Pedal Hopper was founded by Luke Stone in 2010 when he opened their first locations garage doors in Lawrence, Kansas. Luke first learned about pedal pubs during Christmas dinner in 2009 from a family member who started a bike bar business in Minnesota. After some thought, Luke decided that he would also open a bike bar business called Pedal Hopper. Opening Pedal Hopper didn’t take much convincing as Luke loved the concept of riding a “giant, ridiculous bike and pub crawling from bar to bar with a group of close friends.”
Pedal Hopper’s first location is located at 125 W. South Park St. in Lawrence, Kansas and he eventually opened a second location in Denver, Colorado located at 2265 Lawrence St. The expansion was a mutual decision between Luke and his business partner Grant as they saw huge potential in expanding to Denver.
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Pedal Hopper’s beer bikes are 16 person pedal-powered rolling bars. Riding a Pedal Hopper is as easy as gathering some friends, meeting at your starting location, hopping on the bike bar, and pedaling from bar to bar for 2 hours.
The original pedal pubs (what Pedal Hopper uses today) were created in The Netherlands by Hank and Zwier from the Het Fietscafe. Luke purchased his first pedal pub using his savings he had earned from glassblowing. Pedal Hopper’s bikes stand out from other bike bar / party bikes because they are the first 16 person pedal pubs ever built and come from The Netherlands, which is very unique. They are the best in construction and are the easiest to pedal contrary to our competition.
Pedal Hopper’s party bikes are perfect for birthdays, company outings, corporate team building activities, family reunions, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or just to have fun! Pedal Hopper tours involve drinking beer or booze at partner stops and pedaling from bar to bar on your own private pub crawl or on a public pub crawl.
Public Pedal Hopper Tours are perfect for parties of 6 people or less; while Private Pedal Hopper Tours are perfect for groups of 10-16 people. Pedal Hopper also offers Corporate Tours which are perfect for networking, team building, fostering enhanced communication amongst team members, and most importantly FUN!
You may be wondering, “how many people ride the Pedal Hopper each year?” Or you may not be curious about that, but nevertheless, we have an answer! In Denver, roughly 13,000 – 15,000 people ride the Pedal Hopper’s bike bars each year; and in Kansas, approximately 4,000 people ride the beer bike each year. In fact, so many people love the Pedal Hopper’s pub crawls that the Denver location has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence since 2013. Pedal Hopper Denver is also ranked in the top 3 “Nightlife” activities in Denver out of 178 listed activities on Tripadvisor and has well over 100 5-star reviews!
Luke Stone – Founder & Owner
For many moons (since1998 AD) Luke Stone has been, we like to say, a “successful college dropout” with a not your normal 9-5er lifestyle. If Luke is not on the bike you might find him in his glass shop making art, playing in one of his bands, or tweaking knobs in his music studio.
Luke is the business owner and international playboy/ well-rounded genius ski slope master. If you get him as your Pedal Hopper bike bar pilot there’s a very good chance he will be quite friendly, maybe a bit of a joker and/or a goofball and will most likely enjoy himself as much as you will. He is friendly to everyone even if you’re being a little bit “too much”, but is also stern when necessary. After completing 7 years of party bike pilot school at the conservatory in 2010, he just may be one of the most outrageous pilots out there.
Matt Rubin – General Manager
If you’re a world traveler, chances are that you’ve bumped into our magnetic and charismatic (but mostly energetic) driver, Matt. Before being recruited to Denver, Matt took turns as a gondolier in Venice and a rickshaw puller in Calcutta. What makes him so well suited for the people moving craft? The patience of a child and the curiosity of a saint.
A self-appointed expert in Denver history, Matt will be delighted to point out obscure and highly arguable points of interest during your tour. His favorite hidden gem? Well, you’ll just have to pedal your way through Denver on a Pedal Hopper to find out.
In his free time, you can find Matt digging through dusty record bins, getting outsmarted by trout on Colorado’s beautiful streams, trying to bribe his precious puppy into behaving or continuing his endless quest to find a decent slab of ribs in this town.
Diana – Assistant General Manager
Diana has been pedicabbing in Denver (the rickshaw types) for over 3 years. She then made her way into the party bike world in 2014 and drove for one of our competitors for 1 year. After realizing Pedal Hopper is a way better company with way better employees, bosses and everything else that is associated with the best party bike company in Denver; she has been the Assistant General Manager for 2 1/2 years.