Cycle Blend, as the name implies, means that you can create delicious smoothies using your own pedal power. The idea came to ex Waiuku man Steven Grey when he visited the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne in 2014 and came across the Bike ‘n’ Blend stall where he and his partner Jane Sinnott couldn’t resist hopping on a bike and making their own smoothie.
Back in New Zealand, Steven worked with Paul Allen of Allen Speedframe to develop and manufacture their own bikes which are made in the Waiuku workshop and hired out for corporate events and public functions.
“Two people can run a Cycle Blend smoothie stand and no electricity is required. The smoothies and blends taste great and the recipe ideas are endless,” says Jane. “Six months after starting up, we developed our own spin art attachment for our bikes. Now our customers can choose what sort of entertainment and education they want.”
When Zespri hired the bikes for an in house health day the staff got to have a healthy lunch and the chance to compete against each other. A number of overseas’ delegates attended the lunch and the marketing manager was so impressed with the idea that 12 bikes are now being used to promote golden kiwifruit sales in Asia.
“Bikes are great for fun and exercise. When you use them to power a blender or create art you get an activity that is enjoyed by all age groups,” says Steven.