Author Archives: Jamie Bianchini

Lakeshore Bicycles Presentation

Fabulous Fun in Florida

It’s 1:58AM and Cristina and I are still going…tonight was the night we planned to finally catch up with our photos, stories and blog entries that we want to someday share with you all.  We’re hoping to “catch up” and share great stories, photos and more from this wild Family Book Tour we’re on.  For now, we’ll start with baby steps and just share our 4-day adventure in Florida.  We’ll then try to back track and take ya on some adventures from Cali out here…but first things first…

We left New Orleans just after the most intense thunderstorms we have ever heard pummeled our trailer all night, only giving us a few winks of sleep.  We then had a long 12+ hour ride to St. Augustine, FL where we crossed tons of dumping thunderstorms and had several close calls with some horrific drivers on the road.  But we finally made it to Florida and had nothing on our agenda the 1st day but to relax, hit the warm beach, soak in some much needed sunshine and enjoy.  A tandem ride to the beach, splash park, pool mission and bbq made a killer “day off” before gearing back up for the next day’s mission of work.

I did a record 5 radio interviews in one day then rallied the family off to our event in Jacksonville at Lakeshore Bicycles where Mark and his crew bent over backwards to make us feel super welcome.  They had a popcorn machine, drinks, food, chairs and Mark even lugged his huge big screen from home.  The media did a great job covering the event so we had a nice turnout and almost all the seats were full.  The reception was super positive, we sold enough books to eat and pay gas and we met some great friends we’ll no doubt be able to re-visit next time we swing through.

So we’re off to bed now, but wanted to share some photos of our adventure here in Florida before rolling north to Charleston, South Carolina area where we’ll be staying at the Mount Pleasant KOA.  Very excited!

 

Enjoy the pics and if you know anyone in Charleston, SC area the event info is May 31st evening and here’s the link: http://abicyclebuiltfortwobillion.com/event/trek-bicycle-store


Austin TX Capital

Update from Austin, TX

Book Tour Update from Austin, TX

Here’s a little look at some of the less glamorous activities involved with the ‘Family Book Tour’.


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Good Morning Arizona Interview

Here’s a really sweet live television interview we got to do on ‘3TV, Arizona’s Family’ Monday morning.
We’ve had a great time in AZ and are getting read to head to Albuquerque for the next stop on the “Family Book Tour”. After we spend a few days there we’ll pack up and continue eastward with stops in Austin, New Orleans and St. Augustine, FL. (Check out our tour route here)

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This is such a great honor being able to share my story with so many people. We more television and a ton of radio interviews scheduled so we’ll be busy spreading the word and hopefully we’ll be stopping in a city near you and we can meet in person, and maybe take the tandem for a spin!


Jamie Bianchini Television Interview

San Diego 6

“A Bicycle Built for Two Billion”: How a Man and a Bike Impact the World
San Diego’s award winning TV Station ‘San Diego6 the CW’ did this informal interview with Jamie (and the Family) early Tuesday, May 5th.

By SD6 Assignment Desk
Story Published: May 5, 2015 at 10:16 AM PDT
Story Updated: May 5, 2015 at 11:10 AM PDT

You’ve heard of the saying “a bicycle built for two,” but what about a bicycle built for two billion?

Jamie Bianchini, author of “A Bicycle Built for Two Billion,” joins us with his family to talk about the story beind the book.

He took his two-seat tandem bike on an adventure of a lifetime through 81 countries, inviting strangers to come along with him in the back seat.1,000 people did.
“The intention was to inspire people to get out and connect with their world,” Bianchini said.

Bianchini and his family will travel 12,000 miles through 38 states to promote “A Bicycle Built for Two Billion.”

Watch to hear his incredible story, including how he was able to start charities along the way.


 

Link to news story  on SanDiego6.com


Today

My calendar flashed: “TODAY: San Luis Obispo”–as if San Luis Obispo was an appointment or phone call.  But Today: San Luis Obispo means so much more.  It’s day one of our family’s open-invitation tour of the United States–one filled endless unknowns but certainly filled with unforgettable memories.  We’re fired up!

Yesterday was that “last day craziness” including up at 6AM working on a master Rocky Mount Roof rack setup that will hold the tandem, my 2 bikes + a huge gear basket.  I didn’t know if i could pull it off but we succeeded.  Cristina took it for a test drive taking the kids to daycare so we could hammer away at the endless last minute tasks.

rig

After the kids were in Daycare it was all about taking 2.5 months of “life” and putting it back into storage for 6+ months.  What to take?  What to toss?  What to store?  What to donate? The clock was ticking as I had my 3rd Santa Cruz presentation last night to prepare for plus farewell visits from friends and family.  Focus.  Focus!

