Fender Blender Bike Blenders from Rock the Bike


Above: A Fender Blender Pro with Vitamix Upgrade is the center of attention

A bike blender from Rock The Bike is an amazing way to bring people together. You can raise money for charity, host a bike party, blend refreshments at a race, and teach kids about healthy eating and exercise in a way they’ll always remember.

All of our Bike Blenders are handmade in our workshop. Designed and assembled with love for you to crank out the smoothies and the pedal power.

The three models of Fender Blender (FB) bike blenders are

FB Pro: Optimized in function and form for human power
FB Universale: Compatible with any bike
FB Xtracycle: Clips easily on to an Xtracycle utility bike

Check out a short video for an intro to bike blending and some key differences between the three models.

All three models are compatible with the Vitamix Upgrade (below), as well as the Pedal Powered Spin Art Attachment.

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*UPGRADE OPTION* Commercial grade VitaMix blender  -  2x the volume and 2x bigger blades, giving better circulation of ingredients for faster, more consistent and gratifying blending. Compatible with the FB Pro, FB Universale, and FB Xtracycle. This 6 minute video shows in depth the benefits of the Vitamix:

  • Bike Blender parts now made from recycled milk jugs

    Rock the Bike is excited to announce that the custom plastic components of all the Fender Blenders are being made from 100% recycled or reused plastic. Historically, these parts have been made of virgin HDPE (high density poly ethylene), and now will be made from a recycled source of the same material – recycled milk jugs.

    Rock The Bike has always sought to make products that help individuals tread lightly on the planet. Making sure that our products utilize as much recycled materials in the manufacturing process and contain as many recyclable components as possible is an exciting way to deepen our commitment to being a truly environmentally minded outfit.

  • Non-Proprietary parts, easy to maintain

     

    From the gears, handlebars, and bearings on the blender, to the Oster blender blade and pitcher, you won’t have a problem finding and replacing many of the parts on your Fender Blender. Should your chain wear out (after thousands of smoothies, mind you!) Any bike shop should be able to service your bike blender.

    If you are missing a part, we’re more than happy to get you a new one! Use this link to get replacement parts

     

  • Where can I see a bike blender and taste a pedal powered smoothie?

    There are various smoothie shops around the United States that incorporate bike blending into their business. Use the interactive map to find your closest location!

  • Can I get a replacement Fender Blender Pro manual?

    Above: Rock the Bike’s new frame (February 2013) Click here to view, download, or print the FB Pro Manual (Feb 2014 – now)   Click here to view, download, or print the FB Pro Manual (Feb 2013 to Dec 2013)   Click here to view, download, or print the Fender Blender Pro manual (versions until Nov [...]

  • Can I get replacement parts for missing or damaged pieces?

    Yes! Use this photo to identify which parts you need. Then email us or give us a call at 1-888-354-BIKE so we can get you bike blending again. Use the video (below) to see how to dissemble and reassemble your blending component.

  • Bike Blending: How many crew? How much ingredients? How many bikes?

    Here’s a copy of a recent receipt from Trader Joe’s for a Bike Blending event that served 100 people.    To serve the most people in the least time, here are the factors to consider: - Ingredients. This is the easiest. Ingredients cost $0.60 per 8 oz smoothie. Scale this to meet your crowd needs.  [...]

  • Is my Fender Blender compatible with the Spin Art attachment?

    Pedal Powered Spin Art is compatible with all models of Fender Blenders: Pro, Universale and Xtracycle. If your Fender Blender was purchased before 2011 chances are you will need a new spindle. The photo shows the proper spindle: If your not sure send a picture of your spindle to customerservice@rockthebike.com

  • I love your Fender Blender bike blenders. Do you make one for kids?

    Yes. Rock the Bike offers 2 Fender Blender options for kids. We offer a Fender Blender Universale with an extra long roller and a Stationary Stand to reach 20″ wheels for kids approximately 6-10 years old. The FBU will include P-Clamps for your rack to attach to your 20″ wheel properly. Click here to read [...]

  • How do I make a thick and tasty smoothie with my Fender Blender?

    NOTE: The directions below are good to follow for the proportions, but not the order. Do not start with ice! The blade needs to get moving and a piece of ice can jam it. Start with something soft like chunks of banana! We’ll be updating this page with up to date photos. First, fill up [...]

  • Are there sponsorships and grants available for my Nonprofit?

