St. James High School Visits the New Wike Bike Trailer and Box Bike Factory
2016 05 27
At Wike, we’re proud to be manufacturing bike trailers and box bikes right here in North America. And we love to share our expertise and passion for the walk and bike lifestyle with anyone interested.
When St. James high school approached us for a tour of the factory for their high school class we were more than happy to comply! The class first rode around Guelph to learn more about urban geography and the importance of urban transportation in all its forms. Their tour took them right to the front door of our new factory were we happily showed off our new digs. The students seemed quite keen to learn about bicycle trailer and box bike manufacturing and they got a good look at what it takes to make these products. From aluminum and steel fabrication to cutting and sewing fabrics, they got a unique view of manufacturing in Ontario. They even got a peek at the “secret” Wike lab where we dream up, design, and prototype our latest bike innovations like the folding box bike. And, of course, we were proud to show them our new folding box bike, the salamander. After all that, a few inquired about summer jobs at the factory!
Of course, a bike trailer factory tour and bike ride were hardly the only thing on the agenda. The students headed to downtown Guelph to take part in a mock council were they were given access to the actual Guelph Council Chambers. They elected a mayor and had an actual debate regarding a motion to build a pedestrian/cycling bridge underpass that would integrate with the existing cycling network. We’re looking forward to at least a few of these polite, informed, and caring young citizens moving into municipal politics in the future.
At Wike, we’re always proud to share our expertise with the next generation. If you’d like to integrate a bike trailer and box bike factory tour into your school curriculum, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
2016 05 20
After 17 years at our location on Regal Rd., Wike bicycle trailers is moving to a brand new (to us!) location.
The bike trailer business doesn’t stand still and neither do we. Our new location gives us significantly more space that’s much better organized. Our sewers have their very own room and much easier access to the top-quality materials they use to make your beautiful bike trailer. Our manufacturing floor is much larger and now we can drop our material directly where they need to be rather than hauling them through the warehouse.
And what would a new headquarters be without some new office space. Bob and Anna, as head bike trailer and box bike advocates, get their own offices.
In our new space there’s even a dedicated spot to take pictures for our promotional material. No more setting up stuff at the house or cordoning off part of the factory for photo shoots!
And the new space has, well, space! Beyond the factory floor there’s a massive parking lot which gives our delivery drivers plenty of room to manoeuvre. And for visitors and customers to park, of course.
And visit you can! We’re close to downtown Guelph and can sell you a child bicycle trailer, boat bike trailer, cargo bike trailer, pet trailer, box bike, or even our fancy new salamander folding box bike right from the factory showroom. Keep an eye out on our display window facing the street. We’ll be mounting one of our brand new New folding box bikes there for the world to see.
So come visit us at 150 Stevenson St. South in gorgeous Guelph, Ontario and see local bike trailer and box bike manufacturing up close and personal.
Guelph Magnolia Bike Ride
2016 05 18
When spring arrives you know that cyclists are just champing at the bit to get out for a great ride to enjoy the weather and get ready for a new season of cycling. One regular spring event in Guelph is the Magnificent Magnolia ride and Wike was proud to take part this year.
More than 50 participants (and a bicycle trailer or two thrown into the mix) wended their way through Guelph checking out the Magnolia trees along the way. The route took them through Guelph’s quiet residential streets and the occasional thoroughfare.
It wasn’t all bike riding and kid bike trailer towing, though. Former Guelph councillor Lise Burcher joined in the fun and gave a talk at her home which featured, of course, the beautiful magnolia trees on her property. From there, the hungry horde headed to the stately home of Wike owners Bob and Anna. Cucumber cream cheese sandwiches on pink and green bread (magnolia colours, of course) along with tea and treats were enjoyed by all.
And no ride would be complete withou prizes! Best Dressed (congratulations Ruth Tabata), Most Outlandish (congratulations Richelle Forsey), and best spring pants (congratulations Victoria Coates).
Wike bicycle trailers was happy to participate in this fantastic local event. We hope to see you all at the ride next year.