Grillrider - For a new Lifestyle (Canceled)
The ultimate bike trailer, trolley and transport box. Lifts your mobility on a new level. Manifold as the life.
Grillrider - For a new Lifestyle (Canceled)
The ultimate bike trailer, trolley and transport box. Lifts your mobility on a new level. Manifold as the life.
The Grillrider product is available in two occurrences as shown in figure one and two.
We are a team of enthusiastic BBQ fans. Thereby a BBQ event becomes an amazing experience, a lot of bulky things are needed, such as barbecue, charcoal, cooler with cold drinks and food, music, chairs, umbrella and much more. And all has to be transported to the destination. As no commercially available product was on the market and we were tired of collecting and dragging all barbecue stuff to the BBQ place at every event, we have built a trailer by ourselves. The extensive and great feedback from our friends and acquaintances to our trailer has motivated us to transform our idea into a product. That’s why we have collected and implemented many feature requests which we have received, in a universal combo device. The result is now a mobile barbecue trailer that can also be used as a pure load trailer as well as transport box. Our vision is to develop a product with heart and passion in order to meet six major reasons:
1. Freedom and Spontaneity
We love the free and spontaneous choice to be on the move, sometimes as cyclist, pedestrian, by car or even by public transport. Depending on the situation. That's why we wanted to create a product that provides unique mobility diversity, also giving a feeling of independence. Friends who like to take adventure tours and camping trips have motivated us to implement product features such as roof railing and side rails to transport bulky items comfortably. In order to use the product beyond the barbecue season, we have developed a modular system consisting of building blocks. It allows the removal of cooler, grill, grill tray and front container to get a large storage space which can be used very flexible, for example for shopping.
2. Fun and joie de vivre
A party-suitable multi-functional equipment (barbecue, XXL cooler, bottle opener, battery charging) is indispensable for the success of convivial rounds. In order to increase the well-being, it should not lack for comfort. Hence we have attached importance to two things, easy operation of features (e.g. barbecue table, dining table, mounting the drawbar and wheels) as well as great convenience (e.g. comfortable seating position at the dining table).
3. Quality Made in Germany
Our claim is to provide a durable and high quality product. 3 years warranty and 5-years spare part service on all components is self-evident for us to protect our customers' investments.
4. Positive contribution to environmental protection
We have decided on the introduction of gas grills, because the BBQ process consumes only as much energy as actually needed. That means we avoid an unused afterburning of charcoal after finishing the BBQ process. Additionally a gas grill stands for clean barbecue, because it does not leave any burn marks and ashes on the floor. During product implementation we pay strict attention to ecological sustainability by using only recycling-capable materials.
5. For a healthier life
Sportive activities with bike and trailer are conducive for health. The reduction of physical stress which could arise at a BBQ or shopping tour by hauling heavy bags, crates and other things, seemed to us equally desirable as the avoidance of trouble due to poorly functioning features. Therefore it was a very important development goal for us to implement our features in a way that they are reliable, easy to use and comfortable.
The great functionality and elegant design of the trailer make other people curious and creates new social contacts, maybe new friends.
Detailed single feature descriptions
Elegant body housing with outstanding 150 liters of storage space - light and stable Due to the selected plastic materials the case is very light, absolutely stable, resistant to deformation, UV-resistant and impervious to water splashes and rain. The housing is embedded as a metal-carrier frame in the bottom of the case and provides an excellent stability. For easy cleaning of the housing inner side a water runoff at the bottom side of the housing is available. A rubber-insulation between the lid and housing ensures rattle-free ride and a dry transport of your goods.
Turn the cap of the trailer down, loose the roof rack from the snap closure and set it up as table leg. Ready to use is your dining table. If the Grillrider is used as a bicycle trailer or trolley (i.e. with mounted wheels), the table height is 71 cm. This allows a convenient seat position at the table as you can put your legs comfortably under the table.
By loosening the roof railing out of the snap-fit it is available as table foot. In addition, the table foot is adjustable to two heights to support the different operating modes bike trailer/trolley and transport box (trailer without mounted wheels). It disposes of an easy to use pulling and locking mechanism to allow an optimal positioning of the dining table. The tilt angle and the wide surface of the foot prevent uncontrolled slipping of the foot and collapsing of the table due to external influences. A hinged table foot serves also as roof rail for transporting bulky items and as table foot.
The cooler`s dimensioning ensures that a crate of drinks (water, soda, juice or beer) and much more fit into it. Our passive cooler is designed for a non-slip grip. The form is adapted to the body housing with its wheel arches to make sure that the cooler has always a perfect grip in the trailer. The cooler has an excellent thermal insulation. Cooling is achieved by means of cooling plates. The cooler is part of our modular construction system.
It is portable useable through a 'snap-in' and 'snap-out' clip. An aluminum casing ensures a high quality perception and beautiful appearance. Three AAA batteries take care for the necessary energy.
Cell phone empty? The powerful lithium polymer battery provides up to 5 recharges for a smartphone on the go. Nearly all mobile devices can be recharged by using one of the two available USB ports.
It is divided into three chambers to transport utensils for your trip in an organized way, e.g. plates or cutlery. The third chamber is thought for waste. Also the front container is part of our modular construction system
Insert two aluminum pipes into the two existing housing guides, stuck grill tray on the pipes, put the table grill on the tray, and ready is the barbecue place. The grill tray is separated from the dining table to have enough space for dining. If it should give even splashes of grease, the dining table remains clean. The grill tray has a circulating edge elevation to ensure that the grill can`t slip from the tray, e.g. in uneven terrain. Grill tray, zones container, cooler and grill are part of our modular system based on building blocks. All components can be taken out of the trailer in order to use the storage space flexibly.
The butane gas grill you will experience quick and clean grill outdoor fun. It is powered by a standard gas cartridge and produces a nominal heat output of 2300 watts. Regulation is done by a step-less rotary knob. The ignition is carried out by using an electronic piezo ignition with safety valve. A pull-out drip tray is part of the standard package, the gas cartridge not.
Two plug-in positions for the same drawbar - ideally suited for usage as bicycle trailer or trolley. The geometry of the drawbar meets the ergonomic requirements of pedestrians of different body sizes who want to pull the Grillrider as a trolley. A clicking closure allows easy and fast re-plug of the drawbar and thus a comfortable retooling between the two operating modes bicycle trailers and trolley, without any tools.
In addition, the drawbar attachment bracket provides a stable loop through which a cable lock can be pulled to strap the trailer at a mast or the rear wheel of the bicycle.
Our clutch systems consist of a hