Three reasons the PedalPub is actually awesome

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Over the past few days, we (the office-dwelling internet-surfers) have been following the spectacular train wreck that was the PedalPub crash. In its beer-soaked wake, PedalPub haters have piled on, using this opportunity to condemn both the company and those who choose to pedal.

Like a modern-day version of the cinematic masterpiece Wild Hogs (the 2007 classic starring Martin Lawrence and his hilarious biker bros who combat a gang of bikers who are terrorizing a local town), the PedalPub has been painted to look like Ray Liotta (the leader of the gang), with the various corners of the Twin Cities playing the part of the terrorized townspeople. 

In case you couldn't follow all of those family-friendly comparisons, I'm saying that PedalPub gets a bad rap. And it's kind of bullshit.

A quick perusal of the comments section on any story about PedalPub will be packed full of tales that begin with "One time I saw..." or "PedalPub sucks because..." or "Martin Lawrence got robbed of an Oscar for his performance in..."*, but the reality is that there isn't a lot of well-balanced debate. I think it's time to change that.

(*Spoiler: That one was me. And it was Wild Hogs.)

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1) People are scared of big cities, but love novelty drinking events

You know how people were taking a handful of stories about PedalPub accidents and using them to generalize ALL PedalPub experiences? The same thing happens with big cities. Whether it's comfort level, lack of experience, or one too many stories about random gang beatings, people who aren't in a city atmosphere are often scared of coming downtown. Trust me; everyone has at least one friend or relative who "doesn't feel comfortable" in the cities (this is classic Wild Hogs, like when William H. Macy is scared to talk to women because he has no practice). However, having a fun, gimmicky, safe activity (except for that whole crash thing, obviously) puts people's minds at ease, and gives them a reason to put their fears aside and see what city life is like. That means more money for local businesses, more exposure for the cool things happening in town, and a thriving, vibrant social scene that will continue to grow. 

Without that, you might as well just hand Del Fuegos the keys to the city and let them run wild.

2) We love being on lists

If there's one thing we love in Minnesota, it's being on lists. Most active, best place for young people, biggest Wild Hogs fan club, etc. Guess what? If you want to keep people active, and finding reasons to keep drinking (we also love our drinking), then you need to find new ways to keep them entertained. Yes, patios and rooftops are awesome, but as John Travolta's physique taught us in Wild Hogs, too much drinking without exercise is going to bounce us from that list quick. PedalPub allows us to continue laying down judgment on our chubby neighboring states, by providing a way to stay active without robbing us of our sweet, sweet booze.

3) What about athletic non-drinkers?

One of the things people bitch about most when it comes to PedalPubs is that it causes traffic backups, keeping non-Pedaling motorists from getting around town. If we're going to make a case for outlawing PedalPubs for holding up traffic, then what about the 5K races, marathons, cycling events, Loppet ski festival, and all of the other non-drinking events that clog up the roads for hours, as opposed to a couple of minutes (tops) like PedalPub does? Should we shut all of those down too? Should we, the people who prefer automobiles over moving our limbs, be forced to waste our precious seconds waiting for you to shuffle out of our way? Is this a complete overreaction and a thin argument at best? Maybe. But like Tim Allen taught us in Wild Hogs, when you believe in something you go after it no matter what.

Seriously though, on behalf of every 50th birthday party, bachelorette outing, or group of friends who need a reason to get together once a year, ease up on the PedalPub. Let the non-emotional debate rage on!


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TheDroogie
TheDroogie

I hate pedal pubs just because they're fun to hate and I think they are stupid. But in all honesty, if you're upset about folks hooting and hollering for 15 seconds as they pass your house, you've either got other issues or you are 65+ years old.  And probably not very fun to be around. 

kjasonadams
kjasonadams

I'm not sure if this article was about Wild Hogs or the Pedal Pub, either way the comparisons are a far stretch and a bit odd you seem to cherish this movie so much, anyway. For those cheering on the PP, rule one should be. If you don't live on a PP route close your mouth. I bought a house in a wonderful up and coming neighborhood about 8 years ago. With a vibrant area of course comes challenges. This is one challenge no homeowner would ever have planned for. I welcome you to come to NE 4th St on a Sunny Saturday and enjoy the PP one after another as they roll down the middle of the street spreading their wonderful fun time and cheer. After about 12hrs of that go home and think of that at your home, maybe your kids riding their bikes on the sidewalk listening to drunks and bad 80's hair bands. Maybe you'd enjoy a drunk suburbanite pissing next to your car, or even better on your house, lucky you might even get to see some male frontal nudity. Normal people take a cab, to a bar, drink and cab it home. Somehow drinking in public, on a device not safe on a farm, through crowded public streets is acceptable. Please offer up your home address and I'll be sure to get a hay wagon with 15 drunks and we'll be happy to circle your block, or Cul de sac endlessly. Hey did you hear about that fire with the PP? They create their own bad press (ins. fraud) it seems. Carry on the debate!

