What Will Happen to the Seahawks Bicycle?

What will happen to the bike the Super Bowl built?

A lot of people have contacted me since the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to ask me what will become of the Seahawks bike….the one that we built for the Mayor’s annual Super Bowl bet.

How this bicycle came to be:
Every year, elected officials pick an item or two to bet on the Super Bowl when their city is in it. In case you weren’t aware, Mayor Murray of Seattle selected to bet, among some other items, a Seattle made Rodriguez bicycle. The Mayor’s office contacted us on a Thursday afternoon and asked if we had a bicycle that we could bring to a press conference on Monday morning. We would only lose the bike if Seattle lost the game. I said “Yes” (believing that Seattle would win).

There’s no stopping Seattle’s 12th man
Now, originally I planned on grabbing something we had on the shop floor, but that was before the R+E staff got involved (plenty of 12th men and women here). In about 15 minutes Scott had grabbed an unpainted frame that had just been finished in our frame shop, and Smiley had a Seahawks paint job sketched out on paper. Teresa, our painter (and die hard Seahawks fan) said that she would work all weekend if she had to in order to paint a Seahawks bike. Well, the decision was made. We would work Friday and Saturday to create the Mayor’s bet and try to make Seattle proud!

Scott went to the Seahawks store early Friday Morning and picked up some NFC championship decals to be used to decorate the bike. Everything else would already have to be here in the shop as there was no time to order any special parts. We just happened to have green tires, green valve caps, and green and blue handle bar tape in stock. Teresa painted the fenders and handle bar stem green to match the green stripes on the bike.

What started as a bare frame Thursday afternoon, was a complete bicycle hiding in my home on Saturday night. The Mayor’s office did want any photos of the finished bike getting out before the press conference.

The end result was not only a great show of support for the Seahawks, but, after the Mayor’s press conference, a bike that would go viral on the net and focus some attention on Seattle’s vibrant cycling community. Thanks Mayor Murray for selecting us, and way to go Seahawks!!

So now what happens to the bike?
Most people thought that the city bought the bike from us, and now the Mayor would have to ride it. Well, that’s not the case. From the beginning, the Mayor’s office told us that if the Seahawks won, we could do as we pleased with the bike. As it all fell very close to our annual fundraiser, the Bike and Pike, we intended to find a way to auction this bike off to raise money to support Northwest Food Lifeline (our charity of choice).

I was intending to put together some kind of silent auction for the bicycle and was actually typing the words for it when the Mayor’s office called again. They had been approached by the Bikeworks program and asked about putting the bike up in their yearly auction on March 23rd. My thought was that it would be an excellent venue to auction this one of a kind bicycle. Bikeworks is a fantastic charity, and if they would agree to split the proceeds 50/50 between Food Lifeline and Bikeworks, then I would donate the bicycle for their auction. I contacted them, and they didn’t hesitate a bit. 50/50 it is, and the bike will be on the auction block at their yearly auction Sunday, March 23rd.

The bike will be on display at the Seattle Bike Expo in the Bikeworks booth this weekend. Please tell your bicycle and your football friends about the auction and let’s see if we can raise some money for a couple of deserving Northwest charities!

OK all you football fans and cyclists! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Seattle Seahawks history. Be generous, it’s all for two good causes.

Thanks – Dan

Bikeworks Annual Auction
Photo Gallery of this bike
Food Lifeline
Rodriguez Website
Mayor’s press conference

Rainer Beer!

How much do you love your favorite beer?

Do you love it enough to design a tandem bicycle after it? Check out this amazing tandem that will be turning heads all over town! The owners, local to Seattle, really appreciate Rainier beer, and they ordered this bike fully customized to match a Rainier can. Every component was hand-picked, from red bar tape to gold spoke nipples, and we even had custom decals made in the Rainier font!

Moving to Montana!

Apparently people can’t get enough of our Rohloff bikes! This is the third Rodriguez for this customer, this time it’s a touring bike with all the candy! Stainless Steel frame, S&S Couplers, our Big Squeeze Brakes, Gates Centertrack belt, painted Berthoud fenders… The list continues down the page!

If you like what you you see, send us an email at Info@rodcycle.com or check out more Rohloff bikes at our Makeshift Catalog Page.

Stainless And Green Rohloff Rodriguez

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Stainless And Green Rohloff Rodriguez

Shifters Rohloff Twist Grip
Brake Levers Campagnolo
Front Brakes Big Squeeze cantilever
Rear Brakes Big Squeeze cantilever
Front Derailleur None
Rear Derailleur None
Chain Gates cemter track 118t
Cranks da Vinci, 170mm, 130BCD, silver
Bottom Bracket Phil Wood stainless
Cogs Gates center track 55t X 20t
Front Hub Schmidt SON delux, silver, 36º
Rear Hub Rohloff Speedhub (non disc), silver, 36º
Skewers Salsa Flip Offs, silver
Rims Velocity Chukker, 26″ X 36º, silver
Spokes Stainless 14 Guage
Spoke pattern 2 Cross Rear, 3 Cross Front
Tires Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour, 26″ X 1.75″
Tubes Butyl Rubber
Rim Tape Velox
Head Set Chris King, green sotto voce
Stem Alloy A-head 90mm X 10º
Bars Easton EC90 Aero, 46cm
Bar Tape Brooks Leather, green
Seat Post Kalloy Aluminum
Seat Brooks Leather, green
Rodriguez Travel Package
Shifter doohickey
Schmidt SON edelux light
Berthoud stainless fenders
Leather mudflaps, green
Kickstand Plate

My Goodness, My Guinness!

