About

We are professional bicycle guides, world travelers, adventurous backpackers, bicycle tourists, and culinary connoisseurs. We’ve lived and worked around the world, and we understand the value of experiencing local culture and getting off the beaten track.

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Josh Harris
Josh Harris
Guide | Mr. Fantastic

Josh Harris

Josh Harris

Guide | Mr. Fantastic

Born in san francisco and raised by coyotes in golden gate park, josh reps the fillmore, crocker park/outer mission, and sunset neighborhoods. He was educated by the city’s public schools and taught in them for 14 years. He had his finger on the pulse of the dot com boom and bust moving furniture and he walked the aisles of candlestick park during the will clark and joe montana eras as a soda, peanut, and malt vendor. However it took leaving San Francisco repeatedly for josh to gain the appreciation he now has for the city. The wandering began with college in San Diego and Boston on a swimming scholarship, where he rode his bike first to the beach and then through the snow (and mud) all year long. It continued by chasing summers in Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brasil, and the California Sierras as a whitewater river guide, safety kayaker, and surfer. Josh is raising three kids in s.f. where they dance, do musical theatre, play in both a salsa and latin jazz band, skateboard, tap, b-boy, and ride MUNI around on their own.

Frisco is special because of the hills, the fog, the people, the pacific ocean, the diversity, and the personality of all the ‘hoods. Fogging up car windows with your girl up at twin peaks, looking back on the city from the wave organ, a local session at much maligned crocker skate park, free disco roller skating in the gym at usf during finals week, the new waterfront aquatics division of S.F. Rec and Park summer camps for kids, cheap dim sum, vietnamese sandwiches, boba milk tea with proper crushed ice, prune humantashens at house of bagles ,ben kyodo manju made fresh for 100 years in the old diner in japan town, S.F. Classic scooter ride in august – 300+ vintage vespas and lambrettas and no red lights, Sunday Streets – true neighborhood street fairs with musicians in doorways and tables of treats in front of the restaurants and cafes, and finally the Pro-Am summer basketball league at Kezar Gym where i’ve seen Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Leon Powe, Jason Richardson, Matt Barnes, Brian Shaw, Gilbert Arenas, Jeremy Lin, Mark Madsen, little Isiah Thomas mix it up with local high school, college, and street players.

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Adam Greenfield
Adam Greenfield
Guide

Adam Greenfield

Adam Greenfield

Guide

San Francisco is a rabbit hole: Exciting, mysterious, and it goes as deep as you want it to. I’m happiest when out exploring the neighborhoods, seeking out the back alleys, peeking into gardens (naughty boy!), admiring architectural details, and being invited in for cocktail parties just because I was passing outside. I loved the adventures on day one and I love them now.

As a SoSF guide, I’ve a million stories about this priceless gem of a city. It would be my honor to bring you along to get under the city’s skin and reveal some of its secrets, as well as relate a few of my own quirky SF stories, all delivered with my own trademark wit to keep you on your toes. And the bicycle is a marvelous way to do it. We’ll enjoy a lovely day together; you may even go home and see things differently after taking a tour. It happens all the time!

When not on a bicycle, I’m a local community organizer, particularly known for helping neighbors throw block parties and bringing people out to enjoy their own streets. My own street has broken the SF record for most block parties in one year! You get to know a lot of people doing this.

If I look familiar to you, you may actually be thinking of a certain Mr Russell Brand, to whom I’m said to bear an uncanny resemblance. You are welcome to have a photo with me and to claim you met Mr Brand. I won’t tell.

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Earl Balisi, Bike Guide
Earl Balisi
Guide

Earl Balisi

Earl Balisi

Guide

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, I grew up as an Air Force Brat in my early childhood, and I’ve lived in SF since I was ten years old. I am a student in video production because I love telling stories through visuals. I got into photography by taking pictures of murals & street art in the Mission.

I moved to Hayes Valley and stumbled upon the greatest opportunity when I inquired about what kind of help the bike shop wanted on my way to getting coffee at Blue Bottle.

