Dave Weiner & Connor Swegle featured on 3-Minute Storyteller

Dave Weiner & Connor Swegle featured on 3-Minute Storyteller

"Our mission at 3-Minute Storyteller was immediate and clear.  To seek out, question, and listen to wisdom from the most inspirational figures in our lives: people leading inspired lives, people putting their creativity and their humanity on full display, people living courageously and deliberately." 

We met Mike when we were out at Dogfish Head in Lewes, DE.  Over dinner we chatted about life, travels, inspiration, creativity, and entrepreneurship.  We also ate a tremendous amount of seafood. 

A month later he came and interviewed us at 174 Hudson.  It was the first time Dave & I were interviewed together and acknowledge that we *might* have a different approach to things- but are pushing for the same results.

Mike's questions were great, and I'm always excited to get to talk about what we are up to sitting next to my great friend.

July 14, 2016 by Connor Swegle
CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR COAST FRIENDS - ALOHA BEACH CLUB

CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR COAST FRIENDS - ALOHA BEACH CLUB

A part IV of our conversation with our Coast Friends. Today we talk to the Founder & Creative Director of Aloha Beach Club!

We met Kahana Kalama and learned first about his story.  A hybrid of all sorts, with one foot in Hawaii and one in San Diego, one as a surfer and another as an entrepreneur, and also happy to lay low at the beach while building up a whole new line of goods for his brand- Aloha Beach Club.

Through our campaign you can back to get an original Aloha Beach Club shirt, and below you can learn more about Kahana and ABC!

Who are you and what is the Aloha Beach Club? 

My name is Kahana Kalama I am the founder and creative director of Aloha Beach Club - A made in Hawaii menswear collection and multi-brand retail store with locations in North Park, San Diego and Kailua, Hawaii.

What is your latest launch and why is it important to you as a company? 

We recently launched our Spring 2016 collection and this was our first collection produced by our manufacturing partners in Hawaii. I've always dreamed of bringing our production back to the islands and it is rad to finally see that dream take shape.

Everyone has their own perception of SoCal or Hawaiian Beach Culture. You are part of both. Are you trying to reinvent it? Or is it about finding a unique place in it? 

I was born and raised in Hawaii but have spent the last decade primarily in Southern California. We opened our location in Hawaii in my hometown of Kailua and I am pretty much back and forth every month. I really love spending time in California but I am at home in Hawaii. I really see Aloha Beach Club as a bridge that connects these two places that I love. It's a way for me to share my culture and inspiration with the rest of the world.

What interests you about the Priority Coast? 

I think that a measure of good design is creating value that lasts. I think that's exactly what Priority is seeking to do with the Priority Coast. I'd love a cruiser that I can use day in and day out and not worry about it turning into a pile of rust.

 Want to learn more about Aloha Beach Club? Click here.

April 07, 2016 by Dave Weiner
THE ERA OF THE CROWDFUNDED BUSINESS BY KICKSTARTER

THE ERA OF THE CROWDFUNDED BUSINESS BY KICKSTARTER

We worked on a piece with Kickstarter for Medium about why we chose to be a crowdfunded business and how Kickstarter is helping us grow our business:

"Personally, I’ve found the Kickstarter community to be incredible. Without this community I don’t think my small company would have been able to grow so fast, all while receiving so much valuable product feedback from it’s customers.

Compared to traditional fundraising, crowdfunding via Kickstarter offers capital funding, a feedback-driven customer base, all while retaining full ownership and control of your new business.

I never thought it was possible to launch a small company that could compete with the big boys. In the old days, large companies could launch new products easily and without much competition. They would craft a catchy message and buy expensive ads that smaller companies couldn’t afford. They had the capital. This got them the eyeballs. These eyeballs turned into the sales. But thanks to Kickstarter, it’s now possible to create market awareness and begin selling new products without heavy capital by simply relying on the general public.

"Personally, I’ve found the Kickstarter community to be incredible. Without this community I don’t think my small company would have been able to grow so fast, all while receiving so much valuable product feedback from it’s customers.

Compared to traditional fundraising, crowdfunding via Kickstarter offers capital funding, a feedback-driven customer base, all while retaining full ownership and control of your new business.

