Fender Blender Universale

Crank out smoothies at your party, school, or cafe with pedal power!
Crank out smoothies at your party, school, or cafe with pedal power

 

The FBU is the most affordable way to bring the magic of human power to your school, organization, event, camp, or home. Almost any bike will work. Pop it on a stationary stand, and start blending!

The advantage of the Fender Blender Universale (FBU) is its simplicity. After a secure installation of the included universal rear rack, you can take this bike blender on and off your bike in under a minute without tools. This means you won’t have to take a bike out of commission just because you want to use it for bike blending. You can use your favorite bike for everyday transport and then blend when you want to.

FITS TO YOUR BIKE

The FBU fits the mountain bike or city bike you already have. Dust off that old bike and bring it back into service by bike-powering treats for your guest, students, and fans. Click here to view the ideal bike for bike blending.

EVERY FBU COMES WITH A RACK

The basic Fender Blender Universale set up includes a universal rear rack that will attach to nearly all:

>> Mountain bikes (26″-29″ wheel size)
>> Hybrid/Road bikes (27″/700c wheel size)
>> Young adult bikes (24″ wheels)
>> Children’s bikes (20″ wheels)

The included rear rack features vertical adjustability which allows for the range of compatible wheel sizes. This solves problem of your rack sitting at an angle because you happen to have a small or large bike frame. A sturdy rear rack like the one included with your FBU is a great help for other human powered feats, like buying blendables at your farmers market. Now you can carry more stuff around town and take all that stress off your back. Click here to read tech tips on how to install an FBU on a 20″ bike.

Included in the box are fully illustrated instructions to get you setup and blending ASAP, or view and download the manual here.

INNOVATIVE MOUNTING SYSTEM

Two stainless steel hooks hold the blender base in place and secure the blender to the rack. Unique clamping design allows for a range of blender positions that accommodate tire widths of up to 2.25 inches. Machined plastic parts are dishwasher safe, virtually unbreakable and made of 85% recycled material.

Hand-drawn instructions show you how to get the best results. Call us for helpful customer service if you’re confused.

WHAT YOU GET:

The Fender Blender Universale comes with a rear rack, blender base, and one Oster-compatible pitcher.

If you’d like to blend in place, you will also need a stand to elevate the rear wheel. We now sell the Fender Blender Universale Stationary Kit, as well as the Fender Blender Universale Stationary Kit with VitaMix Upgrade so you can buy it all in one click!

View the video directions to mount a bike in our stationary stand:

*NEW UPGRADE* – Commercial grade VitaMix pitcher
2x the volume and 2x bigger blades, giving better circulation of ingredients for faster, more consistent and gratifying blending. This 6 minute video shows in depth the benefits of the Vitamix:

Click here to buy the Fender Blender Universale with VitaMix Upgrade

 

NEW GROOVED BEARING WORKS WITH SPIN ART ATTACHMENT

Pedal Power Bearing

Every Fender Blender Universale has our new custom Pedal Power Bearing (PPB), with a groove for side chain activities like Pedal Powered Spin Art. You can start making a splash at events with Bike Blending, then later expand your offering with Spin Art. Or consider the Fender Blender Universale and Spin Art Kit, which can even include a bike and stationary stand!

  • 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

     

  • Is My Vitamix Pitcher Compatible with Your Bike Blender Base?

    We have seen the bike blender work with the Vitamix Creations II 48 oz. 12-in-1 Variable Speed Blender‘s pitcher, as well as our own (Advance Container). We cannot guarantee every blender pitcher from Vitamix is compatible, but you’re more than welcome to ask Vitamix directly. We use Vitamix’s sound reduction pad (Vitamix 15579) and Drive [...]

  • 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 replacement parts for missing or damaged pieces?

      Yes! Use this photo to identify which replacement 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

  • Tech tips for installing a FBU (Fender Blender Universale) on a 20" Bike for little kids

    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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • What makes an ideal bike for blending?

      We encourage you to look for the following features in a new or used bike when identifying the right bike for your Fender Blender Universale: Wide size range (long seatpost, low top-tube or step-through / ‘ladies’ style frame) 26″ or 700c wheel size with smooth tires No rear suspension Eyelets on frame for rack [...]

