|Beast Of Burden trailers and strollers. BOB's engineers apply sophisticated design principles to support our fundamental modes of transportation: walking and cycling. BOB specializes in designing and manufacturing durable, versatile bicycle trailers that meet the needs of tourists and commuters. Their trailers are ideal for hauling small loads from the supermarket, hardware store, or in our case, providing a stream-lined and efficient trailer for extended touring.|
BOB has provided us with two sturdy, tour proven YAK trailers, the original Beast of Burden (BOB) product. This versatile cargo carrier has become the choice of cyclists the world over for both on and off-road use. With the ability to carry up to 70 lbs, our 2 Yak trailers will be hauling the bulk of our gear over the 15,000 mile plus ride. We couldnâ€™t be happier that BOB has chosen to join the Spinning Southward team.
|Established in 1973, Avenue Cyclery has been providing quality products and superior service to Bay Area cyclists for 32 years. From Competitors to leisure cyclists, Avenue's knowledgeable staff can assist you to ensure that you will have the optimal riding experience. Our first encounter with Avenue Cyclery's accessible, bike-savvy staff reflected their equal opportunity philosophy towards all bike enthusiasts. They took the time to listen and learn about the Spinning Southward ride and our partnership with San Francisco based non-profit, National Brain Tumor Foundation. That very same day, Avenue Cyclery signed on with the ride and immediately asked the question: "How can we help?" They haven't disappointed providing the ride with hydration systems, helmets, bike pumps, tire tubes, tools and more.|
We recommend the shop, which borders San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, to both locals and strays alike. You can find directions to the shop and a full listing of the bikes, accessories and services they provide at their Web site.
|After creating Smartfood in 1982, one of the fastest selling snack food products in U.S. history, Annie co-founded Annie's Homegrown in 1989 with the idea of making a great-tasting, all-natural macaroni and cheese. In the end, though, she did a lot more than that.|
In 1998, Annie's proudly unveiled three amazing kinds of organic macaroni and cheese. Annie's commitment to making organics accessible and affordable, along with the company's overall emphasis on quality, all-natural ingredients drew us to begin eating healthy amounts of Annie's mac and cheese during our college years.
These days, Annie's is a staple in our kitchens, that's why we were thrilled when Annie's approved our application to become part of their Cases for Causes program. Through the charitable program, Annie's awards cases of their natural macaroni and cheese and Cheddar Bunnies to worthy causes. We agree with Annie's that keeping us and our donors well fed as we ride to provide funding and awareness for the National Brain Tumor Foundation meets the criteria.
|In 1993 a small group of people, who had weathered decades in the outdoor industry, decided to get together and form Mountain Hardwear. With a healthy disrespect for the business types who were saying it couldn't be done, they decided to take a fresh approach to making great gear. Figuring that if they made innovative, technologically advanced tents, outdoor clothing and sleeping bags, consumers would buy them. Twelve years later, the self-proclaimed "company that's different," has made a name for itself creating technically superior gear and staying true the original outdoor spirit of their Berkeley, California home.|
As we told Mountain Hardware when we approached the company earlier this year, "we couldn't imagine wearing or sleeping in anything else on this long and difficult ride." True to their founding principles, Mountain Hardware couldn't pass up the opportunity to support two Bay Area brothers riding in support of the National Brain Tumor Foundation, a Bay Area non-profit. Through the leadership and support of former Mountain Hardware President and present company advisor, Jack Gilbert, we received sleeping bags, tents, clothing, and the first financial contribution to Jean's Journey, the fund Spinning Southward created to support the NBTF.
|Since the 1957 publication of Arthur Frommer's revolutionary Europe on $5 a Day, the Frommer's collection of travel products has expanded to include over 300 guidebooks as well as a popular Web site, reaffirming Frommer's as the most trusted name in travel today.|
Frommer's goal is to "help you explore your travel destinations the way the locals do," a goal hard-wired into our own families traveling philosophy. Frommer's versatile, candid and detailed approach to guide books has opened our eyes to what lies before us, and helped us make informed decisions about our travel plans in Central and South America.
|Deuter has been making quality outdoor equipment for over 100 years, and they continue to lead the pack (no pun intended) with their hiking, biking and travel gear. We were fortunate enough to snag two of their bike specific hydrations systems (Trans Alpine 30 and the Cross Air). Both bags display a detailed attention to ergonomics and functional design that goes beyond just a simple focus on hydration. From the bags' innovative, built-in rain covers, to their patented ventilation systems, Deuter's hydration systems have no equal. Our confidence in the Deuter name and the innovative hydration systems lets us rest easy as we contemplate rides through Alaska's artic tundra, the arid mountains of the Baja peninsula and the formidable Atacama Desert of Chile.|