Ralf Testing Tire

November 1, 2011

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Ralf testing tire.

Ralf testing tire.

Whirlwind Founder and Chief Engineer Ralf Hotchkiss spent most of the summer in Chinandega, Nicaragua working on, among other things, the “thorny” issue of flat-free tires. Above is a photo of Ralf at work. When traveling, Ralf rides a standard RoughRider off the assembly line and interacts with a diverse group of people with disabilities who trust him well enough to give brutally honest product feedback they might hesitate to share with a foreign donor. By spending at least a quarter of each year in the developing world, Ralf helps ensure that Whirlwind’s designs always meet the real needs of developing world riders.