Our Unique History

Our owner, David Mebane, started coming to France after his first year at Texas A&M University in the summer of 1995.  He worked as a tour guide in Normandy that summer, and the subsequent summers of 1996 and 1997. 

In 1998 he interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Paris office.  During the weekends, when not in the PwC office, he was leading friends and family around Paris on rented bicycles.  "It was so much fun to show people the city about which I had become so passionate.  I really felt an obligation to make sure they loved Paris as much as I did", recalls David (read his letter to our guests here).  He started his research that summer and continued working on the project throughout the next year while earning his degree at Texas A&M. 

David graduated, moved to Paris two days later and Fat Tire Bike Tours opened on May 25, 1999.  There were exactly zero customers that day.

Fat Tire started with just the Day Bike Tour, but quickly realized that happy customers needed additional tours and new experiences.  In 2000 the Night Bike Tour was launched to great reviews.  Bike tours to Versailles and Monet's Gardens began in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Also in 2003, the first Segway tour in the world began in our Paris office.  Segways were a new and exciting device that the world had never seen, much less used as a means of touring transportation.  City Segway Tours was born and now is the largest Segway tour company in the world with multiple operations in Europe and North America.

In 2005 Classic Walks of Paris took its first stroll around town with the intention of visiting the beautiful Parisian neighborhoods in more detail.

And in 2010 Easy Pass Tours opened.  Easy Pass Tours offers skip-the-line and/or priority entrance to many of Paris's most famous museums and landmarks.  We know that our customers value their time while on vacation and we want to help them get the most out of their time in Paris.

In 2013 we have our largest bike and Segway fleets ever, offices in both Paris and Versailles and more guests than ever before.  But even with record numbers of customers we haven't lost sight of our personal touch (read our mission statement here), and we hope you'll enjoy a ride, glide, stroll or skip-the-line experience with us when you're in the City of Light. 

Bon Voyage!