As the Sac Brew Bike loaded with more than a dozen whooping and groove-busting 20- and 30-somethings makes it way though midtown Sacramento, the bike contraption gets plenty of attention.
On a recent outing, it was greeted by an older man blowing some sort of horn and moments later by a young man who decided to treat the crew with a view of his backside.
But what is it like to ride the thing? Sacramento public relations professional and Girls on the Grid blogger Rachael Smith called it a wonderful addition to Sacramento, but added that riders should be prepared to pedal.
Built on a car frame, the brew bike allows up to 10 people to pedal while a driver operates the brake and steering. The bike typically hits three breweries in a two-hour tour.
If you are expecting to just get a ride, you should take a taxi, said Smith, who happened to draw one of the hottest days of 2014 for her Sunday afternoon tour.
She added that flip-flops might be a bad idea and you might have to sacrifice some cuteness for functionality in deciding what to wear.
Smith said it was a good, active experience with friends. With the music playing and someone else at the helm, there isnt a lot of thinking involved in providing the pedal power.
Its very mindless, she said. All you have to do is pedal.
Midtown resident Luke Roussey, who joined Smith, was more critical. He said he had a good time, but on a hot day it was more work than he expected.
I felt like I was taking a spin class. Everybody was pedaling pretty hard, Roussey said. If everybody is not pedaling pretty good, youre not going to go anywhere.