The Best of Edition: The Barrel

In this edition we look at what you can do in the barrel. We have dug deep in our treasure trove of pictures to find some of our favorites.

 

The ‘Bottoms Up’

Drink a little too much? Not a problem as we’ll just stuff you in the barrel! (joking, of course… maybe).

 

The ‘Peekaboo’

Like to play hide-n-seek? Pop out and scare people? Or just a big fan of whack-a-mole? The barrel is here for all of your adolescent pleasures.

 

The ‘Just In Time For The Holidays’

You don’t need to be a human to jump in the barrel. Holiday parties, corporate events or just for shenanigans we welcome all.

 

The ‘Two For One’

Because simply… two is always better than one.

 

The ‘Did You Forget About Me?’

Where did everyone go? It’s all fun and games while in the barrel, but don’t leave anyone behind. Please check for all your belongings and crew. HEAD COUNT!!

 

The ‘Look At Me’

It’s your day – whether it be a birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party… flaunt it!

Now that the bar has been set – what can you do in the barrel?

 

Social Cycle Tour Ideas: Costumes!

Did you just book a Social Cycle tour? Are you looking to spice up your ride and stand out? Well we here at Social Cycle have compiled a list of costume tours to help you out. 

Sumo Squad:

Having a huge problem thinking of a costume idea? Looking to make a big statement? This squad brought it to a different level with inflatable wrestler costumes for a sumo Sunday Social Cycle. Don’t forget to order some sake!  

 

Jazzercise: 

Take a blast back to the past with some like totally rad 80s outfits. This crew jazzercised their way thru the streets of Santa Barbara. Other 80s party ideas could include themed movies, musicians, characters and even fads. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your 80s playlist!

 

Cowgirls:

Yee Haw! Grab your hat, rustle up some denim and strap on your boots for a cowgirl themed outing. These lovely ladies of the west ‘steered’ their Social Cycle wagon thru the San Diego streets looking for trouble. A country music playlist and a country bar were on their trail as they mosey’d up to the bars in search of some firewater.      

 

Women in Wigs:

Wiggin’ out trying to think of a good idea? Then just keep it simple and toss on a wacky ‘n wild colorful wig. These gorgeous ladies pedaled around with their wavy hair like they just don’t care. 

 

Overalls: 

We.Are.Speechless. This picture is the gift that keeps on giving. These fellas went overboard in overalls with bonus points for single strapping, cutoffs and roll-ups.  (Shirts not required)

Who’s Got Game?

At a bar with no foosball, pool table, Jenga or beer pong? Forgot your portable dice or deck of cards at home? Tired of staring at the TV? Not a good conversationalist? Well Social Cycle has you covered with some game ideas during your tour. 

Shot Roulette

First, each participant needs a shot glass. Second, fill all glasses with water except one with vodka. Third, shuffle the shot glasses around. Fourth, everyone pinches their noses and takes their shot one at a time until the inevitable happens; someone gets the vodka. Finally, if the person who gets the vodka shot manages to conceal the fact that they drank the vodka, that participant gets to choose someone to take a vodka shot. If not, fill ‘em up and keep the rounds comin’!

 

The Name Game
This game only requires one to know famous people – easy, right? First, the game begins with the first player saying the name of a famous person. For example, they start by saying Winston Churchill. Secondly, it’s up to the following player to say a famous person’s name that begins with the first letter of the last name just mentioned. A possibility in this situation could be Christina Aguilera followed by the next player saying a name and so on.  Now if a player says a name where the first and last name starts with the same letter, the game changes direction. Finally, if a player cannot immediately name someone they must take a drink and the game restarts. So, turn off those phones and turn up the brain power! 

 

Text or Shot

First, everyone must have a cell phone. Second, place all the phones in the middle of the table and shuffle them up. Third, everyone grabs a random phone. Fourth, without sending it, everyone composes a text message to someone on that phone. Next, the group goes around in a circle and, without seeing the message the phone’s owner can choose to take a shot or let their phone’s captor send the message. The game then continues until everyone has zero friends left on their phone (joking!) – but, there might be some explaining to do in the morning!  

