Are all the rage this year for birthdays, bachelorette parties and team buildings. Go on Amazon and get the loudest flamboyant sunglasses you can find for the group to rock out. Whether they are the same color or the rainbow variety pack everyone will love them and wear them… Even after the tour is done. We encourage organizers to take care of getting the alcohol, ice, snacks, decorations, tip and just have everyone pay them back so this way you do not have to worry about people letting you down.
We are aware of the Omicron Variant and the growing cases in the area but it does not change anything in regards to our tour. No mask requirements or checking of vaccine statuses from us. Our drivers have been vaccinated but are willing to mask if you want them to. If someone in your group tests positive then the tour just goes on without them. We understand you want everyone to be able to enjoy the day but the show must go on without them.
- Anyone feeling ill we ask not to come to protect your group
- Your driver will call you a day or two before your tour to say hi and to find out where you want to go. When your tour begins we will call the bar ahead of time to see if they have room for our group. If they do not then we will help you pick out another bar
- Some of the bars with more open air areas include Press Room Pub, Wolfls Beergarten, Talking Cursive Brewing, Margaritas, Shaughnessy’s in the Hotel Syracuse. Other bars have outdoor seating as well these are just some of them.
We are letting you know that our pedal tours are a great way to have some team building experience and bonding with your co-workers. A corporate event can sound a little dreadful, but with Syracuse Pedal Tours, we allow you to relax, have a good time, and build lasting relationships with your team.
What to Expect on a Team Building Tour
On a Team Building Pedal Tour, we allow you to bring your own beer or wine with a two-drink maximum per person rule. We will be your guide and DD as we pedal around the city of Syracuse. You can also bring your own snacks and water. We provide a Bluetooth speaker, so you can enjoy your own music and playlists. We encourage you to share control just in case people get a little sick and tired of someone’s music taste.
Pick a Type of Pedal Tour
We have a bunch of different types of pedal tours you can choose from. Some include private pub crawls, progressive dinners, architecture tours, and more. All of these tours can help get your team bonding and getting to know each other without having to be sitting in the office. It’s difficult to enjoy each other’s company when you’re stuck working in an office. This is why we would like you to have as much fun as possible. Have some drinks, eat some food, and pedal your way to some new friendships. This will make it less awkward at the office because we all know that no one wants tension in the workplace.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to have a work bonding experience, book a pedal tour with Syracuse Pedal Tours today. Contact us at 315-420-9640 today, and we can help you plan your next work outing!
First and foremost make sure you booked, you will know you booked your tour because you will get a confirmation email. The confirmation email is very important because it tells you everything important that your group needs to know so please share it with everyone coming back screenshotting it and putting it into a group chat or forwarding it. They can also check back against it instead of asking you. Your driver will call you a few days before your tour to walk you through the day of your tour and to let you know what bars your group will be visiting.
The biggest thing to do is work on collecting the money from everyone right away. What is nice is that we make it easy to add people later so that you can book the tour right away then work on finalizing numbers. Please wait until 3 days before your tour to let us know if you will have more than 10 guests since it gives you the most time to add/subtract guests. If you have real flakey friends or you are unsure then just have them pay the slightly higher amount when they arrive to the driver.
Plan the decorating and theme. People have always made decorations and there is a special page in the blog section about them but new this year is people adding their Venmo/Cash App to the sign on the back and people sending them money. Getting free money is fun so make sure you find the artistic friend and have them make a fun sign. Colored Wigs, 80s Workout Gear and Grannies gone wild themes became very popular in the last year. Plan ahead whether you make special shirts, wear sports team jerseys or come up with a new theme idea.
Prepare for when the driver reaches out to walk you through the day of your tour and finds out where you want to visit during the tour. Your driver is reachable via text so we can work with you to set up a 10 minute conversation to go over important stuff before your tour.
Be sure to read the other blog entries which will help you with packing, decorating, pro tips and other helpful information.
People have always made signs to decorate the bike with but starting last year people starting putting their Venmo/Cash App on them and O WOW did that prove to be a great idea. Who doesnt like Free Money? Its not a car stuck behind us at a red light it is all your friends, family, co workers that could not make your birthday, bachelorette party, etc showing you love by paying for a drink at the bar.
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)Signs not only look good on the back of the bike are a great prop to hold in the group photos your driver will take of you
Both our bikes are stored at 100 Wilkinson Street which is right next to Middle Ages Brewing which allows 2 bike tours to begin and end together. This means we can take out groups of up to 26 people since each bike fits 13 guests. You dont have 26 people? Dont worry you do not need nearly that many and with our base price covering a group of up to 10 per bike you really only need 20 to get the best price per person. If you have more than 20 you just pay proportionally more per person.
During a 2 bike tour groups visit 2 bars for about 40 minutes at each. You get to pick the bars but we do have to run it by them ahead of time to make sure they are cool with it during the time of your tour. We do these tours at least 2 times a month in the summer so we are great at making sure everything runs smoothly and taking tons of group photos for you. This is the perfect team building and joint bachelor/bachelorette parties.
Just Look at the Smiles on Everyones Faces
2020 sucked because Covid caused people to not want to go out and do tours until late that summer. We still had an okay fall then 2021 turned into a very busy year because the weddings that were cancelled in 2020 took place in 2021 and all the bachelorette parties did our tours since other activities were not happening. For 2022 we hope to have a record year! We always book up fast but now with 2 bikes operating at the same location we get a few 2 bike tours per week so that availability you see can be gone in 1 phone call. Covid caused us to change our pricing and it works out better for groups since you can now get the best rate for 10 guests and pay proportionally more if you have more than 10. Being able to add people on later even right up until your tour is great for organizers unsure of who will be able to attend, test positive or flake out.
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.
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.
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.
Talk this over with your boards and message us to start working on date selection because dates fill up quickly.
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.
Your driver will call you a few days before your tour to walk you through the day of your tour and to find out where you want to go. Both our bikes are stored at 100 Wilkinson Street with free parking in the front and side of the building for our guests. This is right next to Middle Ages Brewery which is the perfect place to go before and/or after the tour. You can pick up some cans to bring on the tour and bring your food into the brewery (as long as there is not a food truck that day)
The Bars To Pick Between
Wolfls Biergarten allows you to bring in your own food and snacks
Press Room Pub – has the big patio with firepits
Shaughnesseys in the Hotel Syracuse has a large patio
Board and Bar Charcuterie
Clinton Street Pub
Talking Cursive Brewery – outdoor seating
And Many Many More That You Can Pick
Even if you want to visit 2 bars that are right by each other we can pedal around the city and come back to the second bar you want to visit. We want to make sure you get your pedals worth in the bike because that is the funnest part and why you rented the bike. If you are one of the groups that says they just want to pedal around make sure you remember that it is just pedal powered so you do need to make at least one stop to use the bathroom facilities.