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You Won’t Believe What This 80-Year-Old Did on Her Bike Friday

Dolores McKeough north of San Francisco, nearing the end of a long adventure.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been nearly five years since Dolores McKeough sent us this email, reminding us that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

Hi, I got home 24 hours ago.

What a fantastic, beautiful summer. The adventure, fun, stress, friends made, country seen, and on and on.

The trip started innocently enough with friend Cathy in Tampa on April 3. It ended yesterday after I biked from Malibu where I was camping with three companions, whom I met in Big Sur, to Santa Monica where I folded my Bike Friday into it’s suitcase (after I took the wheels off since it had been serving as my trailer).

So many good things happened on this extravaganza trip including the folding experience in Santa Monica. I didn’t want to disassemble the bike on the beach, although it was a beautiful day, there was too much sand.

So, I went to the REI store where Robbie, the bike repair manager, suggested I use part of his work space. What a generous offer. I took him up on it and had the trailer wheels and attachment off in no time. I then folded the bike (taking the accessories off is the most time consuming part of the process) and put it in the suitcase (the former trailer).

The suitcase with the bike weighed in at 52 pounds at the airport (even though it was two pounds over the allowance Suncountry let it go). My duffle bag with camping stuff, clothes etc weighed in at 28 pounds. And, I had two carry-ons.

So I figure the bike plus all my stuff was about 85 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to ride across the country and partly up and down two coasts. But, I did it and feel great.

I just added it up! I think I rode about 1,000+ miles from Mt. Dora, Florida, to Williamsburg, Virginia; then 4,500 TransAm miles from Richmond, Virginia, to Florence, Oregon; then 1,100 miles from Florence to Santa Monica California.

That’s 6,600 miles on my Bike Friday with 85 pounds, from April 3  til August 29. That impresses even me.

As you know it is not simply the miles that count but the terrain, the road surface, the elevation, the weather …

It was wonderful. The picture was taken North of San Francisco. Note the long sleeves; the weather did not warm up til Santa Barbara.

Dolores

4 comments January 20, 2016

What’s Your Dream Trip ’16

Dream Trip ’16 Giveaway

What’s your Dream Trip for 2016?

Tell us how your Bike Friday will make your dream trip possible for a chance to win a new set of tires and tubes to use on your trip! It’s easy to enter! Here’s how it works:

  • Post your idea of a dream trip on our Bike Friday Facebook page.
  • Encourage your friends and family to like your post.
  • Whichever post has the most likes on January 31st wins!
  • We’ll announce the winner and contact them directly on Facebook.

And here are some pro tips to help you out:

  • Try including a photo or video from a previous trip with your Bike Friday.
  • Don’t include any sensitive specifics like dates that you’ll be away.

Like our Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest cycling tips, awesome stories, gear review and more!

NOTE: Bike Friday acknowledges that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By participating in this contest you agree to a complete release of Facebook of any or all liabilities.

Add comment January 15, 2016

Win a Haul-a-Day on Bicycle Times

Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike in Eugene Disaster Relief Trials father and son won the family division

Jordan and Eli Bishko won the Family Division of the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials on a Haul-a-Day in 2015.

 

Do you feel lucky? Do you feel like a winner? Would you like that to be you in the photo on your new Haul-a-Day?

Check out the Win a Haul-a-Day contest on Bicycle Times

You only have one week to enter. Good luck!

Add comment January 14, 2016

How a Custom Bike is Built: A Photo Essay

To celebrate Bike Friday’s 20th Anniversary in 2012, we commissioned a limited-edition 20th Anniversary New World Tourist that we custom built with as many top shelf MADE IN USA elements as we could. Although we don’t offer that particular model now, this photo essay shows the care and skill it takes to handbuild a custom Bike Friday in our Factory in Eugene, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 comment January 13, 2016

7 Steps to Buying a Bike on a Budget

Bike Friday owners at VeloCult

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Before opening Bike Friday in 1992, Co-Founder Alan Scholz owned and operated a few bike shops, and spent time as a national level racer.  Here are his expert tips on how to spend your money wisely when buying a bike.]

By Alan Scholz

Here are the basics I learned long ago about buying a bike on a budget, in order of importance.

1. Make sure you get a good frame in the right size. Get help making sure the frame fits your body by someone who is knowledgeable about fitting. Look for the best frame you can afford for the right type of riding you plan to do. Nothing else matters as much if you are on a budget. Everything else can be upgraded later if you are short on funds. Good designers, cyclists, and shop employees know this. It’s a good test of their basic knowledge.

