In the early morning of March 9th, a gas leak outside of a business in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood caused a massive explosion that leveled three buildings, damaged 3 dozen more, and injured 9 firefighters.
Destroyed in the explosion was G&O Family Cyclery, the bike shop of our good friends Davey Oil and Tyler Gillies, and a pillar of the Seattle cycling community.
There truly is no bike shop like G&O; they are committed above all else to help families discover, try, and embrace family biking. Their commitment to families is so strong that their shop included a play area for children. And if you ever had the good fortune of meeting Davey and Tyler you know that they are two of the kindest and most approachable shop owners in the industry.
The explosion that destroyed their shop couldn’t have come at a worse time. Bike sales are seasonal, and spring is the busiest time of year- it’s what covers for the slow winter months. Add to that uncertainty about the timeliness of insurance coverage and the shop is at serious risk of closing down for good.
We can’t let this happen.
Join us in supporting Davey, Tyler and the brave car-free families of Seattle with a pledge to G&O’s GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/n7tmv4xg
They are very close to reaching their goal, but need this last little push to get them over the edge and ensure that their amazing business can survive.
Please donate whatever you can, every little bit counts.
The Bike Friday Team
P.S. Have a bike order with us in progress? Or thinking about buying a new bike? Donate up to $300 to G&O and we’ll take that off of your order. *Just make sure your donation is public so we can verify your support*
Add comment March 23, 2016
We recently sent out an email with a handful of our favorite upcoming group rides and we got a passionate response! There was a lot of excitement and several great additional suggestions, so we decided to make a follow up list!*
*You can help us grow the list by posting in the comments section
Anonymous’ pick: AIDS/LifeCycle Ride to End AIDS 2016
A fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to LA to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Thousands participate in this 545 mile long, life-changing ride every year.
6/5 San Francisco, CA
John from Oregon’s pick: Cycle Oregon – Week Ride
A fully supported ride through bucolic Oregon in its late summer peak. Enjoy massage and acupuncture, cold microbrews, Oregon wine, gourmet coffee, hand tossed pizza on this week long ride!
9/10 Myrtle Creek, OR
Brian from Oregon’s pick: Rapha Retreat L’Eroica Vintage Tuscany
Grab your vintage bike and head for Italy. Rapha presents a stunning four day, fully supported ride through Tuscany, complete with daily massages, nutrition coaching and airport pick up.
9/30 Tuscany, IT
Co-founder of Bike Friday, Alan Scholz’s pick: Solvang Century
When Alan heard we were putting out another list, he wanted to make sure that this personal favorite made it into the mix. Alan rode in the Solvang Century a number of years ago and loved it “It’s a beautiful spring ride, and if I had the time I would absolutely do it again!” The 100-mile SoCal ride supports cycling as a means of rehabilitative therapy for heart disease. Proceeds go to benefit three summer camps for children with severe congenital heart disease.
2017 Date TBA – Solvang, CA
Make sure to look for this ride next spring!
Bronwyn from Australia’s pick: The Annual Australia Bike Friday Club Ride
Every year 100+ Bike Friday owners gather for a five day ride in Australia; this year marks their 20th! Join them next year for their 21st ride in April of 2017!
Depending on the length and style of your upcoming ride, you’ll want either a road bike or a touring bike. Luckily, we’ve got both! Follow the links to learn more about the benefits of both bikes and which would be best for your favorite group ride.
Help us grow our list!
Bike Friday owners have the best perspective on the world’s best rides, because Bike Friday owners ride all over the world! Tell us your favorite rides in the comments section below.
12 comments March 16, 2016
The things that people do on Bike Fridays never cease to amaze. Tandem owners Ashley Weyman-Jones and Laura Hegarty embarked on an epic -several thousand mile- journey, from the UK to Australia.
And if that wasn’t enough, guess what was part of their essential gear? A paraglider.
If you’re looking for some serious adventure reading, check this out.
1 comment March 9, 2016
We recently received this photo and email from Alan Burnstein:
I thought I'd send along a picture of my Bike Friday that I bought in Spring, 1993. I was living in New York City at the time and bought it to take on the train for out-of-city excursions. I rode it extensively along the lakefront when I lived in Chicago in the early 2000's, but when I moved to Georgia, I didn't do much bicycling, and my Bike Friday fell into disrepair. I had it overhauled last year at a local bike shop, and it runs good as new! I've been riding it at Hilton Head as well as at our weekend cottage at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, pictured above.
Add comment March 1, 2016
64-year-old New World Tourist owner Claudia Beausoleil recently traveled to Cuba via the usual workaround- Mexico. With a quick stop over in Cancun, Claudia made her way to Havana, bike-in-tow, for the beginning of her 3 week solo tour. She contacted us at Bike Friday to share what she discovered.
As the U.S. gets closer to normalizing relations with Cuba the prospect of bicycle touring on this formerly-off-limits island paradise is quickly becoming a reality. The cycling industry is abuzz with adventurers ready explore the beautiful white sand beaches, distinct cuisine, and legendary music scene of Cuba. Though, for some, the buzz is so strong that waiting on Washington isn’t an option: red tape be damned.
What Claudia found in Cuba was enough to make any travel cyclist barter for extended leave. To start, the temperature in December was a balmy 75-80 degrees. As an island, a huge portion of the country is stunning beach front, with charming thatched roof cabanas that come right up to the waters edge. The cities are full of gorgeous colonial architecture, fascinating museums, and Classic cars. Fresh seafood is everywhere and everything is totally affordable; grilled lobster goes for $6.00!