I never thought it was possible to launch a small company that could compete with the big boys. In the old days, large companies could launch new products easily and without much competition. They would craft a catchy message and buy expensive ads that smaller companies couldn’t afford. They had the capital. This got them the eyeballs. These eyeballs turned into the sales. But thanks to Kickstarter, it’s now possible to create market awareness and begin selling new products without heavy capital by simply relying on the general public."

Read the full piece on Medium here and check out our Kickstarter page here.

March 18, 2016 by Dave Weiner
RIDE SAFE TIPS FROM THE PRIORITY TEAM

RIDE SAFE TIPS FROM THE PRIORITY TEAM

We love the versatility of the Priority Classic. Sometimes we ride a few miles to work, other times we ride a few blocks to the bar. Regardless if you’re going to the corner store or heading out on a marathon ride, there are some basic safety tips you should follow for every ride.

Consistency Is Key
Whether you’re riding in a busy city street or on a bike trail, try to ride consistently and predictably. Inconsistent riding increases your chances of a collision or accident. If drivers can see you, they are less likely to hit you.

Be Seen, Be Heard
If you are biking at night or in low light conditions, have your bike equipped with lightsfor maximum visibility on the road and try to wear bright, reflective clothing. Also, use a bell to help communicate with other cyclists and drivers.

Eyes Wide Open
No matter where you ride make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Always be on the lookout for hazards: sand and gravel, glass, railroad tracks, parked cars, snow and slush can wreak havoc on you and your bike.

Protect Your Head
We’ve said it before and we will say it again: always wear a helmet! Make sure it is properly fastened and fitted. (The helmet should fit snugly and not move when you shake your head.)

Priority Riders all over the country:

January 27, 2016 by Dave Weiner
STARTING 2016 OFF RIGHT

STARTING 2016 OFF RIGHT

As we coast into the New Year and the weather takes a frostier turn, we know that our surprisingly warm weather of 2015 must come to an end and our riding style will change. While mounds of snow can be a great fall-cushioner, it's best not to test them out. Winter biking involves riding a little slower, being more cautious, and respecting the elements. So, we wanted to share a few of our tips to keep you riding safe and warm:

LIGHTEN UP: Sunny winter days can be few and far between so make sure you have your bike equipped with lights. Check out our set of USB rechargeable lights that are also waterproof and can hold up against harsh winter weather.

COVER YOUR CRANIUM: We know that sometimes helmets can be a bit of a nuisance, but they are crucial to your safety on the road. Try our foldable Plixi helmet that makes carrying around your helmet much easier and more convenient. Also, wearing ahelmet for cold weather riding can also help keep you warm. About 30 percent of the body's heat is lost through the head. You can throw on one of our lightweight beaniesunder your helmet for an even balmier ride.

BUTTON UP: Dressing for winter cycling doesn’t mean one million layers. The key is to wear enough clothes such that you're slightly chilly when you start. A moisture-wicking base layer is recommended with a soft shell jacket on the outside.

KEEP TRACK WITH TILE: There’s nothing worse than forgetting where you parked your bike in the freezing cold. We love to use a Tile to help us keep track of our bike.

A Tile is a small device that pairs with your phone to help you find lost goods. It shows you where your good (or bike) was last seen and when. If your bike suddenly becomes missing, you can mark your Tile as lost and suddenly Tile users everywhere are now looking for your lost bike via the app on their phone. If one of them becomes within Bluetooth range of your stolen bike you get a message with its location.

Check out more about our experience with Tile and other tips to prevent your bike from being stolen here.

January 02, 2016 by Dave Weiner
A HEALTHIER PLANET THROUGH (RE)CYCLING

A HEALTHIER PLANET THROUGH (RE)CYCLING

The second season of Human Resources, a comedic behind the scenes look at innovative recycling company TerraCycle, launches on Pivot this Friday August 7th at 10pm ET/PT.

We were on hand this week to help support the launch with a bicycle giveaway and sweepstakes. Inspired by the work of TerraCycle and the Human Resources team, we wanted to share some habits that start with the bike for helping the environment.

