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Pedaling My Arse Around Ireland

Bike Friday owner Erica Stevenson spent three weeks touring Ireland on her Pocket Llama, and she shares her tales.

By Erica Stevenson

The title of this journal was inspired by a comment from a man on my last long bike tour. He called out: “Y’all know over here, you can’t be peddling your ass around here!” – or something like that.

Anyway, our interactions with the local people in each town were the funniest and most memorable experiences of the trip. Meeting some good Irish people (and especially seeing my family) is what has encouraged me to ride my bicycle around this beautiful little island.

So, this is my first solo bike tour and sort of my first solo vacation, though I’ve travelled on my own quite a bit for new jobs.

In the last year, everywhere I’ve travelled by car has just made me think: “Hmmm, this would be so cool on a bicycle.” The speed of biking is a great way to see local life as it is and still actually go places.

Since moving back to the Bay Area, I’ve been thinking about what it would be like to tour just about everywhere in the world, but Ireland seems like the next logical place to go … I can visit family, it’s somewhat familiar, English, island (can’t get too lost!!) — perfect for a three-week time frame and my first solo bike tour. I’d love to have longer to tour, but I also have a rather cool job, so a crazy chunk-of-year(s) tour will have to wait.

About five months ago I booked a flight and started telling people, I’m going to Ireland!!, and that got the ball rolling.

The bike: I bought a folding bike a couple of months ago through a local Bike Friday dealer, Chain Reaction Bicycles in Redwood City, with the dream of easily flying and riding my own bike in far flung places.

I researched these cute little bikes to death and I was able to pretty much custom choose all of my components (without having the worry or cost of them not working out, which was nice!)

I chose dropbars, bar-end shifters, V-brakes, and I upgraded from their standard headset, seat post, and chain. I’ve put a few hundred miles on my Pocket Llama over the summer and he is AMAZING (and adorable).

Except for being a bit unsure when confronted with rocks, he feels very much like my full sized bikes, nimbly climbs up the steepest of hills, and is quite confident when loaded down.

You can read about Erica’s entire journey here.

Add comment November 2, 2015

Momentum Magazine’s Review of the Haul-a-Day

 

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

Add comment October 29, 2015

Haul-a-Day Camping in Style

Check out the great photo of a Haul-a-Day with the coolest camper on the planet.

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Add comment October 29, 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.

BY RAZ

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

Win a Haul-a-Day at the Philly Bike Expo

DSCN5621The 6th Annual Philly Bike Expo will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 7-8, and you can be entered to win a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day by purchasing your tickets in advance!

More than 150 artisans and manufacturers of bicycles, accessories and apparel display their latest products including Bike Friday, who will be showing off its Haul-a-Day among other bikes.

The show features seminars, how-to’s and family-friendly activities. Food and drink, rides, races and after-parties round out this two-day festival of bicycle culture.

Purchase your tickets on the Philly Bike Expo website. Use promo code: BIKEFRIDAY (must be all caps, no space)

6 comments October 12, 2015

Profile on Alan Scholz

Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz prepared for a day of Disaster Relief on his Haul-a-Day.

Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz prepared for a day of Disaster Relief on his Haul-a-Day.

Check out the local newspaper story about Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz. We get to work with this guy every day!

Add comment October 5, 2015

An Epic Homecoming

Bike Friday owner Harvey Cain set out to ride his bike from Sacramento to Chicago for this college Homecoming.

Bike Friday owner Harvey Cain set out to ride his bike from Sacramento to Chicago for this college Homecoming.

Homecoming means so many different things for different folks, but when it comes to Bike Friday owner Harvey Cain, returning to Lake Forest College for the Homecoming football game means much more.

Cain not only graduated from the school in 1952, he was born at the hospital on campus. Both his parents graduated from Lake Forest, and his siblings also attended school there.

When Cain wanted to find a way to help raise more funds from alumni, he decided he’d ride his Bike Friday from Sacramento to Chicago for this year’s festivities along Route 66

Route 66 holds significance for Harvey. He first got into cycling on Route 66 back in 1939.

At age 85, Harvey said he uses his Bike Friday because of some balance issues from a previous bike accident, as well as its easy step-over.

