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SEP
08

5 Places to Explore in Austin

AUG
29

Introducing Oregon E-Bikes

AUG
17

Customer Spotlight: Joey and his Cortland

MAR
30

Everyday Adventures

DEC
20

Lessons from Vancouver

SEP
09

Cortland Production Complete

JUL
08

Health Benefits of a Faraday

JUN
28

Cortland - Read all about it!

JUN
16

Is this your commute? Yikes.

JUN
16

Our blog your blog

JAN
01

Banner Year

Twelve months ago, we looked back on 2014 in a bit of amazement at how much got done and with hope that we could build on that momentum in 2015.

DEC
18

The Ultimate Faraday Family

In honor of our Portuer S sale, we are throwing the spotlight on a mom that has used the model to created a Faraday Family. Rebecca, author of the stylin’ mommy blog, Petitemamastyle, is a daily user of the Portuer S to commute to and from work and to take her kids to school.

DEC
11

Save 20% and ride into the New Year in style

Starting today, you can get 20% off of a Porteur S when you order by December 31st.

DEC
03

Holiday Wishlist for your Faraday Rider

With Hanukkah next week and Christmas zooming up right behind, this is a great opportunity to fill out your holiday wishlist and make sure those who love you know what would make the bike you love an even jollier sled.

NOV
30

Aaaaand we're back!

Where did your Faraday take you this weekend? We’d love to see. All you have to do is share your photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #FaradayBikes.

NOV
25

Opting Outside for a Faraday Friday

Our Faraday headquarters is located a stones throw from the San Francisco REI. When we cruise by it we’re reminded that the outdoor outfitter is taking a stand for something many of us believe in – that getting outside can greatly improve your life, and your mood. For many of us, that means getting out on two wheels, with the wind at our backs and the sun in the sky.

NOV
16

Introducing the Faraday Riders Club

When we first set out to build Faraday, we were really setting out to build the Ultimate Utility Bike. A bike that would be so much fun to ride, and so capable of getting you and your stuff from point A to point B, that it would help more people discover (or rediscover) that life is better when lived on two wheels.

OCT
23

Customer Spotlight: Benny and Fitz the Faraday

This month’s spotlight shines on Benny Torres, a native of Miami who then spent 8 years in Chicago before realizing he preferred the warmth of home and returned to take a visiting lecturer position at the University of Florida. You might already have seen Benny’s fantastic photos of his Faraday – Fitz – cruising around campus. But there’s plenty you don’t know. So read on, and see how Fitz has fit perfectly into Benny’s new life.

SEP
21

Faraday makes its Red Carpet Debut: #Bike2Emmys

What if the American city most known for its car culture became a cycling mecca? Imagine miles and miles of protected bike lanes, letting you skirt the traffic of the 10 and 405 so you can get from Hollywood to the beach in half the time – and with none of the pollution.

SEP
08

Customer Spotlight: Pioneering with a Faraday

One of our most intrepid early customers is Chris Brady, who pioneered the arrival of Faraday in Idaho (You can now find them at the fantastic Boise Electric Bikes) and has been a strong Faraday advocate ever since.

AUG
24

Why do we forget about bikes?

This summer, Faraday had the pleasure of working with Marketing intern Sam Borsos – a student at Loyola Marymount studying Communications. It was an action-packed summer of writing (particularly for this Faraday Bicycles Blog) and riding. And after a few rides around San Francisco, Sam realized she had forgotten how fun riding a bicycle is, and questioned why she forgot about it in the first place. Below are Sam’s thoughts on her experience, which we found pretty universal.

AUG
18

It's a boat... It's a bike... It's the Porteur S!

We’re excited to announce the arrival of the Faraday Porteur S to America, our newest model of beautiful electric bicycles. Hundreds of Grey and White Porteur S’s arrived in San Francisco from Taiwan by cargo ship this week.

