Haul-a-Day Celebration

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Michael McKern toasted the release of the Haul-a-Day at a local celebration in Eugene, while powering the sound system on the Haul-a-Day provided by Pedal Power, a Eugene company and Bike Friday partner.

 

     EDITOR’S NOTE: On the first evening of August, a dynamic group of families gathered at the house of Shane MacRhodes to celebrate the official arrival of Bike Friday’s Cargo Bike, the Haul-a-Day.
     The event brought together the many individuals who contributed in various manners to the birth and growth of the Haul-a-Day from an idea spawned by Shane to the latest offering in Bike Friday’s line.
     Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz, who worked closely with Shane and others, wrote this Thank You note:

     Hi Shane, Missy, kids and Haul-a-Day revelers:
     Thank you so much to the MacRhodes family for bringing us all together at your house for what I feel in retrospect could be an important historical event for Eugene.
     What a great community this is that the long/cargo bikes brings together!
     The pieces are all there including what we all know is number one central, our families.
     I was so pleased and proud to be part of it with my family and the other families that were there. I feel we are all one family now.
     For a first event it was very appropriate to be at Shane’s. He came up with the idea for a Bike Friday Cargo Bike, and the name of the Haul-a-Day.  Thank you for that partnership with him Missy! It has been good for me. Clearly family fits the “necessity is the mother of invention” concept well with your family.
     If we want to do the right thing and keep riding and “Arriving by Bike” even after kids, then the Haul-a-Day is the right response.
     Such wide interest makes for huge moral support that new complicated far reaching products like this really need to succeed. Few products I have done before have gotten such vocal moral support for them than the Haul-a-Day.
     This was really a very special group with many years of very specific unusual experience and talent represented that is sure to put Eugene and the Haul-a-Day on the map of “Helping make bikes an integral part of our lives.”
     A big thank you to each of you for the contribution you have given to this unusual and exceptional design team. From the folks who made the jigs, brazed, welded, painted and assembled the bikes to all the beta testers.
     I hope you all know who you are. I could not have done my part without all of your contributions and support. Perhaps someone will want to record the specifics as it is getting to be quite an interesting and far flung story.

     I hope you all know who you are. I could not have done my part without all of your contributions and support. Perhaps someone will want to record the specifics as it is getting to be quite an interesting and far flung story.
     I feel it was one of those magic happenings.
     A special thank you to my daughter Fraeda who pulled this event together and not only cut a lot of the tubes for the beta Haul-a-Days but laced a lot of their wheels while sewing all their cargo bags. Thank you and love you Fraeda.
     Thank you to my wife Theresa for her unwavering support and her patience with months of me seeming to work 24/7.
     And to my daughter Hanna for keeping the rubber side down for the business while I have been so distracted by the scope of this project.

Best in Cycling to all of you,
Alan Scholz

      Shane MacRhodes, who worked closely with Alan in developing the Haul-a-Day wrote an entry on the night on his blog, FULLY LOADED.

Shane MacRhodes (left) talking Haul-a-Days with Lyn

Shane MacRhodes (left) talking Haul-a-Days with Lyn Hudgins (with the helmet on)

A Haul-a-Day Convention!

A Haul-a-Day Convention!

After Pedal Power provided the music, Open Air Cinema, another Bike Friday partner, provided movies powered by a Haul-a-Day.

After Pedal Power provided the music, Open Air Cinema, another Bike Friday partner, provided movies powered by a Haul-a-Day.

The Open Air Cinema setup can stream a You Tube video from a smartphone to an audience almost anywhere!

The Open Air Cinema setup can stream a You Tube video from a smartphone to an audience almost anywhere!

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