 

Bar Golf

This game is short and simple. It consists of playing at each bar on your stop and assigning different drinks par values (points).  For example, a shot is par 1, a mixed drink is par 2, an IPA beer is par 3 and a pilsner beer is par 4. After your tour ends add up your scores and reward the winner with… a golf clap? We dunno, but we’re sure you’ll think of something.  Oh, and don’t forget to wear your golf attire!

 

Thumper 

Do you like animals? Can you make animal noises? If so, this game is for you. First, every player chooses an animal. Second, the first player acts out his/her animal by its noise, motion or both. Third, when that player is finished acting out their animal they point to the next player who then follows by replicating the noise/motion of their animal. Play should move quickly, and anyone who pauses too long has to drink. The game requires a voice, some flailing arms and a high tolerance when getting heckled from your fellow patrons. Hee-Haw!! 

Editor’s Note: Please drink responsibly and be respectful of the bars you attend. Oh, and remember you still need to pedal! Happy Gaming!! 

Creative Date Ideas in Palm Springs

Whether you’re planning a first date or you’re looking to spend some quality time with your long-term partner, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up some of Palm Spring’s unique date ideas.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway:

Get a view from above Palm Springs and Coachella Valley with a ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. As you ascend Southern California’s second highest mountain range the tram rotates offering sweeping 360-degree views of the desert floor. At the peak, there are restaurants, observation decks and even a natural history museum. For the adventuresome couples you can explore the 50 plus miles of hiking trails, go cross country skiing or even take in some snowshoeing (weather permitting). www.pstramway.com

 

Purple Room Supper Club

Looking for a unique dinner experience? The Purple Room Supper Club is where the Rat Pack, including Frank, Sammy and Dean performed. You’ll be transported back to the 60s while enjoying live jazz music on the weekdays and internationally acclaimed entertainers performing shows during the weekends. Make sure to plan ahead as spots fill up quickly. www.purpleroompalmsprings.com

 

Tahquitz Canyon:

Looking to create a memorable experience for a first date? Then grab your hiking boots and trek to Tahquitz Canyon. The canyons can be found on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation. The Cahuilla Indians settled there thousand of years ago as can be seen by the rock art, ancient irrigation systems, house pits, native wildlife and plants that still inhabit this area. In addition, there is a 60-foot waterfall and a visitor center that has educational and cultural exhibits. www.tahquitzcanyon.com

 

Pottery Class:

Who doesn’t like getting a little dirty? Throw some clay on the wheel or channel you inner Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze skills and hand mold some pottery. Learn a new craft while enjoying some quality time together casting and glazing. www.theclaystudio.org

 

Social Cycle Party Bike Tours:

For an out-of-the-box date idea, take a Social Cycle party bike tour through downtown Palm Springs or Palm Canyon Drive. We’ll take you to the best tiki bars, cocktail bars, beer bars and restaurants the city has to offer. www.socialcycleca.com

Social Cycle’s Survival Guide To Winters In Southern California

Did you know that temperatures in Southern California can dip down to 40 degrees? We know it’s unbearable and scary to think about, but here at Social Cycle we have you covered. We have put together a survival guide for you.

Dress Appropriately: Mom always said to wear a hat in the cold because we lose 80% of our body heat through our head. So, bundle up with a jacket, hoodie, hat, beanie, earmuffs, scarf and gloves. Want to add some extra flair to your tour? Make it a themed tour and wear a warm costume or onesie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daytime Tours: Book a daytime tour and avoid our frigid arctic Southern California nighttime temperatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Those Feet Pedaling: While on your tour you’ll be pedaling, thus generating instant body warmth from stomping on the pedals. To create further warmth waive your arms around like a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tubeman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Your Tour Stops: For those chilly nights order a hot and tasty boozy beverage. Irish coffee, hot toddies and hot buttered rum are some of our favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Your Tour Stops: Still cold? Well it’s time to hit the dance floor and dance, dance, dance! Warm those muscles and impress your friends while doing the running man, the sprinkler, the dougie or even a little flossing.

