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Creating the New Ever-E-Day Electric Cargo Bike

Why and How we have created the new Ever-E-Day

 

This new electric bike has a mission:

Ever-E-Day Accessories

The Ever-E-Day has a mind blowing array of accessory options to customize for your cargo carrying plans.

Breaking through limited beliefs about electric and cargo bikes to offer liberating transportation for people responding to Climate Change. High quality, versatile and able to change with your needs over time.

Inspired by our customers, climate change and a deep appreciation for the healthy, low impact beauty of a human on a bike. This bike is the best one we have ever built for daily life!


How it Started

It started with Bike Friday Co-founder Alan Scholz listening to customers asking for electric assist that travels and is light weight and……. Through his research and experiments over the last several years developing the Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike and electrifying all the other Bike Fridays, he realized many people really need a bike that the world thinks is “impossible”. Alan thought Bike Friday could really break through the limiting beliefs in the bike world and create a break-through bike (just like he and brother Hanz did in 1992 with the first high performance folding bike that also fit into an airline suitcase).

 

Alan set a list of design goals and he accomplished them:

Break the weight barrier! – Typical electric bikes weigh over 50+ lbs  and the typical cargo bike weighs even more. The typical electric cargo bike weighs over 60+ lbs! – (weight considered safe to lift by OSHA maxes out a 50lb) – The Ever-E-Day electric cargo bike starts at 36lbs.

Breaking the limitations of battery range by offering choices to fit your needs! The Ever-E-Day Minimalist comes with a light weight battery that goes 30 miles on one charge. You can also upgrade to a larger battery that goes 60 miles. You can even get 2 to swap out for a back-up on a century ride. There is even an option for an Airline check-able battery making it the only electric cargo bike you can fly with.

Break the price barrier! – Typical high quality electric bikes start around $2,500 and go up – (The Ever-E-Day starts at $2,195)

 

Break the size barrier! – Typical electric bikes have the same small choice of sizes that other bikes have at the dealer, often not fitting the tall and short people well. – The Ever-E-Day frame adjusts in 3 places to fit riders 4′ to over 6′ on the spot.

Break the travel barrier! –  Typical E-bikes and Cargo bikes are too large and heavy to fly and their batteries are illegal on planes. – The Ever-E-Day packs into a standard airline suitcase,  is lighter and smaller for easy storage and has a battery option that is legal to fly by airline with.

Break the label & perception gap! – The Ever-E-Day is designed to ride like a world class bicycle that’s packed with flexibility to fit into your every day needs. Stripped down and with the battery removed the Ever-E-Day is great bike to ride at 33 lbs (with battery its 36lbs and gives electric assist).

 

 

 

Said another way the Ever-E-Day does more at less weight and less price than any bike out there!

 



Next Alan Started Making Prototypes in our shop in Eugene on the weekends.

 


Then the whole Bike Friday team started riding prototypes as we always test new products out on ourselves first!

Willie (engineer) and Brad (Service Manager) loaded up an Ever-E-Day with 665lbs and rode it through potholes and over curbs trying to break the frame before the tires gave out. There were a few bent frame spots but we couldn’t break it!

Hanna (Bike Friday President) takes the Ever-E-Day on her weekly shopping trips.

 

Kent ( Electric assist expert and customer service tech) took the Ever-E-Day to do some tree planting in a local park. It handled the trailer with 3 little trees and tools just fine!

 

 

 

Willie (Engineer and Marketing Assistant) took the Ever-E-Day on a 60 mile trek through the woods on gravel roads and then did his grocery shopping in the rain.

 

 

 

We didn’t plan to have the Ever-E-Day be an electric gravel touring bike but it looks like it can do that too just fine!

 

 

 

 

Fraeda (bike builder, reception and marketing support) lives 100% car free so the Ever-E-Day is now her every day transportation!

 

 

 

 

Will (Customer Service Phone Support) was so excited to get an Ever-E-Day as his daily ride he stripped his old bike and put all the parts on this frame in 2 days! Now he rides it as his daily transport rain or shine (and it has been raining buckets here this winter).

The Scholz sisters made sure it was fun to ride even with a load!

Ever-E-Day Accessories

The Ever-E-Day has a mind blowing array of accessory options to customize for your cargo carrying plans.

– The Ever-E-Day is Coming Soon and will begin delivery in May 2020 –

Bike Friday’s Black Friday Special

At Bike Friday we build many colors of high performance bikes that are easy to fold and pack, we even offer 2 colors of Black!

If you are looking for a high quality bike made in the USA that fits your size, your choice, your style AND you want a great deal — check out these Black Friday deals below.

 

Black Friday at Bike Friday

Choose One of these Options:

  • Free Shipping up to $300 International

  • Order a New Bike and Save up to 20%

  • Order a Pre-loved Bike and Save up to 50%

  • Overhaul or Upgrade your old Bike Friday and get Free Shipping in USA

– Contact us before end of day Cyber Monday Dec 2nd to qualify –

Call us 800-777-0258

(a real live person who rides a bike will answer!)

Email us at info@bikefriday.com 

(a real live person who rides a bike will respond with in 24hrs)


Financing Available :
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It Must Be Fun!

All Holidays should have some fun so we put together this tongue twister to get the laughs going. Can you do this tongue twister? We tried it and……..go ahead and laugh at us…..

 

We hope you had fun with this Black Friday Sale and tongue twister!

Breaking News: Bike Friday Looks for a New Business Partner

We are doing it different, as usual!

 

 

Just like when we started the company in 1992 and the bike industry thought Alan and Hanz were crazy saying that making a business selling custom travel bikes, that fit in a suitcase, and cost $1,000…was impossible. Then… we went direct to the customers, and it worked!

