Posts Tagged ‘Kickstarter’
I’m a big fan of documentaries and an even bigger fan of bikes. So, I go nuts when I hear about bike documentaries. One that I’m particularly interested in seeing is Liz Canning‘s new film about the cargo bike culture, called Less Car More Go.
From the Kickstarter page:
In early 2011, almost three years before the Wall Street Journal dubbed cargo bikes “the New Station Wagon,” filmmaker Liz Canning began making LESS CAR MORE GO. The project is a crowdsourced documentary on the past, present and future of the cargo bike movement, co-directed by over 100 cargo cyclists. A rapidly growing online network of bike lovers from all over the world has shared hours of video footage capturing how cargo bikes change lives. The number, quality and content of submissions to LESS CAR MORE GO is a stunning testament to the power of bicycles, community and art. And we’ve only just begun! Read more.
There are only a few days left to help fund this project and Liz is still pretty far from her goal. She states:
Thus far the project been fueled by passion and funded by co-directors and myself. A successful Kickstarter campaign will sustain us through post-production and ensure that all this inspired work pays off. A documentary (especially a crowdsourced one) is really made in the editing. I will need time and some assistance to weave all these disparate elements into a coherent and exciting story.
Kickstarter funds will also pay for a handful of video equipment to be shared by co-directors, media storage drives, an assistant editor/producer, and travel to cargo bike hot spots in and possibly outside of the US. There will be other expenses like music and archival rights, motion graphics and color correction/finishing, DVD authoring and outreach, press and publicity.
If you want to support the post-production of the film and get a copy for yourself, head over to her Kickstarter page and make a pledge.
I saw this on Facebook last night and thought it was a good enough idea to share. Halo Zero, the developers of the very successfully funded Halo LED Belt, are back on Kickstarter. This time they’re partnered up with Rickshaw Bagworks, to produce a Halo Zero LED Messenger Bag.
Here is some info from their Kickstarter page:
Mission: SAVE LIVES. HALO ZERO messenger bag illuminates at night, keeping safety just a click away.
What is HALO ZERO? HALO ZERO is an LED illuminated messenger bag made in the heart of San Francisco. Each messenger bag embodies our philosophy of; Form, Function, and Footprint. Each HALO ZERO messenger bag is created with a sustainable minimal waste design.
• Holds up to 13″-15” laptop
• Made from scratch in SF
• External dimensions: 11″ H x 18″ W x 6″ D
• Quick-adjust shoulder strap
• Two front pockets and main compartment
• Velcro closure, D-ring, accessory system
• Durable, machine washable
• Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
How does HALO ZERO illuminate?
A custom patented LED thermoplastic polyurethane fiber optic strip is attached by Velcro to the messenger bag. The “HALO” is powered by two standard CR2025 batteries. There are three modes of illumination; Strobe, Flash, and Solid.
• Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
• Fully removable
• Customizable to your own color preference
• Batteries last 20 hours on Solid mode
• Batteries last up 60-75 non-consecutive hours on Flash modes
The last thing I need is another messenger bag. However, not one of mine is truly ‘visible’ when I’m riding at night. Sure, I’ve clipped on a flashing LED light, but I don’t think it’s as noticeable as the Halo Zero could be.
I personally wouldn’t mind seeing the bag built out of more reflective materials as well. The Halo Zero LED Messenger Bag is a good concept, built by some great people. We need to see more projects like this, keeping cyclists safe on the road.
As a big fan of the Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery comic series, I am proud to announce the release of the fifth volume of their printed work. Right now, it’s only available through Kickstarter and only if they make their goal. They have less than two weeks to pull in enough money to get funded.
So, if you are a fan or if you already have volumes 1-4, please head over to their Kickstarter page and pledge. If you don’t have the first four issues, they are also offering them as holiday gift packs at a special price.
Here’s a really good idea for bicycle visibility and safety. Industrial designer Nathan Wills came up with the concept of incorporating a lighting system within the helmet. Similar to the Lazer Helmets that are on the market, but with more lighting and an urban style. It looks like something you would see off the set of Bladerunner.
From their Kickstarter page:
Torch is a new brand that focuses on lit apparel for the urban rider and skater who’s not afraid to have fun after dark. The T1 helmet, our first product, is unique as it draws attention to the rider at night by elevating the light signature above city traffic.
In addition to our primary goal of safety, we focused on creating a helmet with a clean, iconic style geared towards urban riders. To achieve this we started with a classic silhouette and kept the details simple.