Now, I lead bicycle tours all over the city (the parts where the locals actually hang out) and it’s a front row seat to all the action and everything awesome that’s happening in the streets of San Francisco.

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Brandon Mears
Brandon Mears
Guide

Brandon Mears

Brandon Mears

Guide

I grew up in a small but diverse town just outside the Bay Area, delivering the morning newspaper on a bicycle. My adventurous parents brought us to the City often to experience its museums, cultural events, historical sites, gorgeous parks, chilly beaches, and stunning vistas. I went away for college, and wandered around for a while, but the City beckoned me back. I’ve served the Bay Area for over a decade as a social worker, hotel concierge, Spanish translator, patient simulator at UCSF medical school, and actor. Having performed in dozens of plays and musicals all over the country ranging from Hamlet to the Rocky Horror Show, I can tell a good story. The City has many stories, best told while exploring its streets.

I love the celebration of individual expression here. I love the mix of boldness and compassion, restlessness and thoughtfulness, ambition and kindness. I love the protests. I love our diverse, adventurous theatre community. I love finding public art and performance everywhere. I love our music. I love the abundance of outdoor activities. And of course, I love the fog, how it billows over the hills and through the Golden Gate, blanketing us with moisture and mystique, softening the rough edges of this crazy-cool city.

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John Byrne Barry
John Byrne Barry
Guide

Eoin Canny

John Byrne Barry

Guide

I got hooked on bicycling as a kid in Chicago, delivering newspapers after school on a Schwinn Typhoon with a wire basket on my front handlebars. When I was in college in central Illinois, I escaped the winters by taking the train to New Orleans and bicycling along the Gulf Coast to Florida, or west into Texas. I’ve also bicycled from Illinois to the East Coast, and up and down California.

When I first arrived in the Bay Area, I performed with the Plutonium Players, a political comedy troupe, in Bay Area parks, theaters, and clubs. Once my son was born, my responsibility gene kicked in, and I worked for more than two decades for the Sierra Club at Second and Mission, as a writer, designer, webmaster, and trainer. I commuted to the city from Mill Valley a couple times a week for ten years.

I’m author of two novels, Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher, and Wasted: Murder in the Recycle Berkeley Yard. I’m currently writing a murder mystery play for my local community theater.

One of my proudest memories is when my son was about sixteen — we lived in Berkeley at the time — and he said, in response to someone asking him about getting a driver’s license, “Why would I need to drive? I can get anywhere I need to on my bike.”

I love to explore cities as close to the ground as possible — bicycling or on foot — and I’ve visited almost every nook and cranny in San Francisco, especially all the hillside stairways. Too bad we can’t climb those on our bikes. 🙂

What I love about San Francisco is its neighborhoods — how distinct they are in their weather, culture, and geography. It’s hard to pick favorite, but I especially like the Presidio, the Mission, and Bernal Heights. And the best way to see those neighborhoods is on a bike.

I would be honored to guide you through the city on one of our tours.

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Ronn Seely, Bike Guide
Ronn Seely
Guide

Ronn Seely

Ronn Seely

Guide

I’ve lived in San Francisco for about 15 years. I never get tired of learning more about it, and I love showing it to visitors.

I grew up in farm country in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania, but I played classical piano and discovered a love of foreign languages. I couldn’t wait to live in a city and to travel abroad. I spent a year in Brazil, then went to college in Philadelphia (Wharton School at Penn). For the next 15 years I lived in Brooklyn, NY, and worked mostly at Saks Fifth Avenue. I met my life partner there, and got into running and later triathlons, including Ironman Lake Placid in 2001.

My next retail job moved me to San Francisco in 2002, but it lasted less than a year. Time for a new career! For 12 years I led cycling and hiking tours all over the world. And now I’m working just a few blocks from my front door, leading bike tours of San Francisco.

