Archive for June, 2012

Flying Cyclists in Montenegro

Laura Elise Hegarty posted in AUSTRALIAN BIKE FRIDAY CLUB:

Hey  fellow Bike Friday-ites! We’ve got a new video up of our travels
around Montenegro!

1 comment June 30, 2012

Ride to Defeat ALS on July 14

John Schaffers and his Bike Friday at the Blue Banana.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: We received this email back in October, and couldn't pass up the opportunity. If you are looking for a nice ride on July 14, come join us in Mt Angel!]

Dear Bike Friday:

My name is John Schaffers and I am a long time Bike Friday owner. 

I won my first Bike Friday during the 8th Annual Cycle Oregon bike ride. My second Friday was built to accommodate self supported tours around the west.

Just last month, I traveled the Wallowa Rambler route — Baker City to Joseph to Baker City — 7 nights of camping, all needs stored in panniers on my Friday.

A picture of my Friday at the Blue Banana in Lostine is [above].

Other trips (all successfully completed with my Friday) have included the Pacific Coast, Glacier and Waterton parks, and Teton and Yellowstone Parks.  If all goes well, a cross country trip with my Friday is possible soon.

I am writing to ask for your support for something that is even closer to my heart than my Friday.  I am on the committee to support the inaugural Ride to Defeat ALS event here in Oregon. This will be a charity cycling event where all proceeds support the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

To learn more about this event, please visit our website.

As you may already know, ALS is a progressive neurological disease that currently has no known cause, no known treatment, and no known cure.  Average life expectancy is 2-5 years and for most, it comes out the blue and is totally random.

Sadly, for my family, it is not random. We have a long history with this disease. My dad, one of my sisters and four cousins have all passed away from this disease; and currently, another sister is suffering from it. Funds raised by this event support local care services for families struggling and learning to live with this disease as well as nationwide advocacy efforts and international research efforts.

The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter is hosting this event and they are the only not-for-profit organization solely dedicated to ALS.

When my Dad experienced this horrible disease 30 years ago, my mother was the sole care giver with help from the family. There was no identifiable cause of the disease and no drugs were available. Only one national organization had a focus of finding a cure.  Local support for the patient, care givers and family did not exist.

Ten years later, my mother again took care of my sister when she received the diagnosis. There was still no identifiable cause and no drugs were available. However, she had a hospital bed delivered by County Health, oxygen to help breathing, and a power wheelchair to travel around the neighborhood.  Local support for the patient, care givers and family still did not exist.

Now, another sister is suffering from ALS and her husband is the primary care giver. Fred has help four days a week, which allows him to play golf and take care of chores.

Therese has food delivered to their house, and is taking experimental drugs. The local chapter of The ALS Association makes sure that they know about potential drugs, and the primary care giver gets relief. They offer support groups and resources to keep quality of life up to par for as long as possible.

Our family appreciates this but we need more to be done. We need to find the cause, a treatment and ultimately, the cure. We need to enhance the support systems in place. We need hope.

With your help, we can get one step closer.

I truly appreciate your time and consideration.

Thank you.

John
Schaffers
Vancouver, Washington

Add comment June 27, 2012

Portland Sunday Parkways North

 

A sweet view of Portland and great weather kept everyone amped during Portland Sunday Parkways North.

The skies threatened most of the morning that it might be a soggy day to be on a bike, but the cycling Gods relented and unveiled a gorgeous day for the second Portland Sunday Parkways.

Up in North Portland, Bike Friday’s booth landed at the Columbia Park Annex, and gave us a great view of Portland as thousands of cyclists cruised past.

Once again, our Portland Bike Friday owners kept the action going under our canopy, professing their admiration for their bikes to unsuspecting prospects.

Our Bike Friday owners never cease to amaze me with their ability to engage with a newby/wannabe and offer a stamp of approval that leaves everyone smiling.

One of the organizers stopped by afterward to marvel how busy our tent was. What a great Sunday for a Friday.

Whether it is Bike Friday owners stopping by to say hi or someone new looking for a test ride, Portland keeps us on our toes.

 

The crowd might have been a little lighter than the turnout in May, but the enthusiasm level remained off the charts.

