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This size-adjustable cargo bike is perfect for a human powered, human scale life. Every bike is hand made at Bike Friday in Oregon USA.
This size-adjustable cargo bike is perfect for a human powered, human scale life. Every bike is hand made at Bike Friday in Oregon USA.
186 backers pledged $135,201 to help bring this project to life.

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Last Day to get a Haul-a-Day for $999 on Kickstarter! It will retail for $1,350.

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The Haul-a-Day allows an entire household to be human powered with one size-adjustable bike. There are several great cargo bikes on the market that focus on carrying very heavy loads with one strong rider in mind. The Haul-a-Day enables riders of all sizes to enjoy an agile ride with a cargo capacity rivaling the heaviest cargo bikes.

Our early testers say that the Haul-a-Day is a world-changing bike. Your support will help us make more Haul-a-Days available faster at a better price while keeping production in our Oregon factory.

The Haul-a-Day is unique:

  • Adjustable in size, it fits riders 4'6" to 6'4" (135 cm to 195 cm) so friends and the whole family can ride it.*
  • Extremely light and agile starting at a breakthrough 32 pounds (most cargo bikes start at 40 to 50 pounds or beyond), its compact size makes it easy to store. It's a great everyday bike when you aren't hauling anything, and a fine expedition touring bike or tour leader's bike.
  • Much more suitable for smaller, shorter, and lighter riders than any other cargo bike. The standard model is rated for riders up to 220 pounds (100 kg) and cargo loads up to 200 pounds (91 kg)  and a frame upgrade is available for up to a 260-pound rider and 300-pounds of cargo.
  • Built with 20" wheels front and rear: the center of gravity is lower providing greater ride stability; the maintube of the frame has a low step-over height for easy mounting and dismounting even with heavy loads; the wheels accelerate more easily from a stop without compromising ride quality.
  • Stands upright on its rear end for easy compact storage.
  • Fits on many transport racks: bus, car, and train.
  • Custom built with your choice of 14 colors and equipment, gears from 8 to 72 speeds, your choice of handlebar style, and more.
  • Built by hand in Eugene, Oregon USA! Building bikes using lean manufacturing in the USA allows us to listen to our customers and incorporate improvements into every new bike we build.

* The adjustable main tube has four size options and the handlebar stem and seat mast can adjust several inches.

The Haul-a-Day maintube, seatmast, and handlebar stem all telescope to fit most riders from 4'6" to 6'4"
The Haul-a-Day maintube, seatmast, and handlebar stem all telescope to fit most riders from 4'6" to 6'4"

Update 1: Wow! We met our first goal in 28hrs! It is so wonderful to get so much support for what we are doing. Please help us meet our next stretch goal of $100,000 by continuing to spread the word. You can scroll down to read more about our stretch goals.

Why are we making a new cargo bike?

The Haul-a-Day is truly a customer-inspired product. Originally, our Co-Founder Alan Scholz developed the Haul-a-Day for his friend Shane MacRhodes. Shane leads the Safe Routes to School program for our local Eugene 4J school district, and his young family of five relies on bikes for almost all their transportation. Shane wanted a cargo bike to go along with the 4J's Bike Friday training fleet. This "instructor bike" would fit people of all sizes plus carry things like traffic cones, a bike pump, and tools, with the potential to carry a student and another bike.

Missy MacRhodes brings home her family Christmas tree on her Haul-a-Day
Missy MacRhodes brings home her family Christmas tree on her Haul-a-Day

Once Shane started riding his Haul-a-Day and wrote about it on his blog, people started coming out of the woodwork. They also wanted a lighter and more adjustable cargo bike! We have made a number of improvements to the design in response to customer feedback. Unlike bike brands using overseas manufacturing facilities which can take months or years to respond to customer’s needs, using lean manufacturing techniques, we can rapidly take a good idea and implement it into the next bike off the line.

This unusual 18-speed "Sporting Haul-a-Day" is showing off a standard Haul-a-Day feature: two Yepp seats on the cargo rack.
This unusual 18-speed "Sporting Haul-a-Day" is showing off a standard Haul-a-Day feature: two Yepp seats on the cargo rack.

The people who have been attracted to the Haul-a-Day are an inspiring group of individuals, each courageously choosing to use Human Power in their daily lives in all sorts of amazing ways. It's our passion to support these people by offering tools that empower them to live this way.

It rides like a light road bike until you find a free wheelbarrow by the side of the road. We like having the choice.
It rides like a light road bike until you find a free wheelbarrow by the side of the road. We like having the choice.
Hanna carried Bike Friday's booth, table, and other gear to the 2014 Eugene Disaster Relief Trials entirely on her Haul-a-Day.
Hanna carried Bike Friday's booth, table, and other gear to the 2014 Eugene Disaster Relief Trials entirely on her Haul-a-Day.

