Thanks Sunday Streets! Highlights from the Pedal Powered Stage.

May 12, 2011Posted by in Blog | Comments Off on Thanks Sunday Streets! Highlights from the Pedal Powered Stage.

Thanks Sunday Streets! Highlights from the Pedal Powered Stage.

Many thanks to Rupa & The April Fishes, Cradle Duende, Izzy Wise, and Cello Joe for their performances. Also thanks to Tara Quinn who did an impromptu ground contortion routine shown above.

The crowd peaked at about 200-250. Rupa raved about the sound from our Pedal Powered Stage, saying “Our set at Sunday Streets sounded amazing, surprising power on his pedaled system.” Justin Ancheta, bandleader of Cradle Duende also thought we’d reached a new level of sound quality: “I think last year [after Sunday Streets in the Mission] I said it was the best I’ve heard, and this year topped it. The sound was great in front due to having Maya manage the board, monitors were working great.”


Above: Rupa Performs as two pedalers keep El Arbol powered up, along with 3 pedalers on stage right using Mundo 500s.

Crew Photo!

After Sunday Streets we hung out with a few new friends and did some social bike repair.

 

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

May 10, 2011Posted by in Bike Blender Rentals, Electric Fender Blender Pro, FAQ, Fender Blender Bike Blenders from Rock the Bike, Fender Blender Pro, Fender Blender Universale | Comments Off on I love your Fender Blender bike blenders. Do you make one for kids?

I love your Fender Blender bike blenders. Do you make one for kids?
7-year-old on an Fender Blender Pro

Yes. Rock the Bike offers 2 Fender Blender options for kids.

We offer a Fender Blender Universale with a smaller rear rack and a Stationary Stand to reach 20″ wheels for kids approximately 4 – 8 years old.

6-year-olds and up can also blend with the Fender Blender Pro, pictured above. The FB Pro can fit a wide range of riders; click here to see. If you want to have adults and kids bike blending at the same function this is the best option.

Feel free to contact us regarding your specific needs.

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What makes a bike ideal for blending and/or Pedal Power?

May 10, 2011Posted by in FAQ, Fender Blender Universale, Fender Blender Universale FAQ | Comments Off on What makes a bike ideal for blending and/or Pedal Power?

What makes a bike ideal for blending and/or Pedal Power?

BLENDING                                                                                                    PEDAL POWER
Fender Blender Universale (rear rack needed)                                             Roll Up generator stand
FBUniversale                           RollUP Generator Stand 26inch bike


The ideal bike for both of these activities will need to have the following features (CLICK TO ENLARGE):

We encourage you to look for the following features in a new or used bike (or your existing bike) when identifying the right bike for your Fender Blender Universale:

  1. Wide size range (long seat post, 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. Working gears

Read on for more specifics.

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

May 10, 2011Posted by in FAQ, Fender Blender Universale, Fender Blender Universale FAQ | Comments Off on How do I blend smoothies in stationary mode with the Fender Blender Universale?

The FBU requires a stand 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.

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Rock The Bike at your school

May 9, 2011Posted by in Services | Comments Off on Rock The Bike at your school

Rock The Bike at your school

Nobody rocks Pedal Power like Rock The Bike.

We love getting involved with high schools and universities in the Bay Area. Working directly with kids is such an awesome way to make an impact on our future.

Here are some examples of ways we can make an impact in a school:

– Bringing a Pedal Power demonstration to a school, such as a bike blender, the ice cream bike, or pedal powered spin art. This can happen on its own or in conjunction with a schoolwide event such as Earth Day.
– Pedal powering a school assembly on Pedal Power Science.
– Pedal Powering a school dance or host a performance.


Above: Students K-12 attend a Pedal Power Assembly with Rock the Bike and Shake Your Peace!

When we get to a school, we try to connect with students as soon as we roll up (often on our cargo bikes.) Our funky bikes and impressive load-hauling skills are a great way to break the ice with students. We try to get kids involved, even if it’s just holding a door open. As we move our bikes through the hallways to the auditorium or classroom where we’re working, we answer questions about bikes and play a couple good songs (at moderate levels). This is our chance to get out of our workshop and meet some young people in the community, so we enjoy the challenge of breaking through to individual students, even those we pass in the hallway.


Above: Students at UCLA Pedal Powered the sound system for Ecochella.

 

A Rock The Bike Pedal Powered assembly or workshop can include a science lesson on the fundamentals of Pedal Power:

  • Body position and efficient pedaling
  • DC – AC power conversion
  • Efficient devices (large speakers versus small)
  • Increased power consumption of bass heavy music versus public speaking
  • Wiring and design of Pedal Powered Stage systems
  • Power Consumption: Compact Fluorescent vs. Incandescent light bulbs (the Light Bike)

Here are some of the schools we’ve worked with.

  • Urban School (school dance)
  • ISA academy (guest speaker, song writing class)
  • Lincoln High School, through the ESLI program (create Pedal Powered Assembly, Fossil Fool, the Bike Rapper)
  • 5 Keys Charter School (Guest speaker, Environmental education class)
  • Mission High (Pedal Powered their Green Prom through the ESLI program)
  • International High School of San Francisco (Pedal Powered Global Warming assembly)
  • Berkeley High School (Fender Blender demonstration and physics session)
  • CCA (Fender Blender demo and Pedal Power talk)
  • University of Oregon (Willamette Valley Music Festival)
  • Richmond College Prep
  • Black Pine Circle School (Pedal Power Assembly with bike blending and sorbet)
  • UCLA’s Ecochella (Pedal Powered Concert)

Above: Students from The Urban School at a winter dance pedal powered by Rock The Bike.

pedal powering a prom for Mission High School
Above: Mission High School student pedal powering their Green Prom.

Above: Students take turns Pedal Powering an assembly at Head-Royce School.

Above: Two high school students power loudspeakers and a subwoofer.


Above: Free Food, a student band, performs at UCLA’s Ecochella

Also, please note that most of our products are perfect for schools, most notably the Fender Blender Universale.

To begin planning Rock the Bike at your school, please answer these questions and email us your responses. Also, check out more Pedal Powered Activities that you can rent for your event.

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