I love the way San Francisco is a big city and a small city at the same time. Our culinary scene, our ethnic and cultural diversity, even our first-rate symphony, opera and ballet all rival New York City’s, yet we only have 10% of New York’s population, and it rarely takes us more than 30 minutes to get anywhere in the city. Right at our doorstep we have so many things you don’t get in New York, and all are easily accessible and among the best in the world: wine country (Napa and Sonoma), national parks (Yosemite, Muir Woods, Pinnacles), skiing and snowboarding (Lake Tahoe), road and mountain biking, hiking, redwood forests, stunning coastline… Lots of gorgeous sunshine and lots of chilly fog and wind, but no sticky heat and humidity or frigid winters. No mosquitoes (almost)!

San Francisco wants you to be yourself. It welcomes and celebrates the individual, the unique, even the extreme. Hippies and hipsters, homos and homeless. I love the taco trucks, the progressive politics, the fog (I hate it too), the food and the concern (obsession?) with food quality, the dogs, the bike lanes, the diversity, the LGBT community, the ridiculously steep hills, the bridges, the coastline, the parks, the Castro Theatre, the foodies and locavores, walking up Corona Heights for the view, wearing a scarf and gloves in July, my local beer-bourbon-and-hummus shop, the mountain biking. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and their bingo nights and Hunky Jesus contest at Easter. Hundreds of guys running through the Castro in red underwear for the Santa Skivvies run. Middle aged men surfing in the morning and riding a skateboard to the office. The Bicycle Coalition. Bob’s Donuts on Polk St. The wine! And the craft beers. Toronado bar, falafel from Ali Baba, Burmese food at Mandalay, Castro Coffee Shop. Citywide composting. Did I mention taco trucks? Tacos al pastor! Oh yeah.

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Daniel Watson-Weller
Daniel Watson-Weller
Co-founder & Manager

Daniel Watson-Weller

Daniel Watson-Weller

Co-founder & Manager

I was born and raised in San Francisco and now live 14 blocks away from my childhood home. It took 6 years of traveling in over 34 countries for me to realize that “home” is where I want to be. I love this city, and I love showing it off. The diversity and break up of neighborhoods in this city is so exciting and so unique. A sociology and photography graduate, I have taken my passion of meeting new people and constantly learning wherever I travel. I first discovered biking when studying abroad in Utrecht in the Netherlands and hope that one day San Francisco will cherish the bike as much as the Dutch. After working in one of the top restaurants in Sydney, Australia, I joined the industry’s largest outdoor active travel company creating and leading trips throughout Europe and the United States. Now I am an elementary school teacher, photographer, and co-founder and director of SoSF. I love San Francisco and can’t wait to have you come on our tour.

Things I love about San Francisco: Giants baseball, burritos in the mission, riding my bike across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin, murals, drinks with my friends at my local bar, my parents, dim sum on Clement Street, roller derby in Fort Mason, people watching at Dolores Park, smiling as the fog rolls in, finding the new hole-in-the-wall ethnic food, photographing street art, going to the farmers markets and then cooking a massive meal, local wine, biking and walking everywhere!

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Tim McLaughlin
Tim McLaughlin
Co-founder & Manager

Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin

Co-founder & Manager

I’ve always been into bikes. As a child, I was obsessed with BMX bikes; I mountain biked in college; and now ride bikes all over SF, up the easy hills and down the steep ones. I grew up in the midwest and moved to northern California in 2000. I, like many, came out to strike it rich during the first dot com era. Well, you can guess what happened–the bubble burst. Since then, I’ve lived in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Sapporo, Japan. I led bike tours around northern California and beyond and have helped produce a variety of charity bicycle tours. In December, 2011, I finished up an MBA degree at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

Things I love about San Francisco: Wild threads of history, independent movie theaters, growing bike infrastructure (thank you SF Bike Coalition), my neighborhood Chinese and sushi joints, parklets, wine imported all the way from Napa and Sonoma, bike valet at the baseball park, the wiggle, dogs ruling the parks, fresh regional produce, road rides in Marin and the Berkeley/Oakland hills.

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