  • How do I blend smoothies in stationary mode with the Fender Blender Universale?

    The FBU requires a trainer to be able to blend smoothies in stationary mode. Without a trainer, you’ll literally have to ride around the block to blend a smoothie. We sell a good-quality basic trainer.  Call us at 888-354-BIKE if you have more questions about Fender Blenders.

  • 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 [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • FBU has a great debut

    We had a great debut for our Bike Blender this weekend! Lots of people were checking out the bike, taking pictures and asking for Rock the Bike’s website.       The guys at Princeton Sports who helped me install it are talking about getting one for their shop too!   Thanks! The Ulman Cancer [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Phat Beets uses FBU at Farmers Market to promote healthy eating habits

    Phat Beets Produce works to connect small, marginalized farmers to urban communities through farmers market, CSAs, and gardens.  The pedal powered smoothie bike is for our youth and community based free farm stands in North Oakland.  We heard about the smoothie bike from OBUGS.  We are using funds from Farmers Market Consortium group to promote [...]

  • FBU Fits Perfectly into the Farm and Nutrition Education Program at Jones Valley Teaching Farm

    Jones Valley Teaching Farm is in the middle of downtown Birmingham, Alabama and is a valuable resource to the community. They have helped improve healthy food access by providing community garden plots to downtown residents and sell their produce on site as well as at the Saturday Farmer’s Market. While they are a production farm, [...]

  • Bike Blending at the Driftless Music Festival in Viroqua, WI

                                We had a great event in Viroqua, Wisconsin blending smoothies at our first annual Driftless Music Festival. The [Fender Blender Universale] worked amazingly well, blending up frozen strawberries and ice, and the kids loved it! – Lynn K.

  • FBU at Berkwood Hedge Recharge Station for Bike to Work/School Day

    Berkwood Hedge School has been enjoying our Fender Blender Universale.  The EARTH class (2nd grade) was the first group of kids to test-ride our bike blender.  They were impressed by its efficiency and enjoyed sharing fruit smoothies during their afternoon break on the playground. The bike blender was a hit at May 10th’s Bike to [...]

  • Small business using the Fender Blender Universale

    Aloha from Hawaii! The Fender Blender Universale is now a member of Lanikai Juice Hawaii, where it has been stirring up a scene around the island. It was even the life of the party at the largest town celebration I Love Kailua.      

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hummus Recipe

    Foost, our Australian partners, have been using the Fender Blender Pro (Vitamix) at all their events. A recent event they participated in promoted Melbourne city workers to get active during their lunch break, and to eat more colorful veggies.  To stick with the theme of the event they whipped up some hummus and then served it in shot glasses with veggie sticks. Everyone enjoyed it and they got lots of complements on the hummus, so give it a try! photo 1

     

    Ingredients: 1 15oz can chickpeas, liquid drained
    1 large lemon, juiced
    2 teaspoons crushed garlic
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 heaped tablespoon tahini
    1 teaspoon cumin

    1/4 cup water or liquid from chickpeas Pinch salt, optional

    Prep It In Your Pitcher: Blend all ingredients together with your bike blender (we recommend the Vitamix for this). Adjust garlic, lemon juice and tahini to suit your taste buds. Serve with fresh veggies!

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    Alternative Ingredients:
    Try making pink hummus by adding raw grated beetroot.
    If you don’t have tahini, use 2 tablespoons of roasted sesame seeds (simply put sesame seeds on a baking tray and roast for 5 minutes).

  • Bike Blended Berry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

    This smoothie uses more banana to make it thick and should be topped with granola and even fresh fruit to make it a filling healthy breakfast.

    Morning-Breakfast-Smoothie

    Ingredients:

    Frozen Blueberries
    Frozen Mango
    2 Ripe Banana
    Yogurt
    Vanilla Soy Milk (organic is best)
    Granola / Fresh Fruit topping

    Prep It In Your Pitcher:

    1. Peel your bananas and place them in the bottom of your pitcher

    2. Add 1/3 cup yogurt

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

    4. Pour in some vanilla soy milk. Roughly 1/2 – 2/3 cup. If too thick after blending, add a little more

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

    6. Pour and top with granola, fresh fruit, and even a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

  • Shopping List for 2 Day Bike Blending Event for 500+ Smoothies

    This year we hosted a Bike Blended Smoothie Booth at Maker Faire 2014 in San Mateo, CA. Below is some information from the event that can help you plan and shop for your upcoming bike blending event.

