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Ridekick International supports Ride for Reading and World Book Night

April 23, 2013 - What better way to get books into the homes of children who aren’t able to afford them than to deliver them by bicycle?  Under the leadership of Dee Wanger, co-owner of Ridekick International and Rob and Michelle Stumbaugh, the Ride for Reading program out of Nashville, TN now has a presence in Northern Colorado.  In celebration of World Book Night, seven bicyclists and three support vehicles made a delivery of 500 books to students at Putnam Elementary School in Fort Collins, CO.  Over 230 kids and 10 teachers left the book selection center with books to take home and read during World Book Night.

Ridekick: Electric motorized child trailer makes it easy to bike with your kids in tow

February 12, 2013 - Have you ever wanted to bike to your neighborhood grocery store, but decided to drive instead because you weren’t up for hauling the kids with you? The Ridekick electric motorized child trailer was designed for precisely this type of dilemma. The mission behind Ridekick International, a company based in Fort Collins, Colorado that was started by Mark Wanger, is to replace short car trips with biking. In 2011, the company introduced the Ridekick power trailer for cargo, and now they’re introducing the Ridekick child trailer, which responds to the needs of parents who like to bike, but often decide not to because it’s too hard to take their kids with them. Now you’ll have no excuse!

Ridekick can be your new bicycling sidekick

February 9, 2013 - The new Ridekick™ child trailer incorporates a brushless DC hub motor and a high density lithium battery to remove the strain of pulling kids (or cargo) behind a bike. The hub motor is integrated into the wheel of the trailer and the 500 watts of power gets the rider going up to 19 mph, enabling bicyclists to tackle steep hills with ease. The trailer attaches to most bicycles at the rear axle for a safe and stable ride and unhitches in seconds for traditional bike riding.

eBikes: The Future of City Travel

Winter 2013 – My wife and I discovered electric bicycles several years ago as our way to help our environment and find a new way to make our 20-mile (32 km) round-trip commutes in San Diego, CA. We had looked into electric cars and even considered doing our own conversion, but we had decided the technology and costs were not for us.

Dynamic Times 2012 Wrap-up

December 12, 2012 - Would like to take the opportunity to introduce the latest addition to our product offerings. The RideKick above is a neat little pusher idea that come to us from Ft. Collins, Colorado. As you can see, it attaches to a regular bike like any other trailer and only needs a throttle Velcro’d to the handle-bar and viola! You can now have the best of both worlds. Keeping your regular bike and getting the help of a strong pusher whenever you need it.

Ridekick – One E-trailer, Five Bikes

November 22, 2012 - It seems like I shouldn’t have to tell you about this great way to convert your bike to E-power.  As I rode with it for four months, it was surprising how many people I met who had never seen one or knew what it was.  When I asked the good folks at Ridekick for a chance to take this extended test, I suggested to them that they needed to find more ways to get the word out about their E-trailer.

Fort Collins bicycle manufacturers consider forming bike cluster following Interbike

November 1, 2012 - After a whirlwind week in Las Vegas at Interbike, the Fort Collins Bicycle Industry Alliance is assessing the bike conference’s impact and looking at forming an official Fort Collins Bike Cluster. In September, 16 people representing 11 local bike companies attended Interbike, the largest bicycle conference in North America, with the help of the city in an attempt to spread the word about Fort Collins’ cycling community.

Review: Ridekick E-Trailer

October 30, 2012 - Right after Interbike we got our hands on a demo unit from Ridekick. If you’re not familiar with them, it’s basically a utility trailer that has an electric motor which in turn propels any bicycle forward giving it e-bike capabilities.

Ft. Collins industry alliance thanks city

October 8, 2012 - Kelly Cook was getting her Trunk Lock ready for the market, but could not swing the expense of attending Interbike. The situation was the same for Orlando Baker, who was launching a bike line but found the trip to Las Vegas prohibitively expensive. Not to worry as it turns out, Fort Collins’ Economic Health Director Josh Birks wrote a check for $5,000 to help off set the costs associated with the show, giving it to the newly created Fort Collins Bicycle Industry Alliance.

