Hello, loyal Spokebug backers!
There's lotsa things to report. It's been quite a roller-coaster ride (those things always make me queasy!), but it's also been a truly amazing experience. So, to the announcements!
REWARD FULFILLMENT: Most backers should have their rewards by now. All of the original stainless Spokebug pledges have been shipped, along with all of the magnets and Tuning Forks. Not all Selectors have been sent, but will within a week.
THE PLASTIC RECALL: Not all of you may be aware of this, but over a month ago, I made the costly decision to recall all plastic model Spokebugs. They turned out to have a material flaw, and were breaking far too easily. I had already shipped out many plastic Spokebugs, and I contacted everyone who had requested a plastic model and asked them to ship theirs back, and I would upgrade them to a stainless steel model free of charge.
Then I had to order fabrication of new stainless steel models using my own money. It was the only way to be sure all backers got a quality product. I have begun shipping out the stainless replacements as they are returned. A handful of backers have nothing to ship back, and I will be sending you stainless models in the next couple weeks.
Some backers have even been thoughtful enough to donate money to pay for the upgrade (THANKS SO MUCH!).
SALES NOW LIVE: All the delays involved with fabrication issues, and then the recall, pushed back the opening of sales of Toynbee products online by two months. But we can't wait any longer. The Spokebug is now on sale on the site, with transactions handled by PayPal.
The Tuning Fork will also go on sale this week.
As we mentioned on the Kickstarter, the retail price of our products would be higher than on the campaign, so the stainless Spokebug is going up from $31 to $42. There will be no plastic models offered. This is still a good price for such a useful bike accessory.
The Tuning Fork will be going up from $15 to $22. Also a great price for all that combined awesomeness.
Thanks yet again for backing Toynbee, and for your continued patience, as we wait for this roller coaster to come to a complete stop ;)