We finally figured agreed on what and how we’d store all this “stuff” and shut the doors to our storage pod with a few hours to spare before picking up the kids, cleaning up, setting up and arriving at my talk in time.  Phew!

storage

 

It’s now TODAY.  April 25th.  Day one.  Our daughter Candela was up all night with a fever.  It rained all night and tons of stuff is drenched. We’re exhausted.  But we are EXCITED!

So I’m off to clamp our gypsy home that sleeps 12 onto our vehicle that sits 8 and rock the first miles of this tour.  Please check out this map and consider joining us for a leg or two.  We have space and would love to have ya!

Rollin…


I’m Officially an Author!!

Greetings friends, family, backers and supporters!

We did it! The books are here!  Here’s a short 5-minute sneak peak into the book and the latest from this wild ride of an indie author/papa/gypsy family book tour prep:

I hope you enjoyed the video! Here’s a few more tidbits to this post and then it’s back to work on some serious video editing for the book & eBook—another 3AM work fest! But I see the light! It’s called April 25th when we’ll be ON THE ROAD!

Speaking of the road, I mentioned we needed some help on the ground in the cities we’re stopping in. I can’t do this all myself. So please, check out our route and tour itinerary at http://abicyclebuiltfortwobillion.com/family-book-tour-route and let anyone know up on the route the gypsy family is on our way to their town and would love to connect, ride and synergize.

We’ve got a few kickoff events to attend or share. I’ll be sharing photos, videos and stories—all family friendly good times here:

1) Kickoff Events in Santa Cruz!: We have 3 events in Santa Cruz to share with Bay Area Crew: http://bit.ly/cruz-events
2) San Luis Obispo is On!: We head out on the 25th of April to SLO and will do an event at Art’s Cyclery and SLO Library. Know anyone in SLO? Please send this link: http://bit.ly/slo-events
3) Ventura County: We’ll looking at some fun events planned with the KOA in Ventura and Channel Island University, http://bit.ly/ventura-events
4) San Diego: We’re working on this. Anyone lend a hand in finding some cool venues? Book shops, bike shops, libraries, schools, restaurants, etc. Love any help here.  Thanks!
5) then…Flagstaff/Phoenix/Sedona, Santa Fe/Taos, Austin/San Antonio, New Orleans…

Check out the new website! We launched a very tight, fun and functional site with the help of the great Jeff Nichols. It’s got book info, events, media, book tour stops and so much more and it’s too cool. www.aBicycleBuiltForTwoBillion.com.

Photo Update: We made a creative, strategical decision to go with nearly 200 black and white photos placed at the end of each chapter vs. the planned 30-40 color photos placed in the center of the book. This will allow us to carry the exact books on the book tour that will be available to book buyers. This made more sense than having a special edition book that was not available for wholesalers. If you are upset or feel misled, please contact Jamie for a refund on pre-orders. But I know you’ll dig the layout.

That’s about it for now!  We’ve got tons of books coming and they will be on sale on Amazon + bookstores around the 28th.  Very excited!!

Jamie, Cristina, Luca and CandelaTraining Ride in Santa Cruz

 


Momentum

Building Momentum!

Just off a Skype call with Macedonia where I’m coaching my “Media & PR Intern” Aleksandra Janchevska to research local media and now reach out to them to help pave the road of the upcoming Family Book Tour.  Just before that I was working with theBookDesigners.com on getting the final files ready for the cover & inside of the 1st edition of A Bicycle Built for Two Billion!  Yipeeee!

Tomorrow I’ll be doing a training manual for the “Events & Social Media Coordinator” intern position as well, hoping to find someone like Aleksandra who can work for a few bucks an hour, learn great stuff and put their passion into helping make this massive project go down.

Let’s not forget my web guru Jeff who has been working tirelessly to help us with a killer website and all we need to light up the USA and beyond this spring/summer/fall…

We’re on the road in 17 days!!!  whooooaaaaaaa!  Join us for our launch party on Saturday the 18th–first books on sale. For more Book Launch party information and to RSVP for the event click here
Off to bed…3AM…again.  More updates coming soon!

Jamie


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California’s Adventure Sports Journal

Peace Pedalers

 Around the World on a Tandem Bike

Published by: Adventure Sports Journal Issue: 84, February 2015

Around the world on a tandem bike

Jamie looking for riders in Guatamala.

Over 1,000 total strangers accepted Jamie Bianchini’s invitation to ride on the world’s first open-invitation, intercultural expedition around the planet.  Jamie piloted the front seat of a custom-built tandem bike while leaving the rear seat open to invite “guest riders” to join the journey and share the exhilarating cycle touring experience. If that’s not cool enough, the bike frames, called “Black Sheep Tangles,” could be converted from a tandem to a single bike, which allowed Jamie to rip up the world’s single-track trails with new local friends. His 81-country expedition took over 8 years to complete, with regular recharge breaks on the trails and in the surf of his current hometown of Santa Cruz, CA.

