Renting with Rock the Bike

Oct 24, 2018Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renting with Rock the Bike

Submit the form below to see if we can accommodate your event. If so, we’ll get you a Rental Agreement, Credit Card Authorization Form, and request payment in full. Bikes are rented on a first come, first served basis. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible to lock in your rental. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Do you want to brand the wheel? (+$450/bike)
YesNo

Rock the Bike provides a day before your event to receive the gear and assemble it, and a day after to ship back. The below defaults to the days included at no additional cost. If you need or want extra time to receive, assemble, break down, and/or ship back ($50/day per bike), please indicate how many days:

Want to also receive an Event Hire quote for RTB to staff the Pedal Powered Station? Note, not all events are eligible. Some inquires may require additional questions answered before a quote can be provided.
Yes, please!No, thank you.

email info@rockthebike.com if you have any questions about the Pedal Powered Stage Gear.

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What kind of seat post clamp/lever do I need?

Oct 9, 2018Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What kind of seat post clamp/lever do I need?

What kind of seat post clamp/lever do I need?

Are you looking to get a replacement seat post clamp/lever? We have an older style and new style. Help us determine which style you have so we make sure to send the compatible part.

Please let us know in the NOTES section of your order.

 

In order to figure out which style is compatible with your bike, you will need to look at the area beneath the clamp on the frame.

Does it have a screw hole?

                   

YES screw hole = newer style


 

                    

NO screw hole = older style

 

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What can I power with the Off the Wall generator?

Aug 15, 2018Posted by in FAQ, Music, Off the Wall, One Bike One Speaker, Pedal Power Education Kit Universale, Uncategorized | Comments Off on What can I power with the Off the Wall generator?

What can I power with the Off the Wall generator?

Finally, we have a bike generator that allows customers to simply plug in regular devices with no intermediate box or circuit. You pedal, the device turns on. Direct, immediate, simple.

But not all devices are compatible.  The Off the Wall Generator will only power devices that have a switching power supply.

How do I tell if my device has a switching power supply? If you look at the back it will read “INPUT: 100 – 240V” on the back of the device, as seen below. If the device reads anything differently it will not be compatible.

 


 

Once you’ve figured out if your device is compatible with the Off the Wall Generator. Here are some next steps to follow:

1. Once you’re set up and ready to pedal, DON’T plug in any device that is irreplaceable. A perfect example would be a vintage guitar amplifier. Why risk it? 

2. DO plug-in devices with a Switching Power supply. You will know if your device has a Switching Power supply if you see “Input 100-240V” written on the power supply. Examples include most newer chargers and power cords for laptops, cell phones, tablets, and many other devices.

3. Pedal Power should be an attended activity. We do not recommend leaving your Off The Wall unattended for several reasons. 1) People could plug in the wrong kind of devices, ruining them and possibly risking electrical fire. 2) Any time people get on and off a bike there’s a chance your help will be needed to make that safe and easy. 3) Any time a bike is unattended there’s a higher chance people will get on and pedal really fast, which can cause damage to some devices. See #5 below.

4. Gearing matters. DO choose a bike with gears. Do put the bike in a medium-hard gear, probably not the hardest gear on the bike. If your bike has 3 speeds in the front, you probably want to be in the middle group,  and then choose the hardest or 2nd hardest gear in the back. Once you determine what the best gear is for pedaling, DO NOT let your pedalers change the gear. You may want to tape the shifter or use the limit screws of the derailleur to lock the gear. You will know you need to be in a harder gear if your device turns off even when you are consistently pedaling. You will know you need to be in an easier gear if it feels too hard! You will know you are in the right gear IF, when you plug in a 60 Watt device, such as a laptop computer, pedaling feels like biking around town. You can use a watt meter of voltage tester (see below) to help with this test. Keep in mind a laptop that is fully charged already will consume no power. Best to allow your laptop to drop to 50% charge or lower before trying the test.

