Pedal Tour Pro Tips

What to Wear/Not Wear

Ladies – in the summer you do not want to wear a skirt or sundress, remember you are sitting on a bike seat and it will be very uncomfortable. Bring a wristlet versus a large purse because you only need your ID and cash during the tour. Many women have told us to add to wear a sports bra to this section so we have.
Men – In the summer wear tank tops/sleeveless shirts on hot days.
Footwear – make sure you wear sneakers and not flip flops or sandals. It does not matter if they have backs to them because when the bike is moving the pedals are moving so when your feet inevitably slip off the pedals and you have to catch the pedals we do not want for them to come around and hit anyone on their toes. We also do not want sandals falling off while we are moving because jumping off to get them is very dangerous.

Decorating

Whether your tour is a birthday bachelorette or corporate outing, decorating the bike will make your pedal tour more fun. Not only does it make your photos better but when the cars and people in the streets see you are celebrating an occasion they react by saying happy birthday or things like that. Groups decorate to varying levels, some groups print special shirts and coozies, others go all out decorating the bike, others just put a sign on the back. The only bad decorating is not decorating because it only takes a few minutes and the decorations are super cheap.
What To Do– Make a sign for the back of the bike, have the artist in the group make a sign on posterboard like the type you would for a school project back in the day. Now remember it can’t be wider then a doorway so that it doesn’t block our turn signals. Also put holes in the corners and bring string or zip ties to fasten the sign to the back of the bike. Things like beep for the birthday boy or girl, you beep we drink or anything witty like that makes for a great sign that the cars will react to. When bringing streamers only bring one color, some groups buy 3 colors and the cluster makes it look uglier then just 1. Get the group to buy into a theme, whether it be tropical, 80s workout gear or everyone wearing different sports jerseys a theme birthday party will make for a funner tour.
What not to do – Don’t try to hang things across the bike or by peoples knees, when we begin pedaling and the breeze blows them into peoples faces and interferes with their pedaling they will get annoyed and take them down. Don’t waste your money or time on decorations like this. Make sure any balloons you bring are on strings, if you try and tape them to the bike they will just blow away and since we do not litter we cannot have that happen. Remember we cannot have our vision compromised by too many balloons, 6 normal balloons is the perfect number. Do not bring packaging tape! It will take the finish off the bike and is not allowed for decorating, bring painters tape so when we are cleaning off the bike at the end of your tour for the next group we can make sure we get everything off. Between tours the driver has to take group photos of your group, clean up the bike, get everyone’s belongings down and un-decorate while also preparing the next group for their tour to start and helping them decorate, put everything away, get hooked up to the music etc. They can definitely use an extra hand getting everything cleaned up.
Since decorating goes hand in hand with birthdays here would be a good time to talk about birthday cakes. On each route we have a stop that will allow you to bring your cake, plates, napkins, candles inside to sing Happy Birthday. Don’t forget everything that goes along with the cake. Bringing a full cake is burdensome so we recommend bringing cupcakes. Not those tiny cupcakes tho because they are all frosting and make a mess.

Alcohol and Food

You are allowed to bring 2-12oz cans of beer, wine, cider, sparkling seltzer or mikes hard lemonade type drinks. NO Liquor or Glass that does include jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles. We go over the alcohol policy every step of the way so there is no confusion. Idk why some people think we do not enforce the rules that we work so hard to communicate but we do. We encourage you to bring some water as well, everyone is thinking drink, drink, drink but they will drink that water and appreciate that you brought it

What is nice about our tours is that our bike has tons of storage space for food, snacks, purses and that the first stop Wolfs Biergarden allows groups to bring in there own food and snacks. That works out in your favor because you can bring sub trays and appetizers inside. Otherwise trying to eat on the bike means chips and cookies and things like that. Chips and salsa/guac/humus and cookies and brownies are the foods that we see groups eat. Vegetable trays and cheese/crackers tend to get neglected so avoid spending the money/time/effort bringing them.

Music

The bike features an awesome blue tooth speaker for someone to be DJ off of. Delegate it to whoever is not a big snap chatter and/or who has Pandora/Spotify premium. Pro Tip have the DJ sign up for the one month free trial for commercial free listening during your tour.

Team Building/Corporate Tours

What is the best type of tour? When the boss pays for it
There is no better team building or corporate outing in the Syracuse area then rallying the office and going out on a pedal tour. We have all different types of options depending on your offices alcohol policy. For offices that are fine with their employees drinking responsibly we offer bar and brewery tours which work the same as a private pub crawl. You pick the route, bring your own beer, wine and food and we are your tour guide and DD for the tour. If your office has a no drinking policy never fear we also offer architecture and history tours in addition to food tours. The architecture and history tours take you all around downtown showing off everything from Syracuse’s past in addition to telling you about what is going to be happening in the future. It makes 2 stops for breaks so you will have time to grab some food at a restaurant or to pack a picnic to eat on the bike. Our food tours take groups to 3 different restaurants for a different course that they pre order at each. This is perfect for taking out of town bosses around and retirement parties. We do a ton of corporate outings and groups love going out on a tour, we commonly hear “a few people in our group aren’t bar people” and what we have seen from our experience is that they have no problem whatsoever going into the awesome bar/restaurants that we take our groups to and that they have just as much sipping a water as the people drinking beer do. A great team building idea to do on the bike is for everyone to pick out one song and have it put on a mix, the group then guesses who picked out the song. So whether it is a group of fellow nurses or teachers or a sales team you and your group is in great hands with Syracuse Pedal Tours. No one will do more to make sure your group has a fun, safe and memorable experience then our team

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