HandleBar FAQ

Top Ten HandleBar Questions

1. What Can/Can't I bring on The HandleBar?

What you’ll want to bring along: 

  • Beverages (beer/wine/prepackaged beverages under 9% ABV)
  • Snacks
  • Cooler/Ice/Cups (cups are needed if you bring glass)
  • Playlist for music (spotify/pandora works fine too!)
  • Completed e-waivers for all customers

What you can’t bring

  • Liquor, jello shots, personally mixed drinks or anything over 9% ABV
  • No more than 16 passengers per bike
2. Are the HandleBars Motorized?

NEW FOR 2018: YES! All 8 of our Original Amsterdam-built bikes are now equipped with electric assist. These systems were uniquely designed and built for our bikes to help you out as much OR as little as you’d like! Still prefer that pure pedal power we brought to the city 6 years ago? NO problem, just let your driver know! Prefer more help? You got it!

3. How old do you have to be to ride The HandleBar?

All riders must be 18 years or older and must be 21 or older to consume alcohol.

4. What dates are available?

To see available dates and book your tour, visit our Booking page.

We operate from Mid-March through Mid-November, however if you have a date/time outside of this window just email us at info@HandleBarIndy.com and we can help!

5. How many people can ride on a bike?

GROUP TOURS: The minimum recommended number of passengers is 6. The maximum per bike is 16. If you have a larger party, you may rent multiple bikes (up to all 8!). The price remains fixed regardless of party size.

INDIVIDUAL SEAT TOURS: You can book anywhere from 1-16 seats (if available) on our individual seat tours. These tours run Thursday-Saturday from $20 a seat. You can book by clicking on the “Book Now” button on our bookings page.

6. How much does a tour cost?

Pricing Depends on the date/time and tour type (Private Group or Public Tours).

For all pricing and availability, please refer to our booking calendar.

7. Is there music on The HandleBar?

Have you ever been to a (fun) party without music? We are actually disgusted you even asked.

Pro Tip: Create a playlist for your day, or queue up Spotify and plug into our stereo (we’ve got you covered with the hook-ups required).

8. Where does the tour start/go/end?

All tours Start/End at 501 Madison in the heart of downtown.

All two hours of your tour will be in the action, no wasting valuable time getting to and from your starting location! We typically make stops at the Monument Circle for a group photo and to relax a bit, then pedal up to a bar on Mass Ave. for another break, followed by a pedal down to Georgia St. for one last bar stop before ending back where we started.

9. Where do I sign this damn waiver?

Cool your jets pal. Here she is: WAIVER

10. Do you offer Individual Seat Tours?

Yes! We offer individual seat tours on Thursday through Sunday from $20 a seat! View all availability and book however many seats you need here: Bookings Page.

The tour is identical to our group tours except you will be paired with others who book the same tour date/time as you. It is the perfect way to keep The HandleBar affordable for smaller groups of friends and to make new friends!

There is only one bike per tour time listed, so if you book the same time as your friend(s), you will be on the same bike.

Booking Your HandleBar Experience

How can I find available dates and times?

Visit our BOOKINGS PAGE to view all availability and book your tour.  If you are within 2 days of your requested tour, please text us at 317-620-1448 and we may be able to squeeze your group in! 

How do I pay?

You will need to pay in full when you finalize your booking online (Book HERE). No cash payments are accepted. We do not hold tours without full payment.

What if I want to cancel or reschedule?

Cancellations more than 14 days out receive a rain check or refund minus $25 (group tours). Cancellations less than 14 days out – No refund or rain check (you are responsible for full price of the tour, regardless of deposited amount).

Please let us know if you need to cancel, as we will do our best to fill your tour. If we can fill your spot, we will refund you in full minus $25 (group tours).

Do you guys sell gift certificates?

Yes! You can purchase gift certificates for any dollar amount:

Prep: Before the Tour Starts

How do I sign the WAIVER?

