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Eco Sheep® AquaSheep™ - The World's Most Hassle-free Bike Chain Lube! Eco-friendly, Non-petroleum, and Easily Rinsed Off With A Heavy Stream of Water.
Hi, everyone! I am hoping that together you and I can make our bicycles have a lesser impact on the environment and make them easier to maintain and improve their performance all at the same time. I'd like to tell you about a great new high-performance chain lube that will make you love your bike even more.
Cycling causes one of the largest oil spills in America each year. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are 100 million bicycles in the United States, and every year, bike owners apply nearly 6.3 million gallons of harmful petroleum to lubricate their chain and gears. This petroleum has nowhere to go, so it winds up in our soil and waterways, polluting our environment and making a Green activity not so Green anymore. Petroleum-based bike lube is poisonous to plants, animals and fish, and when we add up all of the petroleum used on our bikes, it makes an impact.
Over six million gallons of petroleum oil, which used to be safely under 5,000 feet of rock, is used to lubricate our beloved bikes each year.
Petroleum oil based bike lube is a mixture of petroleum oil and petroleum distillates. Distillates cause the fumes that you smell when using petroleum-based products. They evaporate into the air and cause smog. Up to 90% of petroleum-based lubes are distillates (which also means only 10% of the petroleum lube is left behind to lubricate your bike).
Petroleum-based chain lubricants require chemicals, time, and tools to remove from our bikes. You can never really get all the dirty oil out of your drivetrain.
Petroleum-based chain lube causes a mess on our bikes, on our hands, and on the floor when they drip.
It's hard to maintain your bicycle when living in an apartment, condo or shared living area because of the solvent fumes and the space required to clean your chain.
Petroleum oil based lubes are thin and don't offer much protection or "slip" between your chain and the other bike parts it comes into contact with such as your gears and derailleurs. This causes noise and harsh shifts.
How we're going to fix the problem:
My name is Sam Hopkins, and I'm a bike rider, inventor, and the founder of Eco Sheep. Eco Sheep came to life in 2015 in my small town of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and we've been manufacturing eco-friendly, petroleum-free, lanolin oil-based bicycle chain lubricants ever since. With help from cyclists like you, we’ve replaced thousands of gallons of petroleum-based chain lube and stopped it from entering our environment, all while making bikes run smoother and quieter. However, I wanted to do more for cyclists and the activity that I love, so I invented the most eco-friendly and hassle-free chain lube the world has ever seen.
That's what this Kickstarter is all about: Creating a new chain lube that puts an end to petroleum on our bikes and makes them easier to maintain and increases their performance! We call our new chain lube AquaSheep.
AquaSheep is developed. Here's how it happened.
About nine months ago Eco Sheep conducted a survey of US cyclists to see how they cleaned their chains. What we found was that 10% of respondents used gasoline or other petroleum distillates to remove their dirty chain lube. The other 90% reported using other various chemicals. The majority stated it took them more than 10 minutes to clean their chains, with some reporting more than 20 minutes. Some cyclists didn't lubricate their bikes at all; this would result in noisy bikes that shift poorly. I thought to myself, "Why not invent an eco-friendly chain lube that can hold up to rain and puddles, but be easily removed using only water?" And so I did, and I'd like to introduce to you the world’s first water-washable chain lube: Eco Sheep® AquaSheep™.
Benefits of AquaSheep:
No petroleum, petroleum distillates, paraffin wax, silicone or PTFE particles.
Needs only water to remove it. No chemicals required. Hose your chain off or remove it and wash it in your sink.
Rain and puddle resistant.
Thicker than petroleum-based lubes, so your bike shifts great!
Since your chain slips better with AquaSheep chain lube, your bike is quieter when you pedal.
Eco-Friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable, and it's beneficial to the environment when rinsed off (provides nutrients for plants).
Has achieved USDA BioPreferred designation and has been tested by an independent third-party laboratory.
