By Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn.,– Pints and Pedals has offered a taste of Chattanooga nightlife on a 15-seat bike that travels to and from various bars in the downtown area for the past year.
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, there will be a party at Community Pie on Nov. 7 from 8-11 p.m. There will be drink specials, free t-shirts and special pricing for tours.
Last year, the business was formed by Chris Brown and several others to help Brown’s 33-year-old brother Justin who suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS).
RSDS is a disorder that affects the sympathetic nervous system, which controls heart rate, blood vessels and blood pressure. This causes pain in the limbs when they react, causing them to swell and burn.
To treat the syndrome, their parents have spent $600,000 out of pocket. All of the money earned from Brown’s portion of the company goes to help his brother.
At first, Brown did not tell many people about where the money from his portion of the business was going.
However, as time went on, the drivers of the bikes began to tell passengers.
“People have gravitated towards it and are really passionate about the cause,” Brown said.
Initially, there were two hurdles Brown and the company had to face before starting the tours.
First, they had to gain approval for the bikes by the city council. Next, they had to gain approval for alcohol on the bike, so passengers could bring their own beer.
The bike is equipped with cups for passengers’ drinks, cup holders, a trash can and a cooler to keep passengers’ beer ice-cold throughout the tour.
At each stop, passengers can leave their beer on the bike, go inside, check out the specifically designated specials for Pints and Pedals patrons, then head back out and grab another beer from the cooler.
The bike is also equipped with pedals under each seat, which is controlled by a driver, who is seated at the front.
“It’s a good idea,” said Sean Haddock, a senior from Chattanooga. “It’s a little bit social and a little bit physical activity.”
Jodi Haynes, a sophomore from Nashville, said, “I think it’s clever. It’s like you’re burning calories while drinking. It would be fun for a party with friends.”
There are two types of tours: one for groups and another for singles. The tour groups are usually split half-and-half between locals and tourists, so patrons are bound to meet a lot of different people.
“It is a really unique experience from what Chattanooga has had in the past,” Brown said. “We felt that the nightlife was growing at a nice pace in the city, but there was still a need for more, and you need nightlife. We felt that Pints and Pedals would provide that.”
The company has two routes, a Southside tour and a downtown tour. Passengers can choose either route, both of which typically last two and a half hours.
Anish Alexkutty, a sophomore from Chattanooga, said he liked that the bike is out in the open. “It’s a pretty good idea and [you get] to see around [town].”
The Southside tour includes stops at Urban Stack, T-Bones Sports Cafe, the Chattanooga Brewing Company and the Foundry. At the Chattanooga Brewing Company, riders receive a free tour and specials on their beer samples, along with other discounts at other bars along the way.
The downtown route includes stops at Community Pie, Big River Grille and Taco Mac.
The company also has tours that do not involve alcohol, including ones for company parties and high school graduations.
For more information about Pints and Pedals, booking information and pricing, check out www.pintsandpedalstn.com.