5 Tips for planning an EPIC Bachelorette Party

You’re halfway through your first mimosa at brunch with your newly engaged best friend. She is grinning ear to ear then finally drops the question you’ve been secretly anticipating since you made plans last week. “Will you be my maid of honor?” Once the tears, squeals of excitement and ideas for DIY centerpieces begin to subside, you’re hit with the realization that you are solely responsible for the most important part of the pre-wedding events: the bachelorette party.

Now let’s address the elephant in the room, planning a night with girls you aren’t all that close with is next to impossible. Sharon doesn’t drink, Becky is afraid of clubs, the Bride’s third cousin (what was her name again?)is super conservative and Karen is a total control freak. Never to fear, Buffalo Pedal Tours is here with bachelorette party ideas even Karen will approve of.

5 Tips for Planning a Fun & Epic Bachelorette Party

1. This Is About The BRIDE. Make Her A Queen

I promise your day will come, but this isn’t it. It’s about the BRIDE, so make it known! Dress her up with ribbons, a flashy veil and glamorous bride-to-be sash. What else do queens love? Being served & pampered. Let’s face it, we’ve all dreamed of attending exclusive parties like those fancy women in Sex and the City. Places like Soho Buffalo have all bells and whistles to make your bachelorette party feel like movie stars. What’s better than lounging under the stars sipping champagne you don’t even need to stand up for? If that doesn’t interest you, I’m sure their mouthwatering burger selection and late night menu will draw you in after a few hard seltzers. Skip standing in line, reserve in advance! You know you won’t break in those summer sandals before the party. Your feet will thank you! Make the night unforgettable! Try bottle service at Soho.

2. ‘What’s The Occasion?’ – Nobody Within A 10mi Radius Should Be Questioning What You Are Celebrating; You’ll Need Banners & Awesome Matching T-shirts

I can almost guarantee your lady of the hour has been waiting for this day since she was 5 wearing toilet paper on her head as a veil, so make sure everyone knows this lovely lady has finally met her prince charming. How? Pedal bikes/boats are cool, but they look even cooler decorated with a huge custom banner that screams ‘bachelorette party.’ These are super easy to order online, however somehow the dimensions are always different in real life than what is advertised on the website. So if you’re not willing to take that risk, there are several custom banner shops around Buffalo that will be more than happy to help you out! Don’t want to spend hours trying to figure out what to wear? You’re in luck! Places like this also usually offer custom t-shirt options. Plus, you’re never too old to wear matching outfits with your friends.

3. Everything.…. Tastefully

You’ve spent hours on instagram looking at pictures of other people’s SO CUTE night out, well now it’s their turn to be jealous of your handy work. First of all, chose a theme and stick to it. Luaus and 20s themed are great ideas, but not together. Decorate your bike or boat with mood lights and colors that compliment your theme for those insta worthy pics you always wish you were better at taking. Don’t stop there! If your evening is continuing past the conclusion of the tour, make sure whatever you’re doing after looks just as amazing! Pinterest, dollar general and 5 below will be your weapons of choice for this one.

4. Accessorize Your Party with Games & Props.

Ever do a scavenger hunt as a kid? Turns out they are just as fun (if not more) as adults! It’s always fun to break up the night by talking to strangers and getting them to take ridiculous pictures with you. If you don’t have time to think up an epic hunt, you’re in luck! Lots of party stores, dollar stores and even Amazon sell card packs with different challenges/ hunts you and your friends can enjoy. In addition to games, props like scandalous shaped straws (use your imagination here), funny mustaches, hats and things that glow in the dark are easy add ins that add an extra something to your already awesome night.

5. The Most Important Tip: DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!

It is 2019 and we have the world at our finger tips, and that includes access to rides that are ready faster than you can find your keys. This night is about your bride to be and should not be remembered as the day you tried to drive home after the bar!

Which pedal tour is the best, downtown or canalside?

What are the best bars in Buffalo New York?

The question we get asked the most is which tour is, which trips are better Canaldide or downtown? The answer isn’t easy. Both routes have super bars to stop at. Both routes will take to past exciting projects. Downtown trips will take you past the new Aloft hotel https://www.ellicottdevelopment.com/portfolio/aloft-buffalo/ located at Franklin and Tupper Streets. Canalsde trips will take to past the new Labatt brewry. https://www.labattusa.co The m/brewhouse/. Canalside trips will take you close to the excitng waterfront. The area does get super crowded when concerts take place and security concerns sometime close streets. Roads sometimes get closed when events let out at the Key Center making travel slow.
The most important question is what would excite your group the most? Are your guests new to towntown. Are there places they go to too often that you want to past for this exerience? So the answer is there is one right or wrong answer. We invite you to try them both then try our pedalboat that runs out of https://buffaloriverworks.com/.
We are the downtown experts on land and water.

