One key thing bicycle couriers are missing | Factors affecting the performance of dashers and bicycle couriers

Endurance and speed result in more orders and higher tips

Bicyclist with a backpack riding his bike fast in the city at night with lights blurred out behind him

Are you delivering food? Bicycle couriers should always be looking for ways to improve their game. And why wouldn’t they? More dashes result in more money. There are obvious things you can do, for example, be in shape, eat well, sleep well, and have good gear. But there is probably something you’re not doing that can improve your game. Actually, I know for a fact you are not doing it because I’m the one who invented it and nobody knows about it.

Your backbone is doing a lot.

Look, you are carrying a big and heavy backpack while you’re biking and it’s affecting how fast and far you can go. And if you aren’t going fast or far it’s impacting how many orders you’re doing and how much your customers are tipping you. We all know we can bike faster and further without a backpack so what if there was a way to carry all your stuff in a backpack without carrying it? I’m not talking about magic but it might as well be called magic because your backpack straps would literally be hovering over your shoulders, even with a full load inside your pack. It’s called the Backbone, like the backbone in our body that keeps us upright, this Backbone is outside our body and mounts to your bicycle so that your backbone in your body isn’t carrying the weight of your backpack. After all, your backbone inside your body already supports a lot. So, let this external Backbone help your backbone out. Let it help your shoulders, wrists, and butt. Let it help you make more deliveries, bike faster and further, and make more tips. Because the premise is simple, the ability to carry luggage without feeling like you carrying luggage is a huge competitive advantage for bicycle couriers.

Bicycle courier bags are big and boxy. It’s easy to get fatigued during a day’s work running food and things; especially, if you’ve got big orders or doing multiple orders at once. Yet, it’s hard to pass up another dash when it’s on the way even if you’re tired. So, we need all the help we can get.

Are we in shape? Are we eating and sleeping well?

One of the biggest factors in how good we are at delivering things on our bicycles is whether or not we are in cycling shape. But even if you’re not in shape you can still use an electric or pedal-assist bicycle and make up for your lack of athletic prowess. Another factor in whether or not we have what it takes to handle the orders for the day is our diet and how well we’ve been sleeping. The solution here is simple, eat better and make sure you’re getting good deep sleep. This article isn’t about solving your eating or sleeping but there are plenty of resources out there that you can check out. I think Mike Matthews does a good job of communicating the science of fitness and health. You can check out what he has to say on his blog. I have no financial incentives nor do I benefit whatsoever by promoting his writings I just think they are good and I’ve watched his youtube videos and followed him for nearly a decade.

How much weight are your shoulders carrying?

Bicycle courier walking his bicycle on the sidewalk with a heavy green UberEats tote bag

Another factor affecting our delivery performance is how much weight we are carrying in our touts. We often carry a lot of weight on our shoulders while rushing in and out of restaurants,  then we mount our bicycles and we are still carrying all the weight on our shoulders. This is deferentially impacting how far and fast we can ride… thus it is impacting how much we are earning. We all know we can ride fast and further without a backpack on our shoulders but the moment we put weight on our pack we move slower, we have less agility, we are just weighted down. Isn’t there someone in this world who has solved this problem? Wouldn’t it be great if we could carry all the stuff we wanted to without being weighed down? A helping hand, while we are walking with a backpack, sounds like a hard thing to solve; you know, like a product or something that can support the weight of the backpack while we walk. Might as well hire a mule in this situation. But the fact is bicycle couriers tend to spend more time carrying the weight of their backpacks while they are riding their bicycles, not walking. That’s just the nature of the business. So, then, what if there was a solution that helped support the weight of your backpack while you are on your bicycle? A helping hand in this situation sounds much more doable because a helping hand can be mounted to the bicycle, like a pole that comes up above your rear wheel and supports the weight of the backpack for you… so then, the backpack straps aren’t even on your shoulders. In this scenario, you’d literally be carrying all the stuff you want to carry without carrying it. It would literally be like an invisible helping hand carrying your luggage. Well, it just so happens that I invented this backpack-carrying-helping-hand and I was the first one to do it. I call it the Backbone and you can have one very soon.


So, there you have it, that is my advice. There are many factors that affect bicycle courier performance and there is always something you can do to improve how many dashes you are doing and now there is a solution that will give you the edge you need to compete in the industry. Stay up to date on product launches at BikeBackbone.

By Adam W. Keen

Hey, my name is Adam. I’m a small guy surrounded by big people and a quiet observer in a complicated world, and I am trying to figure things out. I have limited time, resources, health, and capabilities, like us all, but I’m trying to do my best to maximize what I have. Born into a loving middle-class Christian family in Derby, Kansas, USA, I’ve had what people across the world can only dream about, loving and financially well-off parents and over 18 years of exceptional education. I do not earn these things based on my own merits (i.e. birth-parents, birthplace, nationality, race, etc.) and for that I am lucky. Now, it is my responsibility to make something of myself, to take all that I’ve been given and excel.