Row, Row, Row Your…Bike?
Our bikes are well known for their quality ride, folding capabilities, but most of all their versatility. However, every once in a while a customer comes to us because they need their bike to fill a specific purpose.
Brian D. is one of those types of customers. Brian called us last fall after his bike was tragically stolen while he was out rowing on his boat:
“For the last fifteen years, I have been towing my rowing shell with my REI touring bike 71/2 miles to Suisun Marsh. I call this my bike/row/bike. Last fall I had the unfortunate experience of having my bike stolen while I was rowing. I had it locked to a fence. The bike thief dismembered the chainlink fence and cut the chainlink to remove my bike.”
Having your bike stolen is disheartening enough that anyone who’s had their bike stolen can tell you it is almost enough to want to give up on cycling all together. Brian was down, but not out. He had previous experience with Bike Friday as a Tandem Two’s’day owner, which he would commonly ride with his wife. However, it was his daughter who convinced him to get back in the saddle and try something different:
“Well, I was going to retire from bike/row/bike, but my daughter talked me into getting a folding bike to use for the towing. That way i could place the folded bike in the rowing shell at the waterfront.”
From there it came down to working with a Bike Friday Design Consultant to figure out how we could build a bike that best served Brian’s needs. Working with Steve, Brian configured a New World Tourist with a few key features that made it the ultimate towing bike:
“The staff at Bike Friday reviewed what I needed and we decided the New World Tourist would be the perfect tow bike. Its low center of gravity, disc brakes, steel frame, and gearing have lived up to my expectations.”
Another happy customer! We’re so glad to be able to help people when they come to us with unique situations such as this one. Here’s a short clip of Brian towing his boat with his new bike: