Great Signs To Piggyback Off When Making Your Own

Shout out to all the amazing groups who made these signs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so take a look at these amazing signs and use them for inspiration on your pedal tour. Remember to put them on a piece of posterboard (it cannot be wider then a door frame so that it does not cover up our turn signals. Poke some holes in the corners for zip ties, strings or painter tape (no clear or packaging tape on the bike)

















Bachelorette Party Fun

Multi Bike Tours

2 Bike Pedal Tour Fun

We can now accommodate groups of up to 26 people by bringing one of our 13 seat bikes from Rochester to Syracuse for your event Sunday-Thursday. Whether it be for a school outing for the local colleges, a team building event for where you work or you are just really popular, we can take your group out. We work hand in hand with you to plan your special event, your driver calls you in the week leading up to your tour to walk you through the day of your tour and to find out what bars you want to go to. We then call those bars to let them know the approximate time your group will be arriving so they can plan accordingly.

Just Look at the Smiles on Everyones Faces

Pricing for 2 bikes- these prices include tax and the transportation fee. Tip for the drivers is not included. You divide it up on your end by the up to 26 people the 2 bikes fit
Sunday- $750
Monday-Thursday $625

Booking- please email us at info@syracusepedaltours.com or give us a call at 315-420-9640 to discuss this in further detail. The most important thing to do is to first check to make sure the Syracuse bike is available for the date and time you are looking for. Most days between Sunday and Thursday at least one of our 4 Rochester bikes is not being used.

We Are Excited About 2018

We began doing tours in June of last year and we are super excited for our fast approaching one year anniversary. Our only goal is to make sure your group has as much fun as possible and that you want to do another tour as soon as possible! We do everything in our power to make your job as the organizer as easy as possible and to make sure you know the answers to peoples inevitable questions. Here are some more pro tips for 2018

-The address we give you is 220 Herald Place which is actually right across the street from where we begin and end our tours in the Krell Heating and Cooling Parking Lot. Our garage is in the back of the Trexx building which faces north clinton so it is no point to give that dress.

-make reservations for Dinosaur BBQ after your tour, you are going to smell the amazing food and get hungry. It happens all the time, they walk over and Dinosaur BBQ is very busy and it takes a long time to get reservations for a group of up to 13 people

-bring cupcakes versus a cake when you are celebrating birthdays. This way you do not have to bring serving utensils. Wolfs Biergarten and Sahm Brewing Company let you bring your own food and snacks inside so take advantage of being able to do that.

-make sure you decorate the bike whether it be a birthday, bachelorette or you are just going out for fun. A “you beep, we drink sign” will make for a memorable tour

Fun Raiser

What’s the deal with the Funraiser?

This exciting, new “funraiser” is a great way to raise money for your organization while having a good time. After you’ve been approved and we agree on a date, you’ll work to promote the day we’ve agreed on and try to sell as many tours as possible because you will keep half of the proceeds. In the winter, you can pick any day of the week to host your fundraiser (and that does include weekends) but once our season gets busier in April, then it will take place only on Mondays during select weeks for the rest of the year. Please note, this is for the pedal tour bikes, not the boat.

Financials

Regular season (April-November) guests pay $285. The tip for the driver is not included in this amount.

Subtract taxes, which are $21.11, and we divide that up by 2. We know you are a non-profit, but when you purchase the tour you have to pay tax on it. You keep $132 off each tour sold.

In the winter, our rate is $200 on a weekday or $250 on a weekend. We will subtract the tax and divide that by 2. Also in the winter, we’ll allow your organization to pick weekends as well. From December 1st through March 31st, organizations can book for weekend tours. The rest of the year Funraisers take place on Mondays.

Your tour is half off, so we also encourage the organization to book one tour and sell individual tickets to it for people that are unable to get a full group together so they can join. You can sell these tickets for however many dollars you want and keep all of that profit because you booked the tour for the fixed price of $285 (of which that you will keep $132). Tip: If you provide the beer, wine, and food, you could charge riders a premium.

Tour Types

We offer bar/brewery tours, architecture tours, and food tours. The guests get to pick whatever type of tour they want. If the group books a bike to sell individual tickets, we encourage the architecture tour because of how fun it is! We have start times at 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, and 8:30 p.m. If your group is able to get board members to team building events where they work in the afternoon and have friends and neighbors join at night, your group can potentially raise a lot of money.

Payment is done through our website rochesterpedaltours.com where they’ll be able to view an up-to-the-minute calendar and book. On the questionnaire after they book, they’ll write the name of the charity so we know how much to write the check for. We’ll write you a check for the total amount when the tours are completed.

What do we expect out of your organization?

We want to make you as much money as possible, which is why we give you all the promotional material to use to sell tours. The harder you hustle, the more tours you’ll sell and the more money you’ll raise. We are working towards the same goal of selling pedal tours, so we want our sales material to be used word-for-word because we see it work everyday. We’ll message you a logo, photos of the bikes, and sales pitch to use for marketing. Any time you mention us, make sure you tag us and after the event, mention us in a status and include a picture of a group on the bike. Reviews are important to our business, your driver will ask the groups to write reviews, but we want to ensure you and other members of your organizations write us reviews on any of the review websites.

Next Steps

Talk this over with your boards and message us to start working on date selection because dates fill up quickly.

Pedal Tour Fun

Driving pedal tour truly is the funnest job ever, sure not every group is perfect but the overwhelming majority are filled with great people. I love to see how much fun groups are having, you will never know how fun it is to high five someone walking on the street or when someone honks and wishes you a happy birthday because of the sign on the back of the bike. Going on a pedal tour is such a unique experience in so many ways and you need to try it for yourself! Anyone you know who has been on one will tell you what a great time they had. Just look at all the smiles on the photos we post and they will sell you more on a pedal tour then anything I can write here.

Bachelor Party Fun

Routes

Our only goal is to make sure you have as much fun as possible and want to go on another tour. You dont have to let us know what route you want to do until when we call you the Monday before your tour to walk you through the day of your tour and to find out what route you want to take.  The jist of how the routes work is that you pick one bar among a cluster of bars in an area then get on the bike and pedal to a different part of downtown and pick among that cluster of bars. Tours begin and end at our new garage space at 220 Herald Place. Be sure to remind people it is not Harold as in the name or Herald “street” which is somewhere far off. There is paid parking across the street and some one the street parking. We are right by Dinosaur BBQ and when you come back at the end of your tour and smell the food it will get you hungry so consider being pro active and making reservations ahead of time

Area 1

Wolfl’s Biergarten

Area 2

Shaughnessy’s

Area 3

Blue Tusk

Empire Brewing

Or Any of the other Armory Square Bars

Armory Square District features many amazing restaurants to pick between

Bring in your own food and snacks when you visit Wolfls Beer Garden

Pro Tips

<p>At the beginning of every tour we tell the group that we are in a referral based industry. We want to make sure you have a GREAT experience and want to do it again. In fact when you book a tour it asks how did you hear about us and the number one response is a friend/family member did a tour.  From driving so many tours we have acquired a wealth of knowledge to pass on to our groups to make sure you have the best possible time. We realize that as the organizer of your group that you have the hardest job so we are here to try and make it as easy as possible on you. Here are some great pro tips to ensure an amazing tour. We have perfected how to have a perfect tour down to a science</p>
<h3>Before Your Tour</h3>
<p>The booker of your tour is sent a confirmation email that explains what we provide, where to go, when to show up, where to park and many other important things. A great idea is to forward this email to your group so when you are telling everyone you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything and if they forgot what you said they can check it. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out anytime via call, text or email.  We drive tours everyday late into the evening so you are not bothering us by reaching out at night.  We will call you the Monday before your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out. At the end of this conversation you will have the answers to any questions and at that point we have told you everything you need to know. Read our other blog entries before this phone call and you will have a great understanding of what to expect during your tour</p>
<p><strong>What we tell you during the phone call the week before your tour</strong></p>
<p>Your tour begins and ends at 220 Herald Place. We need everyone to come early because we have pre tour stuff we have to do with your group. Your group will need to sign a waiver before we begin our pre tour spiel (they are printalbe on our FAQ section) so print them out while you are having your group sign them while you are having drinks. By completing this ahead of time you ensure that your group leaves on time. Make sure everyone in your group knows not to tailgate in the street or parking lot before the tour. We do not want to get off on the wrong note because if someone is caught drinking their alcohol on the premise they are not allowed on the tour and no one wants that.</p>
<p><strong>If you are celebrating a birthday/bachelorette – </strong>Don’t forget the decorations, our Facebook page, blog and the gallery on this website have some great ideas from prior groups. You are able to bring your own food, snacks, appetizers and candy on the bike to celebrate. Just don’t forget the plates, napkins, knives that go along with it.   When decorating don’t forget to bring masking tape to use (no packaging tape or clear tape because we dont want the finish to get taken off the bike and cleaned up for the next tour) for ballons bring just a few and make sure they are on strings we cannot have tens of ballons blocking our view and when hanging things keep in mind you don’t want them to be in someone’s face. Signs on the back of the bike are a BIG Deal when groups make signs all the cars and people on the streets go wild,  they cannot be wider than a door tho (so they don’t cover our turn signals). Put holes in the corners and bring string/zip ties to hang them. Your driver will help you decorate, when the tour is done help them clean it up. NO giant penises ladies we don’t need a kid having to see that. On each route there is one stop that will let you bring a birthday cake, cupcakes in to sing happy birthday at. </p>
<p><strong>What to wear – </strong> We have plenty of storage space on the bike for you to put your purses, jackets, gloves, food, etc. The driver stays with the bike while you go into the bar to keep your belongings safe. I always tell groups to overdress and be warm, if you get hot you can take them off.  In the summer the biggest thing is proper footwear, NO flip flops or sandals. Flip flops and sandals are uncomfortable to pedal in and fall off. When the bike is moving the pedals keep moving so when your feet inevitably slip off the pedals we don’t want the pedal to come around and hit your foot. Don’t wear sundresses or skirts either as you can imagine you are sitting on a bike seat you will not be comfortable. Many women have told us we should let others know to wear a sports bra and please bring a wristlet versus a large purse because all you need is your ID, cash and your credit card during the tour. We always love when groups do a theme party whether it be everyone wearing sports jerseys, Hawaiian gear, 80s exercise outfits or wearing white t shirts and bringing sharpies to write on each other with. Let us know so the driver can dress for the occasion. </p>
