Forget Tandems, Meet the ScooteRack.

ScooteRackIn a community of avid riders, the term bike share often takes a unique form, because sometimes grabbing a lift on the back of a friends rack just makes sense. Occam’s Razor, right?

So if the lonelist thing in the world is a solo rider piloting a tandem, and transporting a friend on your handlebars is just too inconvenient, then a convertible bike rack turn Scooter is the smartest invention this side of sliced bread.

The idea is simple. The rack stows behind your ride and flips out when someone needs a lift. For Jared Loveless, the goal of the ScooteRack is to easily “double the number of bicycle users without doubling the number of bicycles!”

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Comments

Helmet Police - 08/07/13 - 11:02am

WEAR A HELMET!

Topmounter - 08/07/13 - 11:48am

No helmets… No Kickstarter… WTF?!?!?!

Martin - 08/07/13 - 11:49am

Looks pretty fun for a ride around the block, but I wouldn’t fancy taking a pothole at biking speed on that little scooter wheel…

adam - 08/07/13 - 2:51pm

This is actually just stupid. If nothing else, wholly impractical.

rico - 08/07/13 - 4:07pm

Sh*t I’d ride that in the city with beer and friends, but not with a kid.

Chader - 08/07/13 - 5:02pm

No, just no.

Mike C - 08/07/13 - 5:51pm

Helmets are generally overrated… Rock on, scooteRack guy!

Emily - 08/07/13 - 6:09pm

Kick/back flip!!

Jack - 08/07/13 - 7:40pm

This is potential Darwin award stuff.

Xris - 08/07/13 - 10:08pm

With fire, it will be killed.

Jared Loveless - 08/08/13 - 7:34am

I’m the inventor (sorry to some of the posters above) – definitely geeked it with no helmets in the video but we will be wearing them August 24th in NYC to announce our Kickstarter campaign while we’re riding the scooteRack up and down Park Avenue (since it’s closed to cars that day). Come check us out and see what you’re missing (or to hate on it in person)!

wheelz - 08/08/13 - 11:03am

Looks like a cool idea. Don’t any of you remembered bombing around the neighborhood rinding on a friend’s handlebars with *gasp* no helmets when you were a kid? It’s much easier to tear apart somebody’s creativity than to come up with something original yourself…

Will - 08/08/13 - 12:03pm

After 15,000 miles of road riding without incident I crashed a mile from my house on a chill ride last week, hit my head so hard it cracked strait through my Aeon helmet. Luckily I dont subscribe to the “whatever” philosophy of helmet wearing, saved me from a concussion on a ride I would have never expected to crash on :)

Michael - 08/08/13 - 4:49pm

Looks like a accident waiting to happen. Just because you can build it doesn’t mean its a good idea. If you go into production, hope you have good liability insurance!

Out for a Ride - 08/08/13 - 6:39pm

Loving the BR comments today! Glad I read them; now I know to wear a helmet! Also, if anything is remotely dangerous, I should not make or sell it because mastering any sort of dexterity demanding activity is neither helpful or worthwhile. Anyone seen those scooters with a rotating rear wheel, purely for adding a challenge to playing children? Should be banned, those dangerous and impractical things, they should!

Dustin - 08/08/13 - 9:05pm

I can see the usefulness of this idea. I can also see that a lot of people don’t know how to turn something positive out of a “flaw”. I nit pick more than anyone so by nature i tear things apart as soon as i see something new, however i am aware of it and make the best of it. If the wheel looks too small don’t just say so, start throwing idea’s at it: a little larger and forgiving wheel would probably work better, closer to the ones found on the ‘Kent’ scooters back in the day.

mpd - 08/09/13 - 2:13am

Its a cool idea. I don’t think the current model would be practical in the city or at high speeds, but then again, the current model isn’t advertised for that, it had children running around the neighborhood. I’m sure it could be modified or recreated in a more city or speed practical way. If you ride enough there’s always those times that someone doest have a bike, and this thing would be baller. I just don’t know who would keep it on all the time for those rare occasions.

Mike C - 08/09/13 - 2:00pm

@Will — helmets are not designed or proven to mitigate concussion. Riding without a helmet, you’d more likely still not have suffered a concussion, but might have had some mild to moderate head injury to deal with.

Bill - 08/13/13 - 10:22am

I think the old adage “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything” works in reverse on the interwebs. Most commenters just love to hear themselves speak and love to spew negativity, because they are jealous, or unloved by mom, or some other issue.
So I realized I need to comment, because I LOVE this thing! I ran in and showed my wife right away, and she immediately saw how much my 5 year old would love it. He has a scooter that he likes, and we have a Trail-A-Bike. I can tell you the play in the seat post junction of the Trail-A-Bike makes it pretty tough to be smooth with. This does not seem much more dangerous than that device. We always wear helmets, so we have that going for us too.
I wish you the best of luck, Jared, and look forward to buying one of your very creative devices!

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