THE TOUGH CLIMB AHEAD.
Brothers and sisters of the Banjo Brotherhood, these are crazy times. We hope you are safe, healthy, and coping with the unprecedented challenges we face. There's a tough climb ahead for all of us. If there's a small silver lining in this crisis so far, it's that bikes are helping keep us saner and in some cases safer.
We sent out a little email blast and we asked that people send us a photo of themselves doing something with their bike that made them happy. We're going to post the collection of photos and stories in a continuous-running blog post here and some of the individual photos in our social channels like Instagram and Twitter curated with the hashtag #bikesmakeushappy.
For us, the photos are a reminder to seek out joy when we can, even under the toughest of circumstances and also something to keep us optimistic for the future and better days ahead.
Join The Project
If you stumbled upon this and want to join in, please use this form to send your photo and a couple of sentences describing the photo.
Mike and Eric
THE SNAPS AND STORIES
I was supposed to graduate as a nurse-midwife in May but that’s on hold! Biking around New Hampshire until the local hospitals need more nurses.
This makes me happy. Riding my Fargo in Tenerife, the Canary Islands in Feb 2019. Steep climbs, sunshine.
Two-wheeled locomotion makes me happy:>) keep up the great work you guys!!
2004 climb up Haleakala! Multiple temperature thermals from the seashore up to the top, but well worth it! Always remember, the pain is temporary but the “bragging rights” last forever!
Me and my service dog ending a 500 mile romp through oregon. See our handy banjo brothers handlebar bag. That bag takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin' for sure!!!!!
Me and the boys on a shake down ride before Chequamegon 40... about 1995!
I just built up a new Ritchey Road Logic Frame with old components from my old road bike a couple weeks ago. So far I've only had one good ride on it since the hammer fell on this Covid-19 thing. My favorite bike-related activity is riding my bike.Period. New roads and scenic locations are a plus.I couldn't even tell you when I got the handlebar bag from y'all. Maybe 5-6 years ago???
No bike when you get caught out of town during the lockdown. My street grime banjo brothers backpack fits in on my social distance hike, though
A couple of days ago, I took a long bike ride down to Calvert Vaux Park, which is one of the few legal areas to fly drones in NYC. Good exercise and social distancing, with great views from 100 feet up!
What is almost as fun as the Banjo Brothers? Three brothers-in-law at the Fat Bike Birkie two weekends ago.
Doing some gravel riding in the Ouachita National Forest in AR on my 29er with my Banjo Brothers bags and good friend James Paty.
Biking Boston via Jamaica Pond area, and maintaining appropriate social distances.
Here's a picture of my Public D8 E-bike sporting my medium handlebar bag with my recently earned Coffenuring pin.
Summer days, baby!
ERIC LEUGERS (BANJO ERIC)
2008 doesn't seem that long ago to me, but the girl on the right is now 5'9" and has 5 bikes. I was about to go on a training ride for my 1st Almanzo 100, and she was going around the neighborhood with me.
To infinity and beyond with my boy!
Seeing my wife being happy while riding her bike makes my day super awesome!
MARK AND MARIA WILLIAMS
MARY RUTH CASEY
Wintering many months in Florida. Most things shut down now - but NOT biking.
(Also loving my 13-year-old Banjo Brothers expandable bike bag!)