<p><strong>What to bring with you? – </strong>You do not need to bring a speaker we provide a speaker with a Bluetooth system for you to play whatever you want from your phone. You can bring whatever food, snacks, appetizers and candy that you want. While some food you will be able to eat on the bike while you pedal and others while you are stopped. On each route there is one bar where you can bring your own food into which is perfect for harder to eat foods like cake, chicken wing dip, salsa and dips etc. Some groups bring huge quantities of food, sometimes everyone brings only chips so coordinate what everyone is bringing. Cheese and crackers and vegetable trays tend to not be eaten. You are allowed to bring 2 alcoholic beverages per person on the bike this means 12 oz cans of beer and wine in single serving plastic containers. NO glass, NO liquor which includes jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles and NO boxed wine that you plan on drinking out of solo cups. Let your groups know all of this because we strictly enforce these rules and you will have to return them to your car across the street.  Have everyone bring cash, it will make it easier for everyone to pay you back and when you go into the bar you will be on a time limit and when people open tabs it is a time consuming process to close them and we don’t want for you to be late. When you are late from one bar it eats into your time at the following bars. We don’t want you to have to dash in and have to rush at the last bar. Dont forget to tip your driver you will see how hard they work making sure you and your friends have a great experience, they do alot more than just drive you from point A to point B. People always wonder what to tip the driver and $5 a person is pretty standard unless people are rowdy and then throw them extra. They will let you know what the drink specials are at the bars you pick, call you ahead of your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out, call to order food ahead for you, take group photos and watch over your belongings. The organizer collects the tip money ahead of time and gives it to the driver at some point before the end of the tour because at the end it is chaios. </p>
<p><strong>When you show up? </strong> Sign the waivers and when the tour before you comes back start rallying your troops to use the bathroom and close out there tabs. When the group before yours ends they do a last group photo, give them there bellongings and clean up the bike then your driver will come to find them. If you rent the 15 seat bike you have the Bud Light Bike, if you have the 13 seat bike you have the yellow one.  We ask that you show up early so that we can get everyone situated on the bike, take a group photo, go over information about the bike and put your belongings away before the tour begins. The <strong>BIGGEST </strong>thing you can do to speed up the process is have everyone sign the waiver ahead of time while you are having drinks or before then (they are printable under the FAQ section) Please listen when the driver is going over the information about the tour ahead of time. We understand you are here to have fun and are super excited but we need to make sure we let everyone know the safety rules and tell you how to have fun (read my wild stories blog) . As the organizer of your group we will take all the photos on your phone so you can chose what photos you want to send out to everyone else.  The bike has plenty of storage space for food and snacks, purses, extra clothing and room for a cooler. Now that you can bring your own cans of beer on the bike and wine in single serving plastic containers which you can find at your local liquor store. Bring two alcoholic beverages per person (12oz cans). NO Glass, No liquor which includes jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles and NO growlers or boxed wine that you would drink out of a solo cup because with all the bumps that will make a mess. We cannot have this on the bike and if you try to bring it you have to bring it back to your car and then they will be mad because they would have just brought what they were allowed to bring.  On our way back at the end of your tour we will give you a 5 minute warning and a last chug before we need to dispose of your cans and get ready for the next tour </p>
<p><strong>Tour Dont’s </strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Arrive Late</li>
<li>Try and steal glasses from bars/Bring drinks out of the bar to drink on the bike</li>
<li>Have a conversation with friends while your driver is giving pre tour instructions (you are just cutting into your bar time)</li>
<li>Try to buy the driver a drink at the bar (every group has one person who will try)</li>
<li>Leave phones on the counter, when we hit a bump it will move whether it be 1cm, 1 inch or 6 inches we don’t want you to lose your phone</li>
<li>Forget the plates, napkins, cake knife, candles that go along with your food.</li>
<li>Bring noise makers</li>
<li>Drive Drunk.  Don’t be stupid and drive drunk. With Uber and Lyft no one has an excuse to drive drunk</li>
</ul>
<p>Pro Tips</p>
<ul>
<li>Slice limes for cans of Bud Light Lime and Corona’s</li>
<li>Don’t forget the water</li>
<li>Bring munchies to eat on the bike and food to eat in the bar on your route that allows you to bring in food</li>
<li>Control the music versus ask the group what they want to hear</li>
<li>Give your group a 5 minute warning in the bar. Finish your drink, dont get another drink, use the bathroom, close out your tab etc.</li>
<li>Make sure your phone has enough memory/battery for photos to be taken on it</li>
<li>Bring a wristlet versus a large purse</li>
<li>For late night tours don’t try and over decorate because certain things will not be seen when it is dark out</li>
<li>Loiter after your tour, make plans ahead of time so you do not waste time trying to figure out what to do after everyone has had a few drinks</li>
<li>Call a taxi ahead of time so they are waiting for you when you get back (we will let you know what time your group will be back at) Your tour ends 2 hours from your starting time so know to send your pick up for then</li>
<li>If someone cannot arrive on time they can meet us at the first bar and sign the waiver and join your group there</li>
</ul>
<h3>Thank you for taking the time to read this, now when you book a tour you will now how to party and have an amazing experience</h3>

