Archive for July, 2011

Our story: by Sarah Gates

Sarah Gates of Salem, Oregon, riding Cycle Oregon with her daughter and niece.


One bike, two bike 

Yellow bike, pink bike 

Family tandem, Seuss like! 

Up hill, going slow 

Keep on pedaling, it's hard I know 

But then the down hill, what a thrill! 

Big girl, little girl 

Riding along on a weekend whirl 

You never know what sights you will see 

It's a Bike Friday built for two or three!

Sarah Gates with her daughters.

Thanks for all the fun memories. In case you want to know who is in the pictures and
where they are - # 1 is on Cycle Oregon weekend with daughter and niece, number 2 is
on the Bridge Pedal with my two daughters.

Add comment July 10, 2011

Images of life

Wallet? Check.

Cellphone? Check.

Camera? Hmmm.

I stood at the counter this morning, looking at my camera. I take it along a lot when I’m on my bike, because, well, you never know.

The pause of looking at that camera was a pinch longer than usual. I remember that last time I took a longer than expected pause while considering it. I was about to do a typical ride through Alton Baker Park. A ride I did almost daily a few years ago.

At the last second, I decided, why bother? I had more than enough photos of my buddy the pheasant, who lives there. Each spring for 3 years he would welcome me as I zoomed past him in my red bike helmet.

I left the camera behind. Fast forward 45 minutes, and I’m standing over my bike, cameraless, staring at two red foxes in the field.

You would think I’d learn, right? But hey, it’s Friday. And I’m just commuting to work. Nothing special.

OK, I lie.

It’s Friday, so it’s a day to glide into work. No hurries. No worries.

It’s my savor day. The day when speed takes a stoker seat to appreciation. Taking time to smell the roses, if you will.

Too often we get caught in the punk rock beat of life, rather than adjusting the rhythm for variety. If you don’t stop for a minute or two a couple of times a week, to just sit and experience — really appreciate — your life, then something is missing.

So I rolled effortless to work, studying the variety of folks who opt for two wheels and fresh air. It’s a wildly eclectic group.

It ranges from the woman in the flowered dress and Dutch bike with a woven basket to the full gear roadie zipping full throttle.

I see the full throttle dude, and think of my daughter. I dropped her off earlier this morning for volleyball workouts. I love her passion and ability to leave nothing behind.

But, I’m proud to say, I somehow managed to instill the ability to pull her foot off the accelerator now and then. The other day she actually took a nap in the afternoon, bushed from her workouts. A true sign of maturity, I believe — the ability to nap. Change the rhythm of life.

As I’m thinking of what effect a parent can have, I’m struck by an unusual site, even for Eugene. A jogger and slow to a stop as we watch a doe and her two tiny fawns, no larger than Springer Spaniels, strolling across the Bike Path, on down to the creek.

I’m breathless for a moment.

And, of course, cameraless.




Add comment July 8, 2011

Still touring at 84

There’s a neat story in our local newspaper this morning about Ethel and Steve Marks, a mother-son duo taking a Bike Friday tandem on a tour of Europe. Ethel is 84 years old.

My last job before Bike Friday was working at the local newspaper in Eugene, The Register-Guard.

You might wonder how reporters find stories like this. Or, maybe, that interesting story about you and your adventures.

It’s simple. A lot of newspaper stories come from someone calling up and saying, hey, I’m going to Europe (or crossing the US, or whatever). Reporters are always looking for stories. And news reporters can’t wait to find a feature to do.

So don’t be shy. Make a call. Same for the local TV station. You’ll make their lives a bit easier, and have some fun along the way.


Add comment July 8, 2011

Rocket alert for Rockies


John Stocker at Cottonwood Pass, elev.12,126 feet

We have another report on Bike Fridays hitting the Rockies hard this summer. This from John Stocker:







Just wanted to let you guys know I did the “Ride the Rockies” event this year on my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket.

Over 410 miles and a ton of climbing in six days. The bike performed flawlessly — climbed well, descended well, overall very comfortable, and no mechanical issues.

The ride really was great and I was very impressed with the Pocket Rocket. I wasn’t finishing with the leaders, but I did ride faster than many people with significantly more expensive bikes and wheel sets. You guys really do have a great product.

BTW — there were three Bike Fridays at the event, the other two were New World Tourists.

Plus, at the end of the ride I broke the bike down and packed it in about 15 minutes. I will definitely plan on taking the bike on other tours.



John Stocker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance
University of Delaware

Add comment July 8, 2011

Crusoe on the float

Gary Cziko embarking on his rafting adventure with his Pocket Crusoe, 2011.

By Gary Cziko
My first pedal-paddle-pedal trip using my Bike Friday Pocket Crusoe folding bike and Alpacka Denali Llama packraft.

On a delightfully cool and cloudy early summer morning, I pedaled about 14 miles from my home in Urbana, IL to the Salt Fork River at 2400 E in Champaign County at Lynch Hill Road bridge.

Along the way, I stopped to get the approval of the curious alpaca for my Alpacka Packraft adventure. I then paddled about 7 miles downstream, and then pedaled 17 miles back home. There was one log jam on the river that required a very short portage.

I saw many great blue herons along the way and a large owl as well a various other birds and ducks. I also saw some small animal that I could not identify jump from a log into the river as a I approached.

While a non-folding bike can be carried on the packraft, you have to remove the wheels and it protrudes more on each side interfering a bit with the paddling.

The Bike Friday fits very nicely into the packraft as you can see. I love the way each “vehicle” transforms and is able to carry the other. The packraft inflates and deflates as needed. The Bike Friday folds and unfolds as needed.

This will be the first of many more adventures exploring the streams of East Central Illinois and beyond.

Note: The river flow at the time of my paddle was measured as 68 cubic feet/second and 3.5 feet deep at St. Joseph.

Gary Cziko's raft loaded with Pocket Crusoe, 2011.

1 comment July 6, 2011


Dolores McKeough at the top of Hoosier Pass in Colorado, 2011.

Dolores McKeough has been crossin the U.S. on the Trans Am with Adventure Cycling.

On Sunday, June 26, she wrote us:

 I climbed up Hoosier Pass in CO today It has an elevation of 11,539 feet.
My BF Pocket Sport got me there. I am on the TransAm with Adventure Cycling. This 92
day trip will add about 4,300 miles to my annual mileage.

Way to go Dolores!




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