The International Mac Ride Community

Things are going well with the distribution centre in China. We are more confident than ever that seats will be with our investors, supporters and customers for the end of April. Reviewing all of the seat sales has given us a chance to marvel at the soon-to-be international Mac Ride community

How many countries have bought a Mac Ride? 
32!

The countries that make up 77% of our sales?
Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Spain, and Germany.

We love that those countries might be some of our biggest fans, but how cool is it that we will soon be also shipping seats to Luxembourg, Russia, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Peru, and Zambia, to name a few?

We can't wait for the seats to reach you, and when they do, please send us pictures of you and your children adventuring on the streets, paths and off-road terrain! @macridemore ‪#‎familyadventure‬

A reminder-- International Duty Fees

As we prepare for Mac Ride to hit the streets, one key reminder for customers:

We deliver internationally and our seats ship direct from China, so there are likely to be international duty fees charged upon receipt of your Mac Ride.

Some of you have experienced this before (order abroad from Chain Reaction Cycles in the UK, as we do?) and are use to it. Some have asked for us to ship the seats as gifts to avoid such duty (unfortunately, we cannot). For others, we don't want you to be caught off guard.

When the time comes, we'd be very interested to know if you were charged and how much, depending on your home country. More on that later!

A Great Viz with our Manufacturers in China

Hello Mac Ride Community,

Many of your have been patiently waiting for your seat. We are delighted to report that we are getting closer and closer to delivery. Glen's visit to China is going very well. The engineers and other colleagues have been warm, welcoming and professional. While visiting the four factories we are using to produce Mac Ride, Glen was able to work with local staff to make some minor adjustments, run some tests, and explore the manufacturing processes in person.

Might just look like a hunk of metal, but this wee seat mold took ages to perfect. It'll be worth it for your little ones when they are adventuring with you on Mac Ride in true comfort .

Might just look like a hunk of metal, but this wee seat mold took ages to perfect. It'll be worth it for your little ones when they are adventuring with you on Mac Ride in true comfort .

The front mount is looking good. It needs to be slick to ensure a smooth and safe Mac Ride installation.

The front mount is looking good. It needs to be slick to ensure a smooth and safe Mac Ride installation.

It's all coming together!

It's all coming together!

Until now, skype and email have been our tools for communicating with colleagues in China. Skype in particular brings wonderful benefits when getting to know remote staff, but there's nothing quite like a face to face! We'll take this chance to thank our Chinese manufacturers who are as keen as we are to ensure Mac Ride hits the market this Spring as the strong, lightweight, ergonomic, easy to install, interactive, and fun seat we've been working on since long before our Kickstarter campaign went live.

Stay tuned for details on our March delivery plans. And yes, we mean March 2016! :)

Best, the Mac Ride Team

Peace out, from China

Peace out, from China

Planning A 2016 Mac Ride Trip? Our Family's Top Ten Packing Essentials

Cycling and backpacking in a new country means careful packing. With kids, the planning gets even trickier. (The little ones don't necessarily carry their fair share, the wee buggers.) Aside from the usual suspects (swimsuits, hats, money belt, passports:), we've captured our top ten picks for travelling here.

Mac, chilling in Cantho, Vietnam after a lovely stretch of Mac Riding through village lanes

Mac, chilling in Cantho, Vietnam after a lovely stretch of Mac Riding through village lanes

10. SteriPen. This UV light pen kills the bugs in tap water so you don't need to purchase heaps of bottled water throughout your trip. The financial savings are nice, but it's mostly about the environment for us, a point driven home as we toured many a beautiful ocean bay that was sadly littered with hundreds of bottles.

9. Collapsible water bottle. We thought our hydrapak stash collapsible water bottle might be gimmicky, but actually, it was brilliant. When empty, it squishes right down into a compact puck. A perfect space saver when you're lower on water near the end of day. 

8. A pannier/backpack combo. One of these guys means you can set off on day cycles without a pack on your back. Our pannier was particularly handy since we could always rely on our Vietnamese rental bikes having a rack. When we reached our stops along the way, and wanted to walk about, we could easily convert our pannier into a backpack. We use the Ortlieb waterproof combo.

7. A bum bag. It's a bit old school, but man is it a handy place to store your camera, easily accessible while riding. We use one gifted to us from our friend, who purchased it on Etsy, and we didn't leave the hotel without it.

6. Head torches. Most of our hotels, even basic one star guest homes, had good access to night lights so that we could read and play cards etc at night while the kids slept. But our head torch was still useful for the overnight trains and for using as bike lights in the evening. Sure, the flashing lights on our heads captured some strange looks, but we embraced the dorkiness and thought, safety first, right?

5. maps.me. We used the brilliant maps.me application and downloaded a map of Vietnam onto our smart phones. With GPS being free, we could navigate many of our own cycle routes, even through smaller lanes, without using any data. We sometimes took a guided tour, which offered incredible insights, but it was nice to have our independence at times too.

4. Smart phones. Clearly, these were required in order to use item 5... but maps.me aside, it was a whole new experience travelling with a smart phone, visiting many less developed places that offered strong and steady wifi. At first, we were torn. How can we truly unplug with these beasts in our pockets and with regular access to the rest of the world? But, on balance, the wifi was very handy for researching our trains and buses, planning tours and staying in touch with family at home, particularly over Christmas. We also used our smartphone torches in our front baskets as bike lights for evening rides.

3. Helmets for the kids. We packed two of our oldest/smallest helmets for Sav and Mac. Still safe, and a better fit than any rental helmet might have been (only available, in any case, in the major spots). We left these helmets behind after our last ride, passing them on to a school. We're hoping they might reach some children who can use them when they ride on mopeds with their parents. Traffic appears to work like magic in Vietnam, flowing this way and that with dozens of mopeds and bikes approaching each intersection at the same time, and all passing through with apparent ease. But, one stat we read revealed that 37 people die per year from traffic accidents. Not something to take lightly.

2. Bike tool. This is handy (and frankly, necessary) for installing your Mac Ride adapter on to each rental bike, but also for giving your new wheels a once over before you set off.

1. Mac Ride-- Of course!

Rice Paddypalooza. Mac Riding Bliss in Hoi An. 

Rice Paddypalooza. Mac Riding Bliss in Hoi An. 

With Mac Ride soon in production, in 2016, we're hoping many of you with families will use your new seat for adventures near and far. And we're hoping that you'll share with us your tips and tricks for travelling with young ones as well. 

That's the last of our blogs from Vietnam. Glen's now gearing up for his trip to China to check out our first production run. So far, the feedback from our manufacturers is very positive. We have every finger and toe crossed.

Happy New Year, from the Mac Ride Team!