When the Tour of California bicycle races finishes Sunday in Santa Rosa, race fans will be greeted by a number of Bike Fridays in the windows of various businesses.
BikePartners.net, our Bike Friday Dealer in Santa Rosa, has been busy strategically placing bikes.
If you’re out there for Stage 8, check ‘em out!
Add comment May 15, 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
Getting dressed up in vintage clothes and enjoying a great day of cycling is hardly something Americans have cornered the market on.
In Beijing, China, the Vintage Ride Beijing was recently held. Bike Friday’s dealer in Beijing, AITA CYCLE, not only had a stylish representative in manager Wang Yining, It was also a sponsor of the event.
1 comment April 25, 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
A picture can be worth a thousand sighs.
I don’t know about you, but I could stare at this photo we received from Bike Friday owner Graham Smith, from his recent camping adventure on the backroads of Australia.
Hi Peter, John Last week I finished a short, hilly, loaded backroads tour on my NWT from Goulburn to Katoomba NSW Australia. Weather was superb, countryside was beautiful and the route turned out to be a good one. The bike performed superbly. Graham
Add comment April 1, 2013
Thank you Portland for another successful show this weekend at the Portland Expo Center.
Despite wonderful spring weather luring cyclists outside for some great riding, a strong number of cycling enthusiasts came indoors for the show.
Bike Friday’s showroom host Robbie Dow and marketing dude Raz got the chance to meet a lot of our Bike Friday owners, and show off our bikes including the new Silk to a number of folks.
The highlight of the show, for us, at least, was the Fashion Show, where model Carmen Ruud showed off our two tikits on hand, a Carbon Infinity tikit and future’s tikit.
Add comment March 25, 2013
Bike Friday owner Daniel van der Weide was a little hesitant at first, but when officials gave him the thumbs up, he pedaled away on his Pocket Rocket Pro in the Masters 50-60 division at the Hungry Dog Criterium in Mesa, AZ.
“I was apprehensive, but the official let me in,” van der Weide said, “and nobody gave me anything but compliments. Helps if you can stay up front and prove your credibility, and it also helps to look well ahead in the corners, since small wheels carry a lot less angular momentum. Sprinting wasn’t as easy, either, but I gave my teammate a decent lead-out and finished in the bunch.”
Add comment March 25, 2013
Interesting story on Bike Radar about the airlines and their approach to flying with bikes that are not in a suitcase.
Add comment March 23, 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.
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