We built this bike a few years ago for a customer who loves his Guinness! He rides it to the shop every St. Patricks Day with a case to share, too.

This bike has S&S Couplers with custom shamrock cut outs, black Phil Wood hubs, Campagnolo Record shifters and a bottle opener on both chain stays!. You can see more of our specialty Rodriguez bikes here or check out the gallery of Anything Goes bikes at the Rodcycle.com Gallery.

Green Rodriguez Rohloff W/ Gates Centertrack Belt

Here’s another Rohloff equipped bike headed out of Seattle! This bike is headed to Pennsylvania for some serious touring.

This one has a Rohloff Speedhub, S&S Machineworks couplers, Gates Centertrack Carbon Belt, Schmidt generator front hub and lights to match. Ready to tour anywhere you take it. Here is the link to the complete specs, and you can check out our Makeshift Catalog Page for more information about Rohloff equipped Rodriguez bikes.

Green Rodriguez Makeshift Touring Bike

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Green Rodriguez Makeshift Touring Bike

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Green Rodriguez Makeshift Touring Bike

Green Rodriguez Makeshift Touring Bike

Frame Reynold 725
Fork Steel Touring
Shift Lever Rohloff Bar End Grip
Brake Lever Tektro Ergo
Brakes Trillium Big Squeeze
Bottom Bracket Phil Wood
Eccentric Bottom Bracket Bushnell Eccentric
Cranks Origin 8 – 50 teeth cog
Rear Hub Rohloff Speedhub 14 -20 teeth cog
Front Hub Schmidt Son Generator
Drive Chain Gates Belt
Rims Alex Adventurer
Spokes DT Straight Gauge – 32 hole
Tires Serfas Seca
Handlebar Kalloy Uno Drop
Headset FSA Cartridge
Bar Wrap Black Cork
Seat Post Alloy
Seat WTB Speed V
Travel Package
Tubus Rear Rack
Lumotec IQ Cyo N plus front light
Toplight Line Plus rear light
Wire Routing
Safety Netting
Labelled Padding
Custom Paint
Extra Belt

Russet Makeshift ready to Fly!

Another Rohloff equipped Rodriguez went out the door this week! Red-brown with our travel package, this bike is ready for some serious touring.

At Rodriguez, we know Rohloff bikes. We know them so well because we’re the biggest Rohloff manufacturer in the USA!

You can also find out more about our line of Rohloff equipped bikes at our Makeshift catalog page.

Silver, Sporty and Stainless

Another Rohloff bike that went out the door last week. It’s completely stainless, with a painted front triangle to give it a classic 70’s feel.

Quick Highlights:

  • Rohloff Speedhub
  • Long Reach Brakes for fenders and wide tires
  • S&S Couplers for travelling!
  • Shiny!

All of the specs for this bike can be found at the Catalog page for our Makeshift line of bicycles.

Yellow and Stainless Rodriguez side shot

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Silver Rohloff Speedhub on a Stainless Steel Rodriguez

Yellow Rodriguez, silver S and S coupler

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Eccentric Bottom Bracket of the Rodriguez frame

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Shine on you crazy ‘Ti’mond

If you don’t think Stainless Steel polishes up enough, how about Titanium? This light weight (33lbs 5oz with cages and pedals!) coupled tandem will get you seeing your own reflection! It has DaVinci tandem cranks, Campagnolo Record shifters and derailleurs, White Industries Daisy tandem hubs and ceramic bearings throughout. We’ve put the full kit down at the bottom if you want to check out all the attention to detail on this bike.

And if you want to be seen riding one of these, check out the full information about light weight tandems here.

Polished Ti Tandem

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Frame Polished Titanium Rodriguez Tandem
Fork Trillium Custom Lightweight Steel
Travel Option 6 High Polish Titanium S&S Couplers
Brake/Shift levers Campagnolo Record Carbon 10x
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Record
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Record long cage
Headset Cane Creek 110
Cranks DaVinci Tandem
Brakes Campagnolo Record Dual Pivot
Captain Stem FSA SL-K
Stoker Stem Rodriguez Custom Titanium
Bar Tape Fizik Black
Tires Vredestein Fortezza Duo Comp 700×25
Bottom bracket Phil Wood Ti-Mag
Wheels Handbuilt with a 3-year warranty
Rear Hub White Industries Daisy Ti
Front Hub White Industries Daisy
Rims Velocity Fusion 36°
Skewers Salsa Tandem, Black
Lacing Pattern 4 Cross
Spokes DT Swiss 14/15G double butted black
Nipples DT Swiss Alloy
Captain Handlebars FSA Carbon K-Force
Stoker Handlebars FSA Carbon K-Force
Captain Seat Post Thompson Elite
Stoker Seat Post Thompson Masterpiece
Cassette SRAM XG-999 11-32
Drive Chain SRAM PC-991 – Hollow Pin
Timing Chain SRAM PC-991 – Hollow Pin
Captain Seat Fizik Vitesse
Stoker Seat Specialized
Bottle Cages Blackburn Stainless
Captain Pedals Speedplay X1
Stoker Pedals Speedplay ti Frogs
Bearing Upgrades Ceramic Speed Bearings throughout

Zelda Master Sword!

For those of you who have a love of video games, this was our newest fun project. This bike has the Zelda Master Sword painted on the seat tube! We had a blast helping find custom colors and to design the location; the painter went to town on airbrushing this beauty as well.

It can be done, maybe next someone will want us to paint a Metroid bike?

Click any picture to see a much bigger version! Or check out more of our Competition series of bikes here.