Tip #1: Find a day to ride your commute:  Riding your bike to work instead of driving can cut down on your household emissions by at least 6%, and The Unite­­d States could save 462 million gallons of gasoline per year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.

Tip #2: Keep that water bottle with you all day:  One plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to decompose; therefore, loading up our landfills for years at a time

Tip #3: Wear eco-friendly cycling gear:  Look for workout gear made of organic cotton or Tencel. Tencel is made from sustainably grown eucalyptus trees in China and processed in a closed-loop system that recovers 98 percent of materials used.

Tip #4: Use your bicycle to charge your phone:  Generate clean electricity while you ride by using a device like the Siva that charges a battery with a USB adapter that you can use to charge your phone or other electronics.

To learn more about how you can take steps to make a more positive impact on the environment check out the Recycle Right campaign. It is a campaign focused on helping individuals, businesses, and communities improve recycling levels to create a more sustainable future inspired by Terracycle’s and the Human Resources team mission.

August 06, 2015 by Dave Weiner
TIPS TO PREVENT YOUR BIKE FROM BEING STOLEN FT. THE TILE APP

TIPS TO PREVENT YOUR BIKE FROM BEING STOLEN FT. THE TILE APP

One of the biggest hindrances in people picking up bicycling as a regular habit/hobby isn't the dangers of sharing the roads with vehicles or the worries that their out of shape bodies won't be able to stand up to the rigors of pedaling… it's the fact that people basically think the $400-$500 spent on a bike is a waste because it's going to get stolen anyway. Luckily and hopefully, new measures that are being put in force will make bike thieves as obsolete as cattle wranglers.

First Line of Defense
The best way to ensure your bicycle is not stolen is to use a good U-lock. U-lock’s can’t completely prevent theft, however they make it a lot harder for a thief to steal your bike. A traditional cable lock only requires a several second snip with cutters for a thief to get away with your new wheels. A hardened U-lock means that they need to bring significant tools with them, and often create significant noise when stealing your bike. We recommend a U-lock and sell an oil quenched extra hard version to help. Remember though, just because you used a good U-lock it doesn’t always prevent theft.

U-lock Positioning
If you break down your bike in terms of what’s most expensive, you quickly find that your frame is your most expensive part, followed by your rear wheel. Therefore, if you can find a way to lock up both your frame and rear wheel at the same time, you’ll be locking the two parts the theif really wants easy access to. Further, locking up your frame and rear wheel together with a non-moving object can be a tight fit. The struggle that you make to get it all to fit is a good one, leaving the their with little space to work inside the U-lock shackle means they have little space to insert their tools and break your lock.

Tracking Devices
Recently my bike was stolen, yes using a good U-lock. However, the thief didn’t know that I had secretly hidden a Tile inside the bike. What’s a Tile? It’s a small device that pairs with your phone to help you find lost goods. It shows you where your good (or bike) was last seen and when. If your bike suddenly becomes missing, you can mark your Tile as lost and suddenly Tile users everywhere are now looking for your lost bike via the app on their phone. If one of them becomes within Bluetooth range of your stolen bike you get a message with its location. Thanks to the innovative folks at Tile this recently helped me recover a stolen bike. Now all of my bikes have secret hidden Tiles. Where do I hide them? If you’re a customer email us and we’ll tell you!

Watch the Tile Video ft. Founder Dave Weiner

June 15, 2015 by Dave Weiner
TIPS FOR BIKING AS A FAMILY

TIPS FOR BIKING AS A FAMILY

Start with a short, easy trip:
Your first ride as a family should be relaxing, short and sweet. It is good to have an idea of what your kids are capable of on the bike before setting off on a lengthy ride. Look for a path that is likely a flat, paved path, and away from traffic. In time you can increase distance, incline, and explore more challenging paths.

Helmet fit:
Helmets are of the utmost importance when riding with children. They should fit snugly and not rock side to side or back and forth. Click here for a video instructing how to fit a children’s helmet

What to Pack:
In addition to helmets, make sure to bring sunscreen, plenty of water and snacks. Hydration is key for a successful bike ride! It’s also a good idea to pack a small first aid kit in case of any accidents.

