We are in a referral based industry. We want to make sure you have a GREAT experience and want to do it again. 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
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.
We will call you a few days before your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out. It is a 10 minute phone call and the only thing we need from you is the guest count for your tour if you know and where you want to go.
What we tell you during the phone call the week before your tour
Tours begin and end at 100 Wilkinson Street which is right next to Middle Ages Brewing. Our guests have free parking in the front and side of the building. 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 printable on our FAQ section and also attached to your confirmation email) so print them out ahead of time and have your group sign it 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. We cant have groups pregaming in our parking lot or on the Middle Ages picnic benches (they will come yell at you and kick you out). We do not want to get off on the wrong note because we have a great partnership with our landlord who owns the property where both our tours start.
If you are celebrating a birthday/bachelorette
Don’t forget the decorations and our social media has some great ideas to piggy back off of. While signs on posterboard for the back of the bike are the best thing to do we also encourage you to decorate yourselves. Whether it be matching shirts, drink sleeves or sunglasses. Or maybe colorful wigs, grannies gone wild or 80s workout gear.
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 painters 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
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. Someone should bring a bag so that when everyone empties there pocket before pedaling they can be stored in a central place
What to bring with you?
You do not need to bring a speaker we provide a speaker with bluetooth so you can play it off someones phone. You can play whatever you want but sometimes we will go by festivals at clinton square or groups of people and we will warn the dj to play something clean then
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 12 oz cans of beer, wine, cider, seltzers, hard lemonade and iced teas and canned cocktails like High Noons. NO glass and NO liquor which includes jello shots and mystery 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. The organizer usually collects the tip money ahead of time when everyone pays them back from the tour and gives it to the driver at some point before the end of the tour because at the end it is very chaotic.
When you show up?
Everyone has to sign the waiver themselves, no filling out any of the information for anyone else. It can be found to print on the homepage of our website and attached to the confirmation email. You just print it out once and the organizer sings the front and the group fills out the columns on the back. 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 what they can/cannot do. 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.
Arrive Late or lie that you are almost there when you are not. It holds up the group when they could just meet you at first bar.
Try and steal glasses from bars, we make you bring it back inside
Try to get your driver to drink with your group (they should not drink, if they do. call us)
Forget the plates, napkins, cake knife, candles that go along with your food.</li>
Do Not Bring noise makers, confetti guns, silly spray
Drive Drunk. Don’t be stupid and drive drunk. With Uber and Lyft no one has an excuse to drive drunk
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
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.
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<