August 17, 2011
That’s because cycling is part of the fabric of their lives.
Alan Scholz, co-founder of Bike Friday, cracks a wide smile when he thinks about today’s cutting edge cycling publications that are geared toward young families. Magazines like Momentum and Bicycle Times.
“These are the kids who grew up in Burley Trailers,” says Alan, the man who designed the Burley Trailer in the ’80s to transport his daughter Hanna as they lived a car-free life.
“Now they have kids of their own, and they have cycling in their blood. It’s part of their life and they want it to remain part of their life –- and their children’s lives.”
While Bike Friday has built an international reputation with its travel and folding bicycles, tandems always have held a special place in the company’s DNA.
When Alan and his brother Hanz decided to try their hand at designing bicycles, their first creation was the Burley Duet Tandem.
The brother duo raced tandems, and put their designs to the ultimate stress test.
That knowledge is built into every Bike Friday tandem.
All Bike Friday tandems break down and fit into two TravelCases for airtravel.
And the Bike Friday Two’sDay folds to conveniently fit in the trunk of most sedans or the back of an SUV.
“There is great utility in our tandems,” Alan says. “But more than anything, they are built to be legacy tandems. They are built to last and to be handed down from generation to generation.”
When Alan’s youngest daughter, Sarah, came along, Alan designed the Bike Friday Family Tandem. He quickly learned the magic of a tandem.
“Sarah was only four years old and we had it under the tree for Christmas,” Alan remembers, noting that the stoker seat was set for a child –- one of the benefits a Bike Friday tandem can offer. “When we came out, she was already sitting on the stoker. Even a young child can see it’s right for her.”
The Bike Friday Tandem XL Select is set up as a great mix of components to give you the best ride at the best price.
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