So now we take an ‘unusual step’ again and reach out to the Bike Friday community.

Alan and I have discussed the big new potential we see for Bike Friday to grow into the future and have concluded it will take marketing skills and financing we do not currently have on our team. As Alan nears 70, we have decided its time to look for some one who does have those skills and financing and who sees the vision and possibilities we see. We are inviting a key investor or new owner to join or take over this amazing Bike Friday community and help make the next steps to an exciting future.

Bike Friday is unusual in many ways and we see the community shares those same special values.

Being open and direct is one of our values and it allows us to talk directly to the Bike Friday community. You are the ones that really understand the special product, values and brand in a way that people unfamiliar with the Bike Friday experience do not.

Our biggest opportunities in the market:

  • Electric pedal assist – Our bikes are the lightest and most versatile options : We build some of the lightest e-bikes on the market today. We build the only electric folding bikes that you can fly on the airline with. We build the lightest electric cargo bike in the world (The Haul-a-Day)…..These are all the top growing markets and we have key products that fit the trends.
  • High quality bikes for city lifestyles and people of all sizes: We build bikes that are easy to store and carry in small spaces on other transportation systems for compact simple city lifestyles AND we fit the largest size range of people of any folding bike in the world. Compact city lifestyles are the focus on the younger generations and short and tall people are not being well served by what is on the market today.

Details of what Alan and I are planing in a possible transition:

  • The Bike Friday community is the life blood of the company and we know it! We will still talk direct with customers, still have a real bike rider answer the phone, still help you find the best bike for your needs etc…
  • Alan and I remain passionate about Bike Friday and are interested in remaining and contributing.
  • Alan is almost 70 and still passionate about bikes improving peoples lives, and he wants to focus just on designing new timely products
  • We are still committed to employing skilled people handcrafting our products, right here in the United States.
  • The marketing channels and skills to market our special bikes have changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. We have great products but many people don’t know about us. This needs special marketing skills, connections and funding to address.

In this endeavor we are committed to finding the right person that shares our values and love of bikes.

If you know of someone who might be a good fit we would love to hear suggestions from the community.

Alan and I are working with Bell Lap Advisors to help us consider the options. All serious inquiries should be directed to Russell Cree, Managing Partner at Bell Lap Advisors, russell@bell-lap-advisors.com or 503-501-8121.

About Bell Lap Advisors: As a boutique M&A advisory firm, Bell Lap Advisors works with founders, leaders, and operators of small and lower mid-market businesses in the outdoor, action sports, and active lifestyle industries to find the best outcomes for their ventures. Bell Lap Advisors has extensive experience in the cycling industry, including Machines for Freedom-Specialized, and Powertap-SRAM acquisitions.


Contact:

Bell Lap Advisors

Russell Cree

503-501-8121

Russell@bell-lap-advisors.com

Remaining committed to the mission,

Alan Scholz and Hanna Scholz

Vision of the future:

Reduce reliance on car culture through personal transportation solutions that support healthy modern lifestyles and sustainable communities one great bike at a time. Be a climate action contributor.

The mission of the company:

Be a company with a conscience offering elegant transportation solutions for modern world problems. Passionately build high quality, versatile bicycles, personalized to empower people, with freedom and convenience, to ride anywhere on a bike that fits them.

 

Bike Friday Climate Action

Be Powerful!
Join Bike Friday in Climate Action

 

At Bike Friday it’s not just about cool bikes. Its about making the world healthier to live in.

 

Lets get serious together. The children are marching in the streets and we each need to take personal action to live sustainably ASAP! Each one of us can make a difference in the way we live our daily lives.

 

It will take each of us making many steps to a healthier world and biking for transportation is one of them. You have already taken the first steps by riding a bike as an adult. Thank you!

Bike Friday has chosen to design and build bikes with our planet in mind:

  • Local Manufacturing – All steps from raw tubing to full bike are done in Eugene Oregon USA

  • Choosing steel – Most repairable and recyclable

  • Powdercoat paint – Lowest toxicity, most durable

  • Electric Assist – We don’t think everyone can have an electric car but an electric bike is much more possible

 

Build to Reduce Waste through:

  • Built to Order – To build only what people want

  • Built to last – One bike can last through the generations

 

Re-using and repairing bikes also reduces waste:

  • Trade-in program – Supports trading in an old Bike Friday for credit towards a new Bike Friday. The old bike is refurbished at the factory and then re-sold through our Pre-loved Bike Program.

  • Pre-loved Bike Fridays – Help close the waste loop by purchasing a used Bike Friday before a new one. Re-duce, re-use, before recycle. We have several Used Bike Fridays for sale Here.

  • Electric Assist Retrofit – We offer retrofits of electric assist systems to existing Bike Fridays. No need to order a whole new bike to get e-assist if you still love the old bike.

 

You can read about our commitment to earth values Here. We continue to be driven by this mission in what we build and how we build it.

 

We designed these bikes to help people live a healthy, low carbon lifestyle.

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    We are curious to see how willing the Bike Friday community is to use your personal power for climate action.

     

    What are you willing to do?

    Are you willing to change your current lifestyle to use less resources and create less pollution? Are you willing to increase your use of your Bike Friday and other healthy forms of transportation towards this end?

     

    Take Action Now:

    • Share your actions below in the comments on this page to inspire and support others to do the same. We need each others support to make this happen!

    • Also share your story on social media:

      #climateaction  #greengeargreen  #bikefriday

    • Send your pictures and stories to us in an email : info@bikefriday.com

     

    When we all pedal in the same direction, with all we have, we will move this world forward for the next generation.