You can hear from us at https://www.facebook.com/iconic.ride to see the project updates. Cheers, MC.
Call Me Old. An Emotional Experience.
Hi Kickstarter, let me introduce myself, my name is Mario Ciaramellano, Industrial Designer, and lifelong 60’s and 70’s muscle bike lover. My vision is to bring to life a modern cruiser bicycle with the soul of 60’s & 70’s muscle bikes. All the fun, style and attitude, but with up-to-date materials, technology and safety features. The best-of-both-worlds! My vision is called iconicride
iconicride is inspired and born from the best moments of my childhood memories. The 60’s and 70’s were a time of carefree fun, relaxed attitudes and a sense of wonder and discovery. This is what iconicride represents.
Today, if you want to buy a retro cruiser, you can try to look long and hard on eBay, hoping you get lucky. Or you can buy something new, but missing the quality and soul of a genuine 60’s cruiser. My mission is to design and manufacture a full-flavored Chopper that’s FUN to ride, as well as safe and durable, with modern technology at an affordable price, in matching colours for Adults and Kids alike.
Inspiration from the Schwinn Sting Ray, Manta Ray and the Raleigh Chopper is almost mandatory. The originals in good conditions can fetch hefty sums and they are scarce. Depending on your age, with iconicride, we want to offer you the opportunity to re-live your own memories with people you care about or to create new ones at a reasonable price with our range of internal hub choppers.
We hope you share our vision, support our project and enjoy the ride!
It is our intention to revive an Icon from 50 years ago; it was so much fun back then, and it can be as much fun now.
The overall bike has been oversized to better suit adults that are young at heart, with a combination of 24” rear and 20” front wheels. These bikes will be solidly build to last a lifetime; the frame will be made of Hi-Tensile Steel ( or Chromoly as a stretch goal upgrade ) 24" rear and 20” front wheels, strong alloy double-wall rims and several other parts made out of stainless steel to make it durable and weather resistant.
We will use different internal gear hubs depending on the bike option: Shimano Nexus 3 and Nexus 7 speed hubs. This type of hub is a modern replacement of what was available half a century ago, but with better bearings and gear range. Because these are sealed units, they require very little service. They are used in today’s bike sharing systems all over the world as testimony of their resilience and durability.
A safety feature we want to include is a mechanical front disc brake to deal with the higher mass and speed that can be achieved with this bike.
State-of-the-art low maintenance sealed units with reliable back pedal brake for peace of mind
No more sore hands and wrists due to a soft grip compound
Excellent stopping power in Dry or Wet, much better than the original caliper brakes and insensitive to buckled wheels
Many times lighter than Chromed wheels, with more rigidity for better performance
Modern materials create a bicycle that is lighter yet durable
The handling of iconicride is very snappy and fun, acceleration is quick and control in tight spaces is outstanding, making it ideal for cluttered cities. Its length is shorter that that of conventional bicycle, thus making it very easy to store inside a small unit or to carry with you on public transport.
The best part is that they are incredibly comfortable, much better than the small saddles you can find on almost any other bicycle. We had to give away the stunning gear shifters in the frame as a safety and ergonomic measure, and relocate them on the handlebar, not unlike a motorbike throttle for better ergonomics and safety, this way your hands are always where they count.
The original chopper bicycles have a 20” rear wheel and a 16” front wheel. Our iconicride bicycles have 24" rear and 20” front wheels, with a longer wheelbase than the original smaller size, which suits bigger guys or girls while keeping intact its proportions and visual appeal.
An original size bike will be offered in a different campaign so grown-ups and kids can ride along with matching style.
iconicride is loaded with convenient features, such as mudguards, chain guard, kickstand and comfortable grips, a small pannier bag for your iPad or a basket for your personal items will be offered separately, so you can raid the cafes, go shopping or just ride.
Perfect bicycle to suit your lifestyle
Don’t be surprised to have a permanent smile on your face, and being greeted by smiles when out and about, these bikes are natural mood enhancers. It’s impossible to ride one of these bikes without bringing love, fun and positivity with you wherever you go!
Our vision connects our love of riding with a very distinctive bike type, our iconicride, as the centre of an emotional experience where having fun, riding freely and going places connect memories from the past and the present.
Please support our project, and we promise you in return an exceptional bike that’s going to make you feel like a kid again.
Risks and challenges
-The bicycles frames will be commissioned in mainland China, with OEM parts from other Countries. We have a few options regarding a reliable frame manufacturers with a good record. We know exactly what you want and what you don’t.
-Delays may happen as a result of the relatively small batch of bikes manufactured as companies generally give priority to bigger orders over small ones. This could happen at any stage of the production cycle. FYI: China produces 85 million of bicycles of all kinds yearly
-Worldwide distribution represents a logistical problem that only a big Logistics Company can solve; piggybacking is the key to offer a reasonable price. The boxes must be received and signed for at destination,
-A flat shipping fee is a convenient tool that allows metropolitan areas to have a relatively lower price. In very few cases, remote areas will have a slight increase in their shipping fees to keep metropolitan areas fees lower
-From the Technological POV, problems are unlikely as these are all mature technologies from known parts manufacturers, Quality Control is the real challenge and we will devote a great deal of time and effort into it.
- The exchange rate between the Australian and the Americana Dollar is always a risk as we are selling in AUD and commisioning the bikes in U$D.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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