Celebrate Your Parents’ Wedding Anniversary on a Bike Tour

Your parents’ wedding anniversary is always a joyous occasion. The big milestone anniversaries most likely have special celebrations, but the smaller ones are sometimes overlooked by family members. A great way to surprise or celebrate your parents’ or relatives’ wedding anniversary is to book a pedal bike tour with Syracuse Pedal Tours!

Syracuse Pedal Tour progressive dinner

Make it a Dinner

A progressive dinner is a great pedal bike tour option for an anniversary.  Get your close family members together and share a wonderful summer evening on a pedal bike tour throughout Syracuse hitting up a few of the best restaurants of your choice.

What does the Progressive Dinner entail?

You will be able to attend two different restaurants of your choice on your tour to enjoy shareable food and drinks. Your organizer will call ahead to order the specific food and drinks, so everything will be ready for when we arrive. You pay for the food at the restaurant, and most parties bring dessert for the pedal tour. The bike can fit up to 13 people and a minimum of 7.

Private Pub Crawl

If you’re thinking of making it more of a party, consider booking it a private pub crawl! A private pub crawl entails:

  • Bring your own beer, wine, cider and food
  • Control the music with our Bluetooth speaker
  • Attend 3 bars for about 25 minutes a piece
  • Make it memorable with group photos

A private pub crawl is a great way to get your parents out for their anniversary. This can be a laid-back night with friends and family enjoying some of the best pubs in the city, while celebrating the special occasion.

If you’re looking to do something fun this season, consider booking a pedal bike tour with Syracuse Pedal Tours for your family members’ wedding anniversary, or even just a night on the town. Contact us at 315-420-9640!

 

Why You Should Take a Pedal Bike Tour in Syracuse

Pedal bike tours are the new hot thing to do in the Summer, and as the weather starts to break a little bit, we start thinking of things to do outside.  Syracuse Pedal Tours provides fun-filled pedal tours around the city of Syracuse, which include bar crawls, bachelorette parties, and more!

Syracuse Pedal Tours bike outside of Dinosaur Barbeque

Make it a party

If you plan to take a pedal tour with your friends and family, make it a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary celebration.  You can even get your co-workers out of the office for a Saturday gathering to enjoy each other’s company without being stuck in the office.

What we offer

The pedal tours we offer include private pub crawls, bachelorette parties, architecture tours, and progressive dinners.  Each tour that you schedule for is a little different than the other.  With bar crawls, we take you on a two-hour trip to 3 bars around the downtown area. Progressive dinners consist of stopping by some different courses and cocktails. Bachelorette/Bachelor parties are usually themed bar crawls where we allow you to mingle and be your dd. Architecture Tours are very fun because you get to learn a little bit of the rich Syracuse history.

Start the season off right

Once the weather starts to break, the residents in the Upstate, NY area tend to get excited and get outside as soon as possible.  The long winters can be a toll on our mental state, so we have an itch to get outside and attend some events. What better way to start the season off right than to schedule a planned pedal tour with Syracuse Pedal Tours. If you’re looking to have a party and grab some drinks and food without having to worry about a designated driver, or if you’re looking to learn a bit of history, we provide with those types of tours.

Plan a tour with us as soon as possible! The weather looks like it’s breaking, so let’s get out and have some fun! Contact Syracuse Pedal Tours at 315-420-9640 for more information on our tours.

I Booked A Tour Now What

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 forward or copy and paste it to everyone coming so that you do not have to say the same thing over and over and no one can say you did not tell me this or that. 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.

Your tour begins and ends at the Press Room Pub area at 220 Herald Place which is a really cool bar/restaurant to go to before or after your tour. MAKE SURE you leave your cooler and food outside if you do go in before hand. No pregaming in the parking lot this is a place of business and a great partner of ours, anyone caught drinking their own alcohol on the premise will NOT be allowed on the tour so please let your group know. We say this over and over because it is important to our business which is why we count on the organizer to make sure the group knows. 

