Richmond party bike business taking off
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A start-up business is Richmond is putting a new spin on riding a bike. We told you a party bike was coming. Now it's here, taking pedalers on pub crawls. It's a party on wheels, powered by people.
Groovin' Gears is up and running, right through the streets of downtown Richmond.
"It's a party on a bike," said rider Melissa Oefelein.
Layne Summerfield, one of the business owners, said "We really saw the demand for a pub crawl business in Richmond."
Groups and individuals book tours on the 14-person bike, which start in Scott's Addition and head to craft breweries, bars and restaurants.
"Oh, the bike is so much fun!" said rider Melinda Winterhalter. "I'm triathlon training and this is such a good workout for my triathlon training."
Actually, it's not quite a workout. In fact, the shoes worn are sometimes more party than proper, and the bike has a motor if pedalers can't push.
"So you can choose to pedal, or you can choose just to ride and have fun," said Oefelein.
"This isn't necessarily a spin class," said co-owner Bri Spotts. "We want people to have fun and relax."
If you're worried about being stuck in your car behind the bike, the owners say the bike pulls over when two or three cars get behind it and most of the roads they take have very little traffic.
The owners were inspired by similar party bikes in cities like Arlington, Raleigh and Charlotte, so they started their own in Richmond.
"Some people aren't aware this kind of thing has existed, so we get a lot of people stopping, pulling over, taking pictures," said Spotts.
She ads, "Our public tours are $35 a seat and you can book as many of them as you would like. For private tours, the entire bike is $420."
So far, business is on a roll, booking seven to eight tours on weekends, and corporate groups during the week.
"This is the second time I've been on the bike. Both times have been an awesome experience," s
aid rider Brooks Stone.