    Event Length: 7 – 8 hours / day

    # of Smoothies Served (estimate): 500 16 oz smoothies OR 8,000 oz (2,000 4oz servings / 1,000 8oz servings)

    # of Flavors: 4 – Strawberry Banana, Mango Strawberry, Paradise Punch, and Mixed Berry
       Tip: Have flavors that use the same ingredients. We only needed 4 different kids of frozen fruits to make these 4 flavors.

    Bike Blending at Maker Faire - by Eric Montross

    Photo Credit: Eric Montross

    Shopping List for 2 Days (purchased at Costco):

     2 Almond Milk (case of 3 each)                     $7.29
      3 Vanilla Soy Milk (case of 3 each)               – $21.87

      4 Yogurt, Plain (64 oz each)                           – $17.96
      7 Yogurt, Greek (48 oz each)                         – $32.45

      10 Orange Juice (1 gal each)                          – $69.90
      16 Bananas  (3 lb bag, each)                          – $31.84
      11 Frozen Mango (4 lb each)                          $95.59
      14 Frozen Triple Berry (4 lbs each)             $143.46
      11 Frozen Whole Strawberry (6 lbs each)  – $98.89
      5 Frozen Pineapple (4 lbs each)                    – $32.95

                                                                  TOTAL:          $552.20

    We had some leftovers afterwards. Want a no-leftover shopping list for a 7 – 8 hour bike blending event?

    ‘No-Leftovers’ Shopping List for 1 Day:
    Roughly 225  16 oz smoothies OR 3,600 oz (900 4oz servings / 450 8oz servings)

      1 Almond Milk (case of 3)
      1 Vanilla Soy Milk (case of 3)        

      4 Yogurt, Plain (64 oz each)                                
      4 Orange Juice (1 gal each)                      
      9 Bananas  (3 lb bag, each)                      
      6 Frozen Mango (4 lb each)              
      4 Frozen Triple Berry (4 lbs each)         
      5 Frozen Whole Strawberry (6 lbs each)
      4 Frozen Pineapple (4 lbs each)     

                                    TOTAL:          $254.91

  • 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.)

    smoothie-bike-blender-vitamix

    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

     

  • Freewheelin lends bikes, spirit at DNC and RNC


    Above, an elephant bike spotted at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, photo: jacob.scheckman

     

    Blending smoothies at the DNC
    Bike blending in the street on one of 1000 FreeWheelin’ loaner bikes.

    In both Denver and Minneapolis, the bike advocacy crew FreeWheelin’ provided 1000 loaner bikes to both residents and convention goers, easing traffic and keeping bikes on the minds of convention leaders. Shown above mixing smoothies on the road using Rock the Bike’s Mini Bike Blender. Freewheelin kept track of their totals, which reached 7500 rides at the RNC.

    totals of bike loaner program

     

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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/

  • 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.

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    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

     

  • Pedaling Paradise

    In Juneau, Alaska Paradise Cafe is well known in the community for it’s fun and quirky vibe. Recently, Paradise Cafe just got quirkier, with the addition of a Fender Blender Universale (FBU)! Rather than just having a bike blender in the cafe, the owner, Joan, is having a Bike Blender Smoothie Contest!

    On July 27, 2012 contestants will be able to show off their pedal power prowess by bringing all their ingredients and $10 for a local charity. Once the competition is underway, judges will determine the winner based off originality, taste, color, health benefits, presentation and speed of blending. We’re excited to see our customers get innovative with Fender Blenders, and this idea is definitely a sweet one!

    As Paradise Cafe comes to it’s tenth year of business, the future looks uncertain. Luckily, Joan’s creativity is leading her to a path where healthier meals (including smoothies) and off-the-grid energy will be at the forefront of her business. Rock the Bike wishes Paradise Cafe good luck with their Bike Blender Smoothie Contest! Pedal on!

    Click here To read the full article.

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  • 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.

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    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)



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