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A favor for Hanz Scholz

The Methow Valley Nordic Ski Team.

We just got a note from Bike Friday Co-Founder Hanz Scholz, who wanted all his Bike Friday friends to know that the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Team is having a fundraising auction that runs through November 29th.

Hanz’s daughters race with the team, and you can view the auction website here.

The list of goodies is considerable and impressive. There are lots of lodging packages including:
  • 3 nights in the Fireplace room at Sun Mountain includes breakfasts
  • 2 nights at Freestone (anytime)
  • 2 nights at Mazama Ranch House – anytime
  • 1 night stay at North Cascades Base Camp – includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – all great hearty meals, plus a long guided snowshoe tour  (to work it all off) and snowshoes are provided (a particularly sweet deal if you ask me
  • 2 nights stay at Mazama Country Inn and 6 meals!
  • A Southern Utah B&B getaway vacation for 2 nights
  • and 2 nights at The Chewuch Inn which includes a ski package from Brian Sweet
  • Cooking lessons for lunch and dinner from Kathy Borgeson combined with a stay at a deluxe house for 6-8 people
Also, a couple of flights over the North Cascades for touring and photos; sharp clothing from prAna, Smartwool and Helly Hansen. Art from from local artists include Tim O’Dell and his firepits, Matt Firth and his incredible landscape photography, and hand-forged BBQ tools.
Hanz thanks anyone in advance for their interest.


Add comment November 23, 2015

Haul-a-Days Shine at Eugene Disaster Relief Trials

Jordan and Eli Bishko won the Family Division of the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials on a Haul-a-Day.

Jordan and Eli Bishko won the Family Division of the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials on a Haul-a-Day.


Bike Friday Haul-a-Days proved their mettle with another strong showing at the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials at Alton Baker Park on October 17th.

We counted 12 Haul-a-Days in the field of more than 50 riders, and Bike Friday Operations Manager Jordan Bishko and his son Eli led the parade by winning the Family Division and crossing the line as the first finishers of the event.

Jordan and Eli Bishko work at one of the obstacle stations in the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials.

Jordan and Eli Bishko work at one of the obstacle stations in the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials.

The Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) is a cargo bike event designed to help demonstrate the capabilities of bikes in disaster situations.

The riders planned and navigated a course of their choosing to designated check points in order to fulfill the criteria of the trials, with fully loaded bikes on city roads. At each check point riders encountered obstacles or complete tasks to assist response teams (like a neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team – CERT group).

The DRT is a fundraiser for Eugene-Springfield’s Safe Routes to School Bicycle Education Program.

Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz competed in his third DRT, and placed third in the Resilience Class.

Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz prepares to compete in his third DRT, and placed third in the Resilience Class.

To help raise funds for Safe Routes to School, Bike Friday donated a Haul-a-Day as the grand prize of a raffle. Emma Newman of Springfield (former Springfield Schools Safe Routes to School Coordinator) won the bike.

Seven Bike Friday employees competed on Haul-a-Days.

Seven Bike Friday employees competed on Haul-a-Days including (from left) Damon Vold and his daughter, Jordan and Eli Bishko, Robbie Dow and Kent Peterson.

In addition to the 12 Haul-a-Days competing, we counted eight others rolling around Alton Baker Park, enjoying the Resilience Fair.

Bike Friday's Kelly Humber (left) and Michael Macemon (right) also competed. Macemon finished second in his class on a Haul-a-Day powered by BionX electric pedal assist.

Bike Friday’s Kelly Humber (left) and Michael Macemon (right) also competed. Macemon finished second in his class on a Haul-a-Day powered by BionX electric pedal assist.

With its low center of gravity and easy step-over, the Haul-a-Day can handle whatever challenges daily life — or a disaster — might throw your way. Being able to control a bike with a load is the key to success, and the Haul-a-Day’s pedigree as a Bike Friday performance bicycle makes it a great choice for a family cargo bike.

Bike Friday Sales Manager Robbie Dow competed in the Citizen's Class.

Bike Friday Sales Manager Robbie Dow competed in the Resilience Class.


Add comment October 19, 2015

Momentum magazine Haul-a-Day review

Read Sandra Allen’s review of the Haul-a-Day in Momentum magazine.

