Rent a bike in Oakland, see the San Francisco Bay Area!
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We are located in Uptown Oakland, just 3 blocks from beautiful Lake Merritt. Take the ferry from San Francisco and hop on the Free B Shuttle (weekdays) where you’ll be just 2 blocks away from our store. We’re a short walk from the 19th Street BART station and an easy drive off I-80 or I-580.
We have bikes to accommodate all sorts of riding in the bay area–we have unisex comfort bikes and comfort bikes with a low step-through; recreational bikes to go the distance, and performance road bikes in both men’s and ladies’ models. Want to take the kiddies along? Our Xtracycle Edgerunners are equipped with Yepp child seats, or a padded rear seat with a stoker bar for the older kids.
Where to ride? We are just blocks from beautiful Lake Merritt. There’s an interior bike/jog path and bike lanes on the street circling the 3.7 miles around the lake. Lake Merritt is home of Children’s Fairyland, beautiful gardens and play areas for the kids.
Road riders love to head north on Broadway to climb Tunnel Road and Skyline Blvd; taking in some of the most spectacular view of San Francisco Bay.
Whether you’re looking for a short ride to enjoy a picnic, an exhilarating ride with the best views of SF Bay, or to enjoy the popular tourist sites, there is no shortage of great bike rides in the Bay Area. We’ve compiled a few of them in the sidebar on the right, with more to come as we build out our new website.
Looking to buy a bike?
We have 2 locations on Broadway, in the heart of the art and restaurant district, Uptown Oakland. Our main store, at 2400 Broadway, is not only home to our bike rentals; but also where you can find the great Giant bicycles that are in the rental fleet, on the road in and on the trails across the planet. We also carry Raleigh bikes for the whole family; along with Surly and Soma bikes.
2400 Broadway is where our service and repair shop is located, and you’ll find all the typical bike shop parts and accessories here. While our main focus is on the lifestyle bicyclist, those who ride their bike everyday, we all ride mountain and road and love getting others into the sport. You’ll be at ease at all our stores; we’ll get to know you and what you want from your riding experience before we set you off on test rides. You’ll get the right bike, the right fit and at the right price from BAB.
We are the Bay Area’s folding bike experts
We call our shop at 2509 Broadway the “Forefront Storefront” because we are at the forefront of the urban transportation movement. Here we offer folding bikes, cargo and family bikes, and electric bikes.
We carry Brompton and Tern folding bikes; quality bikes at prices to fit anyone’s budget. And we service what we sell, providing a year’s free adjustments on all our bikes.
At the Forefront we also sell the full line Xtracycle cargo bikes and accessories, including the Yepp child seats. We’ve got electric bikes from Raleigh and Stromer and the electric Yuba Spicy Curry. conversion kits from BionX and Bafang. We love to help folks convert existing bikes to a pedal-assist electric bike with our conversion kits from Bafang and BionX.
Renting a Bike Rack?
There are many great places in the bay area to explore on bike; we make it easy for you to get there! In addition to your rental bikes, you can rent a Saris Bones bike rack for your car. Before you come in, please watch this video: Saris Bones bike rack installation. You can also check to see if the Saris Bones 3 bike rack will fit your vehicle. And if you love the US-made Saris bike racks as much as we do, we have a large variety to choose from at our uptown Oakland store.