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Bike Fridays ’round the world

Traveling by boat from ThaTon to Chiang Rai proved no problem for Bike Fridays. They didn't even have to fold 'em!

Traveling by boat from ThaTon to Chiang Rai proved no problem for Bike Fridays. They didn’t even have to fold ‘em!

Bike Friday owners Bob Stockinger and Mary E. Duffy are world travelers, as well as organizers of a Tandem Rally in France each year.

They told Bike Consultant Ruthy Kanagy that Bike Fridays are popular in France. They sent Ruthy this email:

“Mary and I wanted to let you know that the Tandem Club of France’s most common model is the Bike Friday tandem.

“We were at the annual meeting of the club this past weekend and there were four Bike Friday tandems. No other mark was even close to four.

“We ride our Co-Motion tandem here and use our Bike Fridays when we are touring the world. We spent four weeks in India two years ago and this past winter we were eight weeks in Thailand.

“Other than one fast downhill blowout they continue to be wonderful to see the world on.”

Bob Stokinger & Mary E. Duffy

Salviac, France

You can see their whole report here.

Bob Stokinger on the way from Nakhon Sawan to Chai Nat.

Bob Stokinger on the way from Nakhon Sawan to Chai Nat.

 

Mary E. Duffy on the road to Chai Nat.

Mary E. Duffy on the road to Chai Nat.

 

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Add comment April 15, 2014

Haul-a-Day fits Portland Bus Racks

Set the Haul-a-Day at its smallest frame setting, 46 cm, flip the front wheel around and it fits on a bus rack for Portland, Oregon as well as Seattle.

Set the Haul-a-Day at its smallest frame setting, 46 cm, flip the front wheel around and it fits on a bus rack for Portland, Oregon as well as Seattle.

It might take a little bit of work, but not that much considering the rewards.

The Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, our new Cargo Bike, will fit on a some mass transit bus racks.

It fit on the rack in Seattle, and Raz learned on Saturday it will fit on the racks in Portland, Oregon, too [photo above].

The Haul-a-Day is garnering a lot of attention. Here is a great blog post from one of those interested parties who joined us for a test ride session at VeloCult in Portland.

Add comment April 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Bike Friday

Bike Friday owner Glen Nison sent us this photo and Happy Birthday wishes.

Bike Friday owner Glen Nison sent us this photo and Happy Birthday wishes.

Happy birthday folks. Still loving my NWT!
Glen Nison

 

Add comment April 2, 2014

Ever Dream of Suping up a Bike Friday?

We’re coming up on our 22nd Birthday on April 1st.

We’ve built more than 40,000 bikes over the years, and in all honesty, it would be difficult to find two exact matches.

That’s because our customers have insight and imagination that, well, that create magic.

So here’s a blog post for the dreamer’s out there, from two whose dreams came true.

Enjoy. We sure did.

 

Add comment March 27, 2014

Learning to ride safely

Shane MacRhodes on a Haul-a-Day leading a seminar at the National Safe Routes to School Conference in Sacramento.

Shane MacRhodes on a Haul-a-Day leading a seminar at the National Safe Routes to School Conference in Sacramento.

Shane MacRhodes is our local Safe Routes to School coordinator, and has been actively involved in the design of our OSATAs and our new Cargo Bike, the Haul-a-Day, which will be introduced to the public soon.

You can get a peek at the Haul-a-Day and get insight into this unique cycling advocate with this short video. We’re lucky to have him on our side.

Add comment March 19, 2014

Tandem fun in New Zealand

Carolyn McHale stopping for a nice lunch in New Zealand.

Carolyn McHale stopping for a nice lunch in New Zealand.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: We recently received this note and photos from Bike Friday owners David and Carolyn McHale.]

“When our son moved on a short term contract to Wellington last August we decided to realize our long held dream of cycle touring in New Zealand.”As part of the planning for the trip we purchased intercity bus passes, which allow for ten journeys to be taken.

“We used this facility to extend the distance over which we cycled and to cut out routes which have heavy traffic. Having the Bike Friday Tandem Two’sDay in suitcases meant there was never a problem of catching a bus.  If you have an ordinary cycle they can still be taken on the bus but you have to enquire on the day whether there is room.  Bookings can also be made and cancelled without penalty over the web.

“We landed in Auckland and had a few days hilly cycling to get rid of the jet lag, a bus journey through North Island to visit our son in Wellington, followed by the ferry crossing to South Island for four weeks cycle-camping. (The ferry crossing is included in the bus pass!)

“We were not disappointed with North or South Island.  The scenery was fantastic, the people were friendly, the roads were basically quiet, and all the campsites had modern facilities.

“If our son extends his contract we’ll probably be back next year!

“Our travels are chronicled on our tumblr blog.  To read it in chronological CLICK HERE

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Add comment March 13, 2014

Bicycle Times tandem review

You can now read the complete Bicycle Times review of our Bike Friday tandem online.

