 minutes crossing the bridge each way (including stops to take pictures). The east side walk (bay side) are open to pedestrians and cyclists on weekdays until 3:30 P.M. On weekdays and holidays, it’s pedestrian only. Since we biked on a Friday, we shared the east sidewalk with pedestrians. Luckily this day wasn’t crowded compared to the last time when there was an anti-vaccination rally being held (again, story for another time). Be mindful when riding your bike and make sure to always be aware of pedestrians. Always stay to the left side of the sidewalk and tell pedestrians when you are passing. There are a lot of seasoned cyclists out there, some who think they are the next Lance Armstrong, but don’t let them intimidate you. Once you cross the bridge, you can ride to the Golden Gate Bridge View Point for another spectacular view of the bay and bridge from another perspective. The west sidewalk opened around 4 P.M. for bicyclists only, so there was more more room to cycle freely. On your way back, you’ll see the other side of the bridge (not as scenic but extremely relaxing with breathtaking views of the Marin Headlands. Once you’re back on the other side of the bridge, you can return your bike and make sure you have all of your belongings.

Golden Gate Bridge View Point

Whether it’s your first time riding or a seasoned cyclists, make sure to appreciate your surroundings, take memorable pictures on the bridge and most importantly have the time of your life cycling across one of the wonders of the modern world. The Tanners would be proud (hope you’re old enough to get that reference)

– Colin

Brooks or Bust

Between being on our feet for work/school all day, cardio, weight training and walking numerous miles when we travel, having a shoe we can count on is extremely important to us.

Both of us have had big name brand shoes (Adidas, New Balance, Nike, etc.), but out Brooks shoes have been the most comfortable, durable and functional shoe we have had yet.

I bought my first pair of Brooks Ghost 10 running shoes 2 years ago after a recommendation from a sales associate at Tortoise & Hare Sports. Once I tried on my first pair of Brooks, I haven’t looked back.

Brooks started in 1914 as a small family-owned shoe factory in Philadelphia and has a long history of making a variety of quality shoes worn by professional football players and Major League baseball players. Have you ever seen the rubber stopper on the front of roller skates? You can thank Brooks for that too!

In 2001, Brooks geared its focus solely on running. Now they are some of the industry leaders in fit, feel, ride, style and performance in running gear.

One of my favorite aspects of Brooks running shoes is that they are really comfortable for people with wider feet. I struggled with my previous Nike shoes that always fit on the narrower side and would give me discomfort after a long hike or run. Even “wide” shoes just never fit quite right. Brooks uses a revolutionary 3D fit print (maintains structure, flexibility and lighter weight), guide rails (allowing hips, knees and joints to move your with your specific motions), full integrated shock absorbers, Brooks DNA (specifically provides cushioning specific to your needs), a rounded heel (reduce stress on your body), etc. That’s just a few aspects of the shoe, here’s more of the benefits below!

I currently have the Brooks Ghost 11 and have used them during cardio, weight training and traveling in San Francisco. The Ghost 11 has a slightly softer midsole, more flexible in the upper and a fraction wider compared with my previous Ghost 10 shoes. The Brooks Ghost 11 currently retails for $120.

Lisa has had the Brooks PureFlow 6 since April of last year. To this day, her shoes look like it just came out of the box. She has a bad habit of stepping into her shoes (just like me), yet they’re still able to hold there shape, unlike other shoes she’s had where they get deformed over time. They are tremendously comfortable for her when she’s in sim lab doing her dental procedures, at the gym on an intense leg day or walking around the city when we go on vacation. A vast majority of faculty at her school also claim Brooks shoes are their favorite, especially since they’re always on the move.

There’s no one shoe fits all when it comes to brand preference, but we can’t imagine going back to any other brand of shoes for everyday wear. I would highly recommend trying them and checking out their shoe finder function to see which shoe fits your intended goals! We don’t have any financial ties to Brooks, but we wanted to share our experience because we’re so excited to have found our perfect shoe. Let us know if you get a pair!


It’s Gonna Be a Gudapati

Her Perspective: 

Not many people can say they get to take engagement photos for their best friends… but I can! 

I met Annie back in 6th grade (19ish years ago) and she’s been one of my best friends since then. We went from taking sticky film photos at Kim’s parents’ house using her piano bench as a prop, to actual photo booth photos in the mall, Star Image photos, to photos in front of my parents’ yard to this. Needless to say it’s been a very memorable journey with this one.

I wish I still had some of our childhood photos to look back and laugh at, but it’s okay, we’ll always have the memories. 

When I saw the opportunity to take Annie and her fiancée, Sri’s engagement photos, I went for it! I didn’t want to miss out on documenting such an important event of her life with the man she loves.

We spent a few hours at his place in Fullerton, CA taking photos and doing a few outfit changes. It was so much fun because it made me nostalgic about our photo shoots from when we were kids except now our teeth are straighter, there’s a guy involved, and we have better photography equipment. 

Here are some of the photos from today’s shoot. It was an honor taking your photos Annie and Sri! Can’t wait to celebrate your wedding in May! #ItsGonnaBeAGudapati

– Lisa