We are just under two months of owning our new Fender Blender Pro + Vitamix, bicycle blender, and I am excited to say it is a hit! We already knew that bicycle blenders are a great resource to promote fitness and nutrition at our outreach events, and we are very pleased at the quality of your product.
I have personally held several bike rodeos and been able to have a bicycle blender at the events, which was provided by Humboldt State University’s Campus Center for Appropriate Technology. Unfortunately, the CCAT program only has a couple of bicycle blenders, and they are in great demand in our communities. Now, by owning our own bicycle blender, we are confident that we will have this resource available for all of our events.
The Fender Blender Pro will be used at 4 annual bicycle rodeos, our annual health fair, and at other appropriate opportunities, such as our pre-natal parenting classes aimed at the Latino population. We first began with a staff training, and then took our knowledge and Fender Blender Pro out to the communities we serve. See for yourself how we have already put our Bicycle Blender Pro to use with these photos:
St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County
A 20″ bike is the smallest bike you can use with our FBU bike blender. This will allow you to get the youngest kids pedaling. The small size of the frame on 20″ bikes means that there may be some customization needed to install the rack at the correct height.
Tip 1: Do not use the extension pieces.
The directions in our owner’s manual say not to use the flat brackets, shown below, which provide multiple holes for achieving the correct height on larger frames.
Instead, use the bottom hole on the FBU’s rack as shown above.
Tip 2. Use P-Clamps to achieve the correct height. Even if you follow Tip 1, you may not able to get the roller of the FBU to sit low enough to make good contact with the tire. Here’s a photo example:
On a good install, the surface of the rack should only be about 1-2″ from the spot on the tire where you want the roller to hit (the widest part). Note that in the photo above, the distance is about 3″ so the roller is making any contact with the widest part of the tire.
In this case, you must do the following workaround to get the rack to sit lower: Use P-Clamps to grab the strut of the rack. P-Clamps now come with every 20″ kit that we sell.
Take a look at the example of how to use them:
Here’s a closer look:
View the video directions to mount a bike in our stationary stand:
The technical needs of a Pedal Powered event vary greatly depending on audience size, venue, and power needs of musician’s devices. The questions in this post will help you to know what features are most important for you, and how much power you’ll really need. Please answer these questions and email us using the contact form. Also, please check out some of our recommended packages to see systems intended for different crowd sizes: http://rockthebike.com/pedal-powered-stage-packages
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The 6th Annual San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival was our biggest ever and a milestone for our grassroots Human Powered Music Fest. Many thanks to the bands, fans, and our huge volunteer crew. Any one of the 3 phases of the day would have been epic enough. But we had a beautiful, idyllic daytime music festival in the park, an outrageous mobile party, and a post-modern urban block party all in one day. Daytime: 500+ people in a meadow, enjoying live music in the beautiful sunshine… Followed by a fire-truck dodging, freeway underpass screaming, Fossil Fooling LiveOnBike session, with captain Ariel using no electric assist to pull 3 performers and audio gear weighing 250 pounds on our Mobile Stage… Followed by a street party with an elevated stage, a glowing Bike Tree, and a 3-person pedal powered stage lighting system.
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