Social Cycle Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s the holiday season! Time to spend hours choosing a gift for each person in your life, or not, but no worries we’ve got you covered! Avoid the crowded malls and hop on your computer to pick-up some of our gift ideas. Depending on when you purchase one of these gifts some will come with an additional discount and/or free shipping!

 

For Her: Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Is she a yogi? Well, this 5mm mat is suitable for all her Namaste mantra yogi activities. As an added bonus these mats are made from repurposed wetsuits.     www.sugamats.com

 

For Him: Baxter of California: Best of Baxter

Launched in 1965, in a time when men’s skincare was basically non-existent Baxter gained a cult following among the Hollywood crowd. Today, Baxter of California is a staple of the men’s grooming industry. This set will have him covered from head to toe with hair, skin, body and shave products. www.baxterofcalifornia.com

For the New Mom: Mommy’s First Milestones Wine Labels

Want to give that new mom the present of laughter and relief? Mommy’s first milestones wine labels are for her significant life firsts into motherhood. The set of four labels include first date night, first girls’ night out, baby on the move and of course, first public tantrum. We know she will waaaah this!  www.labelwithlove.com

   

 

For The Newborn Dad: The Rad Dad Box

Looking for something different for that new dad? The Rad Dad Box will provide him with everything he needs to survive the first two weeks of fatherhood, plus a little something for later! The Newborn Starter Kit includes a newborn book, manly hand sanitizer for those diaper changes, two pairs of earplugs for mom and dad, a foldable fork/spoon/knife set great for dads on the go, baby soap, an organic washcloth, nail files and a crocheted donut rattle because you can never start their musical career too early! What more could Rad Dad ask for? www.raddadbox.com

 

For the Family with Kids: Egged On

For that wacky family with kids looking for an egg-cellent game! Egg On is a suspenseful, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud party game. Get ready for plenty of laughs as players compete to be the last one left without getting wet. Choose one egg at a time, not knowing whether it will be filled with water or not. Choose carefully! Once an egg is chosen, it has to be used. Who will be the last one left in this showdown? It’s yolk-ingly fun! www.hasbro.com

 

For The Thirsty Peddler: Social Cycle Private Tour

Need a gift for someone with an upcoming birthday, bachelor/bachelorette party, holiday party or just an excuse to have fun with friends? Well, book them a tour on Social Cycle! Southern California’s Best Party Bike!    www.socialcycleca.com

 

For the Techie Traveler: Travel Cord Roll

Tired of watching loved ones get caught up in their tangle cords? Well, worry no more, as they will be easily packing electronic cords and other knick-knacks with this stylish travel roll. Tangled techie be gone! www.uncommongoods.com

For the Drinker: Upcycled Record Coasters

Rock out one’s coffee table with these stylish retro vinyl record coasters.  They’re perfect for music lovers, and their friends will be rolling with jealousy. These coasters are made out of a durable silicone, free to bend and environmentally non-toxic. www.vinylux.net

 

For the Gardening Chef: Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden

Vintageinspired planters that use a passive hydroponic system make it easy to grow herbs in the kitchen. Give the gift that keeps giving… errr… we mean keeps growing!  www.uncommongoods.com 

The History of Party Bikes | Who Invented These Crazy Things?

In the last few years, party bikes have popped up in almost every metropolitan area in the US and have spread their happy vibes down the streets of all these cities! However, it wasn’t always a popular activity for tourists and locals alike.

In 1997, Henk and Zwier Van Laar, brothers from the Netherlands, came up with the idea of “Fietscafe” or “bike cafe” in English. Sitting at a bar and listening to the owner’s woes of needing to promote his pub in a local parade prompted them to build a multi-person bike that could be pedaled down the street during the parade. They started manufacturing and distributing the bikes soon after that and they quickly started to gain popularity in Europe.

It wasn’t until 2007 that the Fietscafe made it over the pond to the US. Al Boyce came across a photo of this crazy contraption and decided to bring one over to the US. Eric Olson and Al Boyce purchased a bike from the Van Laar brothers, trademarked the brand “PedalPub”, and claimed the “first and oldest party bike business in the United States.”

So, how exactly did this story lead to SoCal party bike business? It’s been a crazy adventure since the start of Social Cycle, but it’s worked out really well, thanks to the support of party bike patrons along the way.

