These companies have generously supported us with their products. Just as significantly, they have shown that they believe in us and what we’re doing. Please thank them for us.
Yuba Bicycles, Nutcase Helmets, USED, Astra-Lite Massage Tables, Klean Kanteen, Surly Bicycles, Keen footwear, Pepper’s Eyewear, Coleman, SRAM, Rock the Bike, Ovation Guitars, Quality Bicycle Products, Two-n-Fro, Fungi Perfecti, Clif Bar, Planet Bike, Doctor Kracker, Ergon Grips, E-BikeKit, Mother Truckers, Briar Patch, Earth Family Foods, Sushi in the Raw, Willow Springs Mystery Ranch, Wilderness Poets, Badger Sunscreen, Guayaki, Living Lands Agrarian Network, Lady Carolyn’s Medicinals, John Masters Organics, Selle An-Atomica, Life Without Plastic, Mirrycle, Clever Chimp, Xtracycle, Craft Clothing, Northwest River Supplies (NRS), Cordarounds, E-Bike Store, MMono Instrument Cases, Advika Clothing, Maloja Clothing, Selle Royal, Monkeylectric, Brunton, the United States Embassies in Berlin, Budapest, and London
Check back here to read more in the coming weeks and months. Over the course of our adventure, we’ll be writing stories about how their stuff makes our journey possible, better, or just more fun—all with a perspective and honest inquiry about why or whether any “stuff” is really needed for an undertaking such as this.
Yuba Bicycles: Yuba Cargo Bicycles sponsored our tour with three Mundo cargo bicycles. They have proven invaluable on our tour. These bikes can carry 200 kilograms (440 pounds!) Louis Alexander has carried all his gear, one of our PA speakers, and a passenger on his Mundo. They are extremely rugged and well built and they’ve held up really well.
Yuba also allowed us to raffle off one of their bicycles at our shows during our whole tour. We sell the tickets for 2€ each or 6 for 10€ or 15 for 20€. One lucky winner will have a brand new Yuba Mundo shipped to their door. This has been an invaluable source of income for us to feed ourselves while on tour.
E-BikeKit helped us with our lithium ion battery that we use for soul cycling and Live on Bike performances. They are a great resource to check out if you are interested in electric bicycles too.
Mother Truckers is located in North San Juan, CA and they helped us out with all kinds of dank organic traveling foods. If you’re in Yuba county stop by and say hi!
Briar Patch is located in Grass Valley, CA. They also supported us with great traveling foods to start our expedition. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi!
Earth Family Foods is a family run, family owned business offering high quality organic foods with a healthy respect for the environment too. They are based in North Carolina.
Sushi in the Raw is a great sushi restaurant in Nevada City, CA which made a generous contribution of food to the Pleasant Revolution.
Willow Springs Mystery Ranch was the departure headquarters for the Pleasant Revolution Tour. It is located in North San Juan, CA and offers yoga, taichi, and karate classes and is an eco-community. Thanks Jeff!
Wilderness Poets donated a huge amount of raw hemp butter to keep us loaded up on essential fatty acids.
Badger Sunscreen helps us prevent sunburn while we’re out riding in the sun all day. Badger also makes tons of awesome organic and natural body care products.
Guayaki gave us as much yerba mate as we could carry as well as bombilla straws and mate gourds. Mate is an amazing south american tea. It is full of good stuff and makes a great coffee alternative.
Living Lands Agrarian Network helped us organize our pre-departure meals in Nevada City, CA.
Lady Carolyn’s Medicinals gave us an amazing amount of botanical body balm which has been great for sore muscles and butt rash. We were also given amazing essential oil perfume bottles to help enhance our all day riding body oder.
John Masters Organics gave the Pleasant Revolution crew the best in organic hair care products so we can get clean and wash out all that road grit from our hair.
Selle An-Atomica seats are some of the best saddles in the cycling world. They are scientifically designed for all day riding and also for racing.
Mirrycle makes bicycle mirrors and the incredi-bell. We use these to stay safe and alert pedestrians and other cyclists that we’re about to mob up on them. These bells are really loud and really useful.
Clever Chimp and Clevercycles helped us out with a StokeMonkey electric assist motor which we mostly use by pedaling a stationary bicycle backwards to make electricity for our pedal powered sound system. They have tons of awesome info about cargo bikes, electric assists, etc. They are based in Portland, OR.
Xtracycle Kipchoge Spencer (the Pleasant Revolution’s subcomandante/expedition leader) co-founded Xtracycle with Ross Evans in 1998. Its free radical conversion kit allows any bicycle to be converted into a cargo bicycle. “There’s a new culture coming…and it’s coming on a bike.” from the Ginger Ninja’s song “Secret Ingredient.”
Northwest River Supplies (NRS) helped us out with a discount on the purchase of a lot of dry bags to hold all our stuff and keep our clothes, sleeping bags, electronics, etc dry in the rain and they’ve been invaluable for this purpose. We use their medium size expedition dri-duffel bags. They’re easier to use than the top loading kind of dry bag and they keep your stuff dry.
Cordarounds gave Kipchoge some really nice looking pants so he can be stylishly dressed while romping around the world on a bike. (That’s not him in the pic! I think it might be Al Gore’s brother.)
E-Bike Store helped out the Pleasant Revolution with batteries for our soul cycle mobile sound system which has entertained thousands as we’ve toured through Europe.
Mono Instrument Cases sponsored the tour with waterproof rugged instrument cases for electric guitars and basses. They make a whole variety of really bomb cases for music professionals.
Advika Clothing is hand crafted by Jamie Brock in Montreal, Canada. Made of soy, bamboo, hemp, and organic cottons, they keep the ladies on the Pleasant Revolution stylishly dressed while on tour.
Selle Royal hooked us up with 15 really plush leather saddles. Their respiro series has cool air vents and really keep your touche cool. They are very firm and great for long distance touring. We met Matteo at the Munich Bike Expo. Thanks Matteo!
Monkeylectric gave us four wheel lights which we have put on our generator bikes for a lightshow during our shows at night. They make some really sophisticated light bling. Check out their promo video.
Brunton really hooked us up on the first tour from California to Mexico. They gave us headlamps, solar panels, camp stoves, and many more goodies. We’re still using the stove three years later.
The United States Embassies in several European cities generously supported us with donations to our non-profit umbrella organization, the International Bicycle Fund. This support made possible a bicycle music festival in Berlin, appearances at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, and several events in Plymouth, Bristol, and Southampton, England. Thanks Uncle Sam!