Why should I talk to my driver before the pedal tour?

How to create a smooth pedal tour experience

You may think it’s all set once you get your receipt that you paid for the trip. Well, it’s not. Very often assumptions lead to expectations not being met. Sometime folks are not aware the location was changed, other times guests come with MP3 player that can not be connected to our sound system because the cord is not compatible. Other times  a guest brings glass.

Your guide will text you a week before your trip. Please call them back that day. The guide has the knowledge and experience that will relieve you of planning stress. They real care.  Then remember to make sure you SHARE what you learned to everyone coming.

Has you driver been trained?

You and your friends are ready for a good time on the bike or boat. So how was your driver selected and trained?

Your safety is more important to us than you having a good time. Sorry, but that’s the truth. We have the highest expectations of our every prospective drivers. Each applicant submits their driver’s license for review in the NYS LENS program. If their driving record is not excellent they are not hired. Their record is monitored during their employment at Buffalo Pedal Tours. Each person that applies is also required to pass a pre-employment Federal Department of Transportation DOT 5 drug test. If they fail that test they are not hired.  During employment they are also subject to random testing.

Soon after hiring drivers are required to take a Defensive Driving class. Then the on the road training starts. The first tours are with a manager. Drivers do not conduct a tour sole until they have demonstrated their ability to drive safely. After that has been demonstrated they are subject to unannounced inspections. If an employee would be accused of unsafe driving they would immediately be suspended and an investigation would be completed.  If they would be found to be at fault, they would  be terminated.

Planning for the perfect birthday party

How to plan a super birthday party

They will be jealous…..he planned the perfect party for you!

Hey folks! Giving your girl a super party seems overwhelming. Not something you did before, but you want to make it special.  A memory she will talk about and that will not just impress her, but her parents, friends and coworkers.

Do not worry all you need to do is follow my instructions. We have done tons tours and are the experts.

Your girl or guy has seen our bikes all over town EVERYBODY was seen the laughing, singing and smiling that our passengers experience. So your girl has an idea in her head that her experience should be like. She will expect nothing less, it will disappoint her. 

Your goal should be to make sure she KNOWS she is special and you thought of all the things that prove that you know her and took the time to get the things to the bike that day.

Trust me doing so won’t be expensive, it won’t be hard to find stuff and it won’t take hours and hours to get it together.

First return the text your guide will sent you a week before. They are great and love helping you before and during and after the tour. They also take excellent pictures! You and the guide MUST work together to keep the party running smoothly.

Confirm with her/your friends how they will get downtown. Uber and Lift trips downtown don’t cost much. You can divide the cost on multiple cards. Use the Buffalo Pedal Tours code for a discount. BUFFALOPEDALTOUR

You don’t need to worry about somebody driving that shouldn’t and ride share will eliminate the need to drive around for a parking spot.

Also plan a decorating committee. Ask some friends to help you. Have them put the decorations on the bike so you can attend to other tasks at the bike. Make sure to bring painters tape, a 24” x 36” poster board from Dollar Tree or Target. Scissors and marker so everyone can write the name on her sign, like a big birthday card for all of downtown to see.  No scotch tape or duck tape. Let me repeat do not use scotch tape or duck tape. That stuff is really hard to remove and wrecks the finish on the bike. Blow up the balloons and put them is a plastic bag to bring. Or go to Dollar Tree and buy five colorful helium balloon. Cost…a buck a balloon. Just make sure you hold on the balloons not the strings when you leave the store. They may blow away!

Brings a SMALL COOLER. You are not going to Allegheny for a week. Half the case will be empty when you get on the bike and open up the first drink. Two 12 ounce cans a person. 12 people=24 cans. 15 people=30 cans.  Bring bottled water too on hot days. No glass bottles, flasks or hard liquor. No wine boxes. We will check your cooler and take anything over the limit. Remember we take to 2-3 bars too.

Music, use Spotify or Pandora. If you don’t have Spotify Premium well just sign up for the 30 day free trial the day of the trip. The object is to……PLAY her music. It’s her party, not yours. Also charge up your phone before you get on the bike. Your phone will connect to the sound system by BLUETOOTH.

Food? Well what does SHE like to eat? Keep it simple and easy to eat. You are always holding on the bike when it’s moving. Popular foods include. Potato chips, pretzels on a string necklace. Hummus and corn chips. A desert?  Not a cake> too big, hard to cut and serve. Bring cupcakes in a plastic container. Hey, have your decorating committee help with this task too. Plan to take a quick break while driving from the second to third bar to sing happy birthday and eat the cake.  Before the cake ask everyone to listen. Start by telling everybody about  you special girl then stating the happy birthday song to play. You can find it on Spotify and save it to your playlist. After the song give a special shout out to the members of your committee. You will need them to help clean and get the decorations off the bike at the end.