 

One guarantee, there is never a shortage of Bike Friday owners sharing stories when we head to Portland.

 

Add comment June 25, 2012

Visitor from China

Bike Friday Beijing Dealer Xiangyu Zhao checking out the sights during his visit to Eugene, including the photo Steve Prefontaine at the Nike Store.

Bike Friday recently had the pleasure of hosting our Bike Friday Dealer from China, Xiangyu Zhao.

Zhao spent a few days at the Factory headquarters, observing our production line, discussing marketing and sales with our staff, but also spent time exploring Eugene.

Xiangyu watches Alan Scholz brazing a top secret project in the Bike Friday R&D area.

 

Xiangyu watches as Merle Rothweiler works on the finishing touches of a Bike Friday for one of Xiangyu’s customers in China.

 

Bike Friday Consultant Ruthy Kanagy (left) with Xiangyu Zhao during the Pedal Bridges ride with our local GEARS club.

 

Xiangyu Zaho (from left), Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz and Teresa Scholz getting ready to ride.

 

Some of the GEARS gang during their ride.

 

Xiangyu and Teresa crossing over the Delta Ponds Bridge.

 

Xiangyu Zaho (left) took time out to visit another of Eugene’s cycling community, getting a tour of Rolf Prima.

 

Just like Bike Friday, Rolf Prima relies on handmade craftsmanship to set it apart.

 

Xiangyu Zhao spent some time cruising around Eugene on a Carbon Infinity tikit.

 

Xiangyu Zhao on the Willamette River Trail.

 

A natural tunnel along the Willamette River.

1 comment June 21, 2012

Inside Look at Bike Friday

Travel Lane County has posted a nice video about Bike Friday that they showed at their annual awards banquet, where Bike Friday was honored with their Partnership Award.

Add comment June 21, 2012

Adventure Cyclist review

Patrick O’Grady spent some time reviewing our 2011 New World Tourist with the Select Group, and his conclusions appear in the June issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, the official publication of the Adventure Cycling Association — a great resource for touring.

Just thought we’d share a couple of excerpts:

“Abandon your preconceived notions and ride the damn bike. Like any other two-wheeler, riding a New World Tourist is way more fun than many other things you can do with your clothes on, and it’s a good deal more versatile than whatever a wanna-be racer is riding.”

“Without racks and bags, the New World Tourist accelerates, corners, and brakes like a cat in a dog park. The straight-gauge, 4130-chromoly, made-in-Oregon frameset provides a comfortable, bump-muffling ride, and once rolling the bike doesn’t feel as though it weighs nearly 29 pounds (that’s with pedals, racks, and kickstand).”

Few review a bike the way Patrick O’Grady does.

Add comment June 18, 2012

Tandemonium Band!

Julia Findon captaining Jim Haskell on bass banjo.

Our famous Bike Friday Tandemonium Band, which made an award-winning performance at the 2011 Eugene Celebration Parade, has been immortalized in photos on the City of Eugene homepage [it rotates with some other photos on the top left].

That’s pretty cool.

 

Add comment June 15, 2012

Bike Friday wins Partnership Award

Bike Friday was honored June 12 by winning the  Partnership Award at the Eugene Cascades & Coast/Travel Lane County Visitor Industry Celebration  at the University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center.

Co-Founder Alan Scholz was on hand with his wife Teresa to receive the award, which was presented to a group, business or individual that has worked in partnership with other businesses and / or Travel Lane County to market Eugene, Cascades & Coast as a visitor destination.

Bike Friday was finalist along with the Oregon RV Alliance and the University of Oregon Marketing & Brand Management.

“Travel Lane County has done an amazing job for us,” said John Rezell,  Bike Friday Special Projects Manager. “From directing tour groups to visit our factory to taking our Bike Fridays to conventions and events as a representation of what we produce in Lane County, the entire staff has been wonderful in working with us. We’ve had a great year, and can thank Travel Lane County for that.”

Add comment June 13, 2012

On the Trail

The Pocket Llama folds for a quick in and out of the truck.

