Pop-Up Plazas Love Bikes, Follow Up December 05 2014, 0 Comments
Our fair city, Portland, is doing something hip and oh-so bikey! In early October a block's worth of downtown streets will be made into a pop-up plaza. There will be a protected bike lane, cafes and lots of fun for everyone.
After the success of this, and similar events, Portland is ready to invest! New paint, new crosswalks and more are coming!
Check it out here
It's not what you ride.... November 30 2014, 0 Comments
Halloween on Bikes? October 02 2014, 0 Comments
Our fair city has a Halloween bike ride and mobile dance party. If you've got no plans, come to PDX and party.
Then again, these costume options would work just about anywhere (anywhere cool, that is).
We aren't sure if you need a trike for this one...
A favorite ET option
These are quite elaborate
Trends = Spotted! September 26 2014, 0 Comments
We wanted to share three of the favorites we found at InterBike.
Fat Bikes! They're so huge--and look utterly capable. Many people may test them out just to see if they're like a self-propelled ATV!
E-bikes are not new, but they're developing quickly. There's even a bit of an e-bike vs fat bike thing going around. To combine the best of both, Big Cat E-Bykes has the Fat Cat which is a sight to behold! We really like Long Island Electric Bike and our favorite way to try an e-bike would have to be with Let It Ride bike tours in Bend, Oregon. There's also a great new e-bike kit coming soon from the brilliant folks at Daymak. We're definitely staying tuned!
Glide Bikes has some of the finest craftsmanship available in some of the tiniest bikes out there. Glide's balance bikes are made with skill and precision. They're also making adaptive bikes which is an exciting new trend.
Touring August 25 2014, 0 Comments
Bicycle touring is a fun way to incorporate sport and beauty. In our state you can get brochures from the Department of Transportation that outline the opportunities. For riders who want to find adventure, we found that bike tour finder is an excellent resource. In Europe there are themed rides, supported tours and backroads rides to choose from. The World's Most Dangerous Road also has rides that the daring can take, and some dare to ride it for charity.
Bike and Scooter Fun Night August 19 2014, 0 Comments
Our community is having a bike and scooter fun night and we're getting it set. We've not done one of these before and our main goals are to keep it fun and simple. After reading all the pinterest-pretty suggestions and the intricate ideas, here's what we're doing instead:
It will be a fun night (as compared to a safety skills training)
There will be a special parking area and helmet table
Helmets will be judged for fit, decorations available for those who would like to get fancy and prizes awarded
A large parking lot will be divided into thirds
Slow course (bikes only)
During the timed slow course riders must follow a chalk line that is sometimes a bit curvy. They may not put their feet down or the timer stops. Each rider will be given their time at the end.
Riders go around obstacles trying for accuracy and speed. Any touch of an obstacle causes a rider to re-start
Separate heats will be available for bikes and scooters. This will be timed, or may end up as a race against a good-humored adult.
At the end of the evening, a bike wash (also known as a sprinkler you can ride under) will be available to enjoy!
Ride to school August 09 2014, 0 Comments
Infographics show that about 1% of children in the US commute to school on their bikes. The childhood freedom to bike to class could become something kids see on Leave it to Beaver or hear about at family reunion picnics.
This August as you count crayons and cross off class lists, pump up your child's bike tires and attach some Blox to their helmets. You'll be fighting childhood obesity, amping up the joy, bringing feelings of autonomy and helping keep your kiddos safe and healthy.
Biking fun in Portland August 06 2014, 0 Comments
Our city has bike events galore! Even events that are not bike-specific have become hybridized due to the popularity of riding in Portland. Recently a large yearly concert offered 200 bike parking spaces and was filled. Tomorrow, August 7, the local Street of Dreams is getting in on the fun. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance announced that there will be bike tours, bike gifts, bike-powered refreshments, a biking coach, and of course a VIP bike corral.
The Vee August 05 2014, 0 Comments
This past weekend some of the Wind-Blox team were out of town and borrowed bikes and helmets. When they donned the headgear it was surprising to see how others before them had worn these helmets. The straps were very loose and the 'vee' where the front and back strap from each side met to create the chin strap was actually near the chin of each rider. Obviously these helmets needed adjustments if they were to be useful for promoting safety!
As the Blox team adjusted their borrowed helmets, they realized that the 'vee' could be something that customers might not consider when attaching Blox to their helmets. For best use of Blox, the 'vee' should be close to the rider's earlobe and the chin strap should be snug.
Timeless July 11 2014, 0 Comments
In an industry where there are always new models, lighter frames and cleaner lines to be had it is good to remember that, "Bicycles may change but cycling is timeless."
these parts? here
Wind Tests For Blox June 14 2014, 0 Comments
Engineering interns at George Fox University are testing the effectiveness of Wind-Blox in the lab. Early results confirm the wind noise reduction of up to 80%, proving Blox in cool technical ways.