How do I know how to make cool poster??? You may and a talented person in that committee, don’t be afraid to ask. You can also see samples on our FB page.

The party is over. Your girl/friend/dad is so happy. Now doesn’t it feel good to make someone happy? Enjoy the trip. Please write a review on Yelp Google Plus or Trip Advisor telling people about our blogs and how you enjoyed your trip with us! Cheers! Ken

Syracuse Pedal Tours

It is with great pleasure that I announce my son is expanding the pedal tours family business to Syracuse. Phil moved to Rochester to start Rochester Pedal Tours in July of 2015 and has worked hard to build his business. Starting June 1st tours will begin on South Warren Street with his guests being able to travel around downtown Syracuse and Armory Square. Tell your friends and family in the area what a great time you had with Buffalo Pedal Tours and to visit his website www.syracusepedaltours.com for all types of information about his tours

Reading Our Blog Entries = Best Pedal Tour Experience Possible

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog entries. We put 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 if you read the blog entries, it will help instruct you & your group on how to have an amazing experience. We convey everything about the tour to the person who books the trip. 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 you can and cannot do. We will call your tour organizer before your tour, to walk you through the day of the tour. This includes: where to park, what route you want to take, decorating, what to wear and much more. From there it is up to the organizer to let the group know everything.

Pro Tips:

  • Have each person in your group complete the electronic waiver attached to your confirmation e-mail. You may also print out the waivers and bring them with you. 
  • Bring wristlet type purses versus large designer bags. You only need to bring your license, credit cards and/or cash for the tour. 
  • Bring warm clothes to put on in case you get cold. 
  • Make sure you bring some type of food, snacks, appetizers or candy to munch on during the tour.
  • We provide a speaker which has bluetooth capabilities so no need to bring a speaker or aux cord.
  • We can assist with taking your photos & will help with posing everyone. 
  • Don’t overdecorate. For example: no need to bring 10 balloons, 4  birthday banners, 3 color streamers. See Decorating Blog
  • If someone is running late they can meet us at the first bar so they won’t hold up the group.
  • Any food or drink you bring on the bike must stay on the bike. Any drinks bought in the bar must be consumed in the bar.
  • Don’t forget to tip your driver. 

Don’t Tips:

  • Do not bring glass bottles or containers.
  • Do not steal glasses from the bar.
  • Do not leave your cell phone or wallet in your pants pocket and risk it falling out on the street.
  • Make sure to pay attention to the driver during the pre tour speech for your safety.

Pedal Tour Pro Tips

Our goal is to make sure your group has as much fun as possible in a safe environment. This is why we write these blogs to pass our experience of driving hundreds of tours on to you. We realize that as the organizer of your group, you have the hardest job so we are here to try and make it as easy as possible. Here are some great pro tips to ensure an amazing cycle boat or pedal bike tour. We have perfected how to have a perfect tour down to a science.

Before Your Tour

Whoever books your cycle boat or pedal bike tour will be 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 a copy of this e-mail to the others going on your tour. The blog entries cover every aspect of a pedal tour in great detail so they should answer all of your questions but if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out anytime via call, text or email. We drive tours everyday late into the evening so you are not bothering us by reaching out at night. We will call you before your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out and find out about the stops you want to make.  Read our other blog entries before this phone call and you will have a great understanding of what to expect during your tour.

What we tell you during the phone call the week before your tour

Be at the starting location 20 minutes before your tour starts. The tour starts promptly on time. Each person in your group will need to sign a waiver. To speed up the process they can complete the waiver on line from the link on your confirmation e-mail, or you can print them out ahead of time (they are printable on our FAQ section) and have each person in your group sign them ahead of time. All sections on the waiver must be completed. By completing this ahead of time you ensure that your group leaves on time. DO NOT drink your own alcoholic beverages on the premise of your starting location, anyone doing that will not be allowed on the tour and we do not want to get started on the wrong note. We count on you the organizer making sure this does not happen.

If you are celebrating a birthday/bachelorette party, don’t forget the decorations. Our Facebook page and picture 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, & utensils. When decorating don’t forget to bring masking tape to use, balloons need to be on strings (no more than 6 balloons), 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 & give you lots of honks & shouts. Signs cannot be wider than a door, so they won’t cover our turn signals. Put holes in the corners and bring string or zip ties to hang them. Your driver will help you decorate. When the tour is done please remove all decorations. 

