Bachelorette Party Pedal Tours

Bachelorette parties are by far our biggest bookers of pedal tours. We have gotten very good at showing them all an amazing experience while making the organizers job as easy and stress fress. Just follow our tips and your group will have just as much fun, if not more! 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 12oz cans of beer, wine, cider, sparkling seltzers and miked hard lemonade type drinks. 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). Drinking out of solo cups is prohibited because it will spill all over everything when we hit a bump. Bike drinks are bike drinks, bar drinks are bar drinks. Your group is going to have a blast the only problem you may 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.

Decorating The Bike

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- 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.
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. 
Since decorating goes hand in hand with birthdays here would be a good time to talk about birthday cakes. Wolfs Biergarden will allow you to bring your cake, food, plates, napkins, candles inside to sing Happy Birthday as long as you are buying drinks. We recommend bringing cupcakes versus a cake so you do not have to worry about all the serving utensils.

Corporate Team Building 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 going out on a pedal tour with your co workers. 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 our super popular bar tours. Bring your own beer, wine, sparkling seltzers, ciders, mikes hard lemonade type drinks 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 and 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. The driver who is also your historian will take tons of awesome group photos with Syracuse landmarks as your back drop
Our food tours take groups to 2 different restaurants where you will pre order food based off what time your tour will arrive so that as you arrive your food is coming out and you will skip the waiting. Your driver lets you know what time you will arrive and then you call it in a few days ahead of time. This is perfect for taking out of town bosses around and retirement parties.
We do a ton of corporate outings and they all have a blast! 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 on spotify, 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

What To Wear On Your Pedal Tour

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. Please wear sneakers, it does not matter if your sandals have backs to them because when the bike is moving your pedals are moving and when your feet inevitably slip off we do not want the pedal to hit your foot when you try to catch the pedals again.
Men- In the summer wear tank tops/sleeveless shirts on hot days. Wear pants/shorts that have pockets that button or zip to safely secure your valueables.  
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.
Now that we go year round I wanted to give some suggestions about how to dress properly for all the seasons.For winter tours wear gloves because once your hands get cold your body will get cold and something to cover your ears because that is where your heat escapes. Between the pedaling and drinking you will be more than warm enough. In fact after a few bars most people leave their jackets draped on their seats while they go into the bar.

The bike has plenty of storage space for hoodies, jackets, purses, food, etc so that is why it is important that ladies bring wristlets so that we have room for all of those other things vs large purses taking up a lot of space

Reading Our Blog Entries = Successful Stress Free Pedal Tours

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog entries, we put the time into writing these blogs because we want to make sure your group has as much fun as possible. We have learned from experience that between reading the blog entries and the pre tour phone call if you just do what we instruct you to your group will have an amazing experience. From driving so many tours I get to see firsthand what works and what does not work and I want you to learn from past groups.  It all starts with the organizers communication with the group because we convey everything to the organizer and from there it is up to the organizer to pass it on to the group. We instruct the organizer to forward the confirmation email to the group because it says where to be, at what time, how to dress, what to pack, what to do and not to do.  Then the Monday before your tour we call the organizer to walk you through the day of your tour from where to park, what to pack, what route you want to do, decorating, what to wear and much much more. From there it is up to organizer to let the group know everything. As long as you do what we say you will be fine, the only time tours go wrong is when the organizer is too intoxicated.  
Pro Tips:Print out the waivers and bring them with you, as your group arrives have them sign them. What trips groups up is that everyone must fill in the day of the tour themselves, it is very tempting for the first people to fill in the date and everyone wants to draw an arrow through the other boxes. We need everyone to fill it in with the date of the tour, not the date you are signing it.
Bring a wristlet versus a large purse. You only need your license, credit cards and cash during the tour. 
Bring warm clothes to put on later in case you get cold, we have room for storage
Make sure you bring some type of food, snacks, appetizers or candy to munch on during the We provide a speaker and it has bluetooth capabilities so no need to bring a speaker or aux cord
We will take all the photos on the organizers phone, we like to begin taking the photos after everyone has had a few drinks in them. We will take a ton of photos so be sure to send them out to everyone.
No need to overdecorate. Examples bringing 10 balloons, 4  birthday banners, 3 color streamers. Decorating Ideas If someone is running late they can meet us at the first bar so they do not hold up the group. But when you ask how far away are you make sure you follow it up with “how far away are you really” because they are usually farther then they originally tell you
Please wait until you get on the bike to begin drinking the alcohol you brought. No tailgating in the parking lot pre or post tour. The Press Room Pub lets our guests park for free in their parking lot and is also our landlord so we count on you the organizer to pass this along to your group.
Collect the tip before the tour so people do not spend the money. The end of tour time is chaotic so do not forget to tip the driver either. 
Dont Be That Person
who brings glass 
who holds up the group from leaving one bar so they can smoke a cigarette/use the bathroom
says something smart to people we pass walking, biking or driving by. you may be anonymous but our business is not.
steal glasses from the bar
who makes a point to not pedal the whole tour (without a medical condition)
who asks “we have to pedal this?
does not listen to us about stuff falling out of your pants pockets and has something fall out
interrupts the driver during the pre tour speech, they are cutting into your groups time out on the bike so help the driver keep them in line
who calls someone riding past us on the bike a show off
so we tell the groups when we leave the last bar that any open beers have to be drank by the time we get back and you cannot take them with you. Please do not open a beer when we are a minute away from being back because it holds us up from beginning our next tour on time.

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

The Start Up Phase

Starting a new business and moving across the state to a new place required much back work to find out if Syracuse was ready for a second pedal tour business and the answer is YES! I spent 2 days walking all around downtown to map out the best routes to minimize hills and to make sure groups will get their “pedals worth on the bike” I came away super impressed by the architecture and have been reading up on the history of downtown Syracuse as well as the  buildings which our tour will pass. Thank god for Google and the Syracuse Public Library!  Being able to tell our bar tours about the architecture and history of the buildings we pass is one of my favorite things about doing the bar tours in Buffalo and Rochester.  All of the bar owners have been super receptive to becoming partner bars which offer our riders specials on food and drinks. With that being said groups get to pick where they want to go.  At the moment the photos on the website are from Rochester because I want groups to see some awesome decorating and all the smiles on peoples faces. As soon as tours start in Syracuse they will be replaced THAT DAY! I always tell people smiles don’t lie and when you look at the photos under the gallery you will see what a fun time groups have.  I look forward to taking you, your family/friends/co workers out this year!