Portland’s Metro put out a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about cycling with a family and children.
You can view the Family Biking Guide here.
Add comment April 6, 2015
The Chicago Tribune is out front on the Cargo Bike trend as it relates to families with kids;
Add comment March 21, 2015
This from owner KayCee Millitante:
“My first time taking a bike on the Metra — ever — and the only problem I had was that the conductor wouldn’t stop asking me about my very cool bike smile emoticon (and I’d been nervous because I heard some were cranky about bringing on bikes!)”
— KayCee Millitante
Add comment March 16, 2015
We got this note from a Haul-a-Day owner:
“With the front wheel turned around and the bike in the 52cm position, the Haul-a-Day fits nicely in the bike racks on a Santa Clara VTA Light Rail train car, so HaDs in the Silicon Valley can ride light rail with confidence!”
— Martin Quiazon
Add comment March 16, 2015
Some amazing people are attracted by the Haul-a-Day.
The song is called The Wolf and it is written and performed by John Ross-Boyce.
Add comment March 10, 2015
The Examiner did a story on the Seattle Bike Show. Check out the photos. Bike Friday is well represented.
Add comment March 5, 2015
We know there are a lot of these lists out there. Not to mention a lot of bike commuters among us. It’s preaching to the choir. Nonetheless, here are 5 reasons to ride your bike to work.
Add comment March 3, 2015
When I hopped onto a Haul-a-Day outfitted with the BionX pedal assist, I fought back the urge. The need for speed.
I have ridden a pedal assist before. I knew what would come. What I wondered most was the impact of the BionX unit on the basic ride of the Haul-a-Day.
How would the added weight affect the ride? How would it affect the handling? How would it affect my ability to power the bike.
So I rolled away without the BionX pedal assist engaged. I rode the first five miles like that, tackling a few hills along the way.
Surprisingly, even though it added more than 17 pounds to the bike, I could barely feel a difference from my ride to work that morning on a Haul-a-Day. Again, we’re talking a Haul-a-Day that starts around 33 pounds, so this isn’t a 16-pound Super Pro. Weight gain is relative.
On flats I couldn’t tell a difference at all. Once I started up a hill, I could feel the extra weight. Not until I hit a significant incline did it really hit me as a factor. I should insert here that I’m no superman on a bike. I have what I call Commuter Fitness.
Heading up hill is when I experienced the pedal assist. The first thing you notice is silence. There is no sound. You are not on a scooter.
I started with the 35% level, and realized quickly that in most cases without a heavy load, this would more than suffice in making life a little easier. I was climbing the initial part of the hill at nearly 10 mph, with one hand on the handlebars and the other holding a video camera. I doubt I could climb any hill like that without assistance.
Jumping up to 75% pedal assist felt much like dropping down a gear to keep your cadence up as a hill steepens. At the steepest section of the hill, a 75% assist with no load is plenty.
But, of course, the goal of this experiment was to push it. So I did. Hitting 150% made me giggle. You can feel like a pro. At 300% I realized the pedal assist, with or without a load, pretty much would make anything possible.
On the way down, I engaged the regeneration. It feels as though you are feathering the brakes to keep you speed low, but you are recharging the battery as you do so. However, it is not a braking system, and I quickly sped up to 20, 25 and eventually more than 30 mph. All the while recharging the battery!
For me, the real beauty of the system was displayed in the first five miles. Call me a bit of a traditionalist, but the idea of pedal assist had philosophical elements attached for me that I wasn’t sure I could handle. I’ll call it a surrender of purity.
By the time I finished the last five miles, playing with all the elements of pedal assist and toying with the endless possibilities, I realized it’s all under my control. I can ride the way I’ve always ridden, on my own power, if I wish. However, if I decide I want to catch that roadie who has a 200-meter lead on me at the base of a big climb, with the push of a button and a little extra on the pedal, I can do so.
And I’ll admit, I almost did just that. I could have caught that guy, but I couldn’t live with myself. So I stopped and let him get over the top. Then I started, on the hill, from a standstill, one-handed. It was a breeze.
Watch video from my test ride:
5 comments February 23, 2015
We already have seen the impact of Cargo Bikes. Have you?
Add comment February 20, 2015
The February 2015 issue of Bicycle Times has hit the newsstands, bike shops and homes, and it has their review of the Haul-a-Day in it. Check it out!
Reviewer Adam Newman says:
“I enjoyed the practicality of the Haul-a-Day because when unloaded it didn’t have the massive cruise-liner feeling that many cargo bikes have. The majority of the long-tail bikes I see here in Portland are ridden by women with children on the back, and Bike Friday says it is targeting these customers with a bike that is lighter, more maneuverable and less intimidating than a “full-size” cargo bike…
“That’s not to say it isn’t up to the task of serious carrying capacity. I used it to shuttle hundreds of wooden stakes around a cyclo-cross course and the saddlebags easily accommodated the extra-long cargo. As further proof of its bonafides, the Haul-a-Day made a splash at the Portland Disaster Relief Trials, a day-long competition for cargo bikes and riders to simulate the (sometimes crazy) support that a human-powered machine can provide when disasters strike. Tasks include carrying a wooden pallet, five-gallon buckets of water, and a carton of eggs. Bike Friday engineer Willie Hatfield took the win on a Haul-a-Day with a wild paint job.”
Add comment February 11, 2015