Tips & Tricks

Who better to give tips and tricks on how to prepare for the most epic night of your life on the Charm City Pedal Mill, than the drivers and managers themselves? We are the consummate professionals on what to do (& what not to do) in preparation for your Pedal Mill tour. Read on for tips and tricks to make your tour the best we’ve seen yet!


Amanda: Don’t wear heels. You’re going to be riding a bike…like actually powering it. If they’re really going to make or break your outfit, then bring some flops for the pedaling portion of the evening.

BeccaWear a sports bra or double up if you have big gets bouncy on the cobblestones.

JakeEat before your tour! Two reasons: 1) It's tough to order and finish food in the time allotted at each bar & 2) You really don't want to do this on an empty stomach. Ale Mary's (one of our favorite bars in the area) is a great place to grab some pre-tour grub.

KateNo need to pre-game...three bars in two hours gets you a lot tipsier than you think it will. And if you don't get tipsy, you are doing it wrong!

Piper: Dress comfortably. Think going to the game, not going to tha club. Fun, ridiculous accessories (glow-in-the-dark!!!) are highly encouraged. 

Elizabeth: You are going to be the center of attention as you roll down Thames and up Broadway, so prep your cheeks for a lot of laughter and smiles, and do some shoulder raises to prep yourself for all of the waving to the astonished onlookers. 

Bombs Will Be Bursting...

We’re taking time this week to highlight a huge event that is happening right here in our backyard this week/end: the Star-Spangled Spectacular. This free festival that is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem has something for everyone: young & old, locals & tourists. Read on for tips and top reasons to attend this awesome event!


1.     The Blue Angels

The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They were formed in 1946 and are the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. They will be performing two air shows, one Saturday and one Sunday. Their aerobatic prowess is sure to impress the kiddos and wow the adults! Read more about best viewing sites here.

2.     Know Before You Go

There will be more than 1 million people visiting downtown Baltimore during the festival, so some strict rules will be in place to keep everyone safe throughout the duration of the event. Most importantly, think about transportation downtown, as well as between neighborhoods as you experience all the festival has to offer. There is also a strict bag policy in place, that has been implemented due to the large scale of this event. Read more about the bag policy, and transportation options here.

3.     The Music

Here at the Pedal Mill, we know music can make or break an outing, and the music that is planned for the Star-Spangled Spectacular is surely not going to disappoint. There are two awesome concerts planned for Saturday evening, one at Fort McHenry and one at Pier Six Pavilion.

Help celebrate the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the spot where it all began. The United States Marine Band “The President’s Own”, The Morgan State University Choir, and others, will be performing at this free concert at Fort McHenry.

Across the pond at Pier Six Pavilion, join John Lithgow, Jordin Sparks, Kristin Chenoweth, Pentatonix, Train and more, as they help celebrate the bicentennial. This concert will be live broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances series. Get your tickets here (or watch it on TV).

4.     Fireworks

Who doesn’t love fireworks? This fireworks display is sure to put any other show you’ve seen to shame, as six barges will stretch three miles from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. The 20-minute show will be choreographed to an amazing musical score. Bombs will be bursting. Rockets will be glaring. Twilights will be gleaming. Don’t miss it.

In the Driver's Seat: Jake

I really like to hire my friends, their significant others, and in 20 years, their children. In the hot seat this week is Jake. He is married to my BFF Piper, and has been driving the Pedal Mill for just over a year. Read on to get a little more insight into what makes this guy tick...

Hometown: Baltimore, via the military

Current Neighborhood: Union Square

College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Day Job: government contractor

Fave Fells Point Bar: DogWatch Tavern

#1 song on your playlist right now: Rye Whiskey by the Punch Brothers

Favorite pro sports team: Baltimore Orioles

Celebrity crush: Jennifer Lawrence (but I would hold Daniel Craig's hand in public)

Favorite thing about driving the Pedal Mill: meeting cool people

Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi (NC all the way!)

Favorite movie: Tie between Fantastic Mr. Fox & Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Something most people don't know about you: I graduated second in my class from Army Officer Candidate School

Biggest pet peeve: Another tie between commercials & bad drivers

Favorite Baltimore food or drink (or both): Brewer's Art Resurrection & Shawermarz

A Glance in the Rearview

As August winds down and Labor Day & cooler weather approach, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite memories of the summer, and look ahead to what is sure to be an awesome fall here on the Charm City Pedal Mill.

A glance in the rearview:

Our first ghost tour on the bike (on Friday the 13th, nonetheless).

We had a great corporate group that wanted to do something a little different than just a bar crawl. They had lunch at Gordon Biersch and then pedaled their way through Fells, stopping to learn about the ghost stories that haunt the cobblestone streets. One of our managers, Piper, relayed the stories to them with great enthusiasm and historical accuracy. This is just one example of how we can cater a tour to fit whatever a corporate group is looking to accomplish with a team building event.

The return of the public crawl.

Sometimes you just want to ride a bike and drink some beers, and you don’t have 15 friends available to join you. The solution? A public crawl on the Charm City Pedal Mill. We are booking more and more public crawls, where smaller groups of 1, 2, 4 or 6 book seats, as opposed to booking the entire bike. By the end of the 2 hour tour, the separate groups are all laughing and joking together, and have become friends. It has been so much fun seeing people get to know each other and bond so quickly because of their experience on the Pedal Mill.

What we’re looking forward to this fall:

Themed crawls.

We absolutely can’t wait to participate in Baltimore Beer Week. We will be featuring craft beer crawls that week, so check back in late September for more details! We also had a great suggestion from one of our riders for a zombie crawl around Halloween. Stay tuned for more details on both of those crawls. And anytime you want to have a themed private crawl, let us know, and our drivers would be more than happy to join in on the fun!  

The weather.

While the summer hasn’t been too hellish, we are definitely looking forward to cooler fall weather. There is nothing better than pedaling down the cobbles on Thames with the breeze blowing off the water and a slight chill in the air. We have four epic months left of pedaling in 2014, so grab a friend (or 15) and join in on a crawl! #pedaldrinkrepeat