We started Get Up and Ride back in 2012 with the idea of creating truly unique and intimate experiences on bikes. Over the years we’ve tried and tested all sorts of bike tours and local bike events that included food, yoga and sunset views of Manhattan. We even came up with bring your own bike events for locals who wanted to be a part of our growing community. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see the best bike tours and bike events we’ve offered in the past in NYC:
DAILY BIKE TOURS
Regularly scheduled on an almost daily basis, these bike tours were offered in small groups and came with a bike rental and walkie-talkies with headsets included (and sometimes even the food too). Although they’re not offered as it’s own stand-alone public tour many of the stops and routes we planned for these bike tours have been incorporated into existing tours or offered as a private tour option.
One of our most popular and press worthy bike tours OF ALL TIME. The Bikeable Feast was a sunset bike tour in Williamsburg that combined stops at amazing local food purveyors with a 4 course catered dinner at North Brooklyn Farms with dinner being compliments of chef Shane McGarvey, an everything must be cooked over-an-open flame guru. Brooklyn Magazine quoted it as being the most Brooklyn thing you could do all summer and it really was. We ultimately discontinued it because of the complexity of operating it on a regular basis. It had many moving parts – from the cooking and food to the tour and rental of the outdoor space. Even at $150 x person the profit margin wasn’t enough to keep it going.
Brunch Bike Tour of Brooklyn
See that looping video on the home page with Felipe our Founder? That was actually taken a few years ago while on a Brunch Bike Tour in Brooklyn. One common factor across all our tours is that we stop for food and drink, and why not right? Excellent food and drink is one of the things NYC is known for. This tour combined the most iconic of NYC meals – BRUNCH – with a bike tour of North Brooklyn’s trendiest quick-eats stops. Some of these places are still around, many have since closed (that’s NYC rent for ya) but we still try to incorporate a sampling of NYC’s best foodie destinations to all our tours. We learned a valuable lesson running this tour, DON’T INCLUDE FOOD IN YOUR TOURS. Including the food validated its quality from the eye of many of our customers. We started to receive negative reviews because of the food being too cold, or not enough or “the proteins would have been better before the starches”. Read our only 1 star review in Brooklyn for a good laugh.
Brooklyn Pulse AKA Street Art and Graffiti Bike Tour
Another attempt at themed tours, our Brooklyn Pulse (AKA the Street Art / Graffiti Tour ) is something we still offer but as a private tour. We basically changed the name to the Artisanal and Artistic Tour since it emphasized the art and food culture that has migrated over to the neighborhoods of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Much of the art has since changed and the area is more widely known now for street art now than a few years ago. We decided to cancel offering this tour because it just didn’t sell well enough for us to keep it going. It was also 50% walking tour since most of the graffiti was concentrated in one area of Bushwick known at the Bushwick Collective.
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Events we offered with much less frequency and more capacity, our bike events we typically one-offs experiments to gauge interest from the local community. These were mostly bring your own bike types of events
Pedals and Pies with Artists and Fleas
This event with Artists and Fleas happened a few years ago when the time came to sell our old bikes to make way for our new fleet. Originally we had a fleet of Public Bikes but opted to work with our new partner and local bike company Priority Bicycles here in NYC. Artists and Fleas attracts a ton of tourists and locals alike to their flea markets both in Williamsburg and Manhattan.
Bike and Yoga at the Brooklyn Grange Farm
The Brooklyn Grange offers a ton of really cool events regularly at their rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. As a partner of theres for over 5 years, we decided it would be cool to try and bring folks for their sunset rooftop yoga series. We LOVE yoga and practice it ourselves so we offered weekly departures at 6PM for their 7PM yoga.
Yoga for Cyclists
Offered at the start of our tours as an add-on, yoga for cyclists was our way of incorporating a yoga regimen to the start of our tours. Getting grounded before this biking experience was a great way to appreciate the day and stay flexible after the ride.
Urban Wellness Ride
Biking + Yoga + Waterfront picnic = BEST DAY EVER! That was the idea at least 🙂 Geared towards locals with their own bike and offered every other Saturday in the summer of 2017, the Urban Wellness Ride was a full day of biking in Brooklyn, combined with yoga and meditation in Prospect Park and a catered picnic on the waterfront compliments of the Perfect Picnic. Our very own in-house yogi and tour guide Megan Cuzzolino came up with the tour route and lead the yoga/meditation. Although the event garnered a lot of press initially and sparked interest with locals it didn’t have enough demand to offer as a regularly scheduled event. This eventually became an experience we offered to corporate groups as part of a team-building activity.
CyclePop Scavenger Hunt
Part bring your own bike tour, part scavenger hunt. This bike event encouraged folks to join a team, follow our clues to a grad prize of all the booze you could drink at an after party with our friends at the Most Definitely.