"There are a total of 1 billion vehicles on the road globally—with a projected total of 1.7 billion expected by the year 2035. There is no denying the dwindling air quality or the negative impacts of motor vehicle reliance for individual and global health.
Yet we still keep driving cars. What gives?
Well, for starters, individual cars can carry a lot of cargo (think people and stuff), reach great distances, and can (theoretically) get people to their destinations quickly. That's a daily fact, right? Wrong. In many cities these days a car is not the most convenient or effective way to get around.
Enter a simple, elegant, and wholly remarkable machine: the bicycle. The answer for convenient, reliable, and sustainable personal transportation.
Bike Friday is an organic company in the truest sense of the word. Everything that Bike Friday represents today, the focus on community and relationships, the commitment to sustainability, the insistence on high performance and the unending push for bicycle improvements comes from a foundation that shouts “We love Bicycles & how they improve, rather than degrade community!”
We have learned a lot in 25 years. At Bike Friday, we approach life a little differently. Compared to most manufacturers, our whole process runs backward, starting with you, the customer, and then building your bike to fit your body, your lifestyle and your riding style.
A Little History:
Bike Friday started with the intention to sell completely through bike dealers but they told us we were crazy, "no one would pay $750 for a folding bike!". They were wrong. More than 35,000 people have happily paid that, or more, for a high performance folding bike built just for them.
So what made us successful? Three key things:
- A totally unique product
- Amazing, adventurous customers and our relationship with them
- Our manufacturing process
Bike Friday co-founders have designed many world's firsts:
- First Suitcase Travel Bike - The New World Tourist
- First Custom Folding Tandem - The Two'sDay
- Most Adjustable Cargo Bike - The Haul-a-Day
- Lightest Performance Folding Bike - The pakiT
We start with listening to the needs of each customer, then we build the bike. Our customers have toured almost every continent on full expeditions with their bikes, referring new customers to us from around the world, and inspiring others to join the adventure.
From day one we have built our bicycles by using Lean Manufacturing, a.k.a. the Toyota Production System. This system avoids excess inventory, delivers just-in-time, and is what allowed us to grow a business from pocket change. We did not begin with a large infusion of investment capital or the benefits of 18 month lead times like most of the bike business. We began building prototype bikes on a coffee table in the living room of a friend, with down-payments made on good faith, paying ourselves next to nothing, and surviving for months at a time only on Ramen noodles. From our humble beginnings we have built an internationally recognized brand, a company that has paid American workers living wages for 25 years, and a community of intrepid cyclists who push the boundaries every day of what is possible on a bicycle.
"Together we can create a more sustainable and just planet with tools for a cycling lifestyle. Will you join us?"
-Hanna Scholz, President