Bachelorette Party Pedal Tours

<p>I was just looking thru a run down of our most popular tours to write a piece about them and found it to be the bachelorette parties. You will have an absolute blast out with your girls on the bike as you cruise around the city. Decorating the bike will make your night be much funner and better when people know you are celebrating. Hanging signs, wearing matching shirts and decorating the bike are the most common things groups do for a bachelorette party. You will be able to bring your own cans of beer, plastic bottles or juice box things of wine and don’t forget the water and food. You are only allowed to bring 2 alcoholic beverages per person on the bike (12oz cans of beer) You cannot bring glass, liquor which includes jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles and box wine (you can bring the 500ml juice boxes of wine). You cannot bring that on the bike and if you do try to bring it you have to put it back in your car. The only problem you are going to run into is guys trying to run and jump onto the bike to try and join in (which we do not allow and please do not encourage). Guests are allowed to join tours late after they sign the waiver but trying to jump on the bike while it is moving is dangerous and if they try and jump on they are in for a rude awakening from the driver. Besides spending quality time with your girls you have many other things to look forward to such as everyone in cars honking and cheering, people on the streets high fiving you and everyone everywhere taking photos/videos/snapchatting. We even have a tiara for the lucky girl to wear during her tour so make sure you let us know you are celebrating. The 830 and 11pm tour slots are the most common tour slots for bachelorette partys, to find a date and time that works for your group click the book a tour button on the top scroll bar and select the bachelorette party to find a date and time that works for your group. We also want to take a second to note we cannot have giant penises on the bike (straws which are super common are fine) and if you are playing some type of bachelorette game you need to run by your driver in the pre tour phone call what types of challenges are on it. No kissing cops or random people, dancing on bars or anything else that is going to get bars/people calling us up to complain about what you are doing.

Bachelorette Party Fun

We Bachelorette Better

</p><p><img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-855″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/20160723_211907-1024×768.jpg” alt=”We Bachelorette Better” width=”1024″ height=”768″ /></p><img class=”size-large wp-image-820″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_20160618_235153-1024×1024.jpg” alt=”Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” width=”1024″ height=”1024″ /> Girls Just Wanna Have Fun<p><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-675″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/V__099F.jpg” alt=”Bachelorette Party” width=”604″ height=”451″ /><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-677″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/V__9B8B.jpg” alt=”Bachelorette Party” width=”505″ height=”335″ /></p><p><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-759″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FOTA017.jpg” alt=”FOTA017″ width=”640″ height=”480″ /><img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-754″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/13199042_10208105161819977_728523550_o-1024×683.jpg” alt=”13199042_10208105161819977_728523550_o” width=”1024″ height=”683″ /></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

Decorating The Bike

<p>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</p><p>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.</p><p>What not to do- Dont 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 ballons 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 ballons, 6 normal ballons is the perfect number. <strong>Do not bring packaging tape</strong>! 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. </p><p>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.</p><img class=”size-large wp-image-944″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/20161001_203454-e1478986884171-768×1024.jpg” alt=”Great Decorating Job” width=”768″ height=”1024″ /> Great Decorating Job… Dont worry we moved the ballons so we could see while we were driving <img class=”size-large wp-image-941″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IMG_20160621_211854-1024×929.jpg” alt=”21st Birthday Sign” width=”1024″ height=”929″ /> 21st Birthday Sign <img class=”size-large wp-image-942″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Resized_20160617_161131-1024×768.jpeg” alt=”Great Dual Birthday Sign” width=”1024″ height=”768″ /> Jack and Jill Party Sign <img class=”size-large wp-image-943″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/20160924_224247-e1478986757931-768×1024.jpg” alt=”Get Creative With Your Signs” width=”768″ height=”1024″ /> Get Creative With Your Signs <img class=”size-large wp-image-699″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/WP_20160423_018-576×1024.jpg” alt=”Birthday Pedal Tour 4/24/2016″ width=”576″ height=”1024″ /> Birthday Pedal Tour 4/24/2016<p><img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-702″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/FOTFED4-576×1024.jpg” alt=”FOTFED4″ width=”576″ height=”1024″ /><img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-703″ src=”http://www.rochesterpedaltours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/21st-Birthday-Sign-1024×576.jpeg” alt=”21st Birthday Sign” width=”1024″ height=”576″ /></p>

Corporate Team Building Tours

<p>What is the best type of tour?  When the boss pays for it</p><p>There is no better team building or corporate outing in the Rochester 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</p>