Owner and founder, Laura Rovick, moved to San Diego for college and then worked in marketing and sales after graduating. Laura realized she was ready to start something new and on her own, but wasn’t sure what exactly that would be. Her sister suggested she“call those crazy bike guys in Minnesota that you always talk about.” So, Laura called the Pedal Pub guys in Minneapolis and as fate would have it, found out that one of them was in San Diego for the weekend. They grabbed a beer (what else, right?) and the rest is history! Social Cycle San Diego launched the first year followed by Palm Springs and Santa Barbara in the years following.

“We’ve built the business, but more importantly, built a team and a family that always has each other’s back. We’re proud to be SoCal’s best party bike and can’t wait to continue to provide the best tours in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs!” – Laura Rovick

 

 

4 Fun & Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 21st Birthday

Twenty-one is a big milestone…you’ve made it through the first two decades of your life and you’re finally allowed to (legally) drink. Southern California has SO many great bars and restaurants that serve great local beer, specialty cocktails, and feature awesome live music to get your night going right. It’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up drinking a little more than you bargained for that night, but instead of starting off the night by walking bar to bar, we’ve rounded up our four favorite 21st birthday party ideas.

1. Party Bikes!

You’ll get to pedal around your city with up to sixteen of your favorite friends and explore some of the neighborhood’s best bars. Not only do we have great partnerships set up with our friends at these bars (a.k.a., you’ll save some cash this way), you’ll make memories you *hopefully* won’t forget. Social Cycle party bike tours are a great way to kick the night off right in a unique way that will be the envy of your already-twenty-one friends who didn’t have a cool party like this.

2. Food Tours

You’re going to be consuming some alcohol that night, that’s why you’re going out! Get the celebration started with a food tour around the city and give yourself a little bit of food in your stomach for when those nice strangers at the bar start buying you shots.

3. Bartending Class

Chances are, you couldn’t make a classy cocktail before this day. Not because you’re not classy, but because you were limited to the cheap alcohol your friends would bring over to your house. Vodka and Country Time Lemonade? Done. But that’s all changed! You have entered into the real legal world where you can freely spend $100 on quality liquor, grab some bitters, and even learn what muddling means.

4. Wine Tasting

Turns out there’s more to wine than red or white, who knew! Now that you can drink *all* the varietals, visit a local vineyard and learn how to tell the difference of how it smells on the nose and tastes on the palate.

Building Better Teams with Fun Corporate Team Building

Unique team building tours have shaken corporate America in the last few years. From escape rooms to improv classes to party bike tours, there is a multitude of ways to bring your employees together that are fun, engaging, and out-of-the-(boring)box.

Since we are Southern California’s experts on all things fun, we wanted to focus on our favorite corporate team building outing- party bikes. We’ll cover how corporate party bike tours teach employees the importance of teamwork and how you can build a team while building some muscle.

Now, screaming “PEDAL!” at the top of your lungs while you cruise down the street on Social Cycle may not be your first idea of great communication and teamwork, but you’ll quickly realize that in order to make it to your next destination everyone needs to be moving those legs and engaging to successfully make it down the street. Similarly to tasks in the workplace, everything gets accomplished faster and better when you have a team of people working in unison towards the same goal.

“Great way of fun team building with co-workers celebrating the success of our financial audit. It was so much fun going around Pacific Beach on Social Cycle and stopping for drinks while enjoying each other’s company.”

Occasionally, offices can become similar to high school cafeterias. You’ve got legal in this area, HR over here, and sales and marketing over there. And similar to vinegar and oil, they do NOT like to mix. However, bringing different departments together can create a feeling of unison within the entire company. Sitting them next to each other on a moving 16-person party bike will ensure that the individuals who wouldn’t normally interact have an opportunity to get to know each other and bond over the shared perspiration and exhilaration they experience while exploring the city. Back in the office, this connection and blossoming friendship will encourage departments to work closely together to accomplish goals and increase communication between employees.

“We were in town for a company incentive trip. One of our awesome team mates coordinated 2 time slots with 4 bikes at a time. We had such a blast. The bars on a Monday were not over crowded and reasonably priced. Just a little warning, you really do have to pedal lol.”

