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Cycle Tavern Launches Bar-Hopping Tours Powered by 16-Passenger Bike

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If you’re out in the Short North or Arena District areas this weekend, there’s a good chance you might spot a new type of vehicle on the street: the 16-passenger bar-bike. Dayna and Dusty Wymer, owners of Cycle Tavern of Columbus, are launching their new bar-hopping tour business this weekend, and will definitely be turning some heads with their unique mode of transportation.

“We rode the Pedal Pub bicycle in Minneapolis while visiting family this spring,” said Dayna. “After our first few pedals, we knew this was just what Columbus needed to add excitement to its downtown social scene.”

This unique vehicle is powered by pedals located at the feet of each of the ten barstools located down the left and right sides. There are additional non-pedaling seats in the rear of the vehicle, while a Cycle Tavern employed-driver steers and brakes from the middle, traveling between five to eight miles per hour.

Cycle Tavern is available for rent for parties, corporate events, birthdays, tailgates and other special occasions from March through October.

For more information, visit www.cycletavern.com or call 614-306-1355.

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  • stephentszuter

    That would make for a very fun evening!

  • Open Alcohol and vehicular transportation!   What could possibly go wrong?

  • ohiogirlie74

    I would love this for a birthday party or something! How memorable!

  • Tenzo – There’s no alcohol served/consumed while on the vehicle. The passengers also don’t steer the vehicle. Which makes it as safe as bar hopping in a car with a designated driver.

  • stoneschick84

    This looks AWESOME, but I’m a little confused. Can you actually have alcohol on the Cycle Tavern? It seems like you should be able to, but one of the pages on their website says that you can’t, due to Ohio’s open container laws.

  • I’m trying to visualize how this vehicle’s gears work.  Of course tandems are no novelty, but does anyone have info on other human-powered vehicles that involve, for example, 3 or 4 or more ‘active passengers’ or ‘co-drivers’ ?

    As for cargo vehicles, 3 or 4 hundred lbs of more can be hauled around town–using commonplace gear assemblies.

    Driving a rickshaw has demonstrated that to me, and I’m a 43-yr-old, who’s not especially athletic and not big and strong.

  • cc

    As far as open container, Ohio law does allow a clause for a chauffeured limousine, but that is a very specific case with a seperated driver compartment.

    I think the bike is neat, but I suspect it may get harder to pedal as the crawl wears on.

  • OSUPhantom

    I want this everywhere. I also want it to serve alcohol. Maybe put in a TV or something. Think about watching the game while drink a beer as you are biking along the river path.

  • aaminian

    Looks pretty cool, but is this really anything more than a large pedicab?

  • RoJoNo

  • The Human Centipede…

  • berdawn

    oh my! I think I know what I want for my birthday!

  • jpizzow

    That. Is. Awesome.

    ^^Party cups. Does that count as open container? If you can’t drink on it, it kind of defeats the purpose.

  • AmandaD

    Oh my gosh — I LOVE this!!!

  • cc

    I think this is cool. I would appreciate it if a paying party could post some feedback sometime in the future. I guess a concern would be that the novelty factor may wear off before the evening is through. There is a 2 hour minimum, but probably 3 hours would be needed for a proper crawl, imho.

  • AmyJ

    My friend did this in Milwaukee last weekend and said it was a lot of fun. I want to try it out!

  • DC7371

    My friends and I did this in Nashville! Had a blast….. trust me the novelty did not wear off! I can’t wait to book a tour here.

  • The Dudely Lama

    Pretty awesome, although rather expensive. Even when split 16 ways.

  • radiculture

    Great writeup in the most recent issue of Imbibe Magazine about the mixing of cycling and beer cultures / activities. They featured this thing – as well as other examples.  It looks fun, but I am also confused and surprised by the fact that there is no alcohol involved.  Seems to defeat the purpose.  :)

  • lizless

    I am in love.

  • So excited about this!  Dan Burden (Columbus Native) and founder of http://www.walklive.org/ was just telling us about the MN Pedal Pub this week – and voila it appears in Columbus.  Seems like a fun Consider Biking fund raiser!  I also loved that idea about adding a TV to watch football games while pedaling the paths.  Too bad Ohio’s open container law keeps it from being a true rolling tavern.  Oh well, progress is progress.

  • JMUgrad04

    Amazing.  I am so excited.

  • This touring vehicle and service seems like it would be a great way to view the city and to have a few memorable and enjoyable hours being at least somewhat active and social at the same time. I don’t see why alcohol would be especially necessary for this kind of experience to be fun. I love to walk and bike along the trails throughout the Columbus area, and alcohol has never been a big part of my experience there. It stands apart from the rickshaw service because it involves the customers in the locomotion, and moreso, there are so many more passengers that can be involved that the social experience could be much different and more dynamic. I’ve seen people listening to their mp3 players and reading from their digital book readers and watching digital video while they workout on bike machines and rowing machines. Perhaps, this service has a place in getting Columbus more active?

  • ricospaz

    Good luck selling this one without allowing alcohol. All the work without the fun.

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