Bar Crawls are more fun on wheels, AND with customized t-shirts!

The Best Way To Do A Bar Crawl in Baltimore

OK, so you have a big celebration coming up and you're planning to do a bar crawl in Fells Point with all of your friends? Sounds great! You'll have fun I'm sure. Fells Point is obviously the best area in Baltimore to bar crawl! But if you want to take it to the next level and make it a truly memorable experience, I highly recommend doing it on wheels - Pedal Mill wheels that is!

Experience A Bar Crawl On A Pedal Mill

What is a Pedal Mill? Excellent question. The Charm City Pedal Mill is a 15-seat (10 seats are pedaling seats), pedal powered bike that's 17 ft long and 9 ft tall. It's perfect for bar tours, bachelor or bachelorette parties, company outings, morning workouts, historic city tours - the ideas are endless! It's covered so it shades you from the heat, and keeps you dry in the rain, and in the wintertime it's completely enclosed and heated to keep you toasty between bar stops. We also partner with ten of the coolest bars in Fells Point, so any of those bars you choose to visit will be setting you up with drink specials just for being on the Pedal Mill.

Why Bar Crawls Are More Fun On A Bike

I've mentioned in previous blogs that I had so much for on the Pedal Mill that I bought it. No exaggeration there! It's hard for me to put my finger on what makes a bar crawl so much more fun on our amazing bike, but I have some thoughts. First of all, it's a completely unique experience. I mean, how often do you get to work together with 15 friends to pedal a giant machine? Second of all, it's a communal experience. You really are working together to move the bike along, and at the same time everyone is facing each other and talking, and laughing, and singing along with their favorite tunes. Yep, you can plug your phone into our kickin' stereo system and listen to any songs you like. FUN!

Group Fun To The Next Level With Custom Shirts

Last but not least, would you like to have custom t-shirts made for everyone joining in on your bar crawl/party/event? We've got that covered for you! Yep, we'll add a custom slogan to our famous "Pedal, Drink, Repeat" T-shirts for you and your party, and have them ready and waiting for you at the bike. We've also just designed a special "Pedal, Drink, Repeat" t-shirt for bachelorette parties with a champagne glass instead of the classic beer mug. They are super cute. Try out a tour today! You'll get 25% off our heated bar crawls all winter!! Nearly one hundred 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor don't lie. :)

 

Winter Is Almost Here And We’re Heating Up Our bar crawls

Heated Bar Crawl Tour in Downtown Fells Point

Heated Bar Crawl Tour in Downtown Fells Point

 

A New Approach To Pedal Tours This Season
Baltimore has known about Charm City Pedal Mill for 5 years already now, and for the past 5 years the Pedal Mill has been put away from December to April for winter hibernation.  Well, that won't be happening again!

As the new owner of Charm City Pedal Mill, I've decided that that's not necessary.  Baltimore needs fun stuff like this to do during the wintertime!  So, how are we going to get people to come out on our awesome bar crawl pedal tours in the cold??  Well, we've just added an industrial strength heating system and a heavy duty plastic cover to keep everyone warm even on the coldest days.  We've "spared no expense" (shout out to Jurassic Park) having the heating system custom designed and built by an amazing engineer who worked day and night to get everything just perfect.  He did an excellent job I must say. 

Our Prices Are Cooling Down
The plastic is attached by heavy-duty velcro so all you have to do is vrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiip! and you're on board. The Velcro reseals easily behind you.  To motivate you to try it out we've offered some great deals over the winter!  25% off the usual Tour rates. 

Offering Two Types of Bar Crawl Tours This Winter
We offer two types of bar crawls.  Private Tours are for private parties (birthday, bachelorette, family reunion, team building, etc...) of 7-15 people that pedal to 3 awesome spots in the Fells Point area.  Tours are 2 hours long, and everyone gets drink specials at each bar for being with Charm City Pedal Mill. Social Tours are for singles, couples, and smaller groups that only want to buy a ticket or two and join others on a bar crawl tour.  It's a great way to make new friends and meet new people.  Social Tours also get the same drink specials as the Private Tours and last 2 hours.   

Some more exciting things to come in the Spring of 2017 are: 

  • Morning Exercise Classes: In this early morning 60-min class, you’ll pedal to different exercise stations led by a Certified Personal Trainer where you'll perform functional fitness workouts.  Then get a free Juice or Smoothie from Corner Juice Bar!  All classes are appropriate for all fitness levels.  You train to your level of ability... and have fun in the process!!  
     
  • Alcohol Free Tours: Pedal to some fun spots in the Fells Point area including coffee shops, ice cream shops, bakeries, unique retails stores, etc...  This one is great for tourists, but also for people who just want to get out and experience scenic Fells Point on the Pedal Mill, but have no interest in the bar scene.
     
  • Food Tasting Tours: Pedal to 3 different local eateries in the Fells Point area and sample some delicious snacks along the way!   Enjoy the savory at two different restaurants, and then enjoy a sweet and delicious dessert at the end of the tour.  All food will be included in the price of the ticket!  Just another way for you to enjoy the unique, exciting, and communal experience of pedaling on the Charm City Pedal Mill in Fells Point, Baltimore!

We hope to see you on a tour soon!

I liked it so much, I'm moving here!