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

Buwahahaha!....someone must know Josh! yeah um no

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Only the hipster snobs hate the pedal pubs - I just hate the hipster snobs.

reallyoldpunk
reallyoldpunk

Pedal Pubs are now illegal in the Netherlands for the same reasons we all complain about them. Pedal Pubs were made legal here because the owners leveraged that they were legal there at the time. The Netherlands realized they made a mistake and corrected it. I say we do the same thing because, you know, we can't be left behind the Netherlands.

HOCKEYDUDE
HOCKEYDUDE

I wonder how much money Eric Olsen(OWNER OF THE PEDAL PUB) paid you to write this???? These arguments are a stretch and mostly inaccurate. Like most things our eloquent writers of the Twin Cities are known for.....Also, I would like to point out how completely dumb, off target, and outdated your reference to some terrible Disney movie is.....

olly_x
olly_x

This isn't some random, "hipster" complaint coming out of nowhere. Can a hipster even be a homeowner?

We have laws in a city about where bars can and can't be. We have laws against public intoxication in neighborhoods. These laws are not being enforced in the case of the pedal pub, and it looks like the city has decided to treat the pub differently from any other taphouse.

Chris Cowles
Chris Cowles

So... what xenophobic reason do you have to fear the city?

lonesomedrifter666
lonesomedrifter666

Honestly it's the mentality of these rides that makes people mad.

Imagine sitting in your favorite corner bar and 12-16 people come in asking for 12-16 different mix drinks and using 12 different credit cards and acting like they own the joint and leaving a crappy tip.

Just go to TGIFriday's or your local chain sports bar where this kind of "YOLO" attitude is put up with and encouraged.

emerson
emerson

stop pissing in my yard

joshua.ans
joshua.ans

As someone who has witnessed pedalpubbers almost kill themselves going down the Franklin Lyndale hill... This article is ridiculous. What it going to take? Someone getting killed? Keep them off hills in multilane streets downtown where they belong.

mikeschmike
mikeschmike

You have wretched taste in movies. Your argument is invalid.

Seeing a bunch of amped up d-bags sweating off their piss beer while the quarters they plan on using as tips rattle around in the pockets of their Dockers is not a fun time. Personally I hope they go the way of the Segway and end up being ridden by fat mall "cops" and laughed at by everyone else.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Christ...what a bunch of whiny little fascists we have here.

Who wants to bet the minute anyone points out the number of drunk cyclists without lights, blowing through stops signs, hooting around the same neighborhoods at midnight on bicycle bar crawls, half these folks get all defensive? 

Jeez. Let people have their fun. Boohoo you get mildly inconvenienced now and then...you have bigger problems. Stop being unwelcoming and start recognizing the opportunity to show off your neighborhoods. It's not "us" and "them" it's always just "us". You sound like the thing you hate when you pull that shit.

vonnykleinman
vonnykleinman

Responses:

1) for people who actually live on the routes, I would like to state that my experience with the "out of towners" that come to the "big city" to use the Pedal Pub do not treat the neighborhoods with respect.  Everything from repeatedly dumping 1/2 drunk kegs in lawns to fighting, tailgating and littering.  They act like NE is a booze-soaked tourist attraction vs a place where people live and work.
2) Drinking and exercise is something people either like for some reason or don't for obvious ones...
3) Loppits, 5Ks and festivals do not occur 20 times a day.  We have 2 Pedal Pubs and 2 Traveling Taps in NE each running up to 10 tours A DAY, for up to 20 tours per day.  They operate from 10 am to 10 pm.  That averages a tour every 36 minutes, except for Mondays.  They double park on major streets, which is acceptable for necessary things like loading and unloading of trucks, but this is not necessary for commerce and it is not occasional.