Who is Bike Friday?

The whole Bike Friday team (including production, support, sales, and administration) in early 2014
The whole Bike Friday team (including production, support, sales, and administration) in early 2014

Bike Friday (Green Gear Inc.) is a family business filled with individuals who live life with loving dedication focused on a healthy sustainable lifestyle, and providing tools to help others do the same. Green Gear was founded in 1992 by brothers Hanz and Alan Scholz, who wanted to build empowering lifestyle tools in the U.S. They shared a deep love for the bicycle, and a belief in the freedom and adventure of cycling. They also believed in lean manufacturing and used those principles to set up the factory for mass customization. Green Gear designed and built the Bike Friday line of high performance custom travel bikes for the last 22 years -- building each bike by hand to custom order in our Eugene, Oregon shop. Today Alan Scholz is still working in the company and his daughter Hanna Scholz is the President of Green Gear Inc.

Alan started his first family bike shop as a teenager in North Dakota. He later went on to co-found Burley Design Cooperative, initially to make bike bags. The Burley Trailer came out of Alan's desire to transport his daughters, Hanna and Fraeda, without needing to own or use a car.

Hanna grew up in a Burley Trailer, and as the President of Green Gear she continues to express the love of human-powered transportation she shares with her father. The Scholz family, and our incredibly talented team of about 30 employees, is dedicated to the mission to build a better tomorrow by offering individual solutions for transportation, personal oil independence and health

Bike Friday's Engineer, Willie Hatfield rides his Haul-a-Day with 200 pounds of cargo to victory at the 2014 Eugene Disaster Relief Trials.
Bike Friday's Engineer, Willie Hatfield rides his Haul-a-Day with 200 pounds of cargo to victory at the 2014 Eugene Disaster Relief Trials.

Why do we need your help?

While most bike manufacturing is overseas, custom building bicycles in the USA is challenging and has not resulted in profits margins necessary to develop this new product.  We have been sustained with the passion and commitment of our customers and employees and are determined to press forward with this exciting new lifestyle tool if you’ll make the journey with us.

We are currently building Haul-a-Days one at a time with long lead times for delivery in the 400 square foot research and development “skunk works” area of our shop. The requests for accessories and delivery timing that families and individuals are asking for exceeds our capacity without funding for improvements.

Meeting our basic goal of $45,000 will enable us to increase our production capacity to deliver the first 250-300 Haul-a-Days toward our big goal of delivering 1,000 Haul-a-Days in 2015. Funds from the basic goal will be used to:

  • Build initial tooling and infrastructure for efficient Haul-a-Day production, bringing our production capacity to ~25 Haul-a-Days per month.
  • Train production team members from our other product lines in the skills and techniques necessary to produce Haul-a-Days and accessories using the new tooling level at the volume of 25 bikes per month.
  • Purchase Haul-a-Day components in larger quantities to reduce cost.
  • Build some Haul-a-Days into inventory for fast delivery to customers not needing a custom configuration.
  • Deliver rewards to our Kickstarter campaign backers!

Stretch Goals

Raising $65,000 will enable us to order a container of bicycle components directly from the manufacturers. This will help us reduce cost to the point where we can afford to manage a dealer network for Haul-a-Days and make it possible for people to test-ride Haul-a-Days at a local dealer.

Meeting our stretch goal of $100,000 enables us to:

  • Hire or re-assign and train 4-5 people full-time to Haul-a-Day production, bringing us to the production level necessary to deliver 1000 Haul-a-Days in 2015. The decision to hire or re-assign depends on how busy our existing production team is.
  • Finish building the tools and infrastructure to set up a complete and efficient production area.

Meeting our super stretch goal of $120,000 enables us to:

  • Finish development of much-requested additions and accessories like an electric assist option, child's trailer bike attachment and several others. We have one prototype of each but no specialized tooling or funds for beta testing.
  • Start development of a child's back tandem conversion attachment.

Meeting our Super Super streatch goal of $225,000 enables us to:

  • Deliver all the Kickstarter Haul-a-Days at least a month earlier than promised.
  • Offer a $999 8spd Haul-a-Day after the campaign is over to help more families join the movement.
Elle Steele's kids on the back of her Haul-a-Day "beta"
Elle Steele's kids on the back of her Haul-a-Day "beta"

Rewards!

