Whether your tour is a birthday, bachelorette or corporate outing, decorating the bike will make your pedal tour even more fun. Not only does it make a great prop in your photos but when the cars and people in the streets see you are celebrating an occasion they react by saying happy birthday or honking, etc. Groups decorate to varying levels, some groups print special shirts and coozies, others go all out decorating the bike, others just put a sign on the back. The only bad decorating is not decorating because it only takes a few minutes and will truly make your occasion that much specialer.
What To Do- Make a sign for the back of the bike, have the artist in the group make a sign on posterboard like the type you would for a school project back in the day. You can buy it at the dollar store. Now remember it can’t be wider then a doorway so that it doesn’t block our turn signals. Also put holes in the corners and bring string or zip ties to fasten the sign to the back of the bike. Things like beep for the birthday boy or girl, you beep we drink or anything witty like that makes for a great sign that the cars will react to. When bringing streamers only bring one color, some groups buy 3 colors and the cluster makes it look uglier then just 1.
What not to do- Dont try to hang things across the bike or by peoples knees, when we begin pedaling and the breeze blows them into peoples faces and interferes with their pedaling they will get annoyed and take them down. Don’t waste your money or time on decorations like this. Make sure any ballons you bring are on strings, if you try and tape them to the bike they will just blow away and since we do not litter we cannot have that happen. Remember we cannot have our vision compromised by too many ballons, 6 normal ballons is the perfect number. Do not bring packaging tape! It will take the finish off the bike and is not allowed for decorating, bring painters tape so when we are cleaning off the bike at the end of your tour for the next group we can make sure we get everything off.
Since decorating goes hand in hand with birthdays here is a good time to mention to bring cupcakes versus a birthday cake so you do not have to worry about utensils and plates. Not those tiny cupcakes tho because they are all frosting and make a mess. Another fun thing to do is buy the birthday persons favorite type of bite size candy for everyone to munch on