Chobani Team USA Spin Class video going viral. Here’s our behind the scenes look.

Feb 22, 2014Posted by in Blog, Featured News | Comments Off

With viewcounts racking up, Chobani’s Team USA Experience is officially going viral. 30 everyday athletes are introduced into a new environment and invited to pedal to power an incredible spin class that unfolds before them with live music, interactive LED art, and a huge hillside projection.  Rock The Bike produced the Pedal Power Spin Class system and the interactive lighting: per-bike LED strips that  responded to individual pedaling effort, and a 16′ LED mandala. The 4-speaker sound system was the same we use at our Pedal Powered DJ events and medium-sized concerts. You can see the all important Pedalometer (the light tube that shows pedalers how hard to pedal) and two of our generators: the Generator Pro and the Generator Wheel and stand combo.

Here’s a Behind-the-Scenes look that shows our experience of producing the Spin Class. You can follow the captions and dialogue to see how we recognized and overcame one of our main technical challenges: too much power.

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Brainfood promotes Nutrition and Health with a Bike Blender

Jan 16, 2014Posted by in Blog, Featured News, Fender Blender Bike Blenders from Rock the Bike, Fender Blender Universale, Media, Reviews | Comments Off

A look at the workshops the Community MVPs have done with Brainfood‘s very own bike blender.

As the President/CEO of Youth Service America said, “The smoothie tasted even better knowing that I contributed to it.”

Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment. They are using the Fender Blender Universale Stationary Kit for their workshops.

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Highlights from Ecochella at UCLA

Jan 5, 2014Posted by in Blog, How to produce a Pedal Powered event, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Highlights from Ecochella at UCLA

Ecochella was a student-produced live music event on the UCLA campus that was completely bike-powered thanks to our Pedal Powered Stage. We drove down to LA in a loaned pickup truck, carrying with us a 12-bike system ready for an audience of up to 1000 students. 

 

The size ended up closer to 500, but the cool part was how engaged those students were. We had solid Pedal Power, great music, and a climactic all-up-front closer, the Dustbowl Revival. Hats off to student organizer Rachel Woods-Robinson for wanting to bring a human powered concert to UCLA. Check out the videos below.

Many colleges and Universities produce some type of Spring Fling concert on campus. By involving Human Power, the campuses can take advantage of a huge learning opportunity. Above, a dynamic sign shows how much Wattage has been generated by students so far.

More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockthebike/sets/72157633641398367/with/8813100129/

More videos:

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Holiday Greetings (reprint of newsletter)

Dec 21, 2013Posted by in Blog, Featured News | Comments Off

Holiday Greetings (reprint of newsletter)

Bike Blenders growing in popularity and variety. 

Above: Wheely Good Smoothies in Baltimore continues to dazzle at farmers markets with their customized Fender Blenders. The newest is their Rainbow Fish (using the Fender Blender Pro as the base).

 

Bike Blenders continue to be a force for good, both out in the world and in our business. Good for business because of the amazing outreach that happens each time our customers use their blenders in the community. Thank you, we really appreciate it! We’re seeing strong interest and even fellow human power entrepreneurs, i.e. competition, in the UK and Australia. There is an increasing acceptance among event people and educators that bike blenders work: they’re reliable, fun, engaging, and educational, and you get to nourish people with thick, healthy, tangy smoothies and other treats. 

It’s an exciting time for innovation on Bike Blenders at RTB as well. We’re stoked to be working with BlendTec on a new Fender Blender (BlendTec) line. High performance, American-made, and with a mission that resonates with ours, the Utah-based company (both manufacturing and design / HQ) are pedal powering their very own Fender Blender Pro (BlendTec) and raving about it.         

“We’ve been getting an awesome response all around internally and externally!” sayeth BlendTec. 
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3000-person Pedal Powered concert system fits in briefcase. Rock The Bike’s biggest custom build to date.

Nov 17, 2013Posted by in Blog, Featured News, Generator Pro | Comments Off

3000-person Pedal Powered concert system fits in briefcase. Rock The Bike’s biggest custom build to date.

Demolding montage
Demolding wave guides. Each of the slots is at a slightly different angle, allowing the 6 tweeters to reach different parts of the crowd.  Photo: Mike Cobb.

It’s always exciting when you move from the brainstorming and drawing phases of a custom project into the hands-on, smelly, goopy, dusty build phase. That’s happening right now for a project that could hopefully have a big impact on how we do our largest Pedal Powered concerts. It doesn’t have a concise name at the moment, so I’ll call it the 3000-person Pedal Powered Concert System that Fits into a Briefcase. Another name I’m considering is “America’s Concert” in honor of the AC72 America’s Cup boats that partially inspired it. It’s also inspired by Fukishima & Global Warming, Bike Party, James Bond, and Rube Goldberg.

It’s a new way to reduce the volume and weight of our 12-speaker concert PA system, using ultralight materials and a stacking / nesting / Russian Dolls redesign of the loudspeaker cabinets. 

Loudspeakers contain lots of air. Air is what allows them to reproduce low frequencies like bass notes and the beat of dance music.  But it means that they take up lots of space.

 
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World’s Largest Human Powered Music Festival returns to San Francisco June 22. Be There!

May 30, 2013Posted by in Blog, Featured News | Comments Off

World’s Largest Human Powered Music Festival returns to San Francisco June 22. Be There!

We co-produce and Pedal Power this annual community-powered music festival which always falls on the Saturday closest to the Solstice. This year, our 7th, is going to be our best ever. Please say you’ll join us :)

Check out this amazing video from last year’s event:

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