Tahoe Daily Tribune: Bicycle pizza delivery pedals on

tahoeSouth Lake Tahoe is moving up the urban ladder. No, the city is not getting rail cars. But one business is bringing a new kind of delivery to town.

Justin Gresh of Vinny’s Pizzeria is putting the pedal to the pizza. The new business owner is delivering his fresh baked pies via bicycle.

“It’s a true replacement for your car or truck,” Gresh said outside his shop Wednesday. “For delivering pizzas it’s the perfect thing.”

Gresh has enjoyed riding bikes most of his life. Incorporating them into his business just seemed like the natural next step, he said.

After spending an afternoon in the heat of the kitchen, the bike provides a reprieve from the bustle.

“I like the idea of using the bike for business,” he said. “It’s fun for me to be able to get out of the place for a minute.”

Gresh specially built his ultimate delivery bike on the frame of a Yuba Cargo Bike. With a large pizza carrier on the back and the load capacity of more than 400 pounds, he can carry enough pizza for a decent-size party.

“This thing is great if you wanted to load up a couple kegs and throw a pizza on the back,” he laughed.

So far, he and his wife have delivered to Lakeside Beach and most often the Stateline casinos, not far from his location at Highway 50 and Pioneer. Bike delivery has been well received by his customers, Gresh said.

“Everybody has been super stoked,” he said.

With good weather and most flat surroundings, the business owner can cover a radius of about 1 mile without any problems. But before he lets his employees go riding all over town with hot pizza, he has to think about safety and training.

“From a business perspective, it’s a little more complex,” he said.

Nonetheless, he hopes to keep riding fresh food to hungry customers.

“In the summer, when the weather is nice, everybody is on a bike,” he said. “Doing deliveries isn’t something you really think about, but it’s so accessible.”

Though he does have studded tires, the bike delivery will probably have to go on hold when it gets cold.

“In the winter, it’ll have to go into hibernation,” he said.

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Biketoberfest

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WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013 11 am – 6 pm
WHERE: FAIRFAX, CA – Birthplace of the mountain bike!
FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930 (next to Iron Springs Pub and Java Hut)
BEER TASTING: $25 advance, $30 day of event.

2012 (last year) Highlights…..

Benefiting the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes

Safe Routes to Schools National Conference

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The 4th SRTS National Conference Heads West
August 13-15, 2013

The 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference is making its way to California’s state capital this Summer. The first state to enact SRTS legislation in 1999, California has played a key role in the birth of the Safe Routes to School movement and remains a national leader in SRTS strategies. The Sacramento region — home to many innovative SRTS programs and land use and transportation policies, as well as its extensive trail system and many recreational opportunities — provides the perfect venue for this event.

Join us on the West Coast this summer for this not-to-be-missed national conference focused on providing safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to school!

The fourth Safe Routes to School National Conference is hosted by the Local Government Commission. It is co-presented by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

The Safe Routes to School movement has come a long way in a very short time and is resulting in healthier schools and communities throughout the nation.  I see that growth reflected in the Safe Routes to School conference too, both in the number of participants and in the breadth of sectors and champions that are represented.  The Safe Routes to School conference is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn, network, get inspired and then go back home and strengthen their Safe Routes to School efforts.

– Deb Hubsmith, Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

To register for the conference, please click here.

Pedalfest at Jack London Square

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Pedalfest rolls into Jack London Square to celebrate all-things cycling at the Bay Area’s premier bicycle festival. This free annual event will pack the waterfront with more than 20,000 biking enthusiasts enjoying bicycle-themed entertainment, food and exhibits including:

  • Cycling daredevils performing in a 30-foot banked wooden Whiskeydrome
  • Eye-popping two-wheeled stunts by pro riders Mike Steidley and Chris Clark
  • Rock the Bike’s pedal-powered stage featuring live music
  • TGC Actions Sport/BMX Stunt Team performances
  • Oaklandish’s kids bicycle parade
  • U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame vintage bikes
  •  Brompton bike folding contest
  • Bicycle rodeo for children
  • Pedal-powered food
  • Pedal-powered rides by Cyclecide
  • Dazzling collection of new, vintage and handmade bikes
  • Bike Stand demo stage by Bay Area Bikes
  • Bike trivia dunk tank
  • Pedalfest Pig Roast by Lungomare: www.pedalfestpigroast.eventbrite.com
  • Bicycle vendors, artisans and more
  • Selection of beers available from New Belgium Brewing Co., with all proceeds going to support the advocacy work of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition

For additional information and/or to volunteer, visit www.pedalfestjacklondon.com

Making a Trailer for a Boda Boda

 Occasionally, we host a guest blog post about how to do something terribly interesting or useful with our bikes. This guest post is from Tim Schaeffer, a dog-lovin’ Boda Boda rider in Colorado,  teaches us how to repurpose a kid trailer for hauling cargo, and how to attached the trailer to a Boda Boda.

Although I have managed to haul a respectful amount of gear on my Yuba bicycle alone, I wanted to have the option to haul even more when necessary.

