Posts in the category Kickstarter

New Ideas To Help Your Bike Commute From Lumo, Morpher, Ellaspede & More


The market of cycle commuters is not huge, and not as sexy as road or mountain bike racing. Typically underserved, Kickstarter has offered a way for a lot of ideas for commuting cyclists to come to life, offering exposure and funding for these ideas, as well as a quick test of the market reaction to the idea. With these three parts of going-to-market rolled into one service, its a nice easy way to get ideas out there. The service requires that inventors make a design and prototype before posting on the site, which can already help weed out the good from the bad. It is also a lot easier to pitch an idea with pictures and physical samples to show. For instance, did you know the jacket above features LED lighting so the rider can be seen better?

Check out the ideas for clothing, gear storage, foldable helmets and more after the jump…


Listen to Music While Riding & Still Hear Cars Coming With The Posse AMK Sound Balancer


Posse Audio is a company that makes a mixing device for musicians to finely tune their monitor. Using the same technology, they are creating a device called the Posse AMK to mix the sounds around you, and your music while you ride.

Consisting of two small microphones and the mixing device, the AMK can balance the ambient sound using a small dial wheel. These are made because of the idea that being able to hear your surroundings when you ride will keep you safer. Mostly for road cyclists to alert them to cars, but the AMK can also be tuned to work as an audio amplifier to actually increase your ability to hear.

Posse calls this technology “Hear it All”, and the news on the AMK is that it is now small enough to be used with ear buds or other small devices. The Posse team has decided to launch the AMK device on Kickstarter, and are trying to raise $30,000 to bring it to reality. See the details and sketches of the device after the jump…


Tratar Bikes Hand Crafts Frames From Local Slovenian Oak & Ash


Janez Tratar is the 28-year-old engineer behind the idea of Tratar Bikes. Slovenia is currently in a bad place with unemployment, and Janez believes this will provide a source of pride, and work, to the people of his country.

Tratar Bikes are city bicycles available in two different specifications on the same frame. The single-speed offers smooth simplistic riding with minimal maintenance, and the Kick shift features two gears and an internal brake built into the rear hub. The frame is made from top-shelf Slovenian wood with metal reinforcements at high stress points.

Tratar says  “I believe that riding a bike is not just moving from point A to B – it should be an experience that every commuter deserves and can be accomplished only by the wooden bicycle.” Take a look after the break to see the details on the bikes and the information on their Kickstarter launch.


A Pry Bar And Bolt Cutter Resistant Bike Rack Keeps Your Rig With You

The SCS Magnum is a bike rack that promises to be pry bar and bolt cutter resistant. Brainchild of Neil Johnson, he has been selling prototype racks in local bike shops around his home in Spokane, WA.

Based on the idea of a simple hitch rack that holds the top tube of the bike, the Magnum features a secure locking bar to wrap back around the bikes and keep them where you left them. This bar is said to be more resistant to theft than standard locking cables typical on hitch racks.

Currently featured on IndieGoGo, Johnson wants to raise money to get the new design into production. The Bonelocker is the prototype mostly shown, and the quality construction made locally to Spokane will carry through to the Magnum production version. Check out the details after the jump…


COBI Promises To Make Your Bike A Genius, Integrates 10 Different Functions Into One Unit


iCradle, Inc. is launching COBI, a smart biking device that can gives any bicycle headlights, turn signals, brake lights, GPS, weather forecasting, power meter and cycling computer.

Following the common way to launch leading edge tech products, the COBI is on Kickstarter starting today. The COBI was developed to reduce the crowding of the many separate gadgets that each perform a small function, and bring them into one integrated, future-proof unit.

Jump past the break to see an exploded view and more info on the project…


Teach Your Children About Cycling With B Is For Bicycle, A Book Getting Kickstarted To Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Scott and Janine Fitzgerald, owners of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, ID are launching a campaign to promote the healthy lifestyle of cycling in a children’s book. Fitzgerald’s is the most positive and welcoming bike shop I have ever been in, and it stems from the hearts of the owners. Their mission is to promote cycling in as many ways as they can, and this is the latest addition to that goal.

The Fitzgeralds have won recognition for their work, including the annual Clay Mankin award from distributor QBP in 2012, being the founders of the Fat Bike Summit, and running a local Go by Bike – School Challenge which awards students for choosing to ride to school. Being a small bike shop in rural Idaho, the accomplishments are already impressive, and now they are looking to add another.

B is for Bicycle is a book with the end goal of developing a cycling lifestyle for children. They credit the idea to looking for such books when they had their son, and finding almost nothing. Being the activists they are, they decided to do something about it, and launch a Kickstarter to get it done.  Click more to learn about the campaign…


Kickstarter: Keep Your Earbuds in Place with Budstraps



For those audiophiles who like to listen to music on the go without any of the loss in quality associated with bluetooth devices, a kickstarter project named BudStraps promises to improve headphone cable management.

The design consists of a soft strap which rests across the neck and and clips on either end which grab the headphone cords. This system keeps your earbuds tangle free and within easy reach, while also reducing the tension on your ears. Head past the break to see the BudStraps in action.  READ MORE ->

MagLOCK May Have Finally Perfected the Magnetic Bike Pedal

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Now more than ever, there seems to be an intense debate between the use of flat pedals or clipless. Both have their merits, but what if there was something in between? Something that combined the best things about each into a single design? Now that the MagLOCK bike pedal is getting official, maybe there is.

The MagLOCK pedal is definitely not the first to attempt to use magnets to replace a clipless system. Many companies have tried over the years and for whatever reason either failed to produce a worthwhile product, or at least one that consumers would buy. There are many factors to designing a magnetic pedal that you have to take into consideration over a relatively simple clipless pedal, but it looks like Dave Williams may have figured it out with his clever magnetic design.

Details next…


Join the Wolf Pack w/ Augur’s New Intelligent Collective Safety Bike Lights

Augur, an Australian company, just started a new Kickstarter project for their Wolf light. It’s built using CREE LEDs, machined aluminum and a silicone casing and is dubbed a “collective safety cycling light.” It works by sensing your place in a pack (get it, Wolf Pack?) and adjusting intensity based on whether you’re leading out, sitting in or bringing up the rear.

When you consider yourself a one man wolf pack, the brightness high and available in a steady or blink pattern (see or be seen). When your wolf pack grows, and you’re riding around in the desert together, the brightness adjusts based on your position in the peloton. The lights communicate with each other so it knows if another Wolf is behind you rather than just a car, so it won’t dim when drivers are coming up from behind. But when it’s a fellow wolf, the tail light dims significantly so it doesn’t distract or blind them. Once you’re at the tail end or OTB, it’ll immediately come back up to full brightness.