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Flyer Team Checks Out Sprock 'n' Roll Party Bike 

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Sprock 'n' Roll's party bike seats 16 people, and they have an additional 16-seat bike for large parties. Midtown and downtown tours are offered. The Flyer staff chose the Midtown route.
While waiting for the ride to start, music editor Chris Shaw and editor-in-chief Bruce VanWyngarden pass the time on their phones.
Shara Clark, associate editor for the Flyer's sister publication Memphis Magazine, sits near the tap. Although Sprock 'n' Roll can't sell alcohol, riders can bring small kegs to hook up to the tap.
Our host Steve gives us a rundown of the rules before we hit the road. Rule #1 — Don't jump off the bike while it's moving.
Here we go! Flyer associate editor Bianca Phillips (far right) sets her FitBit to measure how many calories she'll burn on the ride.
Our route took us east down Madison to Cooper and then south on Cooper toward Slider Inn, our first stop. Most of the staff went inside Slider "to check out the local culture" (in the words of Memphis Magazine associate editor/Flyer contributor Eileen Townsend). Bianca waited outside to finish her beer, and Chip chatted with bike co-owner Ashley.
Our squad at the Slider Inn — Flyer ad executive Chip Googe, Flyer editor-in-chief Bruce VanWyngarden, Flyer writer/beer expert Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine associate editor Eileen Townsend, Eileen's boyfriend Ryan Azada (it was his birthday!), and Flyer music editor Chris Shaw.
Back on the bike and heading toward Cooper-Young for stop #2. The bike has no motor, so everyone has to pedal to get us to the next stop. Opinions on whether or not pedaling was difficult vary by staffer — some said it was a breeze, others said it was a challenge. The best part was watching the faces of drivers stuck behind us in the busy rush hour traffic. Toby says he even saw one person mouth some words that probably aren't appropriate to print.
Stop #2 — Celtic Crossing! It's fairly obvious at this point that we've been drinking.
Chip (far right) was our DJ for the journey, which meant we were subjected to a lot of Marcy Playground and Dave Matthews Band. But he played some "Eye of the Tiger" for us during the home stretch. Chip is clearly having a great time here. Meanwhile, Bruce looks like he's ready for the ride to be over.
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Stop #2 — Celtic Crossing! It's fairly obvious at this point that we've been drinking.

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