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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Viola!-Bike Case for Folding Bike

I am eagerly awaiting photos of a new concept – a case for a folding bike that fits around a BOB trailer. I received a call last week from a fellow BOB enthusiast who had fabricated the devise in his garage and was eager to compare notes on it with the CELLO. This sounds like it is a great solution for traveling with a BOB trailer and folding bike and not having to worry about the oversize fees associated with traveling with a full sized bike and case. Bike Friday has a similar concept going with a bike trailer built around a Samsonite suitcase that can be then used to store the bike. This idea is similar in nature but with the benefit of utilizing a high performance BOB trailer. This fellow BOB enthusiast was interested in passing the idea along in exchange for a small kickback on the profits. Though we’ve considered the idea before we are eager to see if his design can help move the concept forward. This is how great things can sometimes begin, a phone call, and a few photos. We’ll be experimenting with the idea to see how it works. Perhaps a new product for 2007′..Viola

CELLO Debut In Europe

It’s the dead of winter but already I’m getting a rumbling excitement for the cycling season ahead. I’m kicking things off with a trip to Holland where I will be displaying the CELLO for the the first time in Europe. The show is the Fietsvakantiebeurs – Cycling Vacations show on Feb 18th and 19th in Amsterdam see more at http://www.fietsvakantiebeurs.nl/. Leave it to the Dutch to have a bike show specifically for bicycle touring and adventures.

I’m being hosted by my European dealer Bike4Travel and will be showing the CELLO to support them at their booth. I’m quite looking forward to the opportunity to meet up with the entire group working with Bike4Travel who have shown great interest and enthusiasm for the CELLO.

It should be a great adventure with a group ride planned the day after the show. I plan on doing some cycling and touring myself in the days following the event.

Check back for a report on how the show went in late February.

Walk the Talk (aka Bike the Hype)

Recently, I decided it was time to walk the talk and really ride my bike as much as I possibly could for all of my daily transportation needs. The idea was for my Honda Element to sit in my driveway except when I was embarking on long trips or had loads too big for my BOB trailer.

I started this back in October. I knew that I would need to invest in a few things to help facilitate my agenda especially upgrading my winter riding gear. I also recently got myself a new VooDoo Bizango. I decided to turn my old Specialized S-Works Hardtail into my dedicated commuter bike. To do this I installed a stiff fork, fenders, and an Esge double kickstand that works great to keep my bike up even with a loaded BOB.

With my new rig, apparel, and mission I was saving more gas and staying in better shape than I had been in a while. In the past I sort of had the agenda to focus on riding my bike as much as possible, but I often found excuses to just take the car instead. Even as a life-long cyclist and developer of cycling products, I sometimes found it hard to resist the ease of using a car. The investments in the appropriate gear went a long way into easing this transition into dedicated minimal car use by making my bicycle appropriately equipped for the commuter tasks at hand, and often getting me to my destination faster than the car.

Beyond benefiting from savings on gas and more riding time, I have found this a great time to really experiment with the full capacity of the BOB trailer. As Wandertec looks to develop new products, commuting is a great way to test out many of these new concepts. Recently I’ve been testing a prototype trailer liner that makes it easy to just toss stuff like groceries in the back of the trailer without having to secure it in a bag. I’ve also been taking CELLOS orders to the FedEx and thinking about ways to mount a platform on the BOB for hauling larger items.

With the coldness of winter cycling really entrenching here in Flagstaff, I still occasionally drift back to using the car when my bike is really the more appropriate tool. I figure writing about my new cycling plan will help keep me on track to Bike the Hype.

A New Blog for the New Year

I’ve decided to liven things up at Wandertec.com with a new Blog. I’ll be renumerating on all of the events that are spinning through the Wandering World.

What is going on anyway? I just got a call from Outside Magazine. They are doing a piece on the CELLO for the Spring touring section. Always very much appreciative of the press activities especially with such a big time outfit as Outside.

We are busy with preperations for the CELLOS debut in Europe at the Cycle Vacations Show in Amsterdam. We will be displaying at the Bike4Travel booth www.bike4travel.nl. For more info… http://www.fietsvakantiebeurs.nl/ This should be a great opportunity to see what they think of the CELLO on the other side of the pond. I get the feeling that they will be really into it as the passion for bikes in Holland is immense.

New ideas for products are spinning through my head and will be working on them in the comng year. Some of the highlights are a fabric trailer liner for BOB trailers, A version of the CELLO that works independently of the the BOB trailer, and an LED light that mounts onto a BOB trailer fender.

Happy Wandering In the New Year!!!