Be sure to read the other blog entries which will help you with packing, decorating, pro tips and other helpful information.  We want to make sure you have as much fun as possible in a safe environment that respects the City of Rochester. That means late night tours no being obnoxiously loud and disrupting of people’s sleep. We are very good about responding to emails, phone calls and texts quickly and with detailed answers so never hesitate to reach out. You will find we are easy to get ahold of and during that pre tour phone call we tell you EVERYTHING you need to know and when you get off the phone with us that you will have no questions about what to expect the day of your pedal tour

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)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

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

The Route

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. 220 Herald Place is where Press Room Pub is which is a great bar and restaurant where our tours commonly meet up before for drinks or end up going for food and drinks after. If you plan on eating after we encourage you to make a reservation because it is a popular place.

Area 1

Wolfl’s Biergarten

Area 2

Shaughnessy’s which is in the Hotel Syracuse

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

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&lt
Before Your Tour
The organizer 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, screenshot, copy/paste this email because everything everyone needs to know is in this and you will not have to say everything over and over. Also no one can say you did not tell me this or that, its just that they did not read what you sent them. On the day of the tour they can check against what you sent out instead of having to text/call you. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out anytime via call, text or email.  We will call you a few days before your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out. Read our other blog entries before this phone call and you will have a greater understanding of what to expect during your tour and see some great decorating ideas
What we tell you during the phone call the week before your tour
Your tour begins and ends at 220 Herald Place which is right by the awesome Press Room Pub. 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 and also attached to your confirmation email) so print them out ahead of time and have your group sign them as they arrive. By completing this ahead of time it speeds up the boarding process, hopefully we are able to get everything done before your tour start time and we leave a littler earlier which is free bonus time out on the bike. 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 we have a great partnership with our landlord who owns Press Room Pub
If you are celebrating a birthday/bachelorette
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. Wolfs Biergarden lets you bring in your own food and snacks which is nice because you can set everything on a table and serve your food. Try to bring cupcakes versus a cake so you do not have to bring all of the serving utensils.  
What to wear –
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.  In the summer the biggest thing is proper footwear, NO flip flops or sandals while they may have a back on them and not be in danger of falling off exposed toes are dangerous. 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. Please bring a wristlet versus a large purse because all you need is your ID, cash and your credit card during the tour.
What to bring with you?
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. Wolfls Beergarden 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, wine, cider, sparkling seltzers or mikes hard lemonade type drinks. NO glass and 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 because with all the bumps it will spill all over. 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. 
When you show up? 
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 BIGGEST 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 
Tour Dont’s

Arrive Late
Try and steal glasses from bars/Bring drinks out of the bar to drink on the bike
Have a conversation with friends while your driver is giving pre tour instructions (you are just cutting into your bar time
Try to get your driver to drink with your group (every group has one person who will try)
Smoke cigarettes/cigar on the bike. As long as your group does not care about e cigarettes we dont care
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
Forget the plates, napkins, cake knife, candles that go along with your food.</li>
Do Not Bring noise makers, we try our best to not make our neighbors angry at our noise
Drive Drunk.  Don’t be stupid and drive drunk. With Uber and Lyft no one has an excuse to drive drunk

Pro Tips

Slice limes for cans of Bud Light Lime and Corona
Don’t forget the water
Bring munchies to eat on the bike and food to eat in the bar on your route that allows you to bring in food
Control the music versus ask the group what they want to hear
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.
Make sure your phone has enough memory/battery for photos to be taken on it</li>
Bring a wristlet versus a large purse
For late night tours don’t try and over decorate because certain things will not be seen when it is dark out
Decide ahead of time what you want to do after your tour ends. Trying to get 13 people to agree on anything is hard, it is even harder after they have been drinking for 2 hours.
Call your uber 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
If someone cannot arrive on time they can meet us at the first bar and sign the waiver and join your group there

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&lt