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We get to see and touch and test all sorts of great cycling gear here at our world headquarters. But we actually get to meet very few of our customers in person.

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Monthly Archives: April 2006

BikeTrailerShop.com & Outside Magazine

This week the Wandertec CELLO showed up in Outside Magazine’s Buyer’s Guide. Though it was only a brief mention, we were happy to be mentioned in this widely read magazine and have the CELLO presented with a host of quality bike touring products.

We also added another dealer to our dealer list this week. BikeTrailerShop.com is a website focused around bike cargo trailers as well as bike trailer parts and accessories. They currently feature BOB Trailers and will be adding a full range of other bike cargo trailers soon.

US Needs Better Personal Transportation

I’ve been thinking about our transportation/energy problems here in the US of A.

Bare with me as I explain the flow of my thoughts. Because the US is big, successful, and spreadout, trains are not able to provide a large level of transportation solutions as is they do in Europe. Partly because trains aren’t available on a large scale level, we are instead nearly completely reliant on automobiles.

In the US, because trains aren’t necessarily a viable solution we must focus on improving our various modes of personal transportation.

The first avenue and possibly the most effective avenue to look down is to make automobiles more efficient. This should be done through both incentives and penalties.

The second avenue is to encourage means of alternative transportation for local transport. Every person should have a bike, moped, motorcycle, or electric car for local transportation.

Even with a significant shift, people would often still need to rely on cars for long distance travel, carrying large items, traveling in bad weather, and traveling for the disabled. But for local transport there is an incredible under use of alternative transportation that is vastly more efficient than using an automobile.

How do we get people to use alternative transportation?

Can we offer tax incentives?
Can we create coalitions of alternative (secondary, local) vehicles for bikes/mopeds/motorcycles/electric cars?
Can the government give out bicycles?
Can a business somehow lead or show the way?
How about a business that offers all of these transportation alternatives?
How about getting more infrastructure to support these alternative vehicles?
Why don’t environmentalists and bicycle advocates form coalitions that support all forms of light weight, efficient transportation:mopeds. motorcycles, electric cars, etc?

Wandertec Sax On the Way

After a winter of bike commuting, the arrival of spring makes the bike commuting that much more fun. I’ve been dusting off the mountain bike for some much needed trail riding as well.

We are looking into the possibility of sharing some space at Interbike with our local friends at VooDoo cycles… http://www.voodoocycles.net/ . We are planning on launching the Wandertec Sax at Interbike, a fabric liner for the BOB trailer.

Our European partner Michael shot us a link to this interesting website… http://bikefurniture.com/ . Check out this fun, inspired, recycled art work.

To Bad You’re Stuck In Your Car

We have been brainstorming ideas for slogans for t-shirts. Whenever I’m cycling through traffic I always feel a sense of pride to be out in the open air getting myself where I want to go. I also usually feel a little bad for the poor sops stuck in traffic in their metal and plastic exoskeleton.

But rather than sympathize with them, I’d prefer to rub it in their face a little bit in an effort to get them to take their bike instead for their next errand. So sometime in the near future, we are likely to print off a run of Wandertec t-shirts stating boldly across the back, “TO BAD YOU’RE STUCK IN YOUR CAR…”

I’m interested to know how many of you would enjoy rubbing it in the face of all those that you breeze by on your bike. Of course there are more subtle ways of getting the message across. But sometimes it takes a little bit more of a strong message to penetrate the thick exoskeletoned, plush leather, filtered ac, surround sound system, 300HP-world of our car dependent brothers and sisters everywhere.