Guilin Bike Stand (Canceled)
Guilin Bike Stand (Canceled)
A handsome & charming bike stand for your home and office. Beautifully designed and responsibly made in the U.S.A.
A handsome & charming bike stand for your home and office. Beautifully designed and responsibly made in the U.S.A. Read more
About this project
GUILIN BIKE STAND (桂林車架)
(Don't miss out on the behind-the-scenes look at the making of GBS in the updates starting HERE!)
KICKSTARTER: "Staff Pick"
My name is David and I am a product designer. I love my road bike. Even when I'm not riding it, it's next to my work desk just so I would remember to ride it. One day I thought: my bike should be just as graceful indoors as it is on the road. And so, with this in mind, I set out to design a bike stand that would allow a road bike to "live" comfortably in the home and office environments.
A CULTURALLY INSPIRED BIKE STAND
For this project I drew inspiration from Chinese culture and art. Since ancient times, Chinese people have regarded nature as their true home and many have paid tribute to its beauty and majesty through their art. One of the most symbolic of Chinese art forms is shan shui paintings, or paintings of "mountains and rivers". Chinese folklore often depicted mountains and rivers as living beings, serving as the dwelling places of revered spirits and deities. The city of Guilin in southeast China was particularly famous for the masses of mountains that poke out from the earth amid low-lying clouds.
This magnificent scenery is the inspiration for the Guilin Bike Stand, which also seeks to be "natural" with its environment, bringing to the space a sense of tranquility and restfulness.
A QUIET BIKE STAND
The Guilin Bike Stand is unlike any other bike stand. There are plenty of great stands for fixing/tuning a bike or storing it--in a garage, in a corner of the room, or even up on a wall. The Guilin Bike Stand is designed to bring a beautiful road bike quietly and subtly into your work and living environment.
A RESPONSIBLE BIKE STAND
The Guilin Bike Stand is entirely cut, bent, welded, powder-coated, and chromed within 20 miles of New York City by licensed and reputable shops, some of which are family-run and all of which are small-scale. I personally drive out to these shops and inspect the prototype pieces to make sure the quality of the finish is spot-on.
Of course, as designer, it’s always very satisfying to be able to work with and support my local manufacturers. I spent 6 months sourcing the right shops to put this particular stand together, always keeping responsible manufacturing as priority. This means good wages and safe working environments for the shops’ workers.
A CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BIKE STAND
The road bicycle is beautiful because it balances engineering sophistication and aesthetic purity; the Guilin Bike Stand seeks to do the same.
- Materials that best complement a standard road bike were used: stainless steel arms for support and an aluminum base to keep weight low.
- The bike is in the best position for viewing: close to the floor, upright, and level.
- No lateral pressure is put on the spokes.
- No portion of the bike's fork or frame is blocked.
- No sharp edges on frame to scratch or cut the wheel or tire.
- Base is powder-coated for easy cleaning.
- The frame can be easily assembled and taken apart in seconds.
- Pre-cut, adhesive, anti-slip cork strips are included with the stand.
- Because the bike stand doesn't hold the bike by its top tube, those bikes with a slanted or curved top tube can use the bike stand too.
- Final prototypes to ensure fitment, consistency, and correct colors
- Initial, minimum order required for production
- Preparations for retail, including branding, custom packaging, website building--all key for success after the campaign
The Guilin Bike Stand is designed to be compatible with most road bikes (including most track bikes and "fixies") with the following tire sizes: 700-23C, 700-25C, and 700-25C. Other tire sizes are not guaranteed to be compatible with the Guilin Bike Stand. Basically, you need around 70mm~100mm of spacing between your front fork and nothing like a disc brake or a front hub-mounted fender to block the stand from holding up the front wheel. Please refer to the diagram below to check if your bike is compatible.
The Guilin Bike Stand is available at several colors that each correspond to different reward levels. "Monkey King Cloud White" is the unlimited base color, with other colors available at limited quantities, as detailed below:
*UPDATE* A photo of some of the color samples hot off the press (or is it out of the paint shop?)!
A BIKE STAND IN NEED OF YOUR SUPPORT
Only you, fellow Kickstarters, can help make the Guilin Bike Stand a reality. The current prototypes look great, but there are still a ways to go. The funds will go toward:
It is truly special and humbling to have the Kickstarter community contribute to making my design a reality, so I thank you for your support!
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