He sells specialized bikes to customers all over the southern part of the continent. Which sounds like a big business but is actually quite modest: “The market for special bikes in South Africa is very small,” he tells us later in the shady indoors. But demand is steadily rising, and Rodger is very optimistic about the future.
Selling bikes is actually his second job: he spends most of his work week at the University of Cape Town, looking after high-performance computing systems in the context of a large-scale research project on climate change. Rodger’s passion for environmental protection, nature, and sustainability is evident in everything he does.
And these interests are shared by the whole family. The kids, Amy (9) and Bevan (11), are already helping out with the bike business. For them and Rodger’s wife, Alisa, being out and about on two or three wheels is the ultimate in family fun – as is their communal farm project: living in wooden huts and tepees on what was once a plot of fallow land not far from Cape Town.
This is something we just have to see! The last few miles take us over sand and gravel farm tracks to a farm with several old huts and stables. New houses are being built using light straw/clay construction methods, aka Leichtlehmbau.
Running water? Not here. But there’s electricity and the essential Internet connection. The farm is being planned and built in cooperation with two other families, one of which is already living on site. “We’ve also had chickens and geese in suburbia, but they’re now enjoying life out in the open spaces,” explains Rodger. Far away from anything that we would call civilization, the families are gradually fulfilling a dream of life in harmony with nature. We’re impressed.
At the nearby downhill park, Rodger discovers yet another passion: offroading with the KETTWIESEL KROSS. Together with his friend Justin, who is an experienced downhiller, he was one of the first to test ride the new trike.
Mountain biking is a popular sport in South Africa. But “mountain triking”? The new, full-suspension KETTWIESEL KROSS is right up Rodger’s alley. He whizzes down the slopes and shoots around banked curves, not missing a single pothole. With sand spraying off his wheels, he races past us, disappearing again into a thick cloud of dust beyond the next curve.
“Outstanding,” he tells us later. “The new suspension makes the trike an absolute offroad fun-machine.” Next lap – we try waving him in for a pit stop to tell him more about the new design features, but apparently Rodger prefers discovering them for himself.
It looks like loads of fun … and like, with his enthusiasm, it won’t be hard winning over his first KETTWIESEL KROSS customers. We say goodbye, but the first KROSS series-production model stays behind in South Africa. With Rodger in the wilderness. Also a nice thought.
All-weather commuting with no exhaust, and no exhaustion. The KLIMAX is the
hottest “e-convertible” on the market.
With our 250 watts under the hood, you’ll make better time on city streets than any of the 100 kW vehicles sitting in traffic jams. Riding fun included.
Until now, it was almost impossible to combine sustainability, all-weather mobility, and fun under one unified transport solution. With our KLIMAX series, we even got it all under one fairing. And according to German road traffic laws, the 2K is just a bike with three wheels, requires no license plate, and can be used on bike lanes.
Shopping trips, cycling tours, daily commutes: the KLIMAX 2K does it all – in any weather. The HASE BIKES Foldable Fairing can be easily mounted for staying dry in rain and snow – and if worse comes to worst, the Rain Poncho seals you in completely and opens with the Fairing like a gull-wing door for easy mounting.
The new Shimano Steps bottom bracket motor provides three levels of assistance, starting as soon as you hit the pedals and switching off at 15 mph (25 km/h). You’ll even enjoy riding up steep hills and pulling a trailer – as well as staying active and physically fit without overexertion. The 418 Wh rechargeable battery can be “tanked up” in any power outlet – in just over four hours.
And when it comes to sportiness and fun: the 2K is the electro-brother of the KETTWIESEL. That says it all.
Attention: For now we can offer the Shimano STEPS engine only in the European region. From 2016 we are going to be able to sell our 2K Models with the STEPS engine outside of Europe.
Halvar in the Batmobile
Waldemar Kobus is an actor with a wide repertoire: theater, the comedy series Alles Atze, Crime Scene episodes, Vicky the Viking films. He’s always been a cycling fan. Now, with his KLIMAX 2K, he has even become a convincing ambassador for alternative transport.
“For years, I was looking for the right sports car,” says the man who is immortalized on celluloid as Halvar, the father of Vicky the Vicking. “It was disappointing!” he complains.