AUG
13

Bike Blogs We Love

We love to talk bikes. And when we’re not talking about them, we’re reading about them. Recently, we’ve been trying to use our blog (along with social media) to jump into conversations about bike innovation, safety, technology and infrastructure. So, we’ve picked out some bike blogs that we love, so you can join the conversation too.

AUG
10

Customer Spotlight: A Texan Bike Commuter

To celebrate riders who love their Faradays, we’re highlighting one of our first customers in Texas, Jeremy Myers, who lives near Austin where we now have a dealer at Rocket Electrics. Jeremy loves his Faraday for the same reasons that Hum of the City did: It’s, “the cool bike.” Hear about Jeremy’s experience using his Faraday to spend time with his son and commute to work:

AUG
04

Biking in the Dark: Gadgets that Improve Bike Visibility

Flashback to the first time you rode a bike. Once the training wheels came off and you learned how to ride a bike, you probably learned the next step in biking: safety.

JUL
30

Bike Commuting Myths Debunked

I think we can all agree that bike commuting has a ton of upside. It’s great for the environment, cost effective and a healthier alternative to driving. Despite this, you and most people you know have come up with all sorts of reasons not to commute by bike. “It’s too far.” “I’ll get all sweaty.” “My dog ate it.” We’ve heard them all. (though we’re not sure that last excuse has anything to do with bikes)

JUL
27

Customer Spotlight: A New Yorker Who Loves to Ride

We love when customers are as enthusiastic about electric bikes as we are. So, when we spoke to Kingdon Knowles in New York City (or, we should say, when Kingdon called to speak to us!), we knew we wanted to share his story.

JUL
16

The Making of an Electric Bike

The new Porteur S is almost here. Get a sneak preview as we take you behind the scenes of the making of an electric bike.

JUL
15

The Future of Transportation is Electric

The ways people get from one place to another is constantly evolving. From electric bikes to electric scooters, the future of transportation is looking like it will continue to rely on electric power.

JUL
09

Change Your Commute

For a number of reasons, bike commuting is becoming a more viable option for many Americans. It’s healthier, better for the environment, and in some cases, can be faster than cars when factoring in traffic and parking. Find out how changing your commute can lead to a better life, and make each morning something to smile about.

JUL
06

We Asked, You Answered

A couple weeks back, we sent a survey to our email list, asking folks to provide their thoughts on what makes electric bikes interesting, how they would eventually use them, and more. We were thrilled with the level of response, and thanks to everyone who participated.

JUN
29

Riding into the Future: Interesting Innovations in Transportation

As a San Francisco startup with tech neighbors like Airbnb, Adobe, and Pinterest, we’re always fascinated by innovation – especially in the bike and transportation world.

JUN
25

Simple Ways to Improve Your Commute

At Faraday, most of our employees commute on our eBikes and love it! So, since we’ve turned the morning into something for us to smile about, we wanted to share simple tips on changing your own lifestyle that can go a long way.

JUN
23

Dealer Spotlight: Rocket Electrics in Austin

We recently had a chance to exchange emails with the folks at Rocket Electrics to discuss how it’s been being at the forefront of the electric bike revolution in a town that is none for being at the forefront of just about everything.

JUN
16

A Faraday Father's Day Gift Guide

Picking out Father’s Day gifts can be a stressful task — racking your brain every year for hobbies and sports teams that Dad likes, while picking out a last-minute card at the local convenience store. This year, use our Faraday Father’s Day guide to pick out something for every bike-loving Father, from quality helmets to bike-mounted bottle openers (yes, those exist and we think they’re awesome). Father’s Day is less than a week away, so get goin’!

MAY
20

Electric Bikes Can Make for a Happier, Healthier Commute

For years, millions Americans have piled themselves into a car every morning to fight ever increasing traffic on their way into work. For others, the overcrowding isn’t on the road but on the bus or train, where more and more commuters seem to be crammed into a stretched and stressed public transit infrastructure.