Do your research.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

A couple minutes at most? Are you kidding me? They backed up traffic all the way across 3rd avenue bridge during rush hour last week. And about marathons and cycling events not only do those have schedules with signs that signal a detour but they usually are held on the weekends and not rush hour on busy streets. And as far as getting exercise while being on the pedal pub...are you serious? With how slow those things go? I can crab walk faster than those things go. Please. By that token then taking a shower is exercise as well, or taking a shit.

josh.dibley
josh.dibley

Let's stop calling anyone we find annoying "suburbanites." I'm sure plenty of these people live in MPLS or St. Paul proper.

christine 16
christine 16

This is such a poorly written and contrived article, I have a hunch it's written by a Pedal Pub employee or owner. 5k and similar events have schedules. 

One can plan for a detour. Basically any time of day, any day, one is liable to be stopped by a Pedal Pub in the neighborhoods they frequent.  It makes it difficult to do something as simple as drive down the block. 

I don't see them spending much money in the city. They are already spending tons of money to drink their own canned beer. And people that would use the pedal pub aren't scared of the city. They just don't know how to parallel park. 

The best part of Pedal Pubs is as long as they are all over, I don't get any crap from cars when I'm on my bike. 

atlasbaja
atlasbaja

Comment #2!

If the Pedal Pubs are really getting to be a problem for where you live, take action and have some fun with it.

Step 1. Acquire water arsenal (hose, balloons, super-soaker...)

Step 2. Find some cover, near the route, but not necessarily in front of your house, wait excitedly...

Step 3. Profit!

barbertj23
barbertj23

If the pedal pub is your excuse to come to the city, please just stay in the suburbs.

The idea that it brings money to local businesses is outlandish. These people come up and only spend time in novelty places and downright pain in the ass locations. Cowboy Slims was such an annoying eyesore. I'm so thankful that drunk morons aren't wondering into traffic from there anymore and just choosing to dance in the road in front of my car on my green light. Because of those people I actually AVOID a lot of locations that attract the "afraid of the city" people, which overall damages the business close to them that are reputable businesses. I would bet I'm not the only one who changes their behavior in this way either.

Carrie Katzenmeyer
Carrie Katzenmeyer

Snobby Twin Cities lighten up and have fun! If you want peace and quiet you shouldn't live in the city.

Erin Winter Belfry
Erin Winter Belfry

what? how can you compare a marathon to the pedal pub? patrick strait do you live in a neighborhood where drunk suburbanites regularly patronize by screaming and waving obnoxiously? oh they are "exercising" so i should just take it...

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

I never understood all the backlash about these because I live downtown, but a certain amount of noise and drunk fuckery is to be expexcted here. But I never thought about how they travel to Susie's through northeast and past Merlin's in Longfellow. That's probably obnoxious. As for leaving a mess, WHAT MESS?? Am I missing something? I live and work downtown the only issue I see is that they slow traffic and usually tip like sh*t at my bar....

TheRealMichaelBolton
TheRealMichaelBolton

I don't get all of the hate for the Pedal Pub, and I love hating on stuff!  Is this some kind of Hipster trend of another thing to look down on maybe?  If you live in NE and drunks wondering the street letting out a whoop-whoop now and then is too much to bear move on out to burbs where it's always quiet - and make room for some more fun people.

Great point on canceling all races, dog/cancer walks, craft (er, I mean art I guess) fairs, etc.  It's every weekend with that stuff, and it's in the way, but that doesn't mean it doesn't make Mpls. a better place to live!

Tatum Fjerstad
Tatum Fjerstad

You totally blew past the Rule of Three with those Wild Hogs jokes, bro. I live on 5th St. NE., a very popular bike boulevard. I am an avid cyclist. Drinking responsibly is a hoot. There are approximately 1 gazillion other ways to enjoy one of the safest, cleanest, smallest, tamest metro areas in the US. Biking through neighborhoods on a drunk-mobile and shouting aggressively while listening to the worst music ever: doesn't need to be one.

Rob Stewart
Rob Stewart

Brandon Gorden I think it's time for you to unblock your page so I can share all this gold with you

Chad Campbell
Chad Campbell

Reasons Pedal Pubs Suck: 1. Impedes on traffic 2. Promotes Public Drukeness 3. Pissing/Vomiting on Private Property 4. Profanity 5. Littering 6. A liability for local business owners

Brian McClellan
Brian McClellan

Wild Hogs was/is one of the worst movies of all time. Trying to use it as a device to make PedalPubs look good is unfair to PedalPubs.

elephantiger
elephantiger

@TheDroogie Or, perhaps it is because they actually park in front of my house and holler for waaay longer than 15 seconds.  I used to holler back.  The first 500 times.  No, it's not fun anymore.  


MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@joshua.ans Almost, grandpa? I live right on that hill and see the pedalpubs come down several times a day. No one has ever wiped out or fallen off - should we all react and pass laws based on what you think might happen someday? Get a life and maybe then you won't be so worried about what others are doing for fun.

vonnykleinman
vonnykleinman

@DavidFoureyes  Jesus, could we be more clear?  This isn't a problem with a couple of drunken Pedal Pubs riders driving into residential neighborhoods once or twice in a weekend.  If that were the case, I would agree that it would be best to suck it up.  What we are talking about is up to 20 tours a day in just upper NE Mpls alone...I am not even counting St. Anthony and Main tours which one could argue is NE as well. 

I love it when people who have nothing at stake feel that their opinion somehow carries more weight then those who live and work on routes.    

bostonph
bostonph

@josh.dibley That's the crux of my problem with the anti-Pedal Pub folks.   Everyone who disagrees with them is called a suburban douchebag.  

DESTROYMEGTUTHILL
DESTROYMEGTUTHILL

@Carrie Katzenmeyer Actually, people have the right to some modicum of peace and quiet where they choose to live.

Gary
Gary

@Carrie Katzenmeyer@Carrie Katzenmeyer I hate this comment -- I really do. So, in order to live in a city, you have to enjoy noise at all hours of the day? Some of us like to live in city because a.) living in the suburbs (like, say, Stillwater) and having to commute into a job in the city every day would make us want to blow our heads off, and b.) we enjoy things like culture, good restaurants and not being surrounded by nothing but other boring white people. And yes, a lot of us are used to city noise like sirens, loud car stereos and the occasional blood curdling scream, but to have to endure a steady stream of obnoxious drunk bros at all hours of the day? No, just because we live in a  city doesn't mean we have to put up with that. It's called a community -- you're not a member of it if you feel like you can get away with being an asshole "because it's a city." You'll learn one of these days when you're not in college or some ditzy 23 year old who needs to par-tay or whatever you are.

Gary
Gary

@Carrie Katzenmeyer 

natnat
natnat

@TheRealMichaelBolton OR, the drunks from the burbs could stay in the burbs and carry on with their littering, traffic-blocking and whoop-whooping there, instead of coming into the city and ruining it for everyone who lives here before retreating to the safety of their quiet home turf where they don't have to deal with this crap constantly.

christine 16
christine 16

@TheRealMichaelBolton There is this ridiculous assumption that just because it is home to a lot of bars, cacophony is normal for Northeast. It's not so. Northeast - yes, even close to the river - is generally pretty quiet. No one is asking for silence. Of course, living near a bar means increased noise at peak hours. But  living within blocks of one doesn't. And hollering outside someone's home in the middle of the day is just inconsiderate. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@DESTROYMEGTUTHILL @MNjoe I see from your previous comments that you're a fucking moron so I'll clarify. How could I see the pedalpubs coming down the hill at Lyndale/Franklin if I lived in the suburbs?  Why are you so offended? Are you one of those hipster snobs?

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@vonnykleinman @DavidFoureyes Upper NE? Which bars are Pedal Pubs going to north of Lowry besides Stanley's and The Palace (which no one could argue is "upper NE")? None. You see a lot of Pedal Pubs going up the hill @ Lowry or St Anthony Pkwy or 28th? To do what, have a beer at Hazels? Anyway, bullshit called. There are no Pedal Pubs in "upper NE".

I live directly on a route ...the busiest route in "lower NE" between 6 bars. I've stated this on every Pedal Pub thread. I've never been on one, I never will. But I see 2 on weeknights on a busy weeknight (shit, each of the two companies only have two pedal pubs in NE) and 4-6 on weekends. You are full, of, shit.

TheRealMichaelBolton
TheRealMichaelBolton

@christine 16 @natnat

All this pedal pub talking and what seems to be some really upset folks has got me thinking I need a full education on this deal.I see these things around pretty frequently and generally it looks like folks are having a fairly lame time of it, rather than a puke your guts out on the first lawn you see kinda time – but maybe I’m wrong.  Where is an intersection that's getting 20 tours a day?  I'm going on a stakeout!  Mayhap I shall be convinced that these drunken animal carts are the scourge some say they are, knowing IS half the battle after all…

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