    Bike Blending in action at Longfellow Elementary’s Spring Carnival Our Nonprofit Discount Program grants awards of 10% off your purchase of Rock the Bike gear to a limited number of nonprofit or educational applicants per quarter and has a simple application process. Requirements: - Proof of nonprofit status (501c3) – Paragraph of who your nonprofit [...]

  • What do you offer for customizing the frame color and printing our design on the wheel and frame of the Fender Blender Pro?

    Above: Full Wheel Wrap, Flaming Saddle Upgrade, and modified handlebars. ($810) Custom branding on Fender Blender Pro We can produce custom logos with our printing partners and install them to our customers’ specification on the Fender Blender Pro. Above: Customized Full Wheel Wrap, Custom Color, Frame Branding, and Vitamix Upgrade ($1,050) We provide a full [...]

  • How long does it take to blend a smoothie with the Fender Blender?

    It takes about 30 seconds of medium-hard pedaling to blend a smoothie with a Fender Blender.

  • Can the Fender Blender be adjusted to different resistance levels?

    The Fender Blender Pro has only one gear. The way to make it easier or harder is to change what you put in your blender pitcher. For example, smaller ice cubes are easier to crush than larger ones, and frozen fruit is easier to crush compared to fresh fruit with ice.

  • Brainfood promotes Nutrition and Health with a Bike Blender

    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 [...]

  • Something Good in the World's Holiday Craft Fair sold more fruit smoothies at our fundraiser than ever before, thanks to the bike blender

    At Something Good in the World‘s Energy of Youth Concert, teenagers performed and raised enough funds to purchase a Bike Blender from Rock the Bike.  Every year, the Blue Star Youth Movement members make delicious organic fruit smoothies for Something Good in the World’s Holiday Craft Fair, and this year, anyone who wanted a smoothie [...]

  • Earnest Graham from NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bike Blends at Florida Dietetic Association's Conference

    This video is from the Florida Dietetic Association’s Conference breakout session “The Learning Connection” where the Dairy Council of Florida and Action for Healthy Kids hosted participants and their children as they learned and participated in healthy lifestyle activities, such as bike blending Earnest is using a Fender Blender Pro to make a delicious, healthy [...]

  • Bike Blender Impacts Communities with New Perspective on Healthy Eating

    My name is Jeremi, I am the Family Market Coordinator at the Capital Area Food Bank located in Washington, DC. My role at the food bank is to help supply food to schools that are in high-need, and under-served areas around the DC, MD, and VA regions. I really enjoy what I do, especially knowing [...]

  • Blender Bike & Spin Art Cycling: Spinning Toward a New Type of Celebration

    MONTE VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL | ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO Like many schools, Monte Vista Elementary School depends on fundraisers throughout the year to maintain special programs and student activities. Cake Walks, cookie dough sales and a BBQ with typical, unhealthy fare were some of the school’s most popular fundraisers. Over the past few years, the school’s [...]

  • Fender Blender Pro helps Cabot Creamery win Guinness World Record for largest sMOOthie

    We did it, set a new record for making 400lbs of smoothie!!!  Thanks for everything, the bike was a huge hit.     Best, Karen Cabot Creamery   The ‘Cow Bike’ is a  Fender Blender Pro (with Vitamix upgrade) customized to look like a cow. Custom wheelcover, saddle, and vinyl spots helped Cabot Creamery brand [...]

  • Shasta County loves their bike blender

      “We LOVE the bike blender and use it all over the community!” — Lorraine, Public Health at Shasta County Shasta County is using a Fender Blender Xtracycle.

  • Enjoyed our bike blender greatly at the retreat.

    We have been enjoying our bike powered blender greatly. We used it on saturday for a Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge Retreat and it will be used again this Thursday for a end of the semester party for our campus bike coop. -Miwa in Minnesota

  • The kids enjoyed bike blending on the community ride.

    "The kids really enjoyed being able to make healthy smoothies as part of their community ride! Our budget is extremely tight and we would love to be able to add this component to our community rides with your support." -Bike Smart

  • Wheely Fun Wheels - Pedal Powered Variety

    "Last year we bought a bike blender for our Xtracycle and haven't looked back! It has now taken over as our main business." -Alastair of Wheely Fun Wheels

  • A Blast

    “Here’s some pictures of the pedal palace! It was a blast.” She and her partner Beda used the Fender Blender Universale to raise money at festivals. Local cyclists pitched in, carrying all the fruit to the Pedal Palace debut. -Ruby from Colorado

  • Tips for a Successful Bike Blended Smoothie Booth

    First: Check with your local Health Department on what they require at temporary food/beverage stalls. These vary by county so if you’re planning to travel check them all.