Add comment October 14, 2015

Haul-a-Day Camping

By Raz

Huge chunks of weathered gray rock jut skyward from the gentle tumbling waters of Fall Creek as I roll over the bridge, about to disappear under a thicker canopy of trees as the scenery changes ever so subtly. Those rocks are more submerged during the wetter months, and show why the creek makes a dramatic turn at this very spot.

Big Fall Creek Road narrows at this point where I could call it a day and roll into Cascara State Park to set up camp along the reservoir that reflects the rather dry winter we endured. We camped there 10 years ago, one of our last stops before driving into Eugene permanently to make it our home. I know there are vacancies, which make it tempting.

The feeling of “Been There, Done That” triumphs over any nostalgia rippling in my head. That was then, this is now.

Instead of our popup camper and the SUV filled with gear and my girls, I’m gliding across the bridge effortlessly on a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike loaded down to get me through a night of camping.

Up the road a number of small campgrounds dot the edges of Fall Creek, and my heart is set on the solitude they offer. The softening of the afternoon light reminds me that, this being Friday, camping sites get snatched up in a hurry. This could be a lot of extra pedaling for naught.

Yet I’m in no hurry. The images of Fall Creek that pop in and out of view behind the lush green forest calm me. They also make me wonder why this has taken so long.

The last time I packed up camping gear on a bike and headed out with my buddy Jack, we were just hitting high school back in Wisconsin and didn’t have driver’s licenses to accommodate such desires. We had to load up backpacks with our gear, and wobble our way out to Eagle.

I’m thinking back to that because it is exactly why our cargo bike has been so popular. There are a lot of people out there who want to leave their cars behind. A cargo bike offers that type of freedom.

That type of freedom delivers peace on a number of levels. That’s the overwhelming feel on this day. What, Me Worry?

More than anything, this is my personal quest to know the Haul-a-Day better so I can do my job better. That’s just the reason for this adventure. The satisfaction is an added, pleasant bonus.

I’ve got the Haul-a-Day packed up with about 50 pounds of gear which, if you attempt to pick up the bike, feels like quite a significant load. I’m not the biggest dude on the block, running about 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, so having the Haul-a-Day itself start out at 33 pounds is a true benefit.

Having tested my strapping skills to make sure my cargo stays put and felt the weight of the full-loaded bike, the time had come to see how challenging this effort might be. With a solid push on the pedal, the Haul-a-Day responded quickly with a straight launch. No wobbling left and right to get it under control. It zipped forward, like an arrow.

As I’ve done more than few times in my five years of personally testing Bike Friday gear, I find myself shaking my head thinking, “Can it really be this easy?”

Three hours later, as I leave Cascara behind and continue into the Oregon wilderness, I know the answer is a resounding yes.

Although I tend to spend most of my riding these days on bike paths, trails and protected lanes, this venture brought me back to the reality of riding along a busy road with nary much of a shoulder. The feeling of complete control of the Haul-a-Day eased my mind when a logging truck would zoom past.

The gearing on this Haul-a-Day (it’s the same Haul-a-Day that Adam Newman used for his review in Bicycle Times) has 24 speeds and more than enough on each end for me. The two-mile climb from the dam wasn’t too steep, instead long and steady. I handled it with no problem.

As I roll into Broken Bowl campground and see open spots, I think that I should be more tired than I am. I’m lugging around an extra load, yet I could probably continue on if I had to. I see one spot still available on the creek, and realize I don’t need to go any farther. This will do just fine.


2 comments July 20, 2015

Crazy Trolls bike in Iceland

PHOTOS: Bike Friday owners Maria Holeso and Greg Hartman in Iceland.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bike Friday owners Maria Holeso and Greg Hartman recently uploaded this travel story and photos to the What Do You Do on a Friday section of our website:

“This past June we went on our first ever biking adventure!

“We choose Iceland and Bike Friday. What an amazing bike!

“These awesome bikes took us 900 miles through some crazy rain, wind and steep mountain passes. We spent 5 weeks biking and camping all over the beautiful country of Iceland.


“There is such a great feeling of freedom and peace being able to explore a country by bike.

“Thank you Bike Friday for making it so simple. I am already ready for our next bike adventure. Patagonia here we come!

“If you would like to see our YouTube video biking Iceland on our amazing Bike Fridays, check out “two crazy trolls bike Iceland.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can always upload your own adventure stories and photos on our website at “What Do You Do on a Friday”

Add comment July 11, 2015

Haul-a-Day fits on Chicago Metra

A Hual-a-Day on Chicago Metra.

A Haul-a-Day on Chicago Metra.

