What makes an ideal bike for blending?

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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:

  1. Wide size range (long seatpost, low top-tube or step-through / ‘ladies’ style frame)
  2. 26″ or 700c wheel size with smooth tires
  3. No rear suspension
  4. Eyelets on frame for rack (see below)
  5. Bright color, nice looking frame
  6. Has gears.

Read on for more specifics.

 

  • The ideal tire has smooth sides, thick rubber on the sides/edge where the roller contacts, is 26mm (1inch) or wider and is rated to 50psi or higher.  Inexpensive Hybrid or City tires are a good choice – normally wide, with thick rubber and fairly smooth. Avoid nobby tires, especially those with nobs along the edge of the tire where the roller touches. Knobby tires can cause extra noise and vibrations when blending. Avoid using old and cracking tires as they can be stiff and give less traction on the roller.
  • Bicycle frame has mounting points for a rear rack. This is common on most city bikes, mountain bikes, and touring bikes, but not as common on racing bikes – look for  threaded holes in the frame, 2 near the center of the rear wheel and 2 near the rear brakes.  If you don’t have these on your frame, you can use P-clamps, available from your local hardware or bicycle shop.

From the FB Universale user manual:

 

  • No rear suspension. Rear suspension will likely interfere with the mounting system of the FBU’s rear rack. Front suspension (shock) won’t cause problems, but won’t offer any benefits either.
  • Has gears. Some cruisers and city bikes have only a single speed. This can make it more difficult to get satisfying results from your Fender Blender. The more  gears you have, the easier it will be for all your blender riders to find a gear to comfortably crank out smoothies.
  • The optional Stationary Stand for the FBU is not compatible with internal geared hubs with control cables that come out of the end of the axle, or newer quick release skewers. If you would like an “older” replacement quick release skewer added to your order at no charge, please add a note to your order.

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

  • For mounting to 20″ wheeled bikes, lower the rack as much as possible by not using the included vertical adjustment rails, but bolting directly through the rack to the frame. We now carry 20″ stationary stands for bike blending, too.