What to wear – We have plenty of storage space on the bike for you to put your jackets, gloves, food, etc. The driver stays with the bike while you go into the bar to keep your belongings safe. You must take your valuables such as phones & wristlet purses with you in the bars. We always tell groups to overdress and be warm. If you get hot, you can always remove clothing. In the summer the biggest thing is proper footwear, NO flip flops or sandals. Flip flops and sandals are uncomfortable to pedal in and fall off. 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. If you drop something off the bike, alert the driver & they will stop. Do not jump off the bike to retrieve things, until the bike is stopped. We always love when groups do a theme party whether it be everyone wearing sports jerseys, Hawaiian gear, 80s exercise outfits or wearing white t shirts and bringing sharpies to write on each other with. Let us know so the driver can dress for the occasion. Bring a wristlet versus a large purse.

What to bring with you? – You do not need to bring a speaker as we provide a speaker with a Bluetooth system for you to play whatever you want from your phone. Please make sure your phone is charged. You can bring whatever food, snacks, appetizers and candy that you want. Bring food that is easy to eat on the bike while you pedal. Cupcakes are easier than cakes.  Some groups bring huge quantities of food, & sometimes everyone brings the same thing so coordinate what everyone is bringing. You are allowed to bring two 12 ounce cans of beer or two six ounce plastic bottles of wine. We don’t recommend drinking from cups as it can splash you if we hit a bump. NO glass & NO liquor which includes jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles and NO boxed wine are allowed. Let your groups know all of this because we strictly enforce these rules and you will have to return them to your car. Have everyone bring cash, as it will make it easier for everyone to pay you back and when you go into the bar. There is a time limit in each bar so it is not a good idea to open a tab. It is a time consuming process to close them and we don’t want you to be rushed or late. When you are late getting out of 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. Don’t forget to tip your driver. You will see how hard they work at making sure you and your friends have a great experience. They do a lot 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. 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. Organizers usually collect the tip as part of the tour money and give it to the driver at some point before the end of the tour because when the tour ends it is really hectic & busy. The next tour group will be there ready to leave.

When you show up? The BIGGEST thing you can do to speed up the process is have everyone sign the waiver ahead of time. 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. Please make sure you have storage space on your phone for them. The bike has plenty of storage space for food and snacks, 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. Remember bring only 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. 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.

Pro Tips

Slice limes for cans of Bud Light Limes and Corona’s
Bring munchies to eat on the bike
Give your group a 5 minute warning in the bar. Finish your drink, don’t 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
Listen to our alcohol rules
For late night tours don’t try and over decorate because certain things will not be seen when it is dark out
Loiter after your tour, make plans ahead of time so you do not waste time trying to figure out what to do after everyone has had a few drinks
Call a taxi 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) 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 know how to party and have an amazing experience!

Multiple Bike Tours

Over the course of the summer we have done hundreds of multiple bike tours and we had many instances where groups asked if they could rent another bike because so many people wanted to go but unfortunately the other bikes were rented at that time. That is why we wanted to take a moment to write a blog giving out some pro tips for groups that are thinking about renting more then one bike at once. When deciding if you should book more then one bike at a time you need to first accurately gauge how many people can come. Text everyone asking if 6pm on the 21st works for the group and once you get enough confirmations then you want to book sooner rather than later. Just because you do not have a full 30 commitments when you ask do not let that stop you from booking because it is safe to assume if you have everyone who confirmed for a tour ask a friend to supplement the group that they can get additional people to help fill the bike. Booking one bike then waiting until it gets closer and more people want to join will very likely create a problem because the other bikes are already booked for that time slot already.

Once you have booked the bikes you will want to copy and paste important information from your confirmation email and send it to your group. Things like where to meet, at what time, what to wear, what not to wear and what to bring. Find 2 people with coolers who can bring them, one for each bike. For the alcohol component consider picking up a 30 pack for the group so you do not have to worry about people bringing too much, glass, etc. We will call you before your tour to walk you through how the day of your tour will play out and find out what route you want to do because certain bars are better able to handle larger groups at once. We encourage you to plan ahead for the bars you do pick. With large groups & multi bike tours at busy bars, tell everyone in your group to order beer, wine or simple well drinks (versus craft cocktails). Ordering pitchers of beer or drinks can be easier.

Bachelorette Parties

I was just looking thru a run down of our most popular tours to write a piece about them and found it to be the bachelorette parties. 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 1 alcoholic beverage per person on the bike (12oz cans of beer) You cannot bring glass, liquor which includes jello shots and mixed drinks in water bottles. You cannot bring that on the bike and if you do try to bring it you have to put it back in your car. The only problem you are going to 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.