Everybody knows how awesome it is to do the holidays by bike – everything is just easier. From bringing home the tree by bike to going to view light displays, the holidays are so much better on a bike.
To enhance your enjoyment of this holiday season, we’ve partnered with Timbuk2 for an exclusive holiday contest to WIN the NEW Timbuk2 Basket Case bag (valued at $129, and not available until 2013) and a Yuba Bread Basket ($129 value)!
To enter, simply submit a photo of you OR your bike getting festive…by bike. This could be anything:
picking up a tree,
wrapping up a bike as a present,
holiday-themed bike decorations,
Santa group ride,
taking food to the food bank,
stocking up on eggnog
To Enter post your photo to the Yuba Bicycles Facebook Page, send it to us on Twitter (tag: #holidaysbybike) or send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Holidays By Bike). Entries will be collected an published here in the blog. Contest runs until December 31, 2012, noon PST. Entries limited to residents of the United States and Canada.
P.S. If you’re feeling extra festive, roll on over to the Timbuk2 fan page and check out their Good Gifts Sweepstake with $1000 in prizes to be won (only until December 10, 2012)
Update: The entries are already coming in. Here they are!
PORTLAND — When Hurricane Sandy turned out the lights on the city that never sleeps, Jonathon Maus knew he had just the way to navigate Manhattan — his bicycle.
“There’s no subways, there’s no buses and the car gridlock was just terrible so getting around by bike was just a fantastic way,” said the founder of the popular bikeportland.org blog. “It was the most reliable transportation.”
The bad news, Portland is set for the same size quake as Japan.
The good news, without knowing it, Portland might be one of the most prepared cities for such a disaster, especially with the abundance of cargo bikes that everyday haul kids and groceries.
Cargo bike enthusiasts have formed a disaster response group called Neighborhood Emergency Teams, or NET.
Ethan Jewett, a NET member, showed KGW how a cargo bike can be set up.
“We’ve rigged this bike up as a first response bike. You have the stretcher on it and the first aid in the back.”
Jewett will be on the front lines of a Portland disaster in a city that has quickly devolved into one that lacks basic amenities.
“Water mains will be broken, the fuel supplies will not come in, folks will essentially be camping out,” Jewett said.
The city of Portland is encouraging more NET teams, with more cargo bikes, and more volunteers to get the training and disaster supplies. A basic cargo bike runs about $1000, and the emergency gear several hundred more.
“It will translate into a more resilient community, one that can essentially take the shock of having our everyday luxuries interrupted,” said Jewett.
The fine folks at iCargoBike in San Clemente sent in a bunch of pictures of custom builds they have completed recently. They’re so sweet, that we thought we’d share them one by one. Today’s bike is their shop bike; for those of you who don’t work in the bike industry, that means the bike that every employee in the shop can use to run errands, or barrow when their ride is broken down. And what a sweet shop bike it is…..especially the surfboard rack (clearly just for work purposes, eh?)
Shop Yuba v3 with avid bb7 disc brakes and Swalbe Fat Frank tires, with 36 volt li-on amped front drive geared kit.
Two years at the beach and the spokes are rusty but amped motor and battery still working strong, nice iCargoBike custom surfboard rack.
Stay tuned! More of their awesome builds coming your way. If you see anything that sparks your interest, please contact the fine folks at iCargoBike.
The children in this video are extremely articulate about the choices they and their parents have made to live more sustainably. For more information, please go to the Transition Town Cheltenham website.