    Below is a blend of our experience at large crowd events and working with Bay Area health departments.

    The Bare Minimum:

    - Fender Blender Bike Blender

    - Multiple pitchers. This is a personal preference. We bring one for each flavor on the menu, plus a vegan/dairy-free one to keep the booth running smoothly. Less pitchers than flavors means washing between blending.

    - Tables. One for food prep is a must, and one for cleaning and hand washing areas.

    - Cups. A no-brainer. Something to serve your smoothies in! Be green and use compostable cups.

    - Knife & Cutting Board. For cutting bananas, rinds, or green tops. We recommend a kitchen knife with a sheath and Flexible Cutting Sheets

    - Cooler. Keeps your frozen and refrigerated items nice and cold.

    - Trash and Compost Receptacles. Leave no trace.

    - Helping Hands. We recommend at least 2 people to a smoothie booth: one to handle money and sales, one to make smoothies. A third is also helpful to work solely on the bike, adjusting the seat for riders and coaching their blending.

    Up To Code:

    - 3 wash bins (Wash/Rinse/Bleach). Make sure your pitchers fit in them (especially if Vitamix). Also remember to bring enough dish soap and bleach to fit your food permit requirements. Sponges are very helpful! If multiple people are working or taking shifts, we recommend labeling the bins.

    Hand Washing Station (dispenser, water, catchment container, soap, towels). We set a 5 gallon water dispenser on a table with a plastic bin underneath to catch the gray water. Hand soap and paper towels are near/on the dispenser.

    - 10 x 10 tent with walls. Many Health Depts require a tent to prevent debris from falling into your food and/or prep station. The tent must have walls to keep people/animals/debris out.

    - Food Service Gloves. The simplest way to keep your hands clean and the health department happy.

    Maximize Your Profits:

    - Smoothie Booth sign. Increases visibility from across the space, thus increasing your sales and profits!

    - Menu & Pricing signage. Saves you having to tell every customer, and the line moves faster when people decide on a flavor while waiting for your previous customer to bike blend theirs. Our sign reads ‘$5  Save $1 if you bring your own cup’ because we like to promote a waste-free event as much as possible!

    - Secure cash box. You don’t want your hard-earned money walking away! Lock it up.


     

     

     

  • Raspberry Sorbet with Pink Champagne Recipe

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    Above: Executive Chef Ned Bell serves bike blended Raspberry Sorbet w/ Pink Champagne to hungry guests.

    From the Chef:

    This is an incredibly easy recipe!

    We make all our own Sorbets here at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, but you should just buy some excellent raspberry or strawberry sorbet from Bella Gelateria…

    In the bottom of your Blender Bike, add:

    • 1 cup fresh berries
    • 1 cup frozen but soft sorbet
    • 1 cup of your favorite sparkling wine!
      I love BC sparkling like Sumac Ridge or Blue Mountain!
      Rose Bubbles are perfect for a warm spring or hot summer afternoon of evening treat!

    Spin like a mad man (or woman) to incorporate well!

    Serve in a mason jar and top with some additional fresh berries, some fresh mint, a wedge of lime and bit more bubbles poured on top! Enjoy!

     Here’s an excerpt of the evening’s recap:

    Fresh Raspberry Sorbet – made with the Vega Blender Bike!

    The highlight of the night (for us and everyone else at YEW that night) was this fresh raspberry sorbet!  Chef Bell blended a “special” vegan dessert just for us– and by blended, we mean “cycled” using the infamous Vega Blender Bike.  Not only were we entertained throughout dessert, but we thoroughly enjoyed the layering of this treat.  Dehydrated strawberries on bottom added beautiful texture.  And the sparkling rose that accompanied the sorbet really hit the spot.

    Go here to read all about The Vegan Option’s dinner with Chef Ned.

    Watch Chef Ned bike blend up some Kale Pesto:

     

     

    Chef Ned Bell, Executive Chef at Hotel Vancouver, is an avid cyclist.

     

    Click here to see more Pedal Power recipes
    If you have a recipe you’d like to share with the bike blending community, please send it to customerservice@rockthebike.

  • Moberi's 'Ferngully' Smoothie Recipe

    Here’s something our friends over at Moberi have been making lately. This smoothie is filling, but a bright energy booster to help through the busy holidays and winter season!

