The mission of Bikes to Rwanda is to provide specially designed cargo bikes to farmers working on coffee cooperatives in Rwanda. Through bicycle distribution, workshop construction and bicycle maintenance training, BTR aims to improve the lives of Rwandans looking to reclaim their lives and rebuild their communities through coffee farming. These specialty bicycles provide sustainable transportation for basic needs, and help greatly in the labor-intensive production of world-class coffee.
To Burundi and Beyond for Coffee’s Holy Grail – New York Times article.
From Barista Magazine.
From Food & Wine Magazine
We’re very excited that the online bike marketplace pedalr is giving us so much great support. During the month of May, they’re donating profits directly to BTR. And not only that, but there’s also a sweet Globe Haul 1 Step Thru bike up for raffle, only $5 a ticket.
If you don’t know about pedalr, it’s high time you did. The concept is simple: Buy. Sell. Bike. The virtual marketplace is for individuals, bike builders, manufacturers, and shops to sell their new and used bikes, gear, accessories, and really anything cycling related in a common marketplace.
So check out pedalr, buy a raffle ticket and support BTR! And if you find a bunch of stuff you can’t live without, feel good knowing that any purchase over $40 on pedalr in May automatically enters you in the raffle!
Bike Month has just wrapped and with the wrapping of four weeks of bike related revelry came the conclusion of the Globe Haul raffle. We ran the raffle the length of Bike Month with the support of our friends at Pedalr. Entrants have been eagerly awaiting news of the winner, promised to be announced yesterday. The announcement might be a few hours overdue, but rest assured me picked the winner on the appointed day.
Last night, with entrants names, paper, and scissors in hand, we got down to the business of randomly selecting the winner the old fashioned way: by plucking a name from a hat, or in this case, from a helmet. Filling a Team Sky Edition KASK Vertigo helmet–the official helmet of the Bikes To Rwanda Cycling Team–with slips of paper bearing entrants names, we gave them a good mixing, then drew the winner.
Pulling out the winner.
From the helmet came a name, a winner’s name: Tom Billionis. Tom Billionsihailing from Springfield, Missouri, you sir are the lucky winner of a brand new Globe Haul! Congrats Tom, a new steed for helping those in need!
In spite of his best efforts to load the raffle in his favor by purchasing a brazillion tickets, Shawn from the Twin Cities came up short. We like his tenacity, and the fact that he has come close to financing a new bike for a farmer single-handedly, so we’re going to send him a set of very limited edition Hold Fast FRS to keep him locked in while riding the frozen tundra.
Bike To Rwanda Cycling Team Limited Edition Hold Fast FRS
Thanks for your support Shawn!
A debt of gratitude is owed to not only the guys at Pedalr without whom we wouldn’t have been able to run the raffle, but also the fellas at Bicycle Coffee Company who lobbied Globe Bikes on our behalf. Thanks are also definitely due to Globe Bikes. Without a bike to raffle, there would have been no raffle.
Thanks again everyone. Your support is essential to our effort to improve the lives and livelihoods of coffee farmers in Rwanda.
Bikes To Rwanda
Thanks to some great design work from the creative team at Giordana the new BTR Team kits have finally arrived.
Those who have already signed up for the team can contact team director Andy Schmid to pick up their kits. For anyone interested in joining the BTR team, contact Andy directly at [email protected]
And last, for anyone interested in supporting the cause but is either outside the Tri-State area or simply isn’t ready to make the full team commitment, a we’ll have a limited number of team jerseys available for a donation of $90 apiece.
Bicycles to Rwanda has proudly teamed up with La Colombe, one of the country’s premier coffee roasters, and Equinox fitness clubs to offer up free coffee, and a free trial gym membership at any of Equinox’s national locations—which include 23 in the greater NYC area.
Just head over to the corner of 62nd and Madison this afternoon and look out for La Colombe’s beautiful baby-blue H-Van. Check out the BTR bike, grab a complimentary cold-filtered “Pure Black” iced coffee, and snag a three-day pass to Equinox all at the same time!
The other side of this card holds a code for a free trial membership at Equinox, the best health club in New York City!
And be sure to watch out for the new Pure Black iced coffee from La Columbe, due to be released through the roaster’s cafes in Philly, NYC and Chicago this month. Try some for free today! Just keep an eye on La Colombe’s Twitter feed for the next location of the truck:
Professional mountain biker and film maker Darcy Turenne recently visited Rwanda on a film project. We can’t wait to see what else she comes out with but so far she’s put together a sweet little glimpse of her trip.
Here’s what she had to say: “During a recent trip to Rwanda, there were many things that left me awe struck. One of the main sources of my enchantment were the bikes. From what I witnessed, bikes are a major source of transport for essential items like water, harvests, and people; and like at home, they are often regarded as prided possessions. Unlike at home, the bikes are made of steel and retrofitted with rebar accessories! I cut this short from some leftover footage I took while on assignment for another project. Enjoy!”
A recent event at Chrome’s downtown San Francisco store packed the house with more than 200 people who gathered for movie watching, live music and some good-ol’-fashioned beer drinking.
“The event was a huge success!” said store manager Paul Wilson. “Everyone was super stoked about the fact the money being raised went to a non-profit and were super glad to put down plenty of dollar bills!”