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Syracuse Pedal Tours offers a unique one of a kind way to experience Syracuse in a safe and enjoyable way with us serving as your tour guide and DD. Our 13 seat bike features room for 8 peddlers and 5 riders and has a speaker for you to play your own music off of. We offer tours for groups of between 7-13 people (we do not add people to groups) Check out our FAQ section below to find the answers to any questions you may have.
Pick 1 bar from each area. You will get to spend approximately 25 minutes inside each bar. You can pick whatever bar’s you want around downtown but we want to make sure you get your “pedal’s worth on the bike” We do not get kickbacks from any bars we just want to make sure your group has as much fun as possible.
They let you bring in your own food & snacks
Oh My Darling
Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge
Funk’ n Waffles
Empire Brewing Company
How To Book Your Tour
When the time comes to book click on the book a tour now button on the top scroll bar and select the private pub crawl unless you are looking for an architecture or progressive dinner tour. You simply pick from the available dates and times and enter your contact information and your credit card and the date and time is yours. The full amount is due when you book. Cancellation/Rescheduling policy is a subsection below
Here Are a Few Pro Tips to Follow For a Great Pedal Tour 🙂
We cant stress this enough because 1 it will make it much easier for your group to pay you back. 2 it will prevent your group getting delayed because you had to wait for someone to close out there tab. 3 to tip your driver at the end. You will find that they do a whole lot more then just drive your group from Point A to B, one of the big things they do is to take all the group photos on the organizers phone. Please let the ladies in your group know to bring a wristlet versus a large purse because they only need cash and an ID.
Wear sneakers or shoes
Flip flops can fall off when you are pedaling. When the bike is moving, the pedals are moving, and we don’t want a person to get their foot hit by the pedal because they lost their flip flops. Please wear sneakers or shoes and let the other members of your group know to do the same. If someone shows up in flip flops we have to let them on but there is a reason we tell people to not wear flip flops every step of the way.
Always prepare for the worst weather wise
Bring a hoodie/jacket. We have plenty of space to store everything and don’t want our guests to be cold. The awning will keep you dry, & we drop you off right in front of the bars, and cover your seat so you don’t come back to wet seats. We have gone out in every type of weather imaginable and never had any problems. In fact the fall and spring can be the perfect time to do a pedal tour while the weather is cooler.
Play whatever you want from your cell phone to our speakers via Bluetooth. Pandora, Spotify, a playlist, it all works. No need to bring a aux cord because of the bluetooth system.
The Answers you are looking for – Some Frequent Questions
The most commonly asked questions are: can I drink/bring alcohol on the pub crawler?
The answer is YES!! You may bring beer and wine. No more than 2 alcoholic drinks per person tho (that means 12oz cans of beer). The other stipulations are that beer must be in a can and the wine must be in a plastic bottle. NO glass, NO liquor which includes jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles and NO growlers or boxed wine which we cannot have you drink out of solo cups due to the large mess it will make with all the bumps. You must have completed your beer by the time we get back, you cannot take open beverages to go and we have to get ready for the next tour so you will have to dump out your beer.
Coordinate who will bring what (this year we had a group where 5 people brought bags of potato chips). You are responsible for your own cooler and ice, only one cooler per tour due to space constraints. Don’t forget the water!
No tailgating in the street or the parking lot before your tour. We need our groups to respect the open container laws We do not want to start off on the wrong note so please make sure no one does this. Please consider forwarding your confirmation email to the group or putting all the information we give you before the tour into an email so your group knows what to expect the day of your tour.
Where does our tour begin and end?
Your tour will begin and end 220 Herald Place right across from the Press Room Pub which is a great place to meet up for a drink before your tour or to hangout after your tour for 1 last beer. There are a ton of paid parking lots surrounding us or Uber/Lyft to us.
Can anyone not pedal?
The length of everyone’s legs vary but if you are 5’2 or shorter we will want you to go on the seat and pedal backwards before the tour to see if you will be able to pedal or not. If you are not able to pedal enjoy any of the 5 non pedaling seats on each bike. We do have weight restrictions on who can pedal and that means anyone over 275 lbs can not sit on a pedaling station because with the angle of the seat it will bend under their weight. They can ride on the back bench
How Old Do You Have To Be To Come On A Tour?
We consider this on a case by case basis. We do architecture tours for high school students as long as their parents sign the waiver on their behalf ahead of time. For family parties you can bring along minors even if it is a bar tour (most places we stop are bar/restaurants so they can go in) We do not allow minors to go out on a 21st birthdays, bachelorettes.
What is your season?