5. This product has no over-voltage protection. Some devices can be damaged by pedaling really fast, and this is more likely to happen if the bike is in too hard of a gear. In our experience, pedaling too fast is not something you will ever do by accident. It only happens when a pedaler gets on and wants to see what happens when they pedal like crazy. So as long as you don’t allow that to happen you will not have to worry.

6.DO use a watt meter or voltage tester rated for more than 240v or more. The a watt meter is a power measuring device intended for homeowners. We sell one and you can also buy it at hardware stores. When set to Voltage mode, it helps you set your gear. Voltage range should be around 120-200. When set to Wattage mode it shows you exactly how much power you are providing. Highly educational!

 

Given all these warnings, you may be wondering what an ideal usage is. Here are some examples:

  • Charging a laptop. All recently made laptops have Switching Power Supplies. This is a 50-60W effort, perfect for learning about how much effort it takes to power up this common item. Great for getting a workout and using your energy.
  • Powering a USB hub that charges 10 cell phones (or iPads, etc). We have a USB brick available for $75.
  • Doing a lightbulb comparison station (LED vs. Incandescent). For maximum effect we recommend using 2 60W incandescent lightbulbs vs. 2 equivalent LED lightbulbs. Use 2 power strips or switched sockets to go between the two modes. If you use too few incandescent bulbs they will burn out by being overpowered.  Some LED and Fluorescent bulbs have circuitry that is not compatible and will burn out.
  • Loudspeakers. Many newer powered speakers have a switching power supply. You can look at the writing near the plug to know for sure. Use the volume and a watt meter to demonstrate that louder music requires more power. Feel the difference in your legs. Careful blasting people with loud music!

 

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Fender Blender Disassembly and Reassembly

Mar 21, 2017Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fender Blender Disassembly and Reassembly

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie Recipe

Mar 6, 2017Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie Recipe

Many folks equate the color green with the March holiday St. Patrick’s Day. Some folks drink green beer, while other folks dye their rivers green, but your friendly folks over at Rock the Bike prefer green smoothies to celebrate. Now you too can celebrate “the Emerald Isle” with our St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie recipe, and enjoy a fun little poem along with it:

There once was a biker from Dublin.
Smoothies he was always a gobblin’,
   Sayin’ ‘I’ll mike me a shike
   while I Rock the Bike’
Peddlin’ so fast it was bubblin’

 

St Patricks Day Green Smoothie
Above: Our Sales Director, Brittany, blends up a St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie on the green Fender Blender Pro (High Performance)

Ingredients: 

Fresh (and ripe!) Avocado
Fresh Spinach
Frozen Pineapple
Honey
Water

Prep It In Your Pitcher:

1. Cut your avocado in half, remove the meat from the skin and pit, and place in the bottom of your blender pitcher.

2. Add 2 cups of fresh spinach.

3. Scoop in 2 cups of frozen pineapple.

4. Squeeze 1 – 2 tbsp of honey.

5. Top off with 1 cup of water .

5. Cover with the lid and pop onto your bike blender! Blend until smooth (roughly 15 sec – 1 minute, depending on how hard you pedal), adding more water for desired consistency.

Serve immediately.

Makes 24 oz of smoothies, or double the recipes for you 48 oz High Performance pitcher.

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Request an Event Hire Quote

Mar 2, 2017Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Request an Event Hire Quote

ATTENTION: Rock the Bike will only crew events in the United States. We have bike rockers in the Bay Area, Southern California, New York, Baltimore, DC, and Detroit. Events outside these regions will be subject to higher transportation costs, or potential refusal to service.

Use the below form to request a quote for Rock the Bike to attend, crew (and coach) a Pedal Powered activity at your upcoming event:

Indoors or Outdoors?
IndoorsOutdoors

Pedal Powered Activity Desired
Bike BlenderPedal Powered Spin ArtIce Cream BikeCell Phone Recharge StationsLEDgehammerDual sLEDgehammerPedal Powered StagePedal Powered Lighting

Is your event public or private?
PublicPrivate

IF PUBLIC, is your event permitted?
YesNo

IF BIKE BLENDING, check the items you can provide below:
CupsIngredientsCoolerIceTable10x10 Tent (outdoors only)

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