    Fill your pitcher with:
    1 Handful of Greens (mostly Kale and Collards)
    1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
    1 TBS Coconut Oil
    1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple
    1/2 Fresh Banana
    1 TBS Almond Butter
    1 TSP Maca (optional)

    Pop on the lid, get the pitcher on your bike blender of choice, and blend until smooth (30 – 60 sec).

    For more Pedal Powered recipes, please check out: www.rockthebike.com/recipes

    Moberi is making bicycle powered smoothies on the streets of Portland!

     

  • Recipe: Nut Butter from a Bike Blender

    Nut butter is packed with protein and can be a healthier alternative to smoothies.

    Above: Cashew nut butter freshly pureed with Pedal Power!

    Ingredients:

    At least 4 ounces of your raw nut of choice (cashew, almond, pecan, etc.)

    If you desire roasted nut butter put a layer of nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Stir once or twice to prevent burning.

    Puree It In Your Pitcher:

    Pour raw or roasted nuts in your Vitamix pitcher and begin pedaling. It’s that easy!

    If it feels like it’s getting caught up on the edges of the pitcher you can use a little water to help the blending process. You can also scrape down the edges in between blending to help. It should be completely mixed in about 10 minutes. Raw nuts require a little more pedaling.

    You can serve up as is, or mix in salt, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. for a little extra flavor.

     

    Watch the Fossil Fool blend it on the Fender Blender Pro (Vitamix). Nut butter starts at 3:23:

     

    Click here to see more Pedal Power recipes
    If you have a recipe you’d like to share with the bike blending community, please send it to customerservice@rockthebike.

  • Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe

    We served Pumpkin Pie Smoothies at Berkeley Sunday Streets. This is a great seasonal treat for the fall and requires very little cooler space at an event.

    In your pitcher add:

    1 banana
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1 cup vanilla yogurt
    2 tbsp honey
    1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

    Top with 1 cup ice and place on your bike blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

    Pro Tip: Bring a can opener with you to the event, or buy pumpkin puree in a carton.

     

    Click here to see more Pedal Power recipes
    If you have a recipe you’d like to share with the bike blending community, please send it to customerservice@rockthebike.

  • Smoothie Recipe: Paradise Punch

    Paradise Punch is very popular flavor at many of our bike blending events. When someone has their first sip they typically make a statement along the lines of, “Wow, now all I need is a hammock!!!” It’s probably because the flavor is so refreshing and slightly reminiscent of a Piña Colada that it makes you wanna lay in the sun and enjoy the world around you. Now you can bring more smiles to faces with this refreshing treat.

    Ingredients:

    Frozen Pineapple
    Frozen Mango
    1 Ripe Banana
    Yogurt (greek or regular)
    Orange Juice
    Ice

    Prep It In Your Pitcher:

    1. Peel your banana and place it in the bottom of your pitcher

    2. Add 1/2 cup yogurt

    3. Scoop in 2/3 cup of frozen pineapple and 1 cup mango

    4. Top with roughly 1 cup of ice. Less can be used too.

    5. Fill up the pitcher with OJ until it tops the ice. This is roughly 16-24 oz of juice.

    6. Cover with the lid and pop onto your bike blender! Blend until smooth (roughly 30 sec – 1 minute, depending on how hard you pedal.)

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    Click here to see more Pedal Power recipes
    If you have a recipe you’d like to share with the bike blending community, please send it to customerservice@rockthebike.

  • Spring Harvest Smoothie Recipe

    Jones Valley Teaching Farm shared this refreshing, seasonal smoothie recipe:

    Harvest spinach and strawberries, if available- figs, blackberries, raspberries and mulberries

    This makes one blender full- about 10 sample cups.

    ¾  cup spinach

    ½  cup strawberries

    ½  cup other berries and figs

    ¾  cup OJ

    ½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt

    ½ banana

    Mix all ingredients together in bike blender and let student pedal. Serve in 3 or 5 oz. paper cups.

    Bike Blending with an FBU at Jones Valley Teaching Farm
    Above: A youngster pedals the Fender Blender Universale at Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

    Click here to read more about the Fender Blender Universale at Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

     

    Click here to see more Pedal Power recipes
    If you have a recipe you’d like to share with the bike blending community, please send it to customerservice@rockthebike.

  • Bike Blender parts now made from recycled milk jugs

    Rock the Bike is excited to announce that the custom plastic components of all the Fender Blenders are being made from 100% recycled or reused plastic. Historically, these parts have been made of virgin HDPE (high density poly ethylene), and now will be made from a recycled source of the same material – recycled milk jugs.