My goal was to complete the project with respect to the following:
·         a small budget
·         recycled materials (when possible)
·         make it strong, safe, and reliable
·         make no modifications to the bicycle
·         hopefully make it visually appealing.

I started by searching for a used trailer at yard sales and on Craig’s List, and found a stinky (it really was) old double child trailer.

The newer ones look nicer and have cooler wheels, but I went for an older, less expensive one with bad wheel bearings.

It also had worn out, flat tires and was missing the top.

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I also found a great deal on a pair of new “Big Apple” tires & bought 2 tubes on sale.

I used some citrus-based cleaner to remove some old decals and other crud that soap and water couldn’t.

A friend trued the wheels for me in exchange for some excellent, locally brewed craft beer.

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I considered several hitch options, but the Boda “Love Handles” present interference issues with most.

As I said earlier, I did not want to drill, tap, or otherwise permanently modify the bicycle frame, nor did I want to attach any clamps that could damage or mar the frame.

So I scrounged the internet for the best deal I could find on a Burley Forged Hitch & round-tube Flex Adapter kit.

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It is impossible to mount the trailer (as Burley intended) to the Boda with just these items, so I utilized some scrap 6061 aluminum flat bar I had in my garage workshop.

The shorter piece is 3/16” aluminum that I bored holes in using my old drill press.

The top hole is for the wheel axle, the bottom one is where I mounted the Burley Forged Hitch.

I used a very strong bolt to mount the hitch to the aluminum flat bar and torqued it very tightly using a vise and breaker bar.

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I finished the aluminum using a belt sander, a Scotch Brite pad and elbow grease.

The narrow bar is 1/8” aluminum, and is used as a “torque strut”, absorbing any twisting or forward moment from the hitch mount.

This keeps the hitch mount from pivoting forward (heavy breaking) or backward.

The torque arm has small bends in both ends to keep it flush with the mounting points.

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Once I mounted my homemade hitch brackets and the hitch mount to the bicycle and then hooked up the trailer, I noticed that the trailer was offset about 6” to the left of center.

Dang!   This I didn’t care for, but it wasn’t because of anything that I had done.

So I measured precisely and cut off part of the trailer tongue so the trailer would be centered behind the rear wheel. All this while knowing full well that it would reduce the distance between the rear wheel of the bicycle and the front edge of the trailer.  Below you can see how tight the clearance is (about 1”), but the trailer is centered precisely  behind the rear wheel!  When the trailer pivoted, the clearance would diminish slightly, but still did not contact the rear tire.

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I wanted a bigger safety margin and the ability to hang stuff off the front of the trailer a bit.  So the next step was to reuse that piece of tubing to extend the trailer arm, thereby increasing the wheel-to-trailer gap to a safer distance.

One quick cut, two nice welds and viola’, I have my extended trailer tongue.

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I forgot to take photos while I was building the bamboo deck for the trailer, sorry.

Suffice to say that I used a package of bamboo flooring that had been damaged slightly during shipping and was marked down in price.

It was tongue and groove style flooring, so I used my table saw and radial arm saw to cut the bamboo to size.

All of the mounting hardware is stainless steel from the local hardware store.

The paint is Testor’s model paint that I found at the local hobby shop.

Below is the mount & trailer connected to the bicycle.  Notice the larger gap between the rear tire and the front of the trailer.

These photos show the original 1/8” thick hitch mount, I later made a new one out of 3/16” aluminum to eliminate a minor wiggle.

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Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday!  I know that I will using my new rig to go to the picnic and concert in the park.

From the Mailbag: Greg N’s Mundo Review

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“My friend Peter came to town with two friends to play a show with two other musicians. He had no car on this trip. We rode our Yuba Mundo (black, shown here locked to two friends’ bikes) and carried a green Brompton folding bicycle for Peter to ride back to our place. On the return trip, I carried his luggage and his guitar on the Yuba. Perfect. Best part: drafting three Lycra-clad carbon-frame-riding roadies for four miles on the trail–and keeping up with a pannier and a Brompton strapped to the cargo bike, comfy 2.35″ tires-and wearing jeans and cowboy boots. They kept shifting up and looking back to see if Brianna and I were still there. I thanked them kindly as we peeled off at our turn, saying: “Cargo bikes are fast!” Their response: “Well, that one is!” Just another great ride on the Mundo.”

-Greg N.

Safe Routes to Schools National Conference

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The 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference is making its way to California’s state capital this Summer. The first state to enact SRTS legislation in 1999, California has played a key role in the birth of the Safe Routes to School movement and remains a national leader in SRTS strategies. The Sacramento region — home to many innovative SRTS programs and land use and transportation policies, as well as its extensive trail system and many recreational opportunities — provides the perfect venue for this event.

Join the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership on the West Coast this summer for this not-to-be-missed national conference focused on providing safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to school!

The fourth Safe Routes to School National Conference is hosted by the Local Government Commission. It is co-presented by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Yuba Bicycles is delighted to be a Silver Sponsor of the 4th annual Safe Routes to Schools National Conference.