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!

Top 10 Places To Visit In Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a true desert oasis; waving palm trees, balmy weather, sun that never stops, and some of the best food, drink, and activities in all of SoCal. We’ve spent our fair share of time there (have to learn the lay of the land for you guys), so read on for our favorite Palm Springs activities and things to do.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Jetlag got you down? Feeling a little prickly? Moorten Botanical Garden is the perfect place to walk around and unwind after your voyage to Hollywood’s playground. Founded over 60 years ago and considered the world’s first “Cactarium,” these gardens are home to over 3,000 different cacti species and a plethora of small desert animals. It’s winding pathways and quirky Wild West setting make this sea of green a prime backdrop for your next desert photoshoot, and if you trip, oh well beauty is pain after all.

photo of moorten botanical garden

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

It’s no secret that Palm Springs is a literal desert. Don’t worry though, we found the perfect way to cool you off, spin you around, and lift you up! The idea for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was first concocted on a particularly hot day in 1933 when Francis Crocker gazed upon the misty mountaintop above and dreamed of being just as tall and cold. What can we say; the man was vertically challenged and we’re very grateful for his attempt at compensation. The ride lasts about 12 minutes and provides unbelievable views of the desert below.
Palm Springs Tram | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Bacon Flight at Cheeky’s

Oversleep this morning? No worries, Cheeky’s serves breakfast all day! One of Palm Spring’s top-rated brunch spots, Cheeky’s offers freshly squeezed juices and breakfast cocktails, unique breakfast entrees (the menu changes weekly), homemade pastries and a bacon bar. Whether you’re recovering from a night out or just love breakfast that much (we do), you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order. We recommend their Bacon Flight Sampler…with five different flavors, you’ll definitely find a favorite. Need some sweet to go along with all that savory? How about one of Cheeky’s famous cinnamon rolls? They’re handcrafted from layered croissant dough and twirled in brown sugar and cinnamon. No, the mimosas are not bottomless, but they are made with a selection of fresh juices (try the Pomegranate).
Cheeky's Palm Springs | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Social Cycle

What’s the best way to tour downtown Palm Springs and get a taste of local color? Social Cycle of course! Voted the #1 activity on Palm Springs TripAdvisor, our party bike will take you to some of Palm Springs’ hottest spots for specialty cocktails and local brews! As you pedal through the heart of downtown along Palm Canyon Drive, your Captain will guide you to a selection of Palm Springs’ favorite and famous watering holes. From tiki bars to tapas restaurants, roadhouse pubs to outdoor patios, rooftop lounges to nightclubs–you’ll get to sample it all and quench your thirst! Hop on a public tour or book a private tour for your party.
Social Cycle bachelorette party smiling on bike

Indian Canyons

Need a nature break from Palm Springs city life? Just a few miles south of downtown, Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation offers the chance to beat the desert heat while exploring winding canyons shaded by groves of native California Fan Palm trees. Make sure you check out Tahquitz Canyon while you’re there–it’s home to an exquisite 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants, which you’ll learn all about at the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center.
palm trees and lake in Indian Canyons

Kimpton Rowan Hotel

After long days of exploring everything Palm Springs has to offer, you’ll want to put your feet up and relax! At Kimpton Rowan Hotel, “urban enchantment meets epic scenery.” You’ll enjoy California’s legendary sunsets from their rooftop bar and pool, sample fresh, local foods at their restaurants, and take it all in at the end of the day in front of the two-story windows in their lobby. Choose from their guest rooms, specialty guest rooms, and suites for your stay, but know that whatever you choose, you will enjoy Palm Springs’ finest luxury restoration.
Kimpton Rowan Hotel | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Backstreet Art District

In an environment like Palm Springs’ arid desert, artists are sure to find inspiration. Admire their creations in the Backstreet Art District where you’ll find paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and more. Visit Artize if you’re looking for some inventive contemporary pieces, and don’t miss Galleria Marconi’s stunning, one-of-a-kind glass creations.
Galleria Marconi | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Doors of Palm Springs

Doors of Palm Springs is a passion project started by Gré, a lover of world-travel and film photography. As she documents the many colorful and artistic doors in Palm Springs, you’ll want to do some Insta-stalking and see if you can’t go find a couple of the doors for yourself! Afterward, visit Gré’s Coffeehouse and Art Gallery downtown to grab a copy of her gorgeous coffee table book, containing all of the images she’s gathered over the years.
Doors Of Palm Springs | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Tonga Hut

