Want to cover the waterfront or the Golden Gate on two wheels? You'll find the Bike Rental District (that's our nickname, not theirs) near the foot of Lombard Street. On this short stretch of Columbus Avenue, near the Joe DiMaggio Playground and North Beach Pool, three bike rental places compete: Bike & Roll San Francisco (899 Columbus Ave.;  229-2000, http://www.bikethegoldengate.com); Columbus Cyclery (801 Columbus Ave.;  561-9999, http://www.gobikeit.com) and Dylan's Tours (782 Columbus Ave.;  932-6993, http://www.dylanstours.com).
Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
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