"Wet lube" type. It goes on as a liquid and stays liquid, providing enhanced shifting and a quieter riding experience. It applies easily with the included brush.
AquaSheep works on all bicycles types.
No fumes or smells. You can use it indoors or confined spaces.
Packaged in a metal can which is reusable, recyclable, and degradable. Once you're done with your can of AquaSheep, use the can as a mini flower pot!
It's 100% lubricant, so 1 can will last you a long time.
No more oil stains remaining on your hands after you work on your bike. AquaSheep washes off easily and completely.
Made from 100% sustainable ingredients, and it doesn't take an oil derrick and drilling 5,000 feet down to get it.
The most simplified chain lubricant you will ever use. And the happiest chain lubricant on earth too!
What if it rains? No Problem!
You may have wondered: "What if it rains?" AquaSheep is rain and puddle resistant for times when you find yourself in inclement weather. While rain is water, it's not enough to remove AquaSheep from your chain. Large petroleum chain lube companies have conditioned us to think that we need oil on our bikes because that's all they have to offer. Ask yourself, do you really need oil on your bike and all the hassles that come with it? Or do you just need great lubrication for your chain? I ride my mountain bike in rain, mud, sand, gravel, sunshine, and snow, and I use AquaSheep.
The best chain lubricant on earth.
AquaSheep is non-toxic, biodegradable, and unlike petroleum-based lubricants, it has a positive effect on the environment when it's rinsed off (becomes nutrients for plants). It works better than petroleum and is easy to apply and remove. It doesn't need special tools or brushes or chemicals to remove it. It won't build up in the crevices of your bike's gears, cogs, and linkage like petroleum does. It's removed simply by rinsing it away with water from a hose. You can even take off your chain and rinse it in your sink if you don't have access to a hose.
Eco Sheep AquaSheep is the most hassle-free and eco-friendly chain lubricant ever created. Can you imagine cleaning your chain lube off in under 30 seconds using only water, with no additional chemicals or tools? Now, instead of spending 5-30 minutes cleaning your chain and gears with degreasers and toothbrushes, you can simply hose it off. And, it works better than petroleum. Your bike will shift smoother and be quieter!
The best news about this Kickstarter for AquaSheep is that it's all developed and ready to go. We just need your backing, so that we can get it manufactured and shipped! Let's change the world together!
Ask yourself this, do you really need the hassle of oil-based chain lubes?
The first question I always get when I tell people about AquaSheep is: "What if it rains?" What I always respond with is that AquaSheep is rain and puddle resistant for times when you might find yourself in inclement weather, but how many times have you ridden in the rain for hours on end? Ask yourself, do you really need oil on your bike and all the hassles that come with it? Do you ride in weather that regularly throws a lot of water or snow on you and your bike? If not, AquaSheep is for you. Even road bike riders, who sometimes do ride in the rain often will appreciate the ease of AquaSheep. If you ride in the rain, dirty road water from the roadway will get flung onto any chain lubricant that you use, and will always require that you clean your chain after the ride. So if you are going to have to clean your chain anyway, why not use one that is easy to remove and doesn't gunk up in your bike's hard to reach places? I ride my mountain bike in rain, mud, sand, gravel, sunshine, and snow, and I use AquaSheep.
Cleaning Your Chain Is Easy!
When you need to clean your chain and drivetrain, simply hose it right off and reapply! Now you can always have a freshly lubricated bicycle that runs its very best.
Applying AquaSheep is Just as Easy!
Eco Sheep AquaSheep comes packaged in a degradable, recyclable, and reusable metal can with a handy, easy-to-use brush applicator built right into the top. With the brush, you can easily reach every part of your drivetrain. Have a squeak you couldn't get to before? Now you can!
Lasts a Long Time and Beats Petroleum.
Our beta testers loved AquaSheep! They reported that their bikes ran smoother for longer when compared to petroleum and they loved how easy it was to clean off and reapply.