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

Haul-a-Day fits Bay Area Light Rail

Haul-a-Day on VTA Light Rail in Santa Clara, CA.

Haul-a-Day on VTA Light Rail in Santa Clara, CA.

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

Test Ride a Haul-a-Day in Chicago!

DSCN5498Bike Friday is proud to announce we will have two new dealers in Chicago, Green Machine Cycles and J.C. Lind Bicycle Company.

The Haul-a-Day is available for test rides now at Green Machine Cycles.

J.C. Lind will have a Haul-a-Day soon!

Add comment February 10, 2015

Test Ride a Haul-a-Day in New York!

Test Ride a Bike Friday Haul--a-Day at Bicycle Doctor in Brooklyn!

Test Ride a Bike Friday Haul–a-Day at Bicycle Doctor in Brooklyn!

Looking to take a Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike for a spin in New York? Check out this ride at Bicycle Doctor in Brooklyn.

Add comment February 9, 2015

Just Deserts

By Raz

The desert scenery swept into my view like the opening scenes of a good old fashion Cowboy Movie.

The subtle pastel colors of sand and towering Saguaro cactus against a brilliant, nearly cloudless blue sky felt as comforting as an old pair of jeans.

As my tires left the hum of pavement behind and dug into the sandy gravel with a confident crunch, all my senses spiked, like coming home again. Sights. Sounds. Smells.

I’ve been lucky enough to pedal the Haul-a-Day up the hellish grades of Seattle down at Pike Place Market, zip along with traffic through San Francisco’s busy Market Street, and enjoy Eugene’s Willamette River Bike Path.


While the bike certainly appears perfectly suited for those typical urban challenges, those trials don’t necessarily mesh with my true dreams.

No, my idea for a Haul-a-Day is out and away from the places most people would envision for a Cargo Bike.

So during my week-long stay in Arizona for El Tour de Tucson in November, I got the opportunity to take a Haul-a-Day for a spin on my terms.

That meant four hours of riding the bike path until it ends, and hitting the open roads to head out of town, away from humanity, heading for the hills.


Since people often ask about how far you can ride any of our Bike Fridays, I wanted to give it a real test. The endurance test.

Any bike can feel good for a block or two. Or a mile or two.

Once minutes turn to hours, I feel the true test of a bike begins.

Let me toss in right here that I spend most my riding hours on a Bike Friday Llama, previously donned with 2-inch Schwalbe Big Apple tires that have been replaced by 2.2-inch Maxxis Holy Rollers with knobbies. To summarize, light bikes with low friction don’t appear on my radar screen. Results may vary for others.

Aside from the fact I was riding on flat pedals instead of my usual clipless pedals and shoes, the ride was as good as any. As Bike Friday dealer Mike Jacoubowsky said when he returned from a short test ride with the Haul-a-Day, “It has that smooth Bike Friday ride.”

When the road began to rise, I thought, like many, it would be a chore to lug this much bike uphill (the Haul-a-Day starts around 32 pounds, and with everything on my version including my load, it was probably pushing 40 pounds). It didn’t feel that way. That my tires were a slick 1.75 (thin for me) might have had a lot to do with that. Still, it felt sweet. Smooth.

Bouncing on and off the gravel on the side of the road proved to be a breeze (one of the reasons I like wider tires — giving me the ability to make a quick dive if necessary, and yes, I did have to do that way out in the desert). The longer wheelbase took away the chaotic sensation of hitting gravel. I felt totally in control.

By the time I rolled back into town, I had a new goal. Get way out, and way away.

On my drive back to Phoenix, the Saguaro National Park offered the perfect opportunity.

I parked at the Visitor’s Center (I’ll insert here that a Haul-a-Day fits perfectly in the back of mini van without having to take off wheels or shorten the handlebars or saddle), and pedaled back down the road to the dirt Bajada Loop.

As soon as I hit the dirt, my regard for the Haul-a-Day launched into the sky like a rocket.


Although the 1.75 tires weren’t quite wide enough for the deepest gravel and sand sections, the bike performed better than I expected.

Riding down the roller-coaster hills felt more like being on a toboggan as a kid back in Wisconsin. Charging up the hills felt normal, although I mistakenly expected the weight on the back rack would help give me a little more traction than a typical mo9untain bike would.

As I rode I could imagine my camping gear strapped to the back, and my black lab running alongside. That’s my Haul-a-Day vision.





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