2. Ride the saddle if it came with the bike just long enough to see if you can put up with it. If the bike does not come with saddle and pedals, thank the designer. That means they invested that money into the frame and wheels for you! Get a saddle that works for you — it is worth the individual focus. Price and weight are not good criteria to use to choose a saddle. You need to test ride a number of saddles and buy one  that is acceptable.

After you have been riding a while, you will be ready to trade up to a better saddle. When your butt is new to cycling, an acceptable saddle is as good as it gets. When you can ride 15-25 miles a day regularly get a nice saddle if you feel you need a different shape. Don’t believe anyone who says “this is a men’s saddle, or this is a women’s saddle.” Get one that fits and feels good. Ignore the rest.

3. If you can afford it, get a good set of wheels. After getting a frame that fits, wheels that are relatively light will give you by far the most bang for your buck.

4. If you are pushing your budget, buy cheap heavy tires. You will be replacing tires eventually, and then you can get some good tires. Wearing out tires will happen sooner than you think. That’s when you can buy better tires. You will be best served to really enjoy your bike, although frame and wheels will do the most toward that goal.

5. Next change your steel stuff out for entry level alloy if you must limit funds. Steel chainrings, brakes, seatposts, and derailleurs are a dead give away that they are sub-standard for someone who wants to be a real rider and can afford more than the minimum frame and wheels. They may work fine but they were put there to save money and they are heavy. Your motor cannot be changed. Weight matters. Used parts are often a good choice, but you need to really know parts design. Brand is not always a clear indicator. Ask a knowledgeable friend or expert consultant.

6. If your ship has come in, you can be picky but not arrogant about parts and prices. People who ”buy” into the sport usually do not become good nor happy cyclists. The most pricey and light gear will not perform for you out of the box if you have not already gained top level skills to utilize and appreciate them. From the experience in my shop days starting hundreds of folks to cycling, it takes as a minimum, three progressively better bikes as an adult to get to the top level, best for you. It doesn’t matter how much money you have.

7. Full Custom is usually not available or understandable to you until the third level of bike and thousands of miles. Small custom builders must charge 2-5 times as much as off the shelf mass produced bikes. If you do not know that they still mostly make less than minimum wages doing so, you will not appreciate their output anyway. Your best choice then is to buy an off the shelf imported bike and think you got a good deal. All small manufacturing concerns, one person to 60 people are squeezed by this math. Imports are cheaper because the factories are larger and they have the economies of scale. But they often also practice a lack of respect for good design that a small custom builder will have. Inexpensive or dear, a bike can serve you well if you take the time to choose. Take a ride with the local bike club and you will find there are far more important skills than a full wallet to keep up.

6 comments January 6, 2016

How to Ride Your Bike Every Day

Jim Langley on Cadillac Mountain in Maine.

Jim Langley on Cadillac Mountain in Maine.

By Raz

Jim Langley has ridden his bike every day for the past 22 years. That’s an amazing streak. His numbers are staggering:

  • 22 years
  • Nearly 8,000 days
  • More than 120,000 miles

Since December 30th, 1993, the former technical editor of Bicycling magazine has ridden every day. It’s a mind-boggling streak that begs the question: How did he do it? Perseverance and determination are certainly key factors, but Langley also has another element to credit: His Bike Friday Pocket Rocket.

“I could never have kept the streak alive without my Bike Fridays,” Langley said. “Some of my all-time favorite rides were made possible only because I had my Pocket Rocket along with me, like riding up and down the Haleakala volcano in Maui. If you’ve never done that you need to.”

Do you have a streak? If so, Like us on Facebook and share your streak and story with the world.

If you don’t have a streak, what better way to begin one than on a new Bike Friday Pocket Rocket or Pocket Rocket Pro?

It all starts with having a bike that fits your body and is equipped to do what you need it to do. Bike Fridays can fold and travel with you. Our cargo bike the Haul-a-Day can do the work of your SUV while you get exercise.

What’s stopping you from your streak?

Also, read Jim Langley’s Weekly Tech Column.

1 comment December 30, 2015

Give to BTA, win a Haul-a-Day

Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike among the cactusEach year the Willamette Week Give Guide helps raise money for nonprofits in the Portland area.

This year, in an effort to help the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, you can win a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day for donating to their cause.

The BTA works to make bicycling safe, convenient and accessible throughout Oregon via a range of advocacy projects and community education projects such as Vision Zero, a national traffic safety program that works to eliminate road fatalities.

The BTA was the leader in beginning school educational programs from which the Safe Routes to School programs emerged.

Visit the BTA Give Guide page to donate and learn more.

Add comment December 1, 2015

Haul-a-Day Camping Adventure

Who said you couldn't put a Cargo Bike on a car rack? Elle Steele refused to listen.

Who said you couldn’t put a Cargo Bike on a car rack? Elle Steele refused to listen.

