Simpson shows how his homemade blender bike works on
Thursday, June 29, 2017. The bike helps to make
strawberry milkshakes at the Lemont Strawberry Festival
COLLEGE, Pa. ó Thereís earning a drink at the end of the
day, and then thereís earning a drink at the end of the day.
Simpson knows the difference.
demands of the average workday kept him a bit closer to his
shady little abode in State College, the good doctor would
routinely peddle the 35-mile commute to an office in Mill Hall
on his bicycle.
this exercise fad is not entirely without its benefits.
days always went better, and I felt like I did a better
job," Simpson said.
the pot ó or the glass or pitcher or whatever ó was the
discovery that with some camping gear and some good
old-fashioned DIY spirit, he could make a margarita, a
milkshake or some salsa at the same time.
wife, Jude, saw an ad for a bicycle-powered blender that was
manufactured by a company based out of California. The appeal
of the bi-lender (blicycle?) was the same as any other novelty
in that it was incredibly novel, a fun party trick ó like
those people who can rub their heads and pat their bellies in
you know, margaritas.
always tastes better if you blend it yourself ó and you burn
off the calories," Simpson said.
newer, healthier you doesnít come cheap, though, so Simpson
decided to save himself the cost of shipping and piece one
together from a few everyday household objects.
crank blender purchased for weekend camping trips to Bald
Eagle State Park? Itíll look great mounted behind the seat
of a bicycle. A random piece of plastic serendipitously
discovered along the side of the road can also make for an
whole time youíre peddling the blender is working,"
you have yourself a bicyclender ó but what to do with it?
like Simpson, you take it to Lemontís annual strawberry
festival and make 60-plus milkshakes.
Smith, chairwoman of the Lemont Village Association, said
proceeds from the commemorative mugs the shakes came in helped
raise funding for the organization.
bicycle-blender is a real attraction. Most people donít
believe it until they try it and many do the peddling
themselves," Smith said.
has also been known to mix the occasional beverage at Centre
Region Bicycle Coalition events. He has been active with the
group since 2000, before he and his wife had even officially
made the jump from Texas to State College.
towns are important to this doctor and have been ever since
biking helped him shed 95 pounds from his former identity as
an overweight high school student.
passion for the activity is practically a professional
part of my job to encourage people to do whatís healthy for
them," Simpson said.