Posts filed under ‘News from the Factory’
The National Safe Routes to School program is looking for a technical director. We figure a lot of Bike Friday owners could make a difference with this great organization.
Add comment July 19, 2013
Check out this story on the recent Bike To School Day. It gives us hope for a bright future.
Add comment June 19, 2013
We apologize for those of you who have been waiting for our new catalog that includes our Silk. We now have printed versions available. CLICK HERE TO ORDER
3 comments June 14, 2013
If you love bikes, the Portland [Oregon] Art Museum is a must-see destination this summer with its exhibit: Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design.
The exhibit is a display from the private collection of Michael Embacher, a bicycle aficionado and designer who wrote the book “Cyclepedia.”
Bike Friday’s New World Tourist is part of Embacher’s collection, and one of the 40 bicycles selected for display in Portland.
“I am not much for art books on the coffee table in the living room, but when I first saw our customer Michael Embacher’s book Cyclopedia I knew he was an appreciator of bikes in my own sense,” Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz says.
“He has collected some of the most interesting bikes built in my lifetime, and a few before. When you see the picture of his attic in his house in Austria you will know you are not the only one that says the right number of bikes is just one more!
“He has collected a huge range of cool designs that are some quite a ways from ‘common’ bikes. If you like bikes you will really enjoy Michael’s pick of bikes to collect for your bike geek enjoyment.”
Bike Friday will be partnering with the Portland Museum of Art throughout the exhibit’s run to help visitors understand and appreciate what Bike Friday has to offer.
It is a fantastic opportunity to justify a trip to Oregon: Come pick up your new Bike Friday and visit the exhibit.
One of the coolest aspects of Embacher’s work can be enjoyed whether or not you can make it to Portland. It’s the Cyclepedia iPad AP that is available on iTunes and just a blast to play with [especially the Bike Friday display].
As Bike Friday finalizes its appearances in Portland during the exhibit we will announce them here.
Add comment May 16, 2013
While the 29er [that's a 29-inch wheel] has been getting attention for a few years, Raz got a peek at a 36er!!
Add comment April 29, 2013
Cycling blogger Wojtel Wysocki, who writes for the Atlanta Sports Gear Examiner.com, took this video of Raz showing off our Bike Friday Silk at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA.
Add comment April 29, 2013
I have to admit, I had other things on my mind.
A beautiful spring day, sunshine angling with soft morning light…
I just nailed the photo of our Touring Silk that I had been hoping for.
Now it was time to get into work.
I should have known, really, all the signs were there.
When I rolled down to the Bike Path along the Willamette River, another old friend [or maybe blood relative of my old friend] stood like a sentry watching over my entry to my favorite ride.
An osprey, with its bright white breast sandwiched by dark black wings perched atop an ash, just along the Canoe Canal. The sun illuminating its breast like a spotlight.
It’s his spot, one he has returned to time and again in the past three years. It’s only a few hundred yards from the wire tower that held an Osprey nest a few years ago, before a wicked spring storm blew it off to a 100-foot crash in the brush.
Somehow they managed to get the young Ospreys over to a makeshift nest in a small stand of trees, building the new nest around the survivors.
Since then, the ash has been the lookout perch.
The blue heron nests farther up the bike path were quiet. I had seen them building the nests a few weeks ago. I hope to hear the clacking of blue heron chicks snapping their bills together, calling for food, sometime in the near the future.
Yes, I saw those hints. But the photo opportunity had garnered my attention.
I snapped my photos, and began a more spirited ride toward work.
Once again, riding along the banks of the Willamette, where my buddy has returned each spring for most of the past six years.
Last year, I feared the worse since I hadn’t seen him in two years.
But we had a reunion of sorts.
While he didn’t greet me with his usual cackle, I was pretty sure it was him.
Six years ago he first drew my attention by blasting his call to me each time I passed.
I’d stop and watch countless others pass by without a peep from him.
Each year he’d buoy my spirits, catching me off guard with his “HELLO!”
It’s the moment each year when he slaps me awake from my winter doldrums, and helps me become aware again.
Suddenly I see everything. Hear everything.
The woodpecker hammering on a traffic sign, unaware his chance of penetrating the metal are very slim. A true to life Woody Woodpecker, making me laugh as loudly as the cartoon version ever did.
The squirrels who seem to pause a little longer as they dart out in front of me, freeze, curl their tail, then disappear back from where they came.
In any event, thanks to the osprey and herons, I was a little more alert than usual. Still, it’s been three years since he called to me.
Then, he did it. He blasted out his call.
I stopped and saw him, grand as ever, pecking on the same woodpile as last year.
He had a companion. He watched me as she pecked a bit, and disappeared behind a shrub. I snapped a photo or two. Said hi.
See you in the fall.
Add comment April 5, 2013
Some folks figure a New Year is a good time to start losing some of the weight around their waist, while others look to save money. You can call those various attempts at Tightening a Belt.
My Belt didn’t need tightening. Or greasing, for that matter.
I dedicated the start of 2013 to the Gates Carbon Belt Drive system.
OK, so I didn’t exactly plan it that way. But with the launching of our Bike Friday Silk, and its attention to the Gates Carbon Belt system, I didn’t have much choice.
My job is to get photos, write copy, write blogs, etc. That means it’s my JOB to get out on the Silk.
I did that big time in January. Commuted exclusively on Gates Belt Drive.
I can say that because when I wasn’t stealing a Silk out of the showroom hoping to find that perfect photo for our upcoming catalog, I snatched up a Carbon Drive tikit when no one was looking. Belt Drive all the way.
Aside from my instant love of Belt Drive, I focused on digging deeper.
In essence, the question is WHY?
Why is this a profoundly different feel?
I harken back to my baptism in the way of the Fixed Gear. Something about the Gates Carbon Belt that connects one to the bike, much like the sensation I feel on a fixed gear.
While some folks raise their eyebrows when I mention such talk, I think back to the New York Bike Expo last year.
Back when our only Gates Carbon Belt offering was the tikit, a tried and true NYC Bike Messenger hopped on one for a test ride.
She came back with a smile. I asked what she thought of the ride.
“Intimate,” she said, pausing while her partner nodded in agreement. “I’ve never felt intimate on a bicycle before. But that felt intimate.”
If you haven’t given a Gates Belt Drive a spin, do so. And tell us what you think.
Add comment March 18, 2013
Bike Friday’s latest innovation, the Silk, will make its Northwest debut this weekend at the Seattle Bike Expo.
Come down to the Seattle Bike Show March 9-10 at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
As usual, we don’t just want you to come see our Bike Fridays. We want you to experience them. Take them for a spin, and let us know what you think!
We will have special offers available, along with the chance to win a New World Tourist with NuVinci, valued at $2,400!
Also, come see Walter and Raz for a show preview on Thursday, March 7, from 4-6 p.m. At Montlake Bicycle Shop, Bike Friday’s Seattle Dealer.
Add comment March 5, 2013