    Rock The Bike has always sought to make products that help individuals tread lightly on the planet. Making sure that our products utilize as much recycled materials in the manufacturing process and contain as many recyclable components as possible is an exciting way to deepen our commitment to being a truly environmentally minded outfit.

  • Non-Proprietary parts, easy to maintain

     

    From the gears, handlebars, and bearings on the blender, to the Oster blender blade and pitcher, you won’t have a problem finding and replacing many of the parts on your Fender Blender. Should your chain wear out (after thousands of smoothies, mind you!) Any bike shop should be able to service your bike blender.

    If you are missing a part, we’re more than happy to get you a new one! Use this link to get replacement parts

     

  • “How Do You Moo” Contest Winners Celebrate Success with Legen-Dairy Bike Blended Smoothies

    Got Milk? The Bonita Springs Middle School does.

    Bonita Springs Middle School eighth grader Luc Kellum and his younger sister, Madelyn Kellum recently won the “How Do You Moo” district-wide poster contest sponsored for the third year by the Lee County School District’s Healthy Living Lab program and The Florida Dairy Council.

    To honor the first place students, the Lee County School District and Florida Dairy Council officials visited several schools. The award ceremony and breakfast party for Luc and Madelyn took place Friday, Feb. 21, at the school’s cafeteria with Luc’s fellow classmates.

    After selecting different fruits for a smoothie, Luc hopped on a blue-color blender bike and started pedaling to make smoothies for his classmates.


    Above: Bonita Springs Middle School student Luc Kellum, 13, rides the Fender Blender Pro, a stationary bike-powered blender, during a celebration for his and his sister, Madelyn’s, winning entries in the “How Do You Moo” Lee County School District-wide poster contest on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Their poster designs will be featured in next year’s Florida Dairy Council campaign regarding the importance of healthy eating choices.

    “Keep going,” said Lori Nelson, manager, dairy health and wellness at Dairy Council of Florida, based near Orlando. “You have to pedal a lot. You have to work for it.”

    Soon enough, the smoothie inside the blender started to turn the color pink.

    For about an hour, more than 20 students joined the fun of riding the blender bike, sipping smoothies and talking photos — some wearing milk mustache stickers — at the photo booth area.


    Above: Madelyn Kellum, 11, passes out fruit smoothies to her schoolmates during a celebration for her and her brother

    The Florida Dairy Council officials said they plan to use students “How Do You Moo?” poster designs on its website, newsletter, and other mediums to promote dairy products to children.

    Nelson said there are many beverages available for children that milk falls to the wayside.

    ”We want to make sure they understand the benefits of milk and the importance of it in their diet,” she said.

    The first place winners receive a $100 gift card to Target Stores and a surprise gift package from The Florida Dairy Farmers. But according to Dairy Council officials, the true excitement for the winners is getting to see their poster designs driving by on The Healthy Living Lab truck and seeing them on the website, hanging in their school or on the kitchen wall of The Healthy Living lab TV Show set.

    Luc, who received a $100 gift card to Target Stores, and Madelyn, who won $75 gift card to Target, said they didn’t know what they were going to buy with their prize money.

    “I have some shopping to do,” Luc said.

    Perhaps he’ll go buy some yogurt for his smoothies.

    This article was posted on February 25th by The Banner. For the full article please go to: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/feb/25/bonita-springs-middle-students-win-poster/

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  • Brainfood promotes Nutrition and Health with a Bike Blender

    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.

  • Mississippi 4-H Youth and UnitedHealthcare Promote Healthy Lifestyles with a Bike Blender

    UnitedHealthcare and Mississippi 4-H youth hosted a Family Fun and Fitness Day for Jackson-area families to promote healthy eating and exercise at the Mississippi Basketball & Athletics facility.

    The event was part of the UnitedHealthcare Mississippi 4-H “Eat4-Health” partnership, now in its third year, which aims to reduce obesity rates among young people and families in the state through youth and community-based education and awareness programs.

    At today’s event, UnitedHealthcare’s mascot Dr. Health E. Hound joined Jackson-area youth, their families, 4-H youth and community leaders, including Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, for fun, healthy activities such as relay races, fitness games, dance routines and basketball shoot-arounds. There were also hands-on cooking demonstrations, healthy-smoothie competitions with a “blender bike,” nutrition information and free Body Mass Index (BMI) health screenings.

