We will be renting bikes around 2:30 on Sat. 9/1 after arriving at SFO, dropping off our luggage at the downtown Marrriott around 11:15 and doing a quick tour of Chinatown. This is the only day we can do both (my husband will be in a conference the next 5 days) and I'm not looking forward to the hordes of tourists I hear will be in Sausalito for the Art Festival. My questions are: If we pick up the bikes from Bay City Rentals at 1325 Columbus Ave (or is 2661 Taylor St. a better location?) how easy of a detour will it be to bike over to the Palace of Fine Arts and take some pictures? Is the detour biker friendly? With another quick stop for photos at Fort Point and on the bridge, about how many hours will it take us to get to Sausalito? Other than taking a few spinning classes, I haven't been on a road bike in many years. The big problem is the limited p.m. ferry departures from Sausalito. We'd either have to be on the 6 pm ferry to Pier 41 or the 6:20 ferry to the Ferry Bldg. in order to get our bikes back before the 8:30 closing time. I was told we'd want to get in line for the ferry l/2 hour earlier because they limit the # of bikes they let board. I'm assuming on a busy holidy weekend they'll fill up fast. My husband says we should just skip the ferries and bike back across the bridge at a later time. Just how steep is the 2 miles from Sausalito to the bridge? If I end up pushing my bike most of the way to the bridge, about how long would the return trip to the bike shop take? Any other suggestions for making the above itinerary more doable would be greatly appreciated!