Frequently Asked Questions
Who should rent the CycleSaloon?
Anyone who wants a new and exciting way to do a pub crawl or a brewery tour! We rent the whole Cycle Saloon for private parties where you can customize your own route. Or grab a seat and come along on a tour of some of Ballard and Fremont’s best breweries!
How many people ride? How many pedal?
The CycleSaloon carries 16 passengers, plus the driver. There are 5 pedaling seats on each side, plus one non-pedaling seat over the rear wheels. There is also a bench in the back of the CycleSaloon that seats three, plus one standee spot in the middle for the “dancer”.
What’s the least number of people required to operate the CycleSaloon?
The CycleSaloon has been pedaled on the flat with a tailwind with three people pedaling, but it isn’t much fun unless you have 8 or more. For the brewery tour we need at least 8 peddlers, so your ride is not confirmed and credit card not charged until we hit the magic number!”
What’s the fastest the CycleSaloon can go?
On the flat, the CycleSaloon travels at a maximum speed of approximately five miles per hour.
Can the CycleSaloon go up hills?
Little ones. The CycleSaloon was invented in the Netherlands, where it is very flat. Routes with grades greater than 5-6% for any extended distance may require riders to get off and push. None of the hills on our routes have required pushing (thus far….)
Do you provide a driver?
Always. Our insurance provider requires it.
Who can’t ride the CycleSaloon?
The CycleSaloon has a minimum height requirement of 5’3″ and a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds for each person on the bike seats. The back seat is perfect for those who don’t fit within these height and weight limits.
All riders must be at least 21 (unless by special arrangement) and provide valid identification.
However, the Brewery tour bike has a few adjustable seats! So, those under 5’3 who like beer can finally have a chance at the pedals!
Who’s in charge of the CycleSaloon?
The driver. If you act in a dangerous manner, you’ll be asked to get off and find you own way home. You can imagine the difficulty we had finding insurance for this thing in America. We need to keep it.
The renter. Only one person on each tour can be the renter and that person is the only person the driver answers to. Can you imagine 16 people arguing about when to leave the bar? We don’t want our drivers getting in the middle of that!
What if it’s cold, rainy or windy the day of the tour?
The CycleSaloon operates rain or shine. We live in Washington – we can handle ANY weather! If severe weather does occur, the CycleSaloon reserves the right to cancel the tour and offer the renter a rain check. There will be no rain checks offered for rides once begun.
Does the CycleSaloon run all year long?
YES! Although the summer months are our busiest, we love to take cycle saloon rides any time of the year. Check our website and Facebook page to see off season specials.
What’s the earliest / latest I can rent the CycleSaloon?
Hours of operation are generally between 10am and 10pm, unless by special arrangement.
What if our tour takes too long?
You will be charged a late fee if you do not return the CycleSaloon to the starting point on time. The time it takes to complete a tour is up to the people pedaling. The driver doesn’t even pedal.
We have test-pedaled our routes and know how long they take.
Does the CycleSaloon supply food or beverages?
No. Riders may bring on any permissible food or beverages they wish. We’ve got LOTS of space in the inside roof rack.
What’s up with the liability waiver and offering bike helmets?
Riding the CycleSaloon can be a dangerous activity, just like riding any bike. You should have a reasonable expectation that you could possibly fall off and scrape your knee.
We offer bike helmets because it’s prudent. You don’t have to wear one, that’s totally up to you. But you do take responsibility if you bump your noggin’.
Have there been problems in the past with people falling off?
We have never had a problem or anything close to it. In the 10 years that Zwier and Henk have been running 15 beer bikes around Amsterdam, there was only one fairly significant injury. A woman tried to jump off while the CycleSaloon was moving and broke her ankle.
When do I pay? How do I pay?
A tour is not reserved until payment is received.
What if I want to cancel or reschedule?
If for some reason you really need to cancel (we can’t imagine why!), the renter has the choice of receiving a 50% refund or a rain check valid for 3 months, if the cancellation is 30 or more days prior to the tour date.
Cancellations less than 30 days will receive a rain check valid for 3 months only.
Cancellations less than 14 days. Sorry! No refund or rain check.
How long is our cruise?
The Cycle Pontoon cruises last an hour and a half
Is beer included?
We don’t sell or supply food or beverages. You can bring your own. We just ask that you keep it to a reasonable amount (this is a 90 minute cruise, and there are no islands to get stranded on the Lake) and that you leave the glass on shore.
Do I have to wear a life vest?
Nope! But, we have one for you if you choose.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
The Cycle Pontoon doesn’t have a restroom, so please go before you board!
Can kids ride?
Sorry, 21 and over please.
Does the boat run all year?
The weather is too unpredictable on the lake, so we shut down in the winter months.
Can we swim off the boat?
We do not permit swimming off the Cycle Pontoon.
What happens if it rains?
We cruise rain or shine and have a lovely cover in the event of drizzle. However, in the unlikely event of dangerous weather, the captain can cancel the ride. We have coast guard mandated chop guidelines.