Stop for a treat:
Bring a special treat with you on the ride, or plan to stop along the way for ice cream or a fun snack. Enjoy the time with your family and a day spent being active!

If you're looking for a bike for your young child be sure to check out our Kickstarter Campaign for our children's bicycle!

June 09, 2015 by Dave Weiner
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST BICYCLE COMMUTE TO THE OFFICE

TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST BICYCLE COMMUTE TO THE OFFICE

It’s National Bike To Work Week!  If you don’t already ride to work, figuring out the logistics behind your daily commute to work can be a little tricky, so we have provided some of our best tips for your ride to the office.

How to Carry Your Stuff

A rear rack or front basket are a great way to carry your necessities for your work day.  We love theDelta Cargo Net to help secure your load while you ride. 

Map Your Ride

It may lengthen your commute some, but finding roads that aren't as busy and have minimal traffic are important if you’re new to a bicycle commute. Check out any bike paths in the area to see if they would be a good choice. You can use a service like Map My Ride 

If you're nervous about how much time it will take you to get to work, do a test ride on the weekend. Ride at a leisurely pace, knowing that if you were short on time, you could pick up the pace.

Be Safe!

Always wear a helmet  and have a charged cell phone handy in case you should have an emergency.

Have A Possible Change of Clothes

Just in case you get a little sweaty also Have a comb, and deodorant, ready at the office… Monitor the weather the night before so you can plan appropriately.  It’s also a great idea to have a back up change of clothes at your office in case you decide to ride to work on a whim.

Bicycling to and from the office has a number of benefits: it reduces the carbon emissions in the air, it costs you less, it can be peaceful & relaxing, and also gets you a valuable cardiovascular work. You're going in to work anyways, why not make it a work-workout?

Dave Weiner, founder of Priority Bicycles, explains why he loves to ride to work:

"I like to think that any day which starts and ends with a bike ride can’t be that bad of a day. Do yourself a favor and try it one day this week, I think you’ll find that the extra few minutes you spend on your commute will come back to you in terms of increased productivity and overall happiness."

May 12, 2015 by Dave Weiner
APARTMENT LIVING AND YOUR BIKE: HOW TO RIDE BUT ALSO RETAIN YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT

APARTMENT LIVING AND YOUR BIKE: HOW TO RIDE BUT ALSO RETAIN YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT

It's a slippery slope when somebody says that bicycle riding is a sacrifice. Granted a 2 or 3 hour cruise through town does take time, but at the same time you're getting exercise, relieving stress, and being out in the fresh air. Unfortunately, one area where bike ownership is a sacrifice could be in apartment living, especially if the space is already cramped. In no way should you avoid bike riding just because you live in an apartment – instead follow these tips for storage and cleanliness to maintain a healthy hobby and living room.

Clean the Bike Before Bringing It Inside

One thing about apartment living is that you might not have access to a hose for spraying off dirt and debris before bringing the bike inside. The result is mud and grime tracked all through your apartment or that piles up underneath where the bike is stored. A great alternative to a spigot is a handheld sprayer that maintenance grounds crews use. Simply fill the sprayer up with water and hose down the bike after a day on the trails for clean living. Another great bike cleaner/polish is Pedro’s Bike Lust (http://pedros.com/products/clean-and-lube/degreasers-andcleaners/bike-lust/)

Get a Big Cheap Rug

In order to protect the carpet or hardwood floors in your apartment from getting dirty, just buy a large, thick, rug to lie down (if you aren’t opting to hang the bike from a rack).

Buy a Bike Rack

Instead of lunging around your bike propped up in the apartment hallway store it safely and efficiently with a wall rack. By hanging your bike on the wall you save valuable living space and if guests look at it weird just tell them it's the latest contemporary art piece. Pinterest has dozens of bike rack ideas that you can integrate depending on your apartment layout – many of them multifunctional like a rack/bookshelf or storage desk.
We love the Leonardo Wall Rack from Delta (link to buy on our site:http://www.prioritybicycles.com/order/accessories/deltaleonardo.html)

With proper attention and detail you can in fact have your cake and eat it too… or in this case enjoy a bike without having to literally sleep with it.

April 21, 2015 by Dave Weiner