Washes Out of Everything!
Another benefit of AquaSheep is that since it is water-washable, you'll never stain your clothes from brushing up against your chain or get black greasy hands from working on your bike. Drip some AquaSheep on your floor by accident? No problem. Hose it right off. Eco Sheep AquaSheep is the most hassle-free chain lube you will ever use.
No more stained hands from working on your bike. If your chain pops off and you need to put it back on simply rinse your hands with some water.
I rubbed my hands on my chain and this is how easily AquaSheep is washed off.
We Take Safety, the Environment, and Performance Seriously.
AquaSheep is made with non-toxic, sustainable ingredients.
AquaSheep is a USDA BioPreferred® designated bike chain lube. Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred® program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products.
Eco Sheep® is also a Green America® Certified Business. The Green Business Network® is a vibrant community of over 3,000 environmentally and socially responsible businesses, the first and largest of its kind in the US. The network is powered by Green America, the leading green economy non-profit whose mission is to harness the economic power of consumers and businesses to create a more just and sustainable economy.
We've come a long way with AquaSheep! We've spent a long time on formulating AquaSheep to make sure it was the best it could be. Once we settled on our formula, we put AquaSheep through the certification steps and completed third party laboratory testing. Our beta testers have been using AquaSheep for some time now and have given it high ratings.The packaging is complete and we have all of our sourcing agreements in place.
We are at the last mile with making AquaSheep a reality and changing the cycling industry forever--and you can be part of it. If you back AquaSheep and we reach our Kickstarter goal amount, then you can expect your AquaSheep in August. Let's work together to make our bikes Greener and easier to maintain, and to remove petroleum from an activity where it doesn't belong.
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A Little About Eco Sheep.
We're a small lubricant company doing big things, and riders like you have helped us grow to be the most trusted name in eco-friendly bicycle chain lubricants in the world. Eco Sheep was founded in 2015 in the small town of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania and we started shipping our first non-toxic and sustainable lanolin-oil based chain lubes 2016. Our mission from the start was to offer cyclists excellent lubricants using new, safer technology. Our lubricants are harmless and make your bike perform better, and we are the only lubricant company to sell EPA Safer Choice, and USDA BioPreferred chain lubes.
If you want more information about our safe, oil-based lubricants check out our website at http://www.ecosheep.com .
I grew up in Highland Park, a district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I spent most of my time tinkering with mechanical things, riding my bike, and going to the zoo and museum. Inventing is everything that I am. I have been inventing things to solve everyday problems my whole life. Eco Sheep is a cumulation of all of the things that I have learned in life and embodies what is near and dear to me: Being outdoors and treating my environment well. I love riding my bike and every time I lube my bike with Eco Sheep, I smile.
I'm married to Juliana, a great woman who supports all my of endeavors and who pushes me to be the best person that I can be, and I have two little boys, Reeve 5, and Penn who is 4, both of whom I cherish. I can't wait until they are old enough to start hitting the trails with me.
I always answer emails and I am happy to hear from you. If you ever need anything or have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate you taking the time to look at this Kickstarter; I know there's a lot out there. Send me a picture of your bike!
Thank you for supporting Eco Sheep and all that we are trying to do.
You + Eco Sheep = Making Bicycles Greener
Here's our catchy tune!
Risks and challenges
Eco Sheep AquaSheep is real and exists today! If you help us with our Kickstarter by backing it, you will receive AquaSheep this summer!
Reduce petroleum, improve your bike riding, and make your bike easier to maintain. Two cans of the world's happiest chain lube right to your door. Keep one for yourself, and give one to your best friend!
Get two cans of AquaSheep when we ship, and one vial of our super secret Racer Sheep Modifier for AquaSheep to beta test when it is ready. Racer Sheep converts AquaSheep to an epic, one-use-per-ride extremely thick chain lube giving racers a competitive advantage. Trust us; it's crazy.