“My wife Marsha and I have done four three-week bike tours in Europe with the Davis Bike Club and one three-week bike tour of Vietnam — Hanoi to Ho Chi Min City,” Harvey said. “We also did a ride from San Diego to Brunswick Island, Georgia at a 70 mile per day pace in 2008. We did all of those rides on our Bike Fridays.”

You can read about Harvey in the Lake Forest College magazine and you can follow his reports here.

1 comment October 4, 2015

A Tribute Ride

Bike Friday owners David Ho, Bill Asher and Rik Wanninkhof rode a tribute ride for Rik's son Patrick, who was killed by a driver who was texting.

Bike Friday owners Bill Asher, Rik Wanninkhof and David Ho rode a tribute ride for Rik’s son Patrick, who was killed by a driver who was texting as Patrick rode across the US on a fund-raising ride.

On July 30th, Patrick Wanninkhof, a 25-year-old New York high school science teacher on a cross-country cycling trip was killed when he was struck from behind by a car.

The driver of the car reportedly told police she was looking at her cell phone at the time of the crash.

Wanninkhof was leading a group of more than two dozen riders from Maine to California with Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that raises money for affordable housing.

When the Bike & Build group finished their ride in Santa Barbara, Patrick’s father, Rik, embarked on a tribute ride on Bike Fridays with two close friends, Bill Asher and David Ho. All three wore Bike Friday Compass jerseys when Ho came up with the idea.

“Rik was very appreciative,” Ho said. “It turns out Patrick had taken the year off and was planning to ride his bike through Central and South America. Rik thought it was appropriate that a map of the Americas was on the front of the jersey.”

Ho said that Rik’s original plan was to meet Patrick in California when the cross country ride finished, and take him on a pretty well known and beautiful — but grueling — ride in the mountains behind Santa Barbara called the Old San Marco/Painted Cave Loop.

“To remember Patrick, Bill Asher and I went on the ride with Rik on our Bike Friday folding bikes. The ride was only slightly over 30 miles, but had 5,500 feet of climbing and gradients up to 18%. I hope not to do it again anytime soon.”

Bike Fridays were one of the ties that bind these three friends.

“Rik, Bill and I have been colleagues for over 20 years,” Ho said. “We’re all Oceanographers. Bill was the first one to get a Bike Friday, and that influenced Rik to get one. After borrowing Rik’s bike in Corsica once when we were teaching a summer school, I decided that I need one too. We often ride together at or after meetings in various parts of the world.”

A nonprofit organization has been set up to continue Patrick’s cycling advocacy. You can learn more and donate here.

Here are two stories about Patrick:

Washington Post

Miami Herald
Bill Asher and Rik Wanninkhof on their tribute ride.

Bill Asher and Rik Wanninkhof on their tribute ride.

Add comment October 3, 2015

Eugene Disaster Relief Trials Oct. 17th

Bike Friday's Walter Lapchynski worked on his hefty load, with more than 200 pounds of equipment strapped on his bike.

Bike Friday’s Walter Lapchynski worked on his hefty load, with more than 200 pounds of equipment strapped on his bike.

By Raz

On the eve of the inaugural Eugene Disaster Relief Trials two years ago, Bike Friday Service Rep Michael Macemon burned the midnight oil putting together his Haul-a-Day prototype that he would race in the morning.

“I paid for that,” Michael says today, laughing. “I dropped my chain on the first parade lap and then spent the rest of the race passing people making up for my loss.”

Michael and Willie Hatfield treated the locals to a grand introduction to this unique cargo bike, showing off how a light, agile Haul-a-Day can perform even loaded to the max.

Michael raced his way back to finish tied for fourth while Willie finished first overall, but was relegated to second place for cracking an egg.

The rest, as they say, is history. Willie won both the Portland and Eugene Disaster Relief Trials last year.

Come October 17th at Eugene’s Alton Baker Park, Bike Friday will again display its colors with a number of employees racing their Haul-a-Days. We’d love to have you come and join the fun!

And, you can win a Haul-a-Day at the event! [details to come]

Last year 10 Bike Friday employees raced, as Haul-a-Days won all but one major category!

More important than winning, it’s a great event to bring out the whole family for some great fun, not to mention challenging, riding.

You can register and learn more on the official website as details become available.

So make plans today! Alan and Hanna Scholz will be there, along with other Bike Friday folks who would love to talk about bikes and meet you!

Add comment September 23, 2015

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