We have our fingers crossed that the next update we post will be that we have rolled into production, but that's getting ahead of ourselves. Until then, here's the latest:
We've been waiting to get a few key parts fabricated and as of today, those are in the hands of our very capable welder. We spent some time with him in his shop today working on putting together what we're calling our "production prototype". This is the version of the bicymple that should be the one we sign off on and send into production. It should be complete in the next few days and then unto testing.
To get everyone up to speed on where we are at, It's November 30th and as of now we have all of our puzzle pieces in place. Component manufacture is lined up, fabrication is lined up, finishing work is lined up, and assembly is lined up. All of it is happening within a 20 mile radius of Bellingham, Washington, USA. We have been amazed at the incredibly high-caliber work we've been able to find here, once we started looking and getting the right connections! Having major bike companies like Kona and Transition based right here in our backyard certainly helps!
What's left to do is to complete the production prototype (we're waiting on a few parts and on final fabrication) and to put it though durability testing. The frame and fork themselves are plenty strong and have already proven durable. The challenge has been in the rear-steering brake mechanism. Developing something that is functional, durable, compact, affordable, and easy to use has proven to be an immense challenge. It is one we have not backed down from, however, and while it has taken us longer than we thought it would, we have learned a heck of a lot along the way and now have a design we feel will be all of these things. We will post more here as we test it.
The obvious bad news from this is that we will not be hitting our end-of-year deadline. We want to make a very sincere apology to all of our backers and eager fans for that. We could have gotten bicymples delivered to you a few weeks ago, but the rear steering brake would not have lasted and we just weren't going to put out something we couldn't fully stand behind and that might leave some disappointed. The good news is that we are very confident in the new design and once we say go on the final design, we will be only a month or two away from being able to assemble, package, and send the bicymple out into the world!
Finally, we wanted to share a few photos and a video from today's visit to our builder's shop. Enjoy!