photo by Matt Hulme

The Suppenkuche bike was born from a chance meeting at Le Happy on a magical summer night.

GOAL: Take everything we learned from our Oregon Manifest ’09  bike and build our fastest, lightest, strongest cargo bike bike – ever; then ride it for 204 miles in the two day Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.  All without sacrificing ride quality, cargo capacity or our sanity.

The bike was powered by rider/owner Aaron Hulme (accompanied by Travis Wittwer on our ’09 Oregon Manifest Cargo Bike).  On both days the bike carried a case (24) of Radeberger Pilsner, some OW Socks and a Portland-sourced full picnic lunch from Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Olympic Provisions and Edelweiss Deli.  Arron finished the tour  in just under 20 hours (over the two days) with zero mechanical problems. Big smiles all around!

HUGE thanks to SHIMANO for the XTR and Yumeya components!

The bike now lives in San Francisco at Suppenkuche. It has a good life – hauling flowers, beer and pretzels to adoring fans, with the occasional weekend climb over Mt. Tam on it’s way to the Muir woods.  If you’re lucky, you just might see Arron or his brother Matt bombing around town on it.  Or, you could admire it at the restaurant as you sip  a “boot of beer” and nosh on the best German food you have ever had!

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