It’s not like I would ever strap on body armor, take a ski lift to the top of a mountain and blast my way down on my Pocket Llama. I’m not really a mountain biker. I just ride my Bike Friday on trails.

Which is why I get it when a baggy pants dude raises an eyebrow when we say we build a mountain bike. Our full-fledged mountain bike that will fold into your backpack is still an R&D dream at this point.

But if you want to get off the paved road — the beaten path, if you will — the Pocket Llama will oblige.

Rolling through the Lava Fields on the far side of Clear Lake.

Oregon boasts some of the sweetest groomed trails in the land. You can get off-road and into Mother Nature’s womb in a heartbeat.

With the remaining snow inching up to higher elevations, miles of Oregon single track have opened for business.

One of my favorite playgrounds is Clear Lake, near the head of the McKenzie River Trail.

Some of the views of Clear Lake take your breath away.

I’ll be the first to tell you that taking a Pocket Llama the distance on the McKenzie River Trail would be a push.

That is, you might be pushing a lot. Without front suspension, the fatigue of the 23-plus mile trail will take its toll. Areas where you roll through serious Lava fields are technically challenging for any mountain bike, but especially so for one with 20-inch wheels.

But you can easily chop the trail into doable sections. Each is worth whatever sacrifices you need to make to see Oregon’s splendor.

At the top, around Clear Lake, there are plenty of places to play.

You can circle Clear Lake, or head off onto the famous McKenzie River Trail.

 

I love wooden bridges.

 

The fir needles pad the trail.

 

Long, short, wide, narrow -- bridges galore.

 

There are some big trees, too.

 

Crossing the McKenzie River.

 

Oregon: Rivers, waterfalls, lakes and trails.

 

 

2 comments June 5, 2012

Lunch Date

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Clifton Johnson is one of many Bike Friday owners who have come to work for the company.]

My family owns five New World Tourists now, and a Tandem Two’sDay.  I have used my NWT (with internal hub) to commute to/from work every day since 2008 (no matter the weather).

I have had my eye on the a tikit, but wasn’t too excited about a 16-inch wheel.  Will it be nimble?  Will it perform like my NWT?  The thought of the quick fold, the compactness for transport, and the idea of never carrying a bike lock again continued to pull at me.

I started working for Bike Friday as their IT Manager in November of 2011, and this week, I took my first test ride on a tikit, with Gates Carbon Drive and an internal hub.  The weather was perfect (75 and sunny) and so I thought I would borrow a tikit from the showroom and take it to lunch.

No plan, just ride until I found that perfect spot, and stroll in with my new folded friend.  After about a 2-3 minute tutorial on how to easily/quickly fold and unfold the bike, I was off.

From the first pedal, the bike felt solid and ready to perform.  I pushed harder on the pedals, fired through the gears and merged into traffic (city type traffic).  I started passing cars and the excitement built, as did the confidence in the smaller, 16-inch tires.  The bike handled great, dodging cars and potholes with ease, but after about three miles of riding, I found no eatery I was interested in.  I turned around, headed back the other direction, this time with a destination in mind.

The tikit had flat bars, and I was used to STI touring bars on my NWT, and my body longed to head into the drops and see how fast I could push this bike in traffic.  Lacking the bars wasn’t much of a problem, as I seemed to hit a red light before I reached the top end of the gearing.

Arriving at my chosen cafe, I quickly and easily folded the bike and rolled it inside.  I wasn’t sure how the staff of the cafe would respond, but I was interested to see how many heads I could turn inside.  I was received a warm welcome from the staff of the little cafe, placed my order and tucked the bike under the table.  After the meal, I pull the bike out from it’s hiding spot, rolled it out side and quickly unfolded and rolled away.  As I rode away, I heard a couple folks say things like: “did you see that?” and “how cool is that?”  I smiled to myself and pedaled back to work.

That experience sold me on the tikit, and now I’ll have to order one.  It will have a belt drive and internal hub, as that added to the experience (such smooth quiet pedaling), and the dream of a clean ride, even in the winter, is exciting.  I look forward to rolling my new friend into more restaurants, stores, trains, buses and, never carrying a bike lock again!

1 comment June 2, 2012


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