About Us

The Juice Peddler’s endeavors into human power began in 2002 in San Francisco . Our early prototypes debuted at Critical Mass Rides and Peace Rallies, demonstrating a remarkable appeal for a long standing DIY bicycle invention: the bike blender.

HISTORY OF THE BIKE BLENDER

There is no official history of the bicycle blender. Wikipedia has yet to post information on this topic, and we are not in an authoritative position to speak about the broad history of the bike blender. As such make no claim to have invented the bike blender, but we do claim to have perfected the technology surrounding bicycle powered blenders, and beyond. Some of our inspirations came from Humbolt State University’s CCAT, and their human power prototypes. A picture of their bike blender which appeared in Utne Reader in 2001 was influential in our design process.

Early collaboration with the non-profitWorldbike was instrumental in the generation of our vision of creating jobs out of bikes in both the developing world and in developed countries. We felt that the bike blender has broad appeal, regardless of the state of development of an economy, and could be a source of livlihood for entrepreneurial individuals. This image, taken by Worldbike tehnician Ed Lucero in Kenya, captures the essence of the entrepreneural human powered endeavor.

EVOLUTION OF THE BYERLEY BICYCLE BLENDER (B3)
The first generation Byerley Bicycle Blender was built on a tricycle platform. Using the drivetrain of the trike to power the blender, the vehicle itself became a (difficult to manuever) trailer. Using an old fashioned hand-drill to change the direction of motion, and chain linkages to move rotational energy, the 1st B3 was a crude and temperamental invention.


(1st gen)

The second generation utilized a stationary bicycle as the base platform, as well as a flexible drive shaft harvested from a defunct gas powered weed whacker. While this device was more dependable, it lacked frappe speed and was difficult to transport.


(2nd gen)


The third generation was our first bike blender to capitalize on the various advantages presented by utilizing an Xtracycle as the base bike for a bike blender. Pivoting rollers were pioneered in this phase, and several methods for holding a commercial blender pitcher to the blending platform were attempted.


(3rd gen)


The fourth generation incorporated adjustability into the swivel design of the blender platter, and stock plumbing pieces were modified to cradle both the standard Oster blender pitcher as well as the new Bottle Blender, essentially a sealable water bottle with a blender blade inside.


(4th gen)


The fifth generation bike blender is made out of high density polyethylene (HDPE). All parts are machined in Oakland CA, and the base itself is virtually indestructable. It is designed to be used exclusively on an Xtracycle sport utility bicycle. This is the product stocked and sold in our store.
(5th gen)

BUSINESS PRACTICES AT THE JUICE PEDDLER

The Juice Peddler values a collaborative work environment and environmentally sustainable production practices. While the debate between local versus overseas production rages (with valid points on either side, we might add) there remains the difficulty of meeting, knowing and learning from partners half-way around the world. Given this reality, and our steadfast commitment to collaboration, we work diligently to keep our work processes local, paying above living wages to our employees. We benefit from their expertise and their input on design, manufacturing processes and distribution.

While it can be argued that world may not in fact be in need of more bicycle blenders, we assert that there exists a tangible benefit from the right number of bike blenders in use in our world, inspiring others to make responsible and fun energy choices in their lives. Ultimately, we believe that the best energy choices we make are often very simple: go for a hike when you could watch TV, ride a bike when you could drive a car, play an instrument before cranking up the subwoofer. We are fortunate to have clients who like to share. Our bike blenders are in use all over the world, in the hands of individuals and large companies, all of whom find inspiration in the elegance and simplicity found in human beings being the power source for their own satisfaction.

OUR CLIENTS

Our clients include Craig Kelley,who landed a seat on the Cambridge city council using his Xtracycle and B3, as well as Tanya Kayos, a soon to be superstar who raises awareness about good living practices. Corporate clients include Starbucks and Clif Bar. Cafes include Habana Outpost in Brooklyn, NY, Cafe Gratitude‘s farm in Maui, Baltimore Village Co-op in MD, Linda’s Organics in Queens, NY. Schools using the B3 include Komachin Middle School in OR, Mammoth Middle in CA. Non profits include Recycle a Bicycle in Brooklyn, Urban Nutrition Intiative in PA, and Cycles of Change in our home turf of Oakland, CA. We are honored to be in the company of the individuals that make up these businesses.

OUR TEAM

The Juice Peddler is an entrepreneurial endeavor of Nate Byerley. Please read more about the Juice Peddler team in the B.I.G. section of this website.

LIABILITY STATEMENT

Blenders are inherently dangerous items, and can pose significant hazards to children and adults. The B3 is designed to spin blender blades at over 10,000 rpm, equivalent to a household electric blender. As a consumer of these products, you agree to treat your bike blender with all precautions you would an electric blender, which includes never placing hands or objects inside blender pitcher while blender blade is spinning. You also assume responsibility for the various liabilities posed by stationary bicycles, including injury or fatality resulting from placing body parts into a spinning wheel, or getting caught in gears, chain etc. The Juice Peddler waives responsibility for any and all injuries, accidents, or fatalities associated with the use of the B3 human powered blender bases, Fender Blender, and all accessories.


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