CLICK HERE

Add comment March 4, 2014

Test ride the Haul-a-Day in Seattle

PeddlersThat’s right! We’re bringing Bike Friday’s new cargo bike, the Haul-a-Day to Seattle to give the Emerald City the first chance to test ride it.

Join our Special Projects Manager Raz and Bike Consultant Walter Lapchynski at Peddler Brewing Company on February 26, from 5-8 p.m.

If you can’t make it then, join them at the Seattle Bike Expo the following weekend, March 1-2, at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal.

 

Add comment February 11, 2014

Ultra Review of a Pocket Rocket Pro

Douglas Hoffman took his Pocket Rocket Pro on a trip to India, and captured this photo in rural Maharashtra State.

Douglas Hoffman took his Pocket Rocket Pro on a trip to India, and captured this photo in rural Maharashtra State.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Douglas Hoffman, executive director of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, recently reviewed a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro for their January Newsletter. Here are some excerpts from his review:

“I ordered from Bike Friday a bike that would perfectly match the fit of my most comfortable bike for long distance riding. I ordered a Pocket Rocket Pro, as I wanted the bike to be something that, if I needed to, I could ride in races and other events. I wanted the controls to be familiar, and as much as possible the set up to be identical to that of my most pleasant race bike, a titanium Serotta built to fit me in 2006. So, when I ordered the bike from Bike Friday, I measured everything exactly to the nearest 0.5mm, confirmed this against my fit measurements on file and provided them with all of the information they requested.

“90 days later, a box arrived, and though I was anxious to get it all together, I very carefully clipped each zip tie and went through all of the parts one by one, before beginning assembly. I have a default approach to putting things together. I figure things out, try a few things, if something doesn’t work, I try something else, but it took only a moment to realize what care had been put into building this bike and I felt it deserved more respect. So instead of my “when all else fails read the instructions” technique, I sat down and read the very clear paperwork that came with the bike and laid out each piece with great care. Then I began to put the bike together. Having done the necessary reading, everything was easy. The bike had been well packed and each piece was well protected. Of course, Bike Friday makes bikes for many purposes and that includes bikes that come together and break down in seconds, but this was not that. The Pocket Rocket Pro is designed to be the best possible combination of a fully functional race bike and a bike that packs easily and efficiently. And what a combination it is.

“As the bike came together I continued to be amazed. The fit and finish was impeccable. There was one detail I did not think was a masterpiece, and that is the little plate with my name on it that they added at no cost to me. The adhesive had peeled off a bit and so it was a bit loose. Nothing necessary or even useful, it was just a cute add-on, done in my opinion too cheaply. I would rather not have it. Again, the overall fit and finish is excellent. Rather than providing me with a fixed and ultra light stem, they included an adjustable one, so that I could dial in the precise fit and then send it back for them to use as a template for the final. Frankly, for me I do not think this was necessary as I have all of my fit numbers precisely logged and ready to go. I assume that this is not the case for most people, and as such, the adjustable stem process is a good step. It was a non-issue for me, however, as they make the process so easy. There is a next day air box, label, and packing material included, and once I had confirmed my fit, I had the new stem in hand in less than a week. Well done!

“So, I got the bike all set up, did some local riding and packed the bike up in a rather spacious suitcase (provided) with all of my riding gear including helmet, shoes, pump, etc., as well as my garment bag, and hopped on a plane for Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. …

“Each day for the next week, after I had done what I was there to do, I got on the Bike Friday and took off. As I rode off the property of the ashram, I rode into a world to which I have limited exposure, a world that I would never have seen without the bike.

“I rode the bike hard at times: standing sprints up hills (trying to keep up with 3 young people on one Honda Rebel Motorcycle, yelling, “Come, come we race!”) and braking hard (on a descent a water buffalo, easily 1000 pounds, burst forth from the bushes on the side of the road). I also rode the bike on familiar roads here in the Catskills, climbing Meads Mountain and descending McDaniel, roads I have ridden many, many times on bikes I know well. There is nothing this bike does not do well. It would not be the first bike I would reach for if the only factor were the ride. I own beautiful bikes built for me by Spectrum and Serotta. For most days I would reach for one of them. But the fact that I can consider this bike, which weighs under 20 pounds and fits in a suitcase, against them at all, the fact that I give up so little in handling, braking, climbing, and descending, as compared to bikes that are arguably the best in the world, is an astonishing testament to the abilities of Bike Friday.

“I would recommend a Bike Friday to anyone who is looking for a folder and would urge them to do as I did, contact Bike Friday, tell them what you are looking for, listen well and then make choices. The people at Bike Friday know what they are doing, and the engineering work behind their designs, much of which was done by legendary bicycle builder Rob English, simply works.”

2 comments February 4, 2014

Support Bikeways Bill in Congress

Our friends at Safe Routes to School encourage everyone to support a bill in Congress that could help create more walkways and bikeways. And, they make it easy to contact your representative.

Add comment February 4, 2014

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