1. The HandleBar is BYOB! The state and city laws allow you to bring your own beer and wine onto The HandleBar. Riders may bring either 36 ounces of beer or 18 ounces of wine per person (this has nothing to do with how much you may consume on a trip, but rather how much can legally be on board at once). Additionally, most groups like to make 2 to 3 bar stops per tour! Note: No glass containers or hard liquor are allowed on board the bicycle bar.
2. E-WAIVER: ALL RIDERS MUST FILL OUT THE E-WAIVER ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR: CLICK HERE FOR WAIVER
3. Must be 21 to drink alcohol, but we do allow 18 yr olds to ride along. Sorry, our insurance policy does not allow children to ride.
4. If you’re looking for an available date click here. You don’t have to book, you can also just search the calendar for available dates.
5. The maximum number of people per bike is 16 people (no exceptions) and the minimum recommended is six. We provide a driver, which would be the 17th person. We now have 4 Pedal Pubs, so we can accommodate groups of up to 64 people, depending on availability. If you would like to book up more than 2 bikes at once (have a group larger than 32), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Cost for a 2hr group tour is $400 Friday/Saturday and $300 all other days. That means it’s between $19-25/person if you bring 16 people. Individual seat tours cost between $20 and $32 depending on the day of the week. Click the book now button at handlebartoledo.com/booktour/ to view detailed pricing and tour availability information.
7. We have a stereo on board with a headphone jack that you can hook up your ipod/iphone/android to so you can be the DJ. If you’d rather us choose the music we have an FM/AM radio we can play as well.
9. The HandleBar operates from March through November. We run from 12:50pm to 10:30pm on weekdays and 10:30am to 10:30pm on weekends. If you’d like to book a tour outside this time range just shoot us an email at email@example.com
10. Most people prefer that we take care of the route, but if you have something in mind different from the below all you have to do is tell your driver right before the tour (or during it :)).
Quick visual of what a tour looks like
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is there room to bring ?
There is a roof rack that runs the entire inside perimeter of the bike and the center of the bike is completely empty with a width of 2 feet. We’ve never had a group bring “too much” and the roof rack is perfect for jackets, phones, purses, etc.
What dates are available ?
You can browse available dates through the booking system. Just click the “Book a Tour” menu above…. and if you find one you like – BOOK online. Clicking the link doesn’t mean you have to book, you can just browse the dates as the 1st step. Group tours need to be booked at least 2 days in advance of your tour here
How do I pay ?
You can browse available dates through the booking system. Just click the “BOOK NOW” button at handlebartoledo.com/booktour/ to find your available date and pay online. We do not offer cash payment for tours. Our drivers do accept cash tips on the day of the tour for excellent service 🙂
Where do we park ?
There are a lot of options for parking – we stop and start all tours right next to a parking lot which is $5/day during the week, and free on weekends / after 6pm during the week.
The flat parking lot (operated by Kwik) is at the corner of Adams and Ontario. Additionally there are many different options for street parking (street parking is free after 5pm and on weekends).
Please do not park in the parking garage on Ontario St between Adams and Madison. That parking garage is generally closed to the public during our hours of operation.
I have extreme FOMO… what should I do ?
What is the route we take ?
Your driver will handle the route unless you have some place you’d really like to go. If you have a special requested stop, just tell your driver and we can accommodate. As long as we can find parking, just let us know and we’ll tailor your route. Typically we do 3 stops, but have done as many as 5 on a tour if you want!
How many people ride ? How many pedal?
The HandleBar carries 16 passengers maximum, plus the Pilot, the Bar Handler. We cannot accommodate any more than 16 per bike due to insurance reasons. Anyway, there are 12 “BarStools” total (6 on each side) but only 10 total pedaling seats, (5 on each side). If you look at the pictures of the Bicycle Bar you’ll notice 2 of the “Bar Stools” don’t have pedals below them because they’re over the rear wheels. There is also a bench in the back of The HandleBar that seats three for people who want a rest or would rather just relax. The last spot is in the middle of The HandleBar for the group “bartender” (if you want one) – often the middle of the bike also turns into a dance floor 😉 As far as a minimum number, we recommend a minimum of 6 people to rent The HandleBar. (There are 10 “pedaling” seats, so 10 is actually ideal if everyone wants to pedal the entire time)
What if it is cold, rainy, windy or (yes!) snowy the day of the tour?
The HandleBar operates rain or shine. Don’t stress out about the weather days in advance – forecasts change. Plus, we’re from the midwest- we can dress for the weather! If dangerous weather does occur, The HandleBar reserves the right to cancel the tour and offer the renter a rain check. There will be no rain checks offered for rides once begun. We’ve found our tours in the rain sometimes actually have more fun because it makes the experience that much more ridiculous and you do stay fairly dry with the overhead awning.