On the day of your tour, all riders must sign the e-waiver. Each rider must show their confirmation email received after completion as well as ID to ride.

Link for E-Waiver: CLICK HERE

What is the Weather Policy?

If weather is bad enough (thunderstorms imminent), we will notify you at least 2 hours before the tour start time to offer a rain check. You may decline as long as weather is safe enough to ride. Never assume your ride is cancelled.

We ride rain or shine.

Please dress appropriately for predicted weather conditions.

How many people pedal the bike?

There are 12 “BarStools” total (6 on each side) but only 10 total pedaling seats (5 on each side). Each side also has a seat over the wheels, which means they don’t have pedals. Each bike also has a bench in the back that seats 3 people who want a rest or just want to relax. The last passenger spot is in the middle of The Handlebar and is reserved for the group “bartender.”

Who can’t pedal The HandleBar?

Passengers shorter than 5’3”  may have a hard time reaching pedals.  

There is a maximum weight of 300 pounds for people on the bike seats.

The bench at the back of the bike is perfect for those who don’t fit the height and weight limitations. 

Where do we park?

Parking Map and Rates: CLICK HERE

Our Recommendation: UBER! It’s safer, more convenient and often cheaper!


What type of clothing should I wear?

Really, anything can be worn and you’ll be okay, but remember you’re pedaling a bike so consider that when picking out our wardrobe. We do, however,  recommend you not wear sandals as they can easily come off while pedaling.

What if we don’t want to drink alcohol?

No problem! We have tours where people just want to ride and enjoy the unique experience. The HandleBar is always a blast and we welcome everyone.

Can we decorate the bike?

Yes! The dimensions of the parts you can decorate can be found below.  Decorations can be hung anywhere on the bike with the exception of covering our HandleBar website address. We recommend zip ties, rope, or string for attachment methods. We do not allow tape as duct tape removes the varnish from the wood and scotch tape is not strong enough to hold.

What to Expect During The Tour

Can I drink alcohol on The Handlebar?

Yes! Riders are allowed to drink beer and wine. Unfortunately, you cannot drink any hard alcohol or mixed drinks on The Handlebar. If you bring glass, it cannot be accessed unless we are at one of our designated stops. If you are bringing wine we recommend plastic water bottles because cups tend to spill.

Does The HandleBar supply food or beverages?

Riders must bring their own food and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are limited to beer and wine while on the bike. Mixed drinks and hard liquor are not allowed on The Handlebar. However, pre-packaged drinks like Bud Light Margarita in a can is allowed. We have tons of space in the roof rack for food, beverages, and coolers. In the middle of the bike, we have more space for large coolers 2 feet in width or less. We’ve never had a cooler too large to fit.

Can we bring a keg?

You may bring a keg, however it is not recommended. Kegs get very foamy during the ride, they are harder to keep cold and it gets very messy trying to fill 16 cups throughout the tour. If you do bring a keg, you will also need to bring your own tap.

Cans are the way to go folks. 

What route will we take?

Your driver will handle the route, unless you have specific places you really want to go. As long as parking is available, we’re more than happy to tailor the route to where you want to go. Our typical route includes stops at Monument Circle (relax on your own bar and get a great group photo), Mass Ave (Bar of your choice) and Georgia St (Bar of your choice).

Who drives this thing?

Each tour comes with your very own Bar Handler. He or She will steer the bike for you, get pictures along the way, keep you fueled and guide you through some of the coolest areas of town. We could not be more proud of the crew of young hard working Bar Handlers that have joined our team over the years.

The Bar Handler is also in charge of the bike, so what they say goes.

Do you have music on the bike?

Have you ever been to a (fun) party without music? We are actually disgusted you even asked.

Pro Tip: Create a playlist for your day, or queue up Spotify and plug into our stereo (we’ve got you covered with the hook-ups required).

Ready to Book?

Are you ready for an incredibly unique downtown Indy expereince?
Book your HandleBar experience today and see Indy like you’ve never seen it.