‘revolights’ by kent, adam & jim
over the past five years, the phenomenon of modern day crowd sourcing, fueled largely by the internet, has emerged as a viable means for funding projects.
since launching in 2009, more than 4 million people have pledged over $603 million USD on kickstarter which has become the world’s largest funding platform,
financing more than 40,000 creative projects–to date, an impressive 44%–with a number of bike-related proposals having done particularly well.
here’s a look at some of them…
‘revolights’ by kent, adam & jim
the ‘revolights’ bike lighting system consists of 2 thin profile LED rings (white in front, red in back) that mount directly
to each wheel rim (just below the brake calipers) using a series of rim specific clips. power is supplied via a thin wire
to the hub where a lightweight and slim, USB rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery is held in a special bracket.
a small magnet is secured to the fork to provide speed and orientation information to the rings.
the team’s newest project, ‘revolight wheels‘ has also reached its funding goal, with still 5 days left to go!
‘revolight wheels’ kickstarter video
‘onda cycle’ by tyler hadzicki and joe hadzicki
‘the front wheel can be steered like a regular bike. the rear handle controls the back swivel wheels, allowing for precise steering, spins,
and drifting. there is also a wheel lock feature which allows you to lock the rear wheels in a forward facing position so you don’t have
to worry about spinning out at high speeds.’ - tyler hadzicki and joe hadzicki
‘onda bike’ kickstarter video
‘bicymple’ by josh bechtel
the ‘bicymple’ by josh bechtel is a stripped down, chainless, single speed that offers a unique ride. the chainless two-wheeler
takes you back to a time when life was simple and easy. you won’t get anywhere fast but you won’t care. it’s addition by
subtraction. feeling frisky? then pull a lever and liberate the rear wheel to turn along with the front wheel. suddenly
the most basic terrain offers adventure. ultra-tight cornering, ‘crab-riding, and even incredible wheelies.
’bicymple’ kickstarter video
‘urban tour project – horse cycles’ by thomas callahan
the urban tour bike is designed as a versatile all-rounder, perfect for light touring, city riding and commuting. the frame will be
made from all amercian sourced materials including high quality true temper double-butted 4130 steel alloy. this paired with tig
welded construction and lugged fork produces a responsive, lightweight and durable bicycle that will last a lifetime. each bike
comes equipped with cantilever brake mounts, water bottle bosses, and rack / fender mounts, making it a versatile and rugged
do anything bicycle.
urban tour project ‘horse cycles’ kickstarter video
aluminum & bamboo bicycle by aluboo bikes
nicknamed ‘iron bamboo’ the bike by aluboo utilizes the strongest, densest species of bamboo in the world. the frame absorbs
roughness in the road and the trail unlike any other bike on the market, but it’s still strong, light, and stiff. race bikes have long
benefited from bamboo’s ability to absorb vibration–but custom handmade carbon fiber and bamboo frames can be pricey.
the aluboo aluminum and bamboo bicycle brings the performance benefits to many more riders.
‘aluminum & bamboo bicycle’ kickstarter video