The helmet will be produced using an in-mold technique with a thin polycarbonate shell and an expanded polystyrene body. This method creates a very light, yet strong helmet. Torch will also include an adjustable system for a more accurate fit, making the helmet safer and more comfortable.
The helmet features front and rear lenses which the LEDs project onto. This projection method is important as it disperses the light across the lens. This creates increased visibility and brighter light from wider viewing angles. The lenses also protect the LEDs from water, dust, and debris.
The helmet will be available in three exterior colors (red, black, or white) plus a special Midnight Edition (black with smoked lenses). Torch will be fully CPSC certified and retail for around $100 (batteries not included). We are offering a discount to our Kickstarter backers because without your support we cannot make Torch a reality. All funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards tooling, initial production, packaging, and domestic shipping to our backers.
I’d love to see more products like this on the road, because bike safety is one of my top priorities. Also, because I love bike clothing that doesn’t look like typical bike clothing, I love seeing safety gear that doesn’t look like safety gear. I’m a fan of the Torch Midnight Edition with smoked lenses, but it looks like their sold out. There are plenty of other options if you want to support this project.
I’m usually an avid follower of all bike related ideas on Kickstarter, so it took me by surprise that I missed this.
Like most cyclists, the ideal hand grip is subjective – based on the individual’s needs. Some like thick cushioned foam, some like the control of a hard rubber compound, some like the natural feel of leather or cork and other’s like the classic feel of a proper tape job.
The folks over at Spurcycle came up with, yet, another options for hand grips – which I think is a good idea. They’re called GripRings. They’ve taken the idea of the handgrip and cut it down into colorful, durable, silicone rings. This allows the rider to mix and match the various rings to make their own, unique color combinations. Beyond that, they can add or subtract as many rings as they want to make better use of the entire handlebar. One might even see the rings as a fun or easy alternative to taping a bar.
Want a set? Well, they’re not available yet. In order to get their idea off the ground, Spurcycle has opened a Kickstarter page to get the GripRings produced. Unfortunately, they are FAR FROM THEIR GOAL with only a few days left. If you like this idea, spread the word and get this project funded.
Here is more information:
Spurcycle, a bicycle accessories startup created by two brothers, is pleased to announce their first product: GripRings, a new kind of bicycle grip which can be customized by length and color. Each grip is assembled from a series of rings, which install without tools and stretch-on for a secure fit. Any number of rings can be used to customize the width of the grips, including twist shifter lengths. With this design, there are also more options for locating a grip along any handlebar style. GripRings can be placed at the ends of the bar or near to the stem.
Some of the unique features of GripRings handlebar grips include:
• Customizable grip length
• Millions of configurable color patterns
• Flexible positioning across many handlebar types
• Easy installation
• Comfortable, durable silicone rubber
• End-plug protects bar end
The GripRings are made of vibrantly colored silicon rubber. Sold as a single grip for $12 MSRP ($24 for a full set), including Spurcycle endplugs. They are available in a rainbow of 12 colors. Now globally available for pre-order at a discounted price via Kickstarter.com.
Based in San Francisco, California, Spurcycle designs bicycle accessory products that bring ease and excitement to cycling as a lifestyle. To learn more about GripRings and Spurcycle, please visit www.spurcycle.com.
Like with a lot of cool bike things that I learn about, I found out about this on Urban Velo. Young bike rider, Ryan Stamerro, will be riding his bike across country this summer. Sure, there’s really nothing special about that. Folks do cross-country bike rides all the time (it’s one of my personal bucket list items). What makes Ryan’s trip a bit different is that he’s going to do it on a fixed gear bike. The entire trip is also meant to bring awareness to Half United.
He’ll also be recording his ride with 35mm photography and through his blog, One Country, One Gear. It sounds like a great challenge and adventure, and I wish him a safe journey.
If you are interested in following his journey and would like to help him get started, click here to see his Kickstarter page.
If you are a fan of Yahuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery comic, you’re probably aware that author Rick Smith called it quits. Keeping up the comic, a full-time job and a family just got too overwhelming. We’ll miss it, but wish Rick all the best.
Now, the Kickstand Cyclery has teamed up with Kickstarter to offer the remaining three volumes of Kickstand Comics as a preordered bundle. You’ll get three printed books, which include the last three years of the comic – 1,300 strips. Each bundle also comes with an embroidered badge and bookmark. If you don’t already own the first volume, you can order one here.