Archive for June, 2011

Morning light

Funny how the rhythms and beats of Mother Nature can seemingly bust a new move, yet maintain an old school steadiness. Like a Strauss waltz.

I’m reminded of this as June sneaks onto the calendar even though the weather acts  as though spring has just begun.

We’ve had better weather for Thanksgiving than this past Memorial Day . When folks strike up a conversation of late, it’s usually something along the lines that “it sure doesn’t feel like May.”

And now, it’s June.

Yet, nature marches on. Nothing appears to spotlight that better than morning sunlight.

As I ride my tikit along the edges of the Willamette River, the sun makes an unusual appearance. The softness casts an angelic tone on everything. The vast green of spring emerged beneath a cover of clouds this year, and the light ushers the true feel of summer in a comforting manner, least it not jolt our senses.

Then I roll past a gaggle of geese — Mother and Father with their new family.

What strikes me is that the new family isn’t so new. Those tiny goslings aren’t so tiny. Hardly. They have been around for a while. Where?

Who knows? Probably the same place as the sun.

Add comment June 4, 2011

Winning moment

Freda Green from Milwaukie, Oregon, was the T-shirt contest winner.

So, look who stopped by the Bike Friday Factory Showroom on Thursday.

Yes, it’s Freda Green.

Freda won the T-shirt contest we held this spring with the slogan:

“Who says you can’t take it with you!”

The winning slogan was picked by customers on our email list.

Interestingly enough, the T-shirts with her slogan on it arrived here just two days earlier.

She’s modeling the Pistachio green shirt as she hangs onto her Air Friday (the reason she dropped by was to pick up her bike).

They will be available soon through the webstore.

The really neat part of Freda’s entry is that she wrote on it:

“By the way, I think a super great prize would be a T-shirt with the slogan that I thought of, AND have it signed by the people at Bike Friday.:)”

We’re getting out the Sharpie and signing away.

Add comment June 3, 2011

Boost for folding bikes in Bay Area

Good news is good news, even if it is a week old. But hey, we were saving this for our launch.

Rachel Gordon wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle  that Muni, the Bay Area’s busiest transit system, reversed its long-standing policy that barred passengers from bringing bicycles aboard the buses and streetcars allowing only folding bikes.  Read her story

 

Add comment June 1, 2011

Bike Friday’s Toy Story

When Kirk Toy pops out of his chair, bolts to the door and offers a welcoming hand with a warm smile, it’s more than just the Bike Friday Standard Operating Procedure for greeting a guest.

That’s because Kirk wrote our book on Showroom etiquette.

It’s easy for him.

It comes naturally.

“I don’t know how I came to be this way,” Kirk says, pointing out that he gained quite a reputation in the equestrian world with his service-first approach as a trailer salesman.

“I just know it’s who I am. I just treat other people the way I like to be treated.”

In a way, that’s how Kirk came to be our Showroom Host. Nine years ago he came to Bike Friday to buy a bike. He liked the way he was treated. Now he does the honor.

“My Bike Fridays have allowed me a life change that I am proud of,” says Kirk, who owns five Bike Fridays. “I’m back to my roots. I want people to have that same opportunity.”

Kirk has taken it upon himself to redefine our Factory Showroom Experience so it reflects the unique nature of Bike Friday.

With just a little more than 30 employees, Bike Friday is one of the few Made in USA bicycle manufacturers remaining. We build our folding and travel bicycles at our small factory right in Eugene.

“For the longest time we didn’t have a Showroom,” Co-Founder Alan Scholz says. “If people stopped by, we just took them out in the parking lot and let them ride a bike.”

That core element of the Showroom Experience will never change. Kirk’s priority is to say Thank You to Bike Friday Owners, and let you know how much we appreciate our partnership.

Kirk also has increased his herd of Bike Fridays in the Showroom to 25-30 on any given day, including the hottest new bikes like the Carbon Drive tikit and the Infinity New World Tourist with NuVinci.

Call ahead of time, and Kirk will size you up and set you up with a Bike Friday that fits your body.

Take it for a ride on the Fern Ridge Bike Path, that winds along a creek right behind our building, and see why Eugene always lands on someone’s Top 10 Cities for Bicycling.

When you get back, relax with something to drink. Then let Kirk give you a Factory Tour, so you can meet some of the special people who make this a great place to work.

Our Factory Showroom is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday.

Add comment June 1, 2011

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