Kidela interviews Ridekick

October 2, 2012 – How frustrating can it be trying to bike uphill, or into the wind, or just pedaling when you’re too tired? Ridekick offers a small trailer to attach to the back of your bike, which, along with offering storage space, can also push the bicycle up to 20 MPH.  Krystle Hunt talks with Ridekick founder and president, Mark Wanger, about how this can be a better option than buying an electric bike.

Make any bike an electric bike

September 24, 2012 - If you’d like the benefits of an electric bike while still retaining the benefits of your regular bike, then the Ridekick is the perfect solution for you. Ridekick is an electric trailer that you hook to your bike; the trailer then pushes your bike whenever you need a little extra help or a little extra speed. It’s the perfect solution for people who don’t want to invest in yet another bike but who want to have an occasional electric bike experience.

Fort Collins hopes to get wheels of commerce turning and Interbike conference

September 18, 2012 - Thursday afternoon, Dee Wanger helped load bicycle gear into a white Toyota Previa van at Ridekick International Fort Collins’ headquarters at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere. As bicycles, frames and equipment were carefully placed in the van, like a two-wheeled puzzle, it was hit or miss if it would all fit at times. But, in the end everything made it in, including a 12-pack of New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale. A venerable who’s who of the Fort Collins bicycle scene were on hand to pack the van bound for Las Vegas for the 30th annual Interbike.

Ridekick makes biking a breeze, earns spot on Entrepreneur Mag’s 100 Brilliant Companies list

July 27, 2012 - When Entrepreneur Magazine in June named Ridekick International one of the top 100 Brilliant Companies in the nation, it was a surprise to the Fort Collins-based company. “We had no idea it was coming,” said Dee Wanger, vice president and co-owner with her husband, Mark. “We didn’t apply for the acknowledgement. They approached us.” The designation placed Ridekick as one of 10 top companies in the invention category in the magazine’s annual look at what it calls the “brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators.”

Entrepreneur’s annual look at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful  innovators

June 2012 - Brilliance expresses itself in many ways–from the esoteric tinkerings of a mad genius to the profit-heavy balance sheets that illustrate the work of astute executives. Sometimes brilliance is merely a deceptively simple, why-hasn’t-anyone-thought-of-this-before solution to a nagging problem. The products and services represented by our annual roundup of 100 Brilliant Companies are a little bit of all of these. It should come as no surprise that our list is heavy on digital technology, with apps, development platforms and gadgets related to mobile phones, social networking and health care, as well as some mind-blowing inventions that are just plain cool.

Innosphere tenant Ridekick zooming ahead at 19 mph

June 1, 2012 - Ellen Fletcher could neither live independently nor continue to enjoy her passion for cycling without Ridekick International’s electric bicycle trailer. Cycling has been the 83-year-old Palo Alto, Calif., resident’s primary means of transportation for decades, but she now has lung cancer and can no longer pedal.

Pair riding U.S. on e-bikes stops in Fort Collins

May 24, 2012 - Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky stopped by Old Town Square in Fort Collins on Thursday as part of a cross-country tour on their electric-assist bicycles. Mordkovich, 26, of Boston is a entrepreneur exploring alternative transportation by launching a peer-to-peer car sharing service called RelayRides. Mostovetsky, 25, is an environmental scientist living and working in Washington state. The two are avid cyclists but recognize there are a lot of people who are unable to ride based on medical or fitness issues. As a result, the two took to the road on two wheels to raise awareness of the growing trend of using e-bikes.