If you hop on a tour with us, we’ll make sure we take you to Palm Springs’ favorite Tiki bar, Tonga Hut, for some handcrafted island cocktails. If you can’t join us, make sure you try their specialty Mai Tai. This refreshing cocktail is based on the original Trader Vic’s recipe, and blends Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums with orgeat & orange curaçao and finishes with citrus notes.
3 cocktails on a table

Vintage Thrifting

Palm Springs has an eclectic population, and their thrift stores reflect it! No matter what your style is, you’ll find pieces to suit your fancy at one of their vintage thrift stores. For clothing, swing by Gypsyland and The Frippery. Our favorite thing about The Frippery is the variety of occasions you’ll find apparel for! Whether you’re poolside or headed out for a night downtown, they’ve got the perfect outfit waiting!
The Frippery Vintage Thrift Shop | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Your Palm Springs Nightlife Guide

Palm Springs is a desert oasis full of pool parties and warm weather. Keep reading for our suggestions on where to grab a drink and cool off in Palm Springs! We visit all of these bars on our Palm Springs party bikes tours too, so ride with us to check them all out!

Tonga Hut | Tonga Hut’s Mai Tai

Tonga Hut Palm Springs houses a neo-retro Tiki bar (pouring classic “island drinks” like Old Skool Zombie and Voodoo Juice) as well as an adjoining Polynesian/Cantonese restaurant called The Hideaway. Items like meat-skewer pupu platters are served on carved wood dishes, and unlike L.A.’s Tonga Hut, this menu even features authentic Pacific cuisine like purple yam mash.

Tonga Hut’s Mai Tai | A classic cocktail based on the original 1944 Trader Vic’s recipe, where Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums blend harmoniously with orgeat & orange curaçao and finishes with citrus notes. It’s a perfectly refreshing cocktail to set you off on a tropical escape at the Tonga Hut!
3 cocktails on a table

Wang’s In The Desert | Smoking Dragon Martini

Wang’s In The Desert is an award-winning Palm Springs Pan Asian Cuisine restaurant and bar. With a top-shelf happy hour and some of the best food in the city, you won’t be disappointed!

Wang’s Signature Smoking Dragon Martini | Nothing says fun more than a little smoke and confidence. Release your inner dragon.
Cocktail smoking on countertop

Moxie Palm Springs | Moxie Pop-Tails

Moxie Palm Springs is a rooftop bar, lounge, and eatery with plenty of space for guests to relax outside of the traditional bar setting. Founded on the basic principle that all are welcome to relax and unwind while enjoying great food, great music, great views, and of course great cocktails, Moxie has something for everyone.  The garden is equipped with games and seating that overlooks Palm Canyon Drive, while inside you will find TV’s showing your favorite sports games and a stage where the bar hosts local DJs.  

Pop-tails | With an extensive and cocktail-forward menu, mixing unique flavors and pushing creative boundaries, our “Pop-Tails” have become a viral hit.  Combining custom crafted cocktails with house-made popsicles of complimenting flavors, one of our “Pop-tails” is a perfect and refreshing libation for any Social Cycle-er on their brief escape from the desert heat!

Moxie menu with cocktails on table

Alibi Azul | ALWAYS a Social Cycle Happy Hour

Azul Palm Springs Day Bar is the only outdoor bar in all of downtown, centrally located in the heart of Palm Springs. Featuring our signature glider booths and climate control elements, it’s the perfect place to celebrate your next party!

When visiting with Social Cycle, you’ll get Happy Hour specials all day long! We’re talking $3.50 well cocktails, house wine, and domestic draft or bottled beer.

Beer glass on table

We hope you’ve enjoyed our roundup of Palm Springs’ best nightlife!

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Palm Springs Bachelorette Parties

It comes as no surprise that Palm Springs is an amazing destination for your bachelorette party. Whether you’re a local looking to get out and celebrate or you’re coming in to visit our beautiful region, we can promise that a bachelorette party in Palm Springs will be a great decision.

We’re excited to be featured in Greater Palm Spring’s “Ultimate Bachelorette Party” blog as one of the best things to do during your time here. Check out the feature here and we hope you’ll join us for your next Palm Springs bachelorette party!