A special Haul-a-Day sticker for Kickstarter backers
A special Haul-a-Day sticker for Kickstarter backers
Three folding cards (blank inside) with envelopes. Designs drawn by Bike Friday's resident cartoonist, Merle Rothweiler!
Three folding cards (blank inside) with envelopes. Designs drawn by Bike Friday's resident cartoonist, Merle Rothweiler!
Limited-edition "Founding Supporter 2014" T-Shirts available in Men's and Women's sizes.
Limited-edition "Founding Supporter 2014" T-Shirts available in Men's and Women's sizes.
The CineBike platform includes an 8-speed Haul-a-Day and everything needed to project a high-def (720p) movie using only human power.
The CineBike platform includes an 8-speed Haul-a-Day and everything needed to project a high-def (720p) movie using only human power.

What happens if we don't get the funding?

If we don't make our funding goals then several things will happen:

  • We will have to increase the retail prices and have the lead times continue to be many months long to reflect the high expense of Alan and our engineer building bikes in our R&D area instead of an efficient higher-volume production process. The Haul-a-Day would be less affordable for active families that want to use human-power in their daily lifestyle.
  • We will not be able to offer an electric-assist option until we get funding for development.
  • We will not be able to offer a trailer bike attachment option until we get funding for development.
  • We will continue to do our best to support families making the commitment to a healthier, human-scale lifestyle, less dependent on oil.

Risks and challenges

We are a small frame building company and bicycle assembler in Eugene, Oregon in business since 1992 with a lifetime warranty on every frame. Our customers rely on us every day to timely deliver custom bikes just in time for a pre-planned international trips.

As a small family business with a team of employees we are dependent on the knowledge and skills of critical team members. If we had to work around the long-term absence of a critical team member there could be delays to the shipping schedule while we get back up to speed in the affected area of the business.

To fulfill the Haul-a-Day orders placed in this Kickstarter campaign we will order a container-load of components from overseas vendors. If our vendors are delayed in shipping components to us, or if there are shipping mishaps, the delivery schedule of the bikes could be affected.

In the unlikely event that delays occur, we will contact all affected backers with an updated delivery schedule.

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    2-DAY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Your own Haul-a-Day frame kit with a headset and wheels but no other components or accessories. You can recycle parts from another bike and build this up yourself! We'll contact you after the campaign to get your custom color choice and ask if you want to add any components or accessories.

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    2-DAY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Your own 8-speed Haul-a-Day with extra wide cargo kickstand, custom panniers, mini rear handlebars, basic saddle and pedals at only 33lbs. We'll contact you after the campaign to get your custom color choice and ask about upgrades and accessories.

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    SUMMER SPECIAL: Your own 8-speed Haul-a-Day with extra wide cargo kickstand, custom panniers, mini rear handlebars, basic saddle and pedals at only 33lbs. We'll contact you after the campaign to get your custom color choice and ask about upgrades and accessories.

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    LIMITED SPECIAL: Your own 8-speed Haul-a-Day with extra wide cargo kickstand, custom panniers, mini rear handlebars, basic saddle and pedals at only 33lbs. We'll contact you after the campaign to get your custom color choice and ask about upgrades and accessories.

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    2-DAY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Your own 24-speed super-wide gear range Haul-a-Day with extra wide cargo kickstand, custom panniers, mini rear handlebars, no saddle or pedals. We'll contact you after the campaign to get your custom color choice and ask about upgrades and accessories.

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    Get 3 8-speed Haul-a-Days together! Stock your bike shop for spring or get a group of friends to ride together! Comes with extra wide cargo kickstands, custom panniers, mini rear handlebars, basic saddles and pedals at only 33lbs each. We'll contact you after the campaign to get your custom color choices and ask about upgrades and accessories.

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    2-DAY EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Your own CineBike pedal-powered cinema system. This includes the $1,299 Haul-a-Day above plus Optoma ML550 projector, folding movie screen, screen and projector stands, and a complete power generation system for your take-it-anywhere human-powered movie night!

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    HUMAN POWER SYSTEM: Your own portable Haul-a-Day pedal power system. The same design as used to set a Guinness World Record. Use your Haul-a-Day (included) to power a music system, laptop, small television, cell phone, etc. Simple 8 speed Haul-a-Day with generator hub, Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Generator, and custom electronics included. See Update #4 for full details. HEAVY SHIPPING: Yeti weighs over 100lbs. Expected retail price $3,500.

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    Your own CineBike pedal-powered cinema system. This includes the $1,299 Haul-a-Day above plus Optoma ML550 projector, folding movie screen, screen and projector stands, and a complete power generation system for your take-it-anywhere human-powered movie night!

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    PRODUCER: Your own personal bike tour of Eugene Oregon on your new premium Haul-a-Day, a producer's t-shirt, and a tour of our shop where we build this great bike! Included is a gourmet home-cooked dinner at Shane MacRhode's house with Hanna, Shane and Alan Scholz. We'll work out the date together. Domestic airfare included.

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