Innosphere encourages members to pedal for sustainability

April 20, 2012 - In honor of Sunday’s Earth Day, Rocky Mountain Innosphere members rode their bicycles to work Friday for a good cause. Fort Collins-based Ridekick International, a member of Rocky Mountain Innosphere, donated $1 to the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association for each employee who rode a bicycle to the Innosphere on Friday. Ridekick sells electric-powered bicycle trailers that reach up to 19 miles per hour without pedaling.

Electric bicycle trailer aids bicyclists

January 20, 2012 - Initiatives promoting electric bicycles feature regularly on the Springwise virtual pages, as do ideas to help the modern day cyclist transport their belongings easily. Now Colorado-based Ridekick have combined the two with an electric trailer that gives cyclists a boost from behind, with storage space for bags or shopping.

Electric bicycle trailer from Ridekick offers a useful boost

January 13, 2012 – Fort Collins, Colorado-based start-up, Ridekick, has a new take on the electric bicycle: they offer something that’s not a bicycle at all. Instead, they think an electric powered trailer that can be easily attached to most conventional bikes is a better solution. The Ridekick is an option for the cyclist who wants either full time, or perhaps, only occasional electric assist, but neither wants to go out and buy a brand-new electric bicycle, nor permanently retrofit their existing one. So, how does it work?

Ridekick e-trailer – test review

January 12, 2012 - Here is an idea for the ages. One smart person has come up with an idea as fresh as can be. I have to admit that I envisioned this well before I saw and heard of one, but that is a moot point. I have seen two styles of E-trailers, one by Pat, at San Diego Electric Bike, and this Ridekick. I will test Pat’s in the future, but today’s subject is this mass-produced Ridekick.

Kick the car habit with Ridekick electric bicycle trailer

January 10, 2012 - Your neighbors and friends may turn green with technology envy once they see you riding around town with the Ridekick power trailer, a newly designed electric charging unit that attaches to bicycles from behind. Adding 40 pounds of cool torque to travel further distances with or without pedaling, you are sure to get a lot of looks from pedestrians and drivers alike.

Ridekick motorized trailer pushes you

December 28, 2011 - The Ridekick hitches to the back of the bike and shoves it forward via the rear axle, so it should feel somewhat natural to use. The 500-watt motor takes six hours to charge and will carry you for up to 15 miles (longer if you pedal some of the way). The whole shebang weighs in at 40 pounds (18 kilos) empty. But the best part about having a motor in a trailer is that you now have… a trailer. Inside it has 42 liters of space to carry up to 34 kilos (75 pounds) of anything you like (we suggest beer). Not only is a trailer better than a backpack in terms of comfort, this one even pulls itself.

Ridekick trailer makes any bike electric

December 27, 2011 - Ugh. Cycling. We’ve got cars now people, which means that you don’t have to pedal your butt off to get from place to place. But if you absolutely insist on punishing yourself like that, consider upgrading your bike with this trailer, which can give you an assistive boost whenever you need it.

Electric bike trailer boosts bike power up to 19mph

December 26, 2011 - “This electric trailer pushes your bike.” That’s the Ridekick tagline for their inventive electric-powered bike trailer designed to make bicycles zoom off at up to 19 miles per hour. The trailer has the potential to extend the practicality of using bicycles as primary transportation, as the Ridekick removes the need to peddle a cycle and provides space to carry goods. Could the days of balancing grocery bags on our handlebars be over?

Ridekick: A nicotine patch for car addiction

December 24, 2011 - At the beginning of this year I went on record with this New Years resolution: “I’m going to eliminate as many of the reasons as I can that require my wife to spend time in a car, beginning with the grocery shopping. I may start with some shopping panniers, but ultimately I may have to go for a long-tail bike, or a bike cargo trailer.” By that I meant, I would do more of the things using a bike that she currently does with the car, so that she doesn’t have to. I’ve gotten almost nowhere with this resolution. In 2011, just about every grocery run for our household was still done by car by her. I suck. But I think I’ve found a solution to this challenge, as well as my other ambitions to use the car less. The solution is not panniers or a long-tail bike. It’s the Ridekick electric trailer.