Finally, it takes strong communication and teamwork to make decisions. Which bars are you going to hit? Will you be stopping at a cupcake shop along the way to get your sugar fix? These are decisions that everyone should make together. Similarly to office life (and just life), sometimes you have to learn to compromise to get the job done. It’s actually impossible for every person to get their own way (we know this first-hand) so teaching your employees to have discussions and make group decisions will help your party bike tour go smoothly and your weekly meetings go even smoother.

We’re sure you’ve seen us pedaling down the street in SoCal, and you’ve probably thought it looked like an absolute blast! We love having San Diego corporate team building groups join us, as well as all those looking for team building in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara as well! If you’d like to learn more about booking a tour and watching your employees flourish, check out the link to your city’s corporate events page below.

San Diego Corporate Team Building

Palm Springs Corporate Team Building

Santa Barbara Corporate Team Building

5 Party Fouls To Avoid On Your Next Social Cycle Tour

If there was a list of universal employee loved jobs, being a Captain for a party bike would be among the top. Seriously, you show up in summer swag, shades on, tunes bumpin’, to a group of strangers that are there for the sole purpose of a good time. Any introduction that begins with an ear-to-ear smile is generally considered a great start.

But oh how horrible things can go…

Just kidding.

In all seriousness, it is one knee slappin’ good time, but occasionally there are speed bumps.  We call these “party fouls” a.k.a. “what not to do (as a rider).”  Every party bike captain has dealt with ’em, so we wanted to share some of our favorites stories that everyone can learn from.

  1. Not Tipping The Bartenders

Think about it.  We roll up with energy levels full throttle.  The tour has just been singing, dancing, and pedaling their way over and then bop right into the joint with a crew of their closest 16 pals.  The bar is busy and that’s a win-win.  Service staff sees dollar signs, riders see stiff drinks, and I see a 30-minute break 😉

BUT this all comes crashing down when the bar patrons leave a next-to-nothing tip.  These poor bartenders may have just dealt with various individual drink orders, an equal amount of separate tabs, a brow full of sweat, and barely any coin to show for it.  The patrons then finish their one or two beverages before moving on to the next location while the bartenders look on, deflated.

Now I’m not saying that ya gotta leave your paycheck, but consider the effort to appease your squad of beautiful lunatics put in by the local watering hole staff. It will be appreciated and a round on-the-house might be in your future.

2. Wear Your Freaking Seatbelt (That Means Your Blowup Doll Too)

Our number two party foul/moral of the story comes with a funny little tale to go with it. Once upon a time, a group of party-ready pedalers brought a blow-up doll along for their tour. Now, we have no issue with this! We are always happy to accommodate our riders and their friends. But everyone should buckle up (dolls included), or you risk having a big gust of wind blow your blow-up doll into oncoming traffic and cause reduced visibility and car accidents. Yes, this actually happened, so we’ll just politely remind you to please wear your seat belt, for your safety and those around you.

3. Wear Shoes, Please.

Southern California is laid back, we definitely know that. If you’re lucky, you’re spending a good portion of your time on the beach, sand between your toes and no shoes to be found. However, since our party bike tours don’t take place on the beach, we’ve gotta request that you wear shoes on our tours. Not only is it safer for your feet (and way more sanitary), you won’t get to go inside any of our partner bars on the tour if you’re barefoot (it’s the whole “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rule).

4. Starting Your Tour Wasted

You paid to hop on a party bike – you know you’re gonna have to pedal! We know you’ll have some fun throughout the tour and that your pedaling performance might decrease along the way, but don’t ruin the fun by drinking too much before you even get here!

5. Bring Your Real ID – A Picture Doesn’t Count

It’s pretty common knowledge that most bars are going to ID (take it as a compliment, you’re looking young today). So please, pack your ID! Stick it in your friend’s purse, your boyfriend’s wallet, inside your shoe…just make sure it’s with you. Bartenders are busy people and they don’t have time to explain why a photo of your ID doesn’t pass for the real thing. Save yourself some time and headache and triple check that you have your ID before you hop on the bike!