WHO WE ARE: Team Fur Bandit steals the attention away from the negativity in the world and renews the interest in fun, fur and philanthropy. We’re about good deeds, a good time and creating a connected cycling community. We make it our personal responsibility to look out for the well being of our community and those around us.
We are North America’s premiere professional fur-covered bicycle cycling team based out of Rockford, Illinois, taking our furry bikes wherever the roads lead us, while helping those who need us the most. To combine a desire to give and a passion for cycling, the team officially formed in 2010 as a giving source to residents in need around the Rock River Valley community. It donates dollars raised through biking events to local charities.
ORIGINS: The early version of what is now known as Team Fur Bandit began in July 2006 as Kyle Thompson and DJ Wilson set forth on RAGRBRAI, a seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa. Kyle has an affinity for furring up bikes and DJ found himself in a predicament — his modified Schwinn varsity 10-speed chopper broke. He opted to use his father’s 10-speed Raleigh and continue with the ride. To add an element of distinction, he too furred up his bike and liked the attention received from riders and onlookers.