One of the fastest growing sectors of the mobile-app driven economy is delivery. You can get anything delivered these days. A car to pick you up, groceries from your local store, even the “green” economy is getting in on it.
All these deliveries have one thing in common though: they need couriers. New apps like Postmates are heavily dependent on couriers – on foot, on a scooter, but especially on a bike. Need some office supplies, a latte and a birthday card to send to mom? Fire up the app and a “postmate” will gather up your items and deliver them for a small fee in under an hour.
Right now the service is only available in a few major cities, but if it sees success like the car-share app Uber, it will likely be spreading soon. You can apply to be a bike courier now and earn a share of the delivery fee and 100 percent of the tips.
Have you tried any of these delivery apps? What has been your experience?
We’re excited to announce the launch of the Movers and Makers video series, a partnership with Swobo highlighting inspirational figures throughout the bike industry. Episode 1 profiles Chris Igleheart, who has been building frames since forever. Igleheart was recently hit by a car while riding his bike and Swobo helped organize a fundraiser. This footage was shot before the accident and we hear he is on the mend.Tweet Print
The Brompton factory in West London paused for a moment last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of production of its bespoke folding bikes. The company is still located only a few miles from where the original three employees started, though the modern, 35,000 square-foot factory now employs 200.Tweet Print
We’re looking forward to a new bike share system opening in our hometown next summer, and to lead the way the program is looking to hire an executive director, according to our friends over at Bike Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Bike Share seeks a professional who is passionate about urban mobility and the potential transformational impact of bike share on community livability. The Executive Director will provide the leadership for the fundraising, planning and implementation of tasks necessary to launch the bike share program in 2014.
Have experience leading a complex organization, AND love bikes? Check out the full job description here.
Click the map to see all the proposed bike share station locations.Tweet Print
I’m digging this video from Butchers & Bicycles starring the MK1, a cargo bike that tilts into turns, giving you uncompromising performance for such a big machine.
The MK1 is designed and built in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district, and is expected to go into production in 2014.Tweet Print
Easton Cycling is raffling off five dream bikes built in the USA and fully decked out with the best of Easton‘s parts. All the proceeds from the raffle will go to the charity of the builder’s choice.
The third in the series is Todd Ingermanson of Black Cat Bicycles. Hurry, the raffle ends in a matter of hours, but keep an eye out for the next bike in the series.Tweet Print
Chris Igleheart is one of the longest-tenured and most-respected names in custom framebuilding. From building his own bikes to working under contract with brands like Cielo, Chris has built some amazing bikes. He even appeared in a two-page spread in Issue #11.
Recently Chris was hit by a car in Portland and fractured his left tibia. Swobo, Rapha, Chris King and other Portland-area businesses are all kicking in to host a fundraising party on his behalf to help offset medical costs. We hear he is going to be ok but has a long way to go before he can work or ride a bike again.
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By Shannon Mominee
If you like custom frames, clever accessories, cool components, and good people the Philly Bike Expo is the place to be. Dennis Jordan of The Leather Arts Store displayed his handmade toptube leather wine bottle holsters, saddlebags, belts, and shoulder bags. Jeff Williams’ booth featured bike-themed paintings. A display of vintage Schwinn Paramount track and road bikes were on display across from a sprint competition sponsored by RELoad Bags.
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Photos by Maurice Tierney
The Meet Your Maker Tour is your invitation to ride alongside and hang out with some of Northern California’s best bicycle frame builders and component makers.Tweet Print
Pennsylvania is a big state, and we’ll be making the trek eastbound to visit our good friends Bilenky Cycle Works at the Philly Bike Expo, two days of artisans and activists at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The list of exhibitors is impressive, with Bicycles Times (of course) joining All City Cycles, Bern, Brompton, Gunnar, Knog, Princeton Tec, Raleigh, Surly, Thomson, Velo Orange, and dozens more.
Events? We’ve got events. The Hardcourt Couture fashion show will leave the runway in the dust and hit the bike polo court Saturday night. If you’d rather be indoors, there is a screening of “Where Are You Go”, a film documenting the Tour d’Afrique from Cairo to Capetown. Got some energy to spare? Get in on the Gold Springs for just $5 and win a custom R.E.Load bag. Plus there will be rides, seminars, yoga and book signings.