It was about a year ago that we went to Bend, Oregon to check out the shop where our party bike would be built. Party bikes are called a multitude of names: pedal pub, pedal bar, bike bar, and cycle pub. No matter what the name you use I knew that they provide an awesome good time and we were excited to see just how they were made.
The owner of Cycle Pub welcomed us in his shop where he has experienced builders working every detail of the custom party bikes. The fabricators of the bikes used to work at a Cessna plant that had closed down shortly after the 2008 recession. Each builder would weld the frame of the bike together by hand and attach it to a truck chassis. It was so interesting to see how the first version of Cycle Pub’s party bikes would evolve. Our bike would the 34th in production from that company.
Rider safety was clearly a big consideration for the bikes. Unlike the original Pedal Pubs that are shipped over from the Netherlands, our party bike came standard equipped with running boards, seat backs, gel foam seats, adjustable height seats for every rider, and a hand rail. This had played a major deciding role in which company to purchase our bike through. The build did take much longer than simply ordering one from overseas, but the safety of our riders was much more important than speed of delivery.
James walked us through the build and then we were set to pick out all of the finishing details for the party bike: design, function and color scheme. David and I moved from New Mexico in 2014 to Gainesville. We wanted to pay homage to the heritage of our home state and we chose a logo that included a sugar skull. Each design element on the sugar skull was carefully chosen: the beer hop on the forehead, the bicycle wheel eyes, the marigold chin, and the diamond. Each of those elements represents a goal or ambition of our company. Thus, we adorned the party bike with our logo on the very front of the bike and wispy vines and beer hops down the sides.
The adventure of running a party bike business is ongoing. The designing part was easy. The functionality part is day to day. Adding little details after the delivery of the bike was key. We added a bell that the driver rings to alert the riders when to pedal. We added color-changing lights to fit the mood of the ride. And we added a custom signboard on the back of the bike so people can snap a quick photo with our contact info.
It seems like so long ago that we came back from our Oregon trip and yet it was only a year ago! The students and citizens of Gainesville have been so great to us and I truly enjoy this daily adventure of being an entrepreneur. If you have a great idea for us feel free to reach out and let’s make it happen!