MAY
18

Dealer Spotlight: Clever Cycles in Portland, OR

Our first dealer spotlight, highlighting Dean Mullin of Clever Cycles in Portland, OR. Fitting, as Portland is the honorary birthplace of Faraday (with Faraday founder Adam Vollmer being from Portland and the Oregon Manifest Design Contest being our jumping off point).

MAY
14

Bike to Work Day 2015

Today was the official Bike to Work Day here in our hometown of San Francisco, and the Faraday crew marked the occasion by heading to Market Street to greet riders with our friends at Huckleberry Bicycles.

MAY
05

April Showers Bring May Faradays

After a whirlwind month in which we delivered our first full production run of bikes to nearly every corner of the United States, and some far reaches of Canada, we’re happily easing into May. The Spring riding season is in full bloom, and we’re thrilled to see so many new Faradays out on the road!

APR
15

Let the Fun Begin: Faradays Are Here!

Hello and happy Spring!

It’s been a bit since we updated you on the goings on about Faraday, and for good reason. We’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on our first official production run of Porteurs and overcoming obstacles like the West Coast port closures to get those brand new bikes out to shops and riders across the country.

JAN
15

A Year in the Life of An Electric Bicycle Brand

Sometimes start-up life can feel like a whirlwind. Days pass like hours and weeks vanish in a heartbeat, but somehow the beginning feels like a lifetime ago. When we look back at 2014 it’s exciting to see how far we have come in 12 short months. In short, our young brand is growing up.

JAN
07

The Most Unexpected of Places for An Electric Bike

No one is a more fervent e-bike evangelist than a brand new, first-time e-bike customer. Sometimes you meet them in the most unexpected places.

DEC
19

2014 Faraday's Guide to Living Well on a Bicycle

The holiday spirit has been overflowing at Faraday HQ this year. So, we polled the office, and without further ado we bring you our cycling chic wish list. From the casual cruiser to the fervent commuter, we think we found a little something for everyone.

DEC
15

Celebrating the Holidays with Anthropologie

‘Tis the season for celebrating and this year we have plenty to celebrate. While an electric bike may be a little tough to hide under the tree we are delighted to see the Faraday Porteur on a number of holiday wish lists.

DEC
08

Building a Beautiful Electric Bicycle: Production Update

Here at Faraday Bikes we know you want more than just an another electric bicycle. You want a bicycle crafted to be functional and beautiful. Our second round of production is underway, and we wanted to share a peek behind the scenes as the next batch of beautiful bikes are created.

NOV
26

Five Uses For an Electric Bike During the Holidays

When most people think of bike riding they don’t think of winter as the premier riding season. Think again! If you were planning on tucking your bike away for the holidays, think twice – there are plenty of reasons why an electric bike is a holiday hero.

NOV
22

NPR says Electric Bicycles on the Rise in Europe, US

We enjoyed reading this week’s All Things Considered, in which NPR reporter Susanna Capelouto interviews Atlanta e-bike commuter Joel Bowman. A central theme of the story is the trajectory of e-bikes in Europe, which originally entered the market primarily among older riders, before being embraced by a much wider and younger audience.

NOV
17

The Faces of Faraday: Catching Up with Customers Across the Country

We have to let you in on a little secret: Faraday riders are an amazing bunch. Sprinkled throughout the United States from Honolulu to Cambridge, it is hard to find a more diverse, enthusiastic and forward-thinking group. While they are notoriously hard to track down as they zip through their neighborhoods at 20 mph, we managed to catch up with a handful of riders to share a photo and a few words about their bike.

NOV
07

Bike Commuting For the Love Of It

People start riding their bike to work for many different reasons. Terrible traffic, congested or hard to access public transportation, expensive parking, etc. My path to becoming a bike commuter has nothing to do with any of those things.

OCT
21

Faraday's Unexpected Visitors from Across the World

Working late last night, there was a knock at the door. Drop-in visitors are typically folks who have seen Faraday’s sign in the window and are curious to learn more or take a test ride. At this time of night, well past dark, that seemed unlikely.

