Guest post: Dewey Cyr, “Real Pops”

I’ve always found myself drawn to bike-based companies. There’s something about harnessing the power and simplicity of a bicycle to do business that intrigues me. I think it’s the combination of easy customization, inherent mobility, and fun—it gets me every time.

So when I found out that a friend was starting a bike-centric popsicle company through Kickstarter, I insisted that she write a post to promote it. My only requirement was that she let me try one of her signature pops first (‘cause what if they’re terrible? I simply won’t support things that are terrible).

Verdict: they’re incredible! Seriously, these things put all other popsicles to shame. They’ve got my vote, and hopefully yours. Support her campaign before it ends!

Here’s Dewey:

The Story

Picture the scene: it’s boiling hot. You’ve just ridden across the city, and you’re sweaty and revved up and your metabolism has incinerated all the calories you’ve eaten all day. It’s time for a snack.

You want a treat, but you don’t want to undo all the exercise you just did by eating something crappy. What is that? Would a home-made, locally-sourced, Mexican-style ice pop scratch that itch? Sold off the back of an adorable and functional cargo-trike? Well, dear reader, your summertime dreams are about to come true.

My name is Dewey Cyr, and I’m in the process of launching Real Pops. We make totally delicious paletas from local produce, fair-trade sugar, and fresh herbs, in flavors like strawberry, grapefruit, peach, avocado-lime and watermelon-lemonade. The only thing we don’t have? Fake stuff: no colors, no preservatives, nada. Yum!

As a life-long Cambridge resident and long-time bike rider (true story: I don’t have a driver’s license), a few things were important to me in starting this business: I wanted to keep the pops delicious, the politics good, and the company environmentally-friendly.

Hours in the kitchen took care of the first, but the last two are evolving. I use fair trade sugar in an effort to support global human rights, and I’ve repurposed a Worksman cargo trike to trek my pops around town in a carbon-neutral manner.

Our Kickstarter

It turns out that starting a food business is significantly more expensive and complicated then I realized 8 years ago when I was first inspired by the street vendors I met in Mexico.

Just over three weeks ago I launched a Kickstarter in an attempt to raise the necessary funds. The results have been tremendous, and we reached our goal of $5,000 in just over 48 hours.

Inspired and invigorated, I set an even more ambitious goal of $11,000. The additional funds would allow me to expand in some integral ways, plus start giving back. If I reach my goal by Tuesday, August 28th I’m going to throw a fundraising party for The Women’s Lunch Place, an awesome day shelter for poor and homeless women in Boston.

You can check out the Kickstarter page for an explicit breakdown of what I would do with the extra $6,000, plus to watch a fun video my friend made and to see some photos of the rad prizes I’m giving as a thanks for pledges.


PS: Be sure to follow our progress on twitter and Facebook!

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