We go year round now that we have a garage space. We offer a special winter rate from December 1st until March 7th. This past 2016/17 winter in Rochester we did over 50 tours and everyone had a great time. Having driven a vast majority of them, I can tell you that everyone has fun when they dress appropriately (wear gloves and something to cover your ears). Between the pedaling and drinking will be more than warm enough. Our weather guarantee in the winter has to do with snow/slush because the salt would eat up the bottom of the bike and you get a “snow check” to be used towards another tour.
Can we bring food and drinks?
Absolutely! Bring all types of food, snacks, appetizers and candy that you want on board. We have plenty of room for you to store your food. We strongly encourage you to bring some food and snacks to munch on & some water to hydrate with. Don’t forget to bring the paper towels and plates. Dont forget the candles for the cake. For drinks bring all the water you want but no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per person (12oz cans of beer) NO glass, liquor which includes jello shots and mix drinks in water bottles and don’t plan on drinking out of a solo cup because it will spill all over the bike. These rules are strictly enforced which is why we tell them to the organizer and put them all over the website so please abide by them. If you don’t you will have to return the banned alcohol to your car which will kill time when you could have been out on the bike. Keep in mind certain foods are easier to serve on the bike such as cupcakes. Each route has one stop where the bar does not have a kitchen so you can bring your own food and snacks in.
How many people do we need in our group?
This is determined by the number of peddlers you have because not everyone can pedal and we need 7 people at minimum to go out on a tour. We set the limit at 7 so that the tour wouldn’t be too physically exhausting. The maximum is 13 people with room for 8 peddlers and 5 riders. We sometimes do social mixers where smaller groups go out together and we advertise those on our Facebook page. We do not add groups together if they have extra spots.
How much should we tip our driver?
Our drivers do way more than just get you from Point A to Point B. They will help you decorate the bike, clean, stay with your belongings on the bike while you are in the bar, put up with everyone’s drunken shenanigans and most importantly take all the group photos on the organizers phone. Make sure you have battery and memory before the tour. The organizer almost always collects the tip money from the driver ahead of time and gives it to the driver at some point before the end of the tour because it gets hectic when the tour ends. Riders usually tip at least $5 per person but often more.
Does rain/inclement weather prevent our tour from going out?
The answer is NO. With a large awning overhead it helps keep everyone dry, combined with dropping you as close to the entrance as possible so rain will not ruin your tour. Do not worry about thunder or lightning it is the same as you being in your car. While wish every day was 70 and sunny do not let the rain get you down, you will have an amazing time regardless of rain or shine. The only things that can cancel tours is wind of 35+ mph, snow and ice. For our entire 2016 season we didn’t cancel 1 tour! The cold doesn’t affect anyone because between the pedaling and drinking you will be more then warm enough. You just need to dress appropriately which means to make sure you wear gloves and something covering your ears. We have plenty of storage space on the bike for extra clothing, food and snacks, decorations etc.
Who is in charge of the pub crawler?
The renter-the person who paid, calls all the shots. They organized the group, collected the money, and did all the hard work to get your group out so we answer to them. It is their job to let us know ahead of time what route the group wants to do.</p>
We have never had anyone fall, get hurt, had an accident or the bike tip over (for some reason people always ask us this). Do what we say and you have nothing to worry about. The waiver is a precautionary measure that if you follow and respect will lead to a safe and fun trip. Your driver will go over all the basics before your tour and check your id’s to make sure everyone is 21. We take safety seriously and plan on keeping our safety streak intact.
What should I do if I have any questions I have not found on this page?
Please read the blog entires which are detailed write ups about every facet of a pedal tour .If you have booked a tour and are wondering when you will get the pre tour phone call, expect a phone call from us the Sunday or Monday before your tour. We will walk you fully through the day of your tour and find out what route you want to do. If your tour is on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday you will get a call the earlier Monday (so 9 days ish before your tour) Do not hesitate to reach out to us via call/text or email at anytime (we don’t have bankers hours) If you reach out to us via email or leave a voicemail you can expect a timely response. Feel free to text our number as well and as soon as we see it we will respond. Our website features an up to the minute calendar of all the dates and times you have to pick between and when the time comes that is where you will book.
Is there a refund policy?
Tours go on rain or shine, the large awning will keep you dry in the event of rain. Do not fear lighting it is safe just like if you were in a car. Tours are only cancelled due to high wind (35 mph+) ice or snow. Our cancellation/refund policy is 30+ days – you get to reschedule once but it must be rescheduled for a date within 30 days of the date you cancelled on or you can get a 50% refund, 16-30 days before your tour you can reschedule but the reschedule must be used within 14 dates from the date you cancelled on, no refund. 15 days or less from your trip the date and time is yours and no refunds.