OCT
17

Free Faradays For Everyone!*

(*For a week. You have to give it back.) You can look at pictures all day long but nothing beats putting your seat in the saddle and taking the bike for a spin. How else will you know how the bike rides?

JUN
19

Video: Startup Web Series Interviews Faraday CEO Adam Vollmer

The popular web series and podcast This Week in Startups swung through SF recently and Faraday founder Adam Vollmer had a chance to sit down and talk bikes, design, and startup life with the show’s host Jason Calacanis.

JUN
05

Faraday Bikes Are Now Shipping!

We are happy to announce that Faraday has begun shipping bikes from our first production run of Porteurs! So far dozens of our Kickstarter backers in the Bay Area have received their bikes, and by the end of July we will have put close to 200 Faradays on the road.

MAR
08

One Email Reminded Us Why We Love What We Do

Doing a bike event in Austin recently, we had the chance to give a few hundred folks a test ride on a brand new production Faraday. Test rides are always fun, and this one was especially fun. Maybe the best part, though, was this email that came in a few days later from a gentleman who’d tried out a Faraday. This literally made our day.

JAN
06

Debuting the 2014 Porteur at CES!

Faraday is at CES this week, and we’re very excited to be unveiling the brand-new, pre-production Porteur that will begin shipping only a few short months from today! We’re happy to have a featured spot in the booth of E Ink, whose display is featured on the Porteur’s handlebar controller.

NOV
23

Faraday Pre-orders End THIS WEEKEND!

We’re heads-down on a Saturday afternoon here at Faraday headquarters soldering, coding, and building bikes. We wanted to take a break from all the fun, though, to share a big announcement: Pre-orders for Faraday’s first production run end THIS WEEKEND!

JUN
19

Congrats to NYC Bike Share!

We’ve been enthusiastically following the roll out of New York’s much anticipated (and much debated!) new bike share program. As the Daily News reports in this recent article, the program has all the early signs of being a great success.

APR
19

Video: Whole Foods Features Faraday's Electric Bicycle as Sustainable Product

Whole Foods’ online magazine Dark Rye put together a video to feature Faraday’s story of changing the way we get from one place to the next. Faraday’s story captures just a small piece of an enormous global narrative about the ways in which our car-centric lifestyles are being altered – for the better.

MAR
21

Car Ownership Is On the Decline: What Does That Mean for Bikes?

Use Spotify? Prefer AirBnB to the Marriot Club? Get around with Uber or Zipcar? Then you get it. Consumer, particularly younger ones, are making a dramatic shift away from an economy based on big, depreciating expensive assets (like cars), and towards assets that cost less, offer more freedom and flexibility, and fit better into their increasingly urban lifestyles (like bikes).

MAR
12

The Value of "Big Data" In an Electric Bike Company

‘Big Data’ is the (very valid) idea that vastly greater amounts of data about our behaviors is available than ever before. As a primarily hardware entrepreneur, I admit to at times feeling a bit resentful of the enthusiasm over Big Data. Where’s the relevance to a bicycle company?

JAN
29

The Quiet Bike Revolution Across the US

Mayors, policymakers, planners, and business leaders are coming to realize what cyclists have now known for years – that a quiet revolution is brewing in the US. More and more people are now opting out of their cars and instead choosing to navigate our city streets by bike.

OCT
21

Building an Electric Bike That People Actually Want to Ride

Fresh off the heels of Faraday’s recent appearance in the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards (big congrats to Fisker for taking the top honor!), Fast Co. Design published a really fantastic piece on Faraday, titled “How to build an electric bike that people will actually want to ride.”

OCT
08

Interbike Highlights Faraday Electric Bicycle

Faraday returned from Interbike last week, where we were fortunate to be guests of Brooks England, makers of some of the finest cycling accessories on the planet. Among the many folks who stopped by to check out the bike was ElectricBike.com, who described the Porteur as “a piece of e-bike art.”