Not surprisingly, a journey of this magnitude was sprung from humble beginnings. After a series of spectacular business flops drove him into bankruptcy and the love of his life kissed him goodbye, Jamie hatched a crazy plan that just might make everything right. His life lacked purpose, passion, and connection with his fellow man. So he decided to go for a bicycle ride … around the world … on a tandem … solo … inviting everyone he met to join him.

“I felt inspired to make the journey mean more than simply fulfilling my own personal desires,” explained Jamie. “By inviting strangers to ride with me I hoped to do my part in creating more peace in the world by reducing unnecessary fears and prejudices between people. I wanted to demonstrate that language, cultural and religious barriers could easily be overcome with a genuine desire to connect, learn and explore.”

Jamie started the project with his best friend Garryck. They both saved for two and a half years and found over 40 corporate sponsors to kick off their dream expedition called Peace Pedalers. The tour got off to a great start in Japan and Korea but it was not long before he ran into his fair share of adversity. “There was a bike theft in China, a near-death bike crash in Malaysia and escaping machine gun fire in Mauritania just to name a few,” reports Bianchini. “But what amazed me was how total strangers in every part of the world came out of nowhere to help keep me stay safe, fed, housed, warm and supported me in fulfilling my vision and mission of the expedition.”

It was this constant stream of kindness and compassion demonstrated by total strangers on his journey that began to inspire Jamie to take the expedition to a new level. Starting by delivering hundreds of tandem bike rides and gifts to orphanages throughout Asia he continued the adventures of compassion and contribution through Africa, Europe and Latin America. Jamie rallied partners, sponsors and fellow guest riders to help donate 100 bikes to an impoverished township in Cape Town, disperse hundreds of doses of life-saving Malaria medication to small African communities, start a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda and bring fresh water to a community suffering from sickness and death in Bolivia.

“I realized it was not only easy to connect deeply with people in every corner of the planet but it was just as rewarding to work together with them to be of service in the communities I traveled through,” explains Jamie. “But as exciting and rewarding it was to be out on the road I eventually longed to get back to the Bay Area to finally settle down and raise a family in Santa Cruz. After seeing a huge chunk of the planet there was no place on earth that had such a perfect combination of great trails, roads, waves and community.  My bike was pointed to Santa Cruz since day one.”

So just how does a globetrotting Bay Area mountain bike addict and surf bum find a life partner to settle down with? Turns out she found him. After several unsuccessful attempts to recruit a road-worthy mate — from online dating websites to travel flings-gone-serious — it was a guest rider who hopped on for a planned 17-kilometer ride that turned into a lifelong adventure. Their first child was conceived in Ecuador and they’re now living with their two kids in Santa Cruz. Well, kinda.

True to character, Jamie is now embarking on a 12,000-mile Family Book Tour USA through 36 states to share his book A Bicycle Built for Two Billion. Jamie and his family will be traveling across the country to share his inspirational stories via free multimedia events at bookstores, KOA Campgrounds, bike shops, Rotary Clubs and other venues that request presentations.

Of course, their book tour itself has a twist almost as exciting as Jamie’s tandem bicycle adventure. Their family will be driving an 8-seater SUV and towing a 33-foot Heartland RV trailer that sleeps 10. Why so much space for just a family of four? The family plans to use the spare seats and beds to keep the original expedition’s spirit of openness, trust and connection alive as they invite others they meet around the country to join the tour, connect, camp and find ways to contribute along the way.

“Our open-invitation Family Book Tour was just a dream my wife and I concocted when we talked about how to share the book and our messages with the country,” reports Jamie. “But I had just been laid off from work, so I didn’t have the money to buy a big RV nor enough to pay the camping fees for such a huge nationwide tour. So we had to get creative.”

Jamie visited a large RV tradeshow where he met Heartland RV’s Vice President Coley Brady. “I could see it in Jamie’s eyes when he shared his project and vision that he lived from the heart. So Heartland RV set him up with our top of the line North Trail travel trailer to keep his family comfortable on his tour,” reports Brady. Jamie then reached out to Mike Gast, VP of communications at KOA Campgrounds who agreed to allow Jamie and his family to stay free of charge at 32 KOA campgrounds around the nation. “KOA Campgrounds believes deeply in the importance of both family adventures and giving back to the community. When we saw what Jamie did for the global community and his plans for his nationwide tour we wanted to help make it happen,” reports Gast.