    Left: Cheered on by Dr. Health E. Hound and Mississippi 4-H program leader Manola Erby, nine year old Joseph Walker pedals to create a healthy smoothie using a “bike blender.” The Family Fun and Fitness event was part of the UnitedHealthcare Mississippi 4-H “Eat4-Health” partnership, which aims to reduce obesity rates among young people and families through youth and community-based education and awareness programs. The activities at the Family Fun & Fitness Day are part of a series of trainings and events made possible by a $30,000 grant provided by UnitedHealthcare to Alcorn State University Extension Program, which administers 4-H programs to all counties in the state. (Photo: Business Wire)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “This is an innovative program, and I applaud the work by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and 4-H to help raise awareness and educate our youth and their families about their health,” said Mayor Lumumba. “They have encouraged youth in a fun, positive way to become more engaged in their eating habits and physical activities.”

    The activities are part of a series of trainings and events made possible by a $30,000 grant provided by UnitedHealthcare to Alcorn State University Extension Program, which administers 4-H programs to all counties in the state. Participating youth are encouraged to share their experiences within their communities and promote healthy living with their friends and families.

    “We’re pleased to see our partnership with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan grow and reach new audiences here in Mississippi,” said Manola Erby, a program leader for 4-H. “Helping youth make better choices and staying healthy is at the core of 4-H values, and in the past three years we have reached thousands of youth with these positive messages thanks to the support of UnitedHealthcare.”

    “UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with Alcorn State and Mississippi 4-H,” said Jocelyn Carter, president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi. “These types of events and learning programs administered by 4-H enable us to provide youth and their families with important resources and tools to live healthier lives.”

    Mississippi 4-H is one of nine 4-H programs around the country receiving a grant from UnitedHealthcare in 2013 as part of the Eat4-Health partnership. Each 4-H program uses the funding to provide innovative, hands-on learning approaches to support healthy-living programs through youth education and community awareness. The goals are accomplished through events such as health fairs, cooking demonstrations, after-school programs, workshops and educational forums, among others. UnitedHealthcare employees team up with 4-H at many of these events and assist with the planning or execution of projects that lead to positive, sustainable change at the community and individual level.

    The Mississippi Eat4-Health partnership, administered by Alcorn State University, builds on UnitedHealthcare’s successful partnership with National 4-H Council that began in 2011. Through the national partnership, UnitedHealthcare has provided more than $1.3 million to support healthy-living programs, events and other activities administered by 4-H that encourage young people and their families to eat more nutritious foods and lead more active lifestyles that include fun and regular exercise.

    According to America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis, obesity is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. Mississippi is ranked 49th in the nation, with nearly 35 percent of the population considered obese. Obesity continues to be one of the fastest-growing health challenges in the nation.

    The bike blender referenced in this article is the Fender Blender Universale.

     

  • Dairy Council Awards $48,000+ to Healthy School Team Leaders for Bike Blenders....Amongst Other Things!

    Santa came early this year delivering more than $48,000 in grant funds to the Healthy School Team Leaders for each of the 12 Winter Park Consortium schools at their holiday party at the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) on December 11.

    Representatives of the Dairy Council of Florida played the part of Santa, presenting king-sized versions of grant checks to HST Leaders and their principals who joined them for the party. They also brought along a photo booth, games and a bicycle blender to add to the festivities.


    Above: Bike blending on the Fender Blender Pro

    The grants were awarded through the Dairy Council of Floridas Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program.  The program was created by the National Football League in collaboration with the National Dairy Council to decrease child obesity.  As part of the program, schools are invited to apply for grant funding for programs and activities that encourage healthy eating and physical activity.

    Grant dollars will be used for a variety of projects ranging from the purchase of blender bikes children ride to make smoothies to the creation of a cooking club, the support for healthy food and smoothie tastings, and the addition of a white board to promote healthy eating.

    To promote physical activity, the grants will be used to buy pedometers, bicycle helmets, roller skates and related safety supplies, bicycles, heart rate monitors and a table tennis set.

    The partnership with the Dairy Council of Florida is new this school year, and was made possible with the help of Melodie Griffin. She serves as an independent contractor to the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) responsible for coordinating bi-monthly HST leader meetings, providing technical support and helping identify resources and external funding sources to help leaders in meet their goals.

    Do you know of a school that needs help funding a bike blender in 2014? Please direct them here!