SEP
12

Faraday a Finalist for Fast Company Design Awards

We’re very excited to announce that the Faraday Porteur has been selected as a finalist for the Fast Company “Innovation By Design” Awards. It’s a true honor to share the finalist position in the Transportation category with the likes of Ford, Boeing, Fisker, and Ossur – true leaders in the development of novel transportation solutions.

AUG
18

Our Faraday Kickstarter Poster Options Are Here!

Posters are here! If you pledged $15 towards Faraday’s recent Kickstarter campaign, it’s your chance to pick which collector’s poster you like the most.

JUL
30

Design Process for the Original Faraday Porteur

Over the last few weeks, a lot of you have been asking about our process for designing the original Faraday Porteur with Rock Lobster for the Oregon Manifest design challenge. True to our IDEO roots, we used every bit of the design thinking process and were lucky enough to catalogue the journey with Core77 in the Design/Build Chronicles.

JUL
30

11 Days Left In Our Kickstarter Campaign!

Our Kickstarter campaign officially ends Friday, August 10 at 10:39pm PDT. And, there’s more exciting news: the winning color of our survey was British Racing Green!

JUL
24

Who Rides a Faraday?

From baby boomers to errand runners, electric bicycles appeal to all types of people. Design lovers especially like riding the Farady Porteur.

JUL
16

Why Electric Bikes Are the Next Big Thing in Transportation

The New York Times reports that e-bikes “represent the largest-ever adoption of alternative-fuel vehicles — far more prevalent than electric cars”.

JUN
12

Faraday Electric Bicycle Event at Propeller

A chance run-in with Lorn Dittfeld, owner of Propeller Modern in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, led to the exciting event taking place this afternoon (6/10) from 4-6 pm at Propeller.

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  • Shout out to bike buddies 🐾 #faraday #freeride #dogsonbikes
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  • Our friends at @southcongresshotel in Austin are turning two. To celebrate we've teamed up with them to give away a vacation package for two including a 1-night stay at their sweet hotel and complimentary Faraday bike rentals. Just look at how much fun these two are having on them! 😀

Head on over to @southcongresshotel and click on their latest post for how to enter. #austin #southcongress #raffle #SCHyear2
  • Happy Labor Day everybody! Fortunately our Classic White Porteur will still be in style tomorrow too. 😉
  • Lean into that last day before a long weekend. #faraday #friday #ride
  • Is it still ok to post sun pics? 🌞 #pnw #faraday #ebikes #hills #hoodriver #columbiarivergorge #golden
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  • We had seen this guy zipping by our office on a Stingray Blue Cortland recently so we tracked him down to ask him a few questions. Turns out his name is Joey and not 'hip guy with a beard on one of our bikes.' Link in bio for the full Q&A. 👍Thanks @candescere! #ebike #faraday #sf #storytime
  • Bikes and coffee go together like...bikes and beer? Why do the worlds of bikes and tasty beverages collide so perfectly? 🤔 Chances are @horstfriedrichs has the answer. The London-based photographer recently came to SF to research and photograph the local coffee scene for his upcoming book "Coffee Style." Give Horst a follow to hear about availability. 
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#coffee #oakland #coffeetime #faraday #bikesandcoffee #showerthoughts
  • Excited to be partnering with @westernbikeworks and @bike_ms to raise $ for important MS research. Each donation enters you to win one of our Cortland S bikes. Link in bio. @mssociety #dontjustride #endMS #keepriding #bikems
  • A few things that separate a good hotel from an average one: actually free wifi, carpet that doesn't scream early 90s', and a hotel bar worth hanging out in. Some hotels take their amenities game to the next level and offer Faraday electric bikes to guests to rent for excursions around the city and to get out and explore. Pictured here are a fleet of our bikes at @southcongresshotel in #austin. Check them out the next time you're in the area. Shout out to @rocketelectrics and @mellowjohnnys where you can also find our bikes in Austin.

#austintx #ebike #travel #bikeaustin #stayatSCH #faraday #faradaybikes #concierge 📷: @rachael_l_hall

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