Re: Selling low cost Xtracycles in Kisumu, Kenya
- I've sent a few folks to the site... the U of I triathletes had an
indoor bike-a-thon (on spinners and bikes on trainers and anybody
could come) Sunday to benefit some local orgs and I did it on my
At one point I shifted noisily (my Gee-aunt doesn't always like
going to that big ring) and the fellow next to me turned and looked...
and kept on looking. When I looked back he said, "I love that
bicycle." Of course, when we were finished, I let the trainer cool
and then loaded it into the back of the bike. Got an email this
morning from a bike club member asking about it, since he'd seen me
riding with what looked like a resistance trainer on the back of my
bike :-) I could tell him that I loved it and that yes, it handled
loads extremely well, and that it's been known to hurl itself between
me and my car door and whimper, "Please?? Please?? Take me instead???"
(successfully, I might add...)
--- In email@example.com, "Paul Freedman" <paul@...> wrote:
> Dear Roots Radicals,
> Live from Kisumu, Kenya, I invite you to follow the progress of
> Worldbike in Kenya through our project blog: www.worldbike.org
> Worldbike was formerly known as Xtracycle Access Foundation. We are
> the nonprofit sister company of Xtracycle, responsible for
> distributing low cost, high-quality utility bicycles for job
> in developing countries. Some of you also know me as Fossil Fool,
> bike rapper, and inventor of the Down Low Glow and Soul Cycle bike
> audio systems. Although I have sometimes felt these two
> entrepreneurial efforts pull me in divergent directions of bling and
> compassion, I have to say that my current trip to Kenya has been a
> great example of convergence. The Boda Boda bicycle taxi operators
> Kisumu absolutely love the DLG and the Soul Cycle! We are planning
> host a bike show in two weeks and give the DLG as prizes to the Boda
> Boda's with the most creative decorations, and the ones who win the
> loading/unloading competition.
> During the next three weeks, it would be great if you could help us
> generate some grassroots publicity for our project. We have a great
> story to tell, and it's time for us to get the word out through the
> media. Do you have a contact at NPR or Mother Jones? Why not pass on
> our web site and help us get our story heard!
> I'll be back in the US on April 2nd.