It turns out we’re not WBR’s only fans – and some, like Dave Schweikert, truly go above and beyond to share the Power of Bicycles.
Schweikert is an engineer at SRAM, working in their Indianapolis facility (famously home to Zipp). Schweikert is using his vacation time to ride solo across the US in the name of WBR.
“I am embarking on the most physically demanding test that I have ever attempted. I have long held the dream of a cross-country bike ride, and it is time to make it a reality.”
Schweikert began his ride in California, dipping his tires in the Pacific ocean on a beautiful, sunny day, before heading down the California coast to Santa Barbara and then eastward. Schweikert planned his route so that he can hit SRAM offices along the way, beginning with the SRAM office in San Luis Obispo. There, Higher Gear’s own Joy Sherrick caught up with Schweikert as he embarked on his cross-country journey.
With what could be considered the longest bike commute, Schweikert’s ~3500 mile journey somewhat appropriately began on Friday, May 19th, Bike to Work Day. His day began at Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County. His route to the SRAM office in SLO would only take him 14 miles or so, but this day wouldn’t end there. In fact, Schweikert’s first day would take him 121 miles southward to Santa Barbara.
To carry him across the country, Schweikert is using a variety of Clif products – bars, Shot Bloks and Organic Energy food (think smoothie in a travel pouch). He’s carrying three to five day’s worth of calories at a time, with about 2,800 calories of in Clif products per day.
Schweikert’s bike is loaded with three water bottles. One bottle, cleverly mounted underneath his down tube, is inaccessible while riding, but can be swapped out for an empty bottle at a stop. He is also carrying a Camelback backpack hydration system to get him through the long stretch of the Mohave Desert.
To make it across the country, Schweikert is relying on strangers and friends for overnight accommodations and company along his route, in addition to donations to WBR. He’s inviting the public to join him along his route and encouraging them to donate $1 per mile they ride with him.
Those in the Chicago area can expect Schweikert to arrive from the Quad Cities on Tuesday, June 6th. Stay tuned for more on his arrival in our area.
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