What type of clothing should I wear ?
We recommend no sandals as they can come off easily and to dress in comfortable clothing. Anything can be worn and you’ll be OK (check pictures on social media) but remember that you’re pedaling on a bike so consider that when choosing your wardrobe!
What if our tour takes too long?
You will be charged a late fee if you do not return The HandleBar to the starting point on time. The time it takes to complete a tour is up to the people pedaling. The Bar Handler will assist in keeping you on time. We have test-pedaled all routes and know how long they take. We have never had this be an issue!
Do you provide a Driver ?
Always. We call the driver The Bar Handler. Our insurance provider requires it.
Who should rent The HandleBar?
Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, Corporations for team building, group rewards, and promotions, Birthday parties, Church outings, company parties, conventions, sports teams, pub crawls, picnics, family reunions, you name it. We are available for tailgates for Mudhens games or any of the many events going on in Toledo, too.
Who shouldn’t rent the The HandleBar?
If you are allergic to the outdoors, hate even the slightest form of anything remotely resembling exercise, or don’t want to be seen pedaling a 16-passenger bike around town then maybe you shouldn’t rent us.
Who can’t pedal The HandleBar?
The HandleBar typically has a minimum height requirement of 5’2″ for pedalers depending on the length of your legs (although we have 3 adjustable seats, which often work for those under 5’2″ who would like to pedal). There is a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds for people on the bike seats. The back seat is perfect for those who don’t fit within the height and weight limitations. And remember, there are two HandleBar stools that don’t have pedals so you can always sit on one of those!
All riders must be at least 18 years of age. All riders who are drinking will need to provide valid identification that they are at least 21 years old.
Who’s in charge of The HandleBar?
The Bar Handler. If you act in a dangerous manner, you’ll be asked to get off and find your own way home. You can imagine the difficulty we had finding insurance for this thing in America, so the rules are strictly enforced.
The renter. Only one person can be a renter and that person is the only person the Bar Handler answers to. Can you imagine 16 people arguing about when to leave the bar? We don’t want our Bar Handlers getting in the middle of that!
Have there been problems in the past with people falling off?
We are the original Pedal Pub bicycle w/ 20 years of history in Europe! Since Zwier and Henk Van Laar invented the world’s first HandleBar and have been running them around Amsterdam, there was only one fairly significant injury. A woman tried to jump off while the PedalPub was moving (which we never allow) and broke her ankle. Follow our rules and we’ll keep you safe 🙂
How much does it cost? When do I pay? How do I pay?
Private Group Tours on the Handlebar cost $400 per 2 hr tour on Friday and Saturday, and $300 per 2 hr tour all other days.
Public Individual Tours on the Handlebar cost between $20 and $32 depending on the day of the week.
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard and American Express. We do not have an option to pay in cash. Our drivers do accept cash tips on the day of the tour 🙂
What dates and times can I reserve?
The HandleBar operates from early spring through first snow fall, on every day of the week. We run from 12:30pm to 10pm Monday-Friday, and 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
We reserve the right to adjust your tour time, with your advance knowledge, to maximize the number of tours we can accommodate per day. All tours must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
What if I want to cancel or reschedule?
If you cancel 14 or more days in advance, you have the choice of receiving a refund or a rain check valid for 3 months. If you choose the refund option a $25 fee will be subtracted to cover credit card processing and our software booking fees. Cancellations less than 14 days out – Sorry! No refund or rain check.
What’s the fastest the The HandleBar can go?
On flat streets, with a strong crew, The HandleBar travels at a maximum speed of approximately 12 miles per hour (according to our tour with the boys at Car and Driver magazine). Most typically we’re closer to 5-7mph.
Can The Handlebar go up hills?
We know where the “hills” are and are very good about avoiding them 🙂
Can we decorate the bike for our tour ?
Sure! Tips and dimensions can be found here
Do you have music aboard?
Absolutely! Feel free to bring your cellphone, ipod or CDs. We have a headphone jack/cord on-board so no need to worry about bringing your own. The only thing you need to provide is a music device that has a headphone jack/port (iphone/ipod, etc.) This means we have a cord that will work with any cellphone or MP3 player.
What if we don’t want to drink alcohol ?
No Problem! We have tours where people just want to ride on The HandleBar and enjoy the city without stopping at bars. The HandleBar is a blast and everyone is welcome!
Do any of the bars we stop at offer shot or drink specials to HandleBar riders ?
Absolutely – they change from time to time, but your Bar Handler will have all of the latest information when you’re on your tour
Do you guys sell gift certificates ?
Sure – just click the gift certificate link at handlebartoledo.com/booktour/ or e-mail us and we can get you a certificate firstname.lastname@example.org