Written by: Brian Lindsay, co-owner of The HandleBar
If you love cubicles and florescent lighting this may not be for you. For everyone else, say hello to the best thing to ever happen to office outings! The HandleBar Detroit offers corporate team building experiences that are inclusive to all of your employees or coworkers, gets the office outside and promotes the true meaning of working together and teamwork!
What is The HandleBar?
We’re Detroit’s first and only 16-passenger bicycle bar and proud to be the #1 rated tour of Detroit on TripAdvisor. We take groups around the city riding on our pedal pubs, stopping at landmarks and bars/restaurants along the way in 2-hour tours. We start and finish right downtown and we’re BYOB so you can bring your own alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Prices vary depending on the day, but if you fill a bike it’s between $18 and $25 per person on a 2-hour tour. Check out all of our available dates and times on our calendar here. We now have eight bicycle bars in Detroit, each with a capacity of taking out groups of 16 people. That means we can accommodate up to 128 people every two hours!
Who Created The HandleBar?
Stephen and I (Brian) had a crazy idea back in 2012 to purchase one of these contraptions and have it shipped over from The Netherlands, where they were invented. We’re brothers, Michigan natives, and had always talked about starting our own business. We are also both mechanical engineers, but wanted to try our luck outside of corporate America with something that was an excuse to get outside more and enjoy the city. When the idea of purchasing a pedal pub and starting a bike bar company came up, we couldn’t think of a good enough reason NOT to do it, so six years later, here we are. We’ve also expanded to Indianapolis, Toledo, and Adelaide, Australia.
We are experts on birthday parties, bachelorette and bachelor parties, tailgates on wheels before the big game, and really any other celebration you can name! That said, one of the most popular events people book our bike bars for are office outings and team building events. Now you may be asking, why should I book a team-building event on The HandleBar? There are a ton of reasons, but we’ll narrow it down to the three most important.
- Actual team building
We’re like renting a private VIP room that moves past skyscrapers and every iconic attraction downtown, but most importantly it also achieves the actual purpose of the tour: team building! Stephen and I have been in corporate America for years as engineers and we’ve done our fair share of office outings where people only interact with their “office BFF” or the activity isn’t really conducive to team building (or fun). Picture this – we’re like a giant picnic table riding through the city, so our bike bar tours basically force everyone to interact with one another, never mind the fact that you have to pedal together to move. A perfect example of our pedal pub tours promoting team communication and engaging all members of the office happens most frequently when the bike bars are stopped at a red light. Pay attention when the light turns green, someone always gets called out for not pedaling fast enough! Some friendly finger pointing is almost always bound to happen if someone isn’t pulling their weight. That said, we do have an electric pedal assist on each bike to help if you’d like it!
- See Downtown Detroit
There is no better way to take in the city than in the open air, on a HandleBar bike bar, with friends and coworkers! The slow pace allows you to look around and see all the new stuff happening downtown at your leisure while you play your own music and talk to each other. If you have questions during the tour, we love to talk about the city too, so feel free to ask. Remember, our bike bar tours typically consist of 20 minutes of cruising followed by 20 minutes of resting at a landmark or bar or restaurant, so there’s tons of time to chat about what you saw during the pedaling or after, while we’re stopped. Our drivers are also instructed on the best places and angles to get group photos in the city, so you’ll always have something to remember the experience.
- Tours are FREE when your boss pays
Talk your boss into booking a HandleBar bike bar tour for a team outing and if you’re lucky he or she will foot the bill! Even better, talk them into booking a tour a couple hours before the office typically lets out and you can sneak it in when you would normally have to work. If you need help getting the wheels moving, maybe try this: make a deal with the bigwigs; if a certain target or milestone is achieved the bike bar tour is the prize or bonus for you and your coworkers. Working hard is important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find time play hard too!
Still on the fence? Circulate one of these videos around the office and let the excitement add pressure to lock in your date! Don’t wait too long though, we usually book up.
We’re pumped to get you guys out on a tour with us! If you have any questions at all you can text us at 586-960-5851 (or call) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.