Today at jwz, a long list of advice for folks new to bicycling in San Francisco. A sampling:
10. Bike maintenance: don’t do it, ever. It’s not worth your time. Just take it to the shop. Getting them to replace a flat for you costs $20 and takes 10 minutes, including the tube, and you don’t get dirty.
11. Safety: I follow the Zodiac approach: always assume the cars can see you perfectly, and are trying to kill you. If an intersection seems iffy, use the sidewalk and crosswalks. If big streets like Market and Van Ness freak you out, there are always less traficky ways to go, or just stay on the sidewalks.
12. Grocery shopping: yes, you really can do it with a single backpack. The trick is, shop small once a week instead of big once a month.
Great stuff in the comments too. Link.
Link to more cycling-related posts on Mission Mission.