The Merlin Tree

The Hitch Hikers and Roadbugs are the result of a request by Kathy’s spinning group for a small travel wheel. The features needed were put forth by group members and various design elements were critiqued over a series of spinning get togethers. There was no plan to market the wheel but inquiries started coming in as blog pics and other photos leaked out. Ten wheels were sold before the HitchHiker made its first show introduction in April of 2005. Maryland followed and the members of Kathy’s group who wanted a wheel waited until August for theirs. Over 100 wheels sold that first year. By 2007 the bobbin size was increased and in February of 2009 the double treadle version was introduced. At the same time, a shorter version – the RoadBug was offered. In 2013 a larger flyer which could accommodate Ashford’s 90mm bobbin was made standard as was cherry for all trim pieces. To date over 2300 wheels have left our shop with units on six continents.