Archive for October, 2007

Treadmill Bike banned from Ironman World Championship

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Treadmill Bike in Hawaii Ironman

Move over Natascha Badmann. There’s a new Natasha on the Ironman scene. Like the fan favourite German, the new Natasha has a million dollar smile. Ironman officials have suggested that it was this innocent smile that allowed the rookie triathlete to get so far into the race before being pulled off the course just five miles from the finish.

Transition zone marshal, Helen Graves, noticed Natasha entering the run course with a large, wheeled contraption. “I’d never seen anything like it before.” said Graves, “I just assumed that it was some sort of prosthetic device. I didn’t want to appear insensitive, so I let her go. Besides, she was so far back; I never thought that she could affect the outcome of the race.”

Aid station volunteers were similarly perplexed. “That girl was really moving!” exclaimed Lloyd Mercer, “I asked if there was some sort of motor in there. She was running way faster than anyone else I’d seen all day. But with such a sweet smile, I couldn’t bare to stand in her way.”

Nobody seemed overly concerned about the device (a 79 lbs rattletrap with no freewheel) until Natasha reached the turnaround on the Queen K. To the astonishment of race announcers Natasha had moved up through most of the pro field and was poised to overtake Canada’s Sam McGlone for second place.

At the 21 mile mark, Natasha was running even with McGlone and Germany’s Marc Pschebizin. Head Marshal Owen Jeeves concluded that this would have to stop and pulled the young athlete to the dismay of a growing number of fans eager to see if Natasha could ride the treadmill bike to victory.

When asked for comment, officials at the Bicycle Forest, the developers of the treadmill bike, only had one thing to say…. “Happy Birthday Natasha.”

Discovery Channel Film Shoot

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Couchbike in Discovery Channel Film Shoot

Today, the Discovery Channel came around to shoot a piece for a Kids show called 2Cool.  The first scene that was shot had the host, Andrew Chapman, asleep on the couch.  A car horn was honked and the camera moved to reveal that Andrew was in fact stuck in traffic and sitting on a Couchbike.  He quickly dawned his helmet and pedaled down the road.

From there, we headed to the bike path and shot several scenes of various unique bikes passing by, one after another.

Mini125 on Discovery Channel Coker Wheelman on Discovery Channel

Here’s Jerry with the bike trailer that he may or may not have towed all by himself behind the Pickup Truck Bike.

Hauling bikes to Discovery Channel Film Shoot

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped with the shoot.

The Bicycle Forest :: Pimp My Rhoades Car

The Bicycle Forest had grown to the point where we felt it was time to invest in a vehicle that we could use to get the message out about our BikeCAD bicycle design software and the wide array of specialty bicycles that we have available for rent.

Although we don't believe in psychoanalyzing people based on what vehicles they may or may not drive, we do believe that when a corporation selects a car or truck for promotional purposes, it is vital that it select a vehicle that captures the personality and spirit of the company.

Of course, the first vehicle that came to mind for us was the Hummer by General Motors. The enormous body panels would serve as moving billboards, brandishing the Bicycle Forest logo wherever we go. We found the possibility of winning customer support through vehicular intimidation particularly alluring. Furthermore, the opportunity to associate ourselves with the military industrial complex made the Hummer an obvious choice for the Bicycle Forest.

Admittedly, the 16" of ground clearance and the Hummer's water fording capabilities had us wondering if we'd be paying for features that we don't really need. Then, we learned that the Hummer has a curb weight of 8114 lbs. "Who were we kidding?" we thought. Obviously, we'd be paying for thousands of pounds more than we'd ever need. Clearly, our decision to purchase a Hummer would not be based on practicality. It would be to make a statement about our dominance in the bicycle design software and bicycle rental industries. It only seemed fitting that we should dominate the highways and byways of North America with the same might that we exert in our own business.

Vehicular intimidation

Unfortunately, once we learned of the Hummer's abysmal fuel economy, we simply could not reconcile owning such a vehicle with our concern for the environment.

We examined several other options. Some had exhaust that smelled like french fries, others had no emissions at all. We particularly liked the idea of a zero emissions vehicle, until we found that most of these cars ran on electricity or hydrogen. Although we applaud the development of all forms of alternative energy vehicles, and we are happy to see electricity being generated by more environmentally friendly means, we weren't thrilled about the idea of creating even more demand for electricity with the purchase of our Bicycle Forest promotional vehicle.

Rhoades Car The zero emissions vehicle that most impressed us was the Rhoades Car. Equipped with a butterfly steering wheel, marine grade vinyl seats and molded black mag wheels, the Rhoades Car is the most well appointed car in its class.

By eliminating the engine, the automotive engineers at Rhoades Car have created the most fuel efficient car in America. The only drawback is the top end speed. The Rhoades Car is not fast enough for freeway travel. We've come to accept this limitation. At the Bicycle Forest, we believe that in addition to making our existing modes of transportation more environmentally friendly, we must also strive to change our transportation patterns by driving less and using more public transportation. By adopting the Rhoades Car as our official company vehicle, we feel that we are doing our part by not only driving an environmentally friendly vehicle, but also by scaling back on driving in general.

Pimped out Rhoades Car If there was anything about the Rhoades Car that didn't entirely suit our corporate image it may be its lack of rugged styling. Although we are not farmers, or heavy machinery maintenance workers, we very much wanted to associate our image with that of these hard working people. That's why we decided to Pimp our Rhoades Car.

To supe up our two passenger, long frame Rhoades Car, we started by welding together a chromoly steel frame in the style of a pickup truck and wrapping it with 30 gauge galvanized steel. We painted it John Deere yellow and mounted a plexiglass windshield, 55W head lights, LED tail lights and rear view mirrors. The finishing touch was a set of aftermarket hubcaps. The pimp job added an extra 138 lbs to the car, but it was definitely worth it because now we can send the same message that other corporations have sent with their promotional Hummers. "We're the Bicycle Forest, and nobody messes with us!"

Here is a public service announcement featuring the converted Rhoades Car.