Posts in the category Kickstarter

Sombra has a lampshade for your tail light


Night-time cyclists everywhere are thankful that LED tail lights have gotten extremely bright in the last 10 years. So bright though, that at close range they can be distracting, or even painful to look at.

Sombra is a bicycle tail light diffuser. It makes your tail light visible from any direction and reduces the bright spot effect of a high-powered LED. Inspired by a ride in London where inventor Offer Canfi was blinded by a passing cyclist’s rear light, he then when he went home relaxed with a book. While reading, he noticed the lampshade on his lamp, and voila! An idea was born…


Tech Roundup: BRoller, Bikelops & iOmounts Bring More Tech To Cycling Via Crowdfunding


iOmounts makes device mounts with a patented magnetic technology that attaches simply, and adjust easily. At the Consumer Electronics Show opening next week, they will release the NOMAD mount to attach almost any device to a pair of handlebars. They say that with the increase in cycling apps available for phones, and GPS capability, a mount for a phone is all that is needed , instead of a dedicated device.

They are not giving a lot of details until the show, but if it works anything like their super-adjustable mounting stands, it should be pretty nice for ease of use and adjustability. Jump past the break to see their standard device mounts (not for bikes), and also see ideas on using an iPhone as a bike light and dusting off your old trainer by turning it into a multimedia exercise center…


A Multi-Function Bicycle-Friendly Comb Named Headgehog Is On Kickstarter & It’s Not As Ridiculous As It Sounds


The Headgehog is a hair comb made from stainless steel, and it fits in your wallet so you can carry it with you everywhere. It’s extremely important to make sure your hair is wrangled back into place after taking off your helmet, Producer Zootility Tools tells us it is bicycle friendly, since anything that combines a wrench, a bottle opener and hair care is sure to get cyclists excited.

All joking aside, the Headgehog is a real product, and is already 200%+ of its funding goal. It incorporates a lot of relatively unrelated, yet commonly needed features into one device, and the screwdriver and wrench make it bicycle specific. Zootility also makes the Pocket Monkey, another flat, wallet-fitting tool. A truly bicycle-specific tool may incorporate some more functions, and it appears that inventor Nate Barr had more overall utility in mind. . They really tried to maximize the functions for the small space, and packed it with wrenches, a bottle opener, a phone kickstand, and even a chip clip. Available in stainless, blue, purple or green for $12.

Nostalgia Rides On Through Iconicride, Complete with Banana Seat

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Whether you consider yourself a “cyclist” or not, quite a few people have fond memories of waking up to a new Schwinn Krate under the Christmas tree during their childhood. Between the chopper bars, 16″ front and 20″ rear wheels, and the banana seat, the bikes became iconic symbols of late 60′s/early 70′s bike culture.

If you find yourself reminiscing about those days, perhaps you would be interested in the new IconicRide. Introduced by industrial designer Mario Ciaramellano, the chopper inspired ride brings back memories, only in an adult sized package. Even though the wheels might be bit bigger than the original, the IconicRide packs in all of the style, just with a few modern touches…


Another Crowdfunding Idea For A Theft Proof Bike? How About Carbon Fiber & Less Than $650!


Pozible is a new crowdfunding website that you can think of as the “Kickstarter of China”. Trying to launch with an initial 140 units, Bici is a bicycle project by the AOAO Studio in Tibet. They claim with the wide variety of features of Bici, that it is theft-proof.

The Bici has a security system that you can activate and will trigger an alarm if the bike is moved before you return. A smartphone app allows you to lock and unlock the bike remotely, and a GPS tracker has enough battery power to follow the bike for a month. These features are built into the frame of the bike, so they are tamper-proof.

Take a look inside to see the specs and features wedged into a pretty affordable price…


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…