Elle Steele packed up her Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, along with her kids, and came to Eugene for the Kidical Mass Camping Trip.

Read her adventure here.

Add comment August 26, 2014

Roadtreking on a Friday

Mike Wendland, who writes a popular blog for RVers, became a Bike Friday owner at the Family Motor Coach Association Reunion in Redmond, Oregon.

Mike wrote a bit about it on his blog in the section with live reports.

And, later, Mike filed this great video on You Tube about his first impressions.

 

 

Add comment August 18, 2014

Seeing Eye to Eye

Members of the Lane Regional Program for the Visually Impaired enjoy an afternoon in the sun riding Bike Friday Family Tandems along the Willamette River, thanks to the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.

Members of the Lane Regional Program for the Visually Impaired enjoy an afternoon in the sun riding Bike Friday Family Tandems along the Willamette River, thanks to the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.

By Raz

On the surface, Alan Scholz and Billy Henry might look as though they have little in common.

Alan, a Baby Boomer with gray edges up top, is Co-Founder of Bike Friday.

Billy, a Millenial with his hair spiked to a point in the middle, is Co-Founder of the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.

Spend a little time chatting with each, and their kindred spirit shines as one.

Alan started his first bike shop as a teenager in his parent’s basement in Fargo, N.D.

Billy started his non-profit organization in his parent’s garage in Vancouver, WA.

Alan designs Bike Fridays to extend the wonderful experience of cycling to others.

Billy just took delivery of his first fleet of Bike Fridays to deliver the wonders of cycling to others like him.

“I started with six kids in my garage, doing powerlifting,” Billy said about the organization he started to get visually impaired individuals out and active. “This year we’ll touch more than a thousand people. For a lot of them, it will be the first time they get to experience the joy of riding a bike.”

It’s known as the power of one.

“We like to do whatever we can to help organizations like this,” Alan said. “We actually sell quite a few tandems that allow visually impaired individuals to get out on a bike. In working with Billy’s organization, we’ve been able to come up with a discount program for fleets of tandems, and we want everyone to know that opportunity is out there.”

A fleet of eight Family Tandems sat in the Bike Friday Showroom awaiting delivery to the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.

A fleet of eight Family Tandems sat in the Bike Friday Showroom awaiting delivery to the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes.

Billy couldn’t wait to see his new fleet in action. He picked up the bikes at our Factory in Eugene, and drove them to the Rose Garden on the River Bank Bicycle Path for use by the Lane Regional Program for the Visually Impaired.

Each summer the Eugene-based program gets its students out for a day of riding. Billy was pleased to be able to provide the new tandems. On the same day, his organization had a ride going on in Portland. In coming weeks they will have rides in Salem and Albany.

Staff members of the Lane Regional Program for the Visually Impaired, parents and volunteers prepared for a ride on a wonderful summer afternoon in Eugene.

Staff members of the Lane Regional Program for the Visually Impaired, parents and volunteers prepared for a ride on a wonderful summer afternoon in Eugene.

“We spend the summer organizing rides throughout Oregon and Washington,” Billy said. “Last year we had a 60-year-old go on his first bike ride ever. This year a 55-year-old did the same. We have a lot of programs, but without question, bicycling is our most popular.”

The smiles and excited chatter among the group reflected the popularity of cycling. The Bike Friday Family Tandems are highly adjustable, allowing saddles and handlebar heights to be set for different captains and stokers. The 20-inch wheels provide a low center of gravity, and give small children more comfort being closer to the ground.

“The bike was great,” said Joel Phifer, a braillist with the Lane Regional Program. “It was nice to have a bike that fits someone smaller like me. In the past we’ve had to try to ride some bikes that were a bit too big for some of us.”

Billy smiled as he heard the review.

“I can’t thank Bike Friday enough,” Billy said. “This first fleet is just great, and I can’t wait for people to ride these. I’m going out and see how much money I can raise to get another fleet as soon as I can.”

 

Jonathan Gault steers while Mark Miller provides horsepower from behind. Jonathan's wife, Kristin, works with the Lane Regional Program and they have a son who visually impaired. They bought a Bike Friday tandem last year.

Jonathan Gault steers while Mark Miller provides horsepower from behind. Jonathan’s wife, Kristin, works with the Lane Regional Program and they have a son who visually impaired. They bought a Bike Friday tandem last year.

Joel Phifer captains while Kenza Minkler rides as stoker.

Joel Phifer captains while Kenza Minkler rides as stoker.

All shapes and sizes enjoyed pedalling along the Willamette River on a toasty summer afternoon.

All shapes and sizes enjoyed pedalling along the Willamette River on a toasty summer afternoon.

 

 

 

Add comment August 12, 2014

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