     

    Story Source: http://healthykidstoday.org/2013/12/dairy-council-awards-48000-plus-to-healthy-school-teams/

  • Sun 'N Lake Elementary's Smoothie Bike is Part of the Schools 'Fuel Up to Play 60' Awards Ceremony


    Above: Sun ‘N Lake Elementary fifth grader Jackson Colquitt puts the pedal to the metal to mix up a homemade smoothie on the Smoothie Bike as part of the school’s ‘Fuel Up to Play 60‘ awards ceremony Thursday. Coach Willie English (right) looks on as his students work together to maintain healthy lifestyles.

    To read the whole article, please go here: Healthy habits pay off for group of Sun ‘N Lake Elementary students

    More about the Fender Blender Pro.

  • FBISD Schools Receive Grants to Fund Bike Blender

    The Oliver Foundation awarded Healthy Choices Grants to three Fort Bend ISD schools – Dulles Middle School, Missouri City Middle School and Oyster Creek Elementary School – to support their efforts in developing innovative programs to help improve students’ nutrition and physical activity habits.

    The Oliver Foundation awarded a $3,000 Campus Grade Level Grant to Missouri City Middle School for the purchase of a Fender Blender Pro, a blender bike from Rock the Bike. The human powered, stationary blender bike is allowing students and staff to spin their way to health as they prepare smoothies. The bike has an actual blender attached to it that works as someone pedals the bike. The faster you pedal, the quicker it blends.


    Above: Shown with the blender bike are (from left): Ivan Sanchez, Kalyn Parks, Coach Michael James, Kevin Butler, Dominique Scott, Marla McNeal-Sheppard, FBISD Assistant Superintendent; Karen Crittenden, School Nurse; Bayli Mosley, Angel Johnson, Lola Washington, Health Teacher; and Dr. Jesus Acosta, Principal.

    “We are so excited and grateful to The Oliver Foundation,” said Karen Crittenden, school nurse. “Our goal is to continue to generate excitement about being healthy and to encourage everyone to increase their physical activity and eat more nutritious meals.”

    The blender bike is used school-wide. Health teachers use the bike as a healthy incentive for students to make fruit and vegetable-based smoothies with low-fat dairy. The blender bike is also used as a healthy and fun icebreaker at faculty meetings. The Human Services class uses it to make healthy spreads like hummus and pesto. The Teens Against Tabacco Use (TATU) and Move It! club members use the bike at outreach events to teach others about healthy lifestyles. The bike is even being used by custodians and cafeteria employees during their lunch and afternoon breaks.

    For the full article, please go here: http://www.fortbendstar.com/2013/11/13/fbisd-schools-receive-oliver-foundation-grants-to-support-health-initiatives/

  • Fender Blenders in the Press

    The Jay Leno Show


    The Biggest Loser

    Disney Channel’s TRYathlon
    White House chef Sam Kass coached 3 contestants on how to make a healthy, delicious smoothies.
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    After bike blending they served their fresh beverages to the other teams–in their trophy cups, of course!
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    Today Show

    The man who has battled different flavors of the world in “Man V. Food” and crowned the best sandwich in America talks about his newest Travel Channel venture, “Fandemonium,” which shows super-fans in the U.S. and Canada celebrating their passions with over-the-top tailgating. On his adventures he comes across a bike blender and find it to be the perfect tailgating gear for the margarita-minded fan.

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    Watch the Clip: http://www.today.com/video/today/52449827#52449827

    Travel Channel

    Fandemonium goes to Anchorage, Alaska where they find off-the-grid party ideas. One of these great find is the bike blender.

    Fandemonium

    Watch the Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tL_xFui3IY

    Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen

    The whole premise of this show is to create a meal in the allotted time frame while withstanding various challenges and curve balls that are thrown their way by the other competitors. The Fender Blender Universale was incorporated into the show by forcing one chef make two full pitchers of margaritas before they could continue to cook.

    Watch Alton Brown discuss the Cutthroat Kitchen episode (and bust out the bike blender one more time) in an installment of Alton’s After-Show.

    Shark Tank

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    One of our clients, Ryan Carpenter with Moberi, was recently pitching his smoothie stall to the “sharks,” or investors, to get funding to increase his offerings.

    Watch Ryan’s pitch and the sharks bike blend here.

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    Also check out the press some of our customers have received:

    Wheely Good Smoothies

    Kaiser Permanente on NBC

    Travaasa on Access Hollywood

    Habana Outpost on ABC7

    Bicycle Transportation Alliance on FOX12

    Travaasa on Austin’s KXAN

    GrowNYC in The Daily Traveler

    Travaasa on NY1

    Paradise Cafe in the Juneau Empire

    Smoothie Cycle in SunThisWeek

     

  • Fender Blender Pro helps Cabot Creamery win Guinness World Record for largest sMOOthie

    We did it, set a new record for making 400lbs of smoothie!!!  Thanks for everything, the bike was a huge hit.
     
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    Best,
    Karen
     
    The ‘Cow Bike’ is a  Fender Blender Pro (with Vitamix upgrade) customized to look like a cow. Custom wheelcover, saddle, and vinyl spots helped Cabot Creamery brand the bike to complement their dairy products. The Guiness World Record was achieved May 3, 2013 at the New York Bike Expo. Read their press release here.
     
     

  • NPR's Jen Sharpe checks out Human Power on All Things Considered

    Seeing human power as a tool for community building, his company: Rock the Bike, sells what might make a good mascot for the human power movement: A pedal-powered bike blender called the Fender Blender.

    NPR’s Jennifer Sharpe interviewed Rock The Bike in August, and also attended the California Academy of Sciences Night Life event the night Rock The Bike brought the Pedal Powered Stage.

    Recording the sounds of a shop for NPR by leifcycle.

    In the shop on the day of her visit we were finishing up a build of a new hybrid Electric Mundo that we used at Nightlife as one of our generators.

     

    david butcher and his pedal-powered prime mover by sharpeworld.

    Sharpe also interviewed David Butcher, a pedal power afficionado based in the Mountain View, who seems to get younger as the years pass.

    lonnie green and his human powered bulldozer by sharpeworld.

    And she visited Lonnie Green in Grass Valley who came up with a Pedal Powered earth mover.

    Transcript excerpt:

    (Soundbite of song, “Sending Out”)

    Mr. FOSSIL FOOL (The Bike Rapper; Founder, Rock the Bike): (Singing) You got to leave your Prius outside the club. You got to leave your Hummer outside the club.

    SHARPE: Pedal-powered bike rapper Fossil Fool, also known as Paul Freedman, is out on the steps of San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences. Seeing human power as a tool for community building, his company: Rock the Bike, sells what might make a good mascot for the human power movement: A pedal-powered bike blender called the Fender Blender.

    Mr. FOSSIL FOOL: Almost everyone that buys it, the first thing that they want to do with it is they want to take it out into their community and share a sweet, thick, bike-blended smoothie.

    (Soundbite of a blender)

  • Habana Outpost profiled on CNBC, owner pedals a Fender Blender

  • Goodlifer profiles Habana Outpost

    Because of its crowd appeal [the Fender Blender Pro] is probably the [eco-friendly feature] that gets the most attention at Habana Outpost.

    Habana Outpost

    This past weekend, Habana Outpost celebrated its season opening with an Earth Day Expo, featuring kids’ activities, outdoor film screenings, an eco fashion show, workshops, local vendor booths and live music. We arrived promptly at noon on Saturday, hoping to beat the crowd (which on this first warm day of the year could be nothing but insane). We did, and were the first to make use of the smoothie “bike blender”, a stationary bike with a blender attached to it — pedal and receive $1 off your smoothie, seems like a deal too good to pass up. Even though it may not be the most efficient eco-feature, because of its crowd appeal it is probably the one that gets the most attention.

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    Taking the bike blender for a blueberry spin.
     

    Habana Outpost: bike blender

    TV cameras hovering over the coolest eco-feature, the human-powered bike blender

    Sean Meenan opened NoLita’s Cafe Habana and Habana To Go in 1998, with a mission to serve home-style Latin food with unique Cuban and Central Mexican accents. Habana Outpost, located in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, is the third member of this culinary family. Besides being a fun place to spend a sunny day, Habana Outpost is NYC’s first eco-eatery, aiming to reduce wasteful consumption and promote sustainable solutions by using earth-friendly practices in the design, construction, and day-to-day operations.

  • Sierra Magazine plugs the Fender Blender

    It takes just a minute to whip a morning smoothie or an after-work margarita with a pedal-powered blender from Rock the Bike.

    Fender Blender Universale in Sierra
    Fender Blender Universale in Sierra

    It takes just a minute to whip a morning smoothie or an after-work margarita with a pedal-powered blender from Rock the Bike.

    Sierra Magazine cover
    Sierra Magazine cover

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