Hi I'm Steve.  I'm the new owner of Charm City Pedal Mill in Baltimore, MD.  You may remember me from such blogs as the last one I posted about how I liked riding on the bike so much that I bought the company less than a month later.  Well, now I've fallen in love with Baltimore and I'm moving to Fells Point in a month.  Yep!  I've never lived in Maryland before either.  I've lived in PA, MA, OH, CA, TX, and NC, but never the big MD.  I'm looking forward to it!  Of course I want to grow the business because we just ordered bike number 2, and we'll be heating the bike to stay open all year round, but I also really like the area and the people.  Having lived in almost every corner of our great country I think I'm a good "judge" of a city's character, and it's people.  Baltimore isn't perfect, but it's not trying to be, and that's what I like about it.  I'd basically call it a blue collar town with pride, with down to earth people who don't seem to take themselves too seriously.  They're the "what you see is what you get" type of people.  The "hey, if you don't like me that's your problem, buddy" type of people.  My kind of people.

Once I get into B'more in October it'll be time to start adding new types of tours to our menu.  Up to this point, most of you have known us as the "PEDAL. DRINK. REPEAT." bike.  The "OMG I'm gonna need a day to recover from this night," bike.  The "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" bike.  Yes, we do love our bar crawls in Fells Point and Harbor East. :)   But we understand that the Pedal Mill (what we call our bike) can do much more than just pub crawls.  


Soon to come are morning exercise "PEDAL. SWEAT. REPEAT" Tours, "Non-alcoholic" Sight Seeing Tours, and hopefully Food Tasting Tours. We're really looking forward to adding these!   The Morning Exercise Tours will be driven by a certified personal trainer who will be motivating you to pedal to 2 or 3 different locations where you will be doing functional fitness exercises, then get back on the bike to scoot to the next location to do another exercise, etc... Then at the end, you'll get a smoothie (included in the price) at a local juice bar.  

The "Non-Alcoholic" Tours are for those who want to experience the bike but are not into the bar scene. We understand!  These tours will give people the chance to spend a little more time on the bike and to see a little more of Fells Point and Harbor East area in a leisurely manner.  They'll still make stops along the way to stretch their legs, grab a snack, etc...  

And finally, we're working on adding food tasting tours, where you'll get to enjoy something new and delicious at each restaurant as you pedal around with your friends, or with the new people you just met who are now your friends!

We look forward to seeing you out soon.  I'm quite excited about growing Charm City Pedal Mill and offering all of these new types of group tours for you Baltimore - my new neighbors!


Best,
Steve  
 

I liked it so much, I bought it!

I took my first bar crawl tour and never looked back

Hi. I'm Steve.  I'm an entrepreneur.  And before you go rolling your eyes and all that, I should tell you I'm not one of those leather briefcase carrying, Armani suit wearing guys you're picturing walking down the steps of his private jet as the sun sets perfectly in the background.

 In fact, I had to look up how to spell "entrepreneur."  Twice.  I'm just a regular middle class guy who never fit inside the box. Working for other people never really clicked for me, and being a creative type, I like freedom in my work.  In 2006 I opened an after-school education business on a credit card and grew it into a competitive business until I sold it in 2015.  I was just completely ready to look for another venture.  Something fun. Something different.  Um yeah, what does all this have to do with a crazy, giant, pedal bike that does bar crawls in Baltimore, MD? Excellent question sir or madam.  OK, so when I first heard about the Charm City Pedal Mill in Fells Point, MD, I of course immediately responded with a, "Charm City Pedal Whaa?" After an explanation (including a lovely sketch on a bar napkin) it was mentioned to me that the owners of the company were looking to move on and may be interested in selling.  I said, "OK, I wanna check this out!" And so I did.  And I was on this Pedal Mill for only about 5 minutes when I realized, "OH MY GAWD, IS THIS FREAKING FUN."  And I bought the company.  :)  

What makes us Baltimore's most entertaining tour?

So why is this Charm City Pedal Mill so much fun?  You know, I can't even put my finger on it, but that's one of the things I love about it!  It's so communal first of all.  And it's such a unique and different experience.  The first thing I thought while we were pedaling around Fells Point was, "It's like being on a boat in the middle of the street!"  I still think that.  Feel free to think I'm a little nutty.  Plus, since you're pedaling together with others you really do become a team.  And your team's goal is to get to the next fun bar to drink beer, or wine, or cocktails... Goooooo team! 

We've created the most fun bar crawl tour for bachelor and bachelorette parties 

I now understand why so many bachelorette parties and birthday parties in Baltimore reserve the bike for their event.  It's such a memorable experience.  Plus it's great for corporate team building since you work together pedaling around to the awesome bars to drink beer, or wine, or cocktails - oh yeah, I mentioned that already.  

We'll be offering heated tours for the colder months

We love this bike so much that we've already ordered a second one (in Blue) for Spring 2017, AND we didn't want to close in the winter time, so we "spared no expense" (name that movie reference) and will be adding heavy duty, see-through plastic coverage to the bike in October, along with a custom built-in HEATING SYSTEM.  Oh yeah, that's right! Seriously, we want you to stay warm and cozy like a snuggle bug in a rug!  (My apologies for that last sentence.) 

Well, thanks for listening, and we hope to see you out soon.  I'm certain you'll love it as much as I did.  But just so you know, you can't buy it because I'm not selling it to ya! ;)

Oh yeah don't forget.  PEDAL. DRINK. REPEAT.  :)

Best,

Steve