Rides by Me offers a retro sidecar tour that passes through iconic NorCal hotspots


SAN FRANCISCO – Take a ride on the wild (car) side! Rides by Me offers an exciting sidecar tour that travels through San Francisco and California wine country with exciting stops along the way. San Francisco’s ABC7 morning crew has buckled down to experience all the fun!

Directed and driven by Jérome Ribeiro, this classic mode of transportation allows cyclists to discover the hidden gems of Northern California – without stopping to look for a parking space.

While sidecar rides are exhilarating, Ribeiro makes sure all passengers are safe throughout the journey.

“In the city of San Francisco, we drive at 15-20 miles an hour max, so people can actually see the city, enjoy the city,” Ribeiro explained. “The sidecar has seat belts, and it’s very safe.”

He added: “It’s a freewheel, it’s not like a regular motorbike, it can’t tip over.”

Sidecars were first produced in 1903. Today, Rides by Me honors this mode of transportation with retro accents while adding modern technology. For example, the company lets cyclists wear stylish retro helmets with microphones and Bluetooth capabilities.

“It’s a great way to communicate because people can feel comfortable, can see what you’re talking about, and you don’t have to shout,” Ribeiro explained.

Rides by Me takes riders to iconic locations around the city, like the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, the Golden Gate Bridge, 12 different hills, and more.

In addition to San Francisco tours, Ride by Me sidecars travel through Wine Country, with stops at some of the region’s top wineries!

“We actually decided to expand it from San Francisco to Napa Valley, Sonoma, Russian River and just explore wine country,” Ribeiro said. “What could be better than sitting in a rolling sidecar between the vineyards and discovering Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley? It’s simply amazing.”

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