Gear: Making your bike a little better

September 26, 2011 - Cyclists like to spread the love. They want everybody to ride a bike — male or female, young or old, athletic or klutzy — so it’s no surprise that they’re constantly churning out new products like the ones below. Tested at the annual International Bicycle Expo this month in Las Vegas, each of them makes cycling more exciting, practical, comfortable and fun for some kind of rider. Whether you’re a commuter, cruiser or high-performance racer, there’s probably something here for you.

Ellen Fletcher uses a Ridekick

September 17, 2011 - Ellen is the 80-something year old former vice mayor and Nazi holocaust survivor who still uses her bicycle to get around. “You know breathing is getting a little more difficult for me,” she explained, reminding me that she’s recovering from lung cancer, “so this electric trailer helps me bike a little easier.”

Spoken about bicycles: Interbike Indoors 1

September 17, 2011 - There are many Interweb sources out there where you can find info on the latest carbon, TT or electronic gizmo found at Interbike.  Fahzure won’t bother you with a rehashed product literature feature; at Spoke(n) we’ll focus on the truly new and the the dreamers.

Electricity gives bicycles whole new spin

September 16, 2011 - Jim Thomas looked as if he was riding a bicycle in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on Wednesday, but a 500-watt motor inside an electric-powered bike trailer connected to the two-wheeler was actually propelling the electric-bike shop employee from Philadelphia.

Thomas was testing the Ridekick Power Trailer, and he liked what he saw.

Interbike 2011 RideKick electric power trailer

September 14, 2011

Interbike randomness: Boombotix, Cytomax, & Ridekick

September 12, 2011 - RideKick is a new motorized trailer that pushes your bike and carries cargo. It retails for $699 and attaches to any bike. Currently it uses an SLA battery to get about 12-15 miles per charge for now, but they’re developing a Li-Ion battery that will double the range. It’s good for about 19 miles per hour without any pedaling.

Who Needs Gas? Riding with the Ridekick Power Trailer!

September 1, 2011 - Before we go any further: those of you who feel that riding with any sort of electrical assist is “cheating”, if you feel that you’re not getting the benefits that you should from riding, if you think e-assist is only for the old and infirm, if you sneer at those who do ride with a bit of assistance from a battery – in short, if you look at those people the way a large number of upright riders look at *all* recumbent riders, then maybe you should stop reading now. Go outside, lower the pressure in your tires, set the seat recline as upright as you can – we don’t want any “cheating” via lower rolling resistance or aerodynamics, right?  The rest of you, read on – you may just decide that this little Ridekick trailer is in your future!

Ridekick Motorized Bicycle Trailer Review

August 23, 2011 – As a more-than-casual bicyclist in Portland, Oregon – one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world – I enjoy covering news of electric bikes and related products. Unfortunately, most e-bikes are fairly expensive – more than than the combined cost of both bicycles I currently ride – so the appeal is somewhat limited. The RideKick, however, seemed to have the potential to economically covert an existing bicycle into a sort of e-bike by using an electric-powered cargo kit to push a rider.

Ridekick gets in gear with giveaway

July 21, 2011 – Ridekick International has received its first official shipment of its battery-driven “power trailers” off the production line. To mark the milestone Wednesday, the company awarded the first of the units to the lucky winner of a random drawing earlier this spring – former Fort Collins mayor Ray Martinez.

Loveland-made Ridekick provides an electric-powered boost for bicyclists

June 29, 2011 - When a mom just can’t keep up on her bicycle against her speedy children and husband, the new electric bicycle aid, Ridekick, might be the answer. ”When we think about how we use our cars, 50 percent of the trips we take are within a five-mile radius of home,” said Dee Wanger, part-owner of the company, Ridekick. ”We use the car to go grocery shopping, a single driver for a single bag. It makes better sense to use a bicycle form of transportation, especially in a place like Fort Collins.”