Though traveling in Cuba is not without its challenges, “you have to bring all your own energy bars and natural food for the road, all they have are those sugary granola bars” said Claudia. “There’s plenty of fresh food, 25 cent fruit smoothies, and even some great smoked meats, but you can’t find things like almonds anywhere.” Claudia said that another challenge was the mid-day heat, fine for younger riders, but tough for her: “there were days when I would just have to jump into the water even with all of my cycling gear on.” But getting in the water was actually Claudia’s favorite part of the whole trip “I always had my snorkeling gear with me, I would stop at least once a day to snorkel.”
Claudia’s touring style was mostly to do day trips in orbit around the cities she was staying in. “Getting out into the countryside was the great,” and “people were very respectful of the bike on the road. Buses, motorbikes, horse taxis… they all gave me lots of room when passing.” And though she didn’t feel comfortable camping alone as an older woman she said “cycling, even at night, is very safe for a woman in Cuba.” Claudia rode comfortable, yet inexpensive, touring buses to go between Havana, Varadero and Trinidad during her stay. “The drivers all spoke English and they handled the bike beautifully, they packed it upright, and very snugly.” Another reason that her Bike Friday proved to be the perfect bike for the trip: “anyone who brought a full-sized frame had to pull it all apart, I just had to remove the front wheel.”
Claudia was thrilled to run into two other Bike Friday owners in Cuba. One called “Bike Friday!” to her from outside a hotel and the two immediately struck up a conversation; he was visiting from Spain and had just completed a 28-day-long tour of Cuba. As is common with most chance Bike Friday meetings, the two became fast friends; by the end of their conversation Claudia and her husband had an offer to stay in Spain!
It was a whirlwind of an adventure and Claudia is excited about going to visit Cuba with her Bike Friday again. Though before she makes it back to the Caribbean she’s off to Europe with her husband and their Bike Fridays in June. “We’ll start in Holland for the International Blues Festival, then off to Germany to try the new Bicycle Autobahn, then to Denmark to experience Copenhagen.”
Thanks for sharing your Cuban travel adventures with us Claudia, best of luck with your European tour!
Claudia is happy to answer questions about her trip to Cuba, you’re welcome to email her: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the New World Tourist, the bike that made this amazing trip possible!
21 comments February 27, 2016
As builders of folding bikes we’re all about innovation and economizing space. Allow us to introduce you to our latest space-saving invention, The Under Rack Bag.
The Under Rack Bag is a clandestine storage unit that sits directly underneath the deck on the rear of our cargo bike, the Haul-a-Day. Strap on a couple of our Cargo Bags and the Under Rack Bag virtually disappears.
The main consideration for this clever new bag was to create a permanent place for carrying small items that you want to keep on your bike and out-of-sight. This new bag is perfect for tools, extra tubes, reusable shopping bags or just about anything else that you can think of.
The bag is now available for $80, contact us by phone or email to order yours: email@example.com 1-800-777-0258
Here are the specs on this new thief-thwarter:
- Durable water-resistant nylon
- 500 cubic inches/8L
- 140 grams
- Reflective strip
- Velcro attachment system
- Strap for attaching tail light
- Fits with fenders and/or BionX system installed
Installation of the bag is easy and it can be done with or without the Cargo Bags installed. The bag simply attaches with a series of Velcro straps to the frame of the bicycle. To see an overview of the bag and hear a few words from its inventor, Bike Friday Co-Founder, Alan Scholz check out this video:
Add comment February 26, 2016
We found this great little post on the Tesla website.
1 comment February 21, 2016
Hey, did you charge your bike?
If Shimano — and now Campagnolo — have their way, this might become a more common question with the introduction of electronic shifting.
With battery life extending several months, charging will be a very infrequent occurrence.
For folding and travel bikes this actually makes a lot of sense — electric wires don’t care about tricky routing and potentially getting kinked during packing.
We have installed Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 on several Bike Fridays and it works very well. It even plays nice with the Capreo cassette.
We have done builds with a 56T chainring for a tall 56×9 top gear, and also with a compact 34/50 crankset for more mountain friendly gearing.
The frame does require a few special modifications.
First, we add braze-on mounts for the battery on the back of the seat tube. The battery then sits neatly tucked out of the way between the seat tube and rear wheel.
There is a mount for the junction box on the front of the seat tube.
The front derailleur requires additional bracing for the motor to push against, so we add some reinforcement to the hanger.
And finally we can leave off the gear cable loops on the mainframe, as there is only the rear brake cable to run.
Once it is all setup, shifting is perfect; the front derailleur even trims itself as the chain moves up and down the cassette.
But does anyone need electric shifting? Yes, electric shifting has a very low impact on the joints in the hand and wrist, ideal for those suffering from arthritis. So if you’re experiencing pain or fatigue from shifting, you should consider the Di2 to greatly extend the time you spend riding.
Hands down, our most popular bikes to convert to electric shifting are the Pocket Rocket Pro & Super Pro. Whether its for health, sport, or pure joy the Di2 will surprise and impress you. Check in with your local Bike Friday dealer to see if they have a Di2 to test ride.
17 comments February 9, 2016
It might take a little bit of work, but not that much considering the rewards.
The Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, our new Cargo Bike, will fit on some mass transit bus racks.
It fit on the rack in Seattle, and Raz learned on Saturday it will fit on the racks in Portland, Oregon, too [photo above].
The Haul-a-Day is garnering a lot of attention. Here is a great blog post from one of those interested parties who joined us for a test ride session at VeloCult in Portland.
Add comment February 9, 2016
We already have seen the impact of Cargo Bikes. Have you?
Add comment February 4, 2016