Jamie’s passion for adventure and community service while out traveling will continue on his USA tour as he raises fund and awareness for several worthy causes. He’ll be visiting KOA’s Cancer Care Camps along his route to give rides to kids with terminal cancer, raising funds to expand the Good Hope School in Uganda he co-founded and search for donors to bring more bikes to Africa with Bicycle Relief Fund and clean water to those in need with Charity: Water.

The Family Book Tour’s first free multimedia slideshow presentation will be at Spokesman Bike Shop in Santa Cruz at 6.30pm on April 18. They’ll depart the Santa Cruz KOA on April 25 and head to San Luis Obisbo, Ventura, Pasadena, Orange Country, San Diego in May. They’ll loop back to Northern California and the Bay Area in September and October. aBicycleBuiltForTwoBillion.com.

Wild Coast South Africa.

Always a giggle nearby in Cambodia.

“My girlfriend doesn’t talk back” in Portugal.

 

 

 

 

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Is Adrenaline Healthy?

Adrenaline

Evel Knievel, Caesar’s Palace Dec 31, 1967

I don’t know what to make out of the raw mix of excitement, fear, overwhelm, joy and whoaaaaaaa– the adrenaline filled life– my life.  As a first time author, father of two and leader of a 36-state, 12,000 mile tour around USA I now spend large chunks of time in an adrenaline-filled state.  I don’t think it’s hurting me and is a heck of a lot more fun than my cubicle job I was working about a year ago today–the one I left in exchange for blazing the trail into the unknown.

So far, I have to say this adrenaline feels healthy.  I feel alive, challenged, stretched and like life has purpose again.  We don’t have to jump off a cliff or blaze mountain-bike trails to feel adrenaline–we can have it by going after things we know we should do, but scare the hell out of us.


Santa Cruz Sentinel Article on Jamie Bianchini

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Karen Kefauver, Spin City: ‘Bicycle Built for Two Billion’ details Santa Cruz man’s 8-year odyssey on a tandem bike.

Posted:

Jamie Bianchini never imagined that his business going bankrupt and his girlfriend leaving him would lead to his bicycling around the world — to 81 countries in eight years.

“I was 23 years old and planned to go conquer the business world,” he recalled. “I had graduated from a prestigious entrepreneurship program at USC and won an award for best business plan. I was full of ego.”

But, along the way, he got mired in greed and his lust for money was ruinous.

“My business collapsed, my relationship failed and my friends abandoned me,” Bianchini said. “That five-year chapter of my life ended in the fall of 1999. I had hit rock bottom. … I called my best college buddy and told him I had a dream to bicycle around the world.”

After saving money for a few years, Bianchini and his friend Garryck Hampton set off from Tokyo in April 2002 on their global adventure, dubbed, “Peace Pedalers.” (www.peacepedalers.com). The plan was for each of them to ride tandem mountain bikes and invite local “guest riders” to pedal on the back of their bikes. Some of their hundreds of guest riders lasted a few minutes, others a few weeks….

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Book Reviews

“Bianchini’s A Bicycle Built for Two Billion is not about the bike. It’s a life odyssey of epic proportions. Few of us live from the heart. Jamie reminds us how.”   –– Les Stroud (Survivorman)

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An exhilarating debut memoir that chronicles a fallen entrepreneur’s eight-year world tour on a tandem bike. Bianchini’s extraordinary chronicle begins with his often tumultuous childhood and showcases his enduring love of bicycle-riding. He sometimes felt overshadowed by his large extended Northern California family, which fractured when his parents divorced, but his outings on his bike

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5/5

Once I started reading I just couldn’t put it down. The story ended up being so much more than I had expected…more engaging, more unpredictable, more emotional. Jamie shares his own life journey even as he shares a perspective of the world few of us get to see in any country let alone many across

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5/5

As the World Turns “A great ride and finding time to stop and smell the flowers along the way… cultural exposures, meeting people…ups and down of daily life… Ran into these adventurers in Paraguay on the “long bike . Nice to read about their entire exploits… easy reading…”

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Total Adventure “Even though I already had a connection to this book because I had met Jaimie and Garryck in Japan, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the writing and story layout was. I read 100 pages the first day, simply because I couldn’t put it down! Both then and now, Jaimie has reminded

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5/5

Inspirational Indeed! “Live Big. Give Big.” Stuck in a rut? Read this book! Enough said!

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5/5

Very pleasantly surprised with this book! Bianchini takes a big bite outta life in this adventure (and sometimes pays the price). His honesty is well, honest and his heart seems to be fixed in just the right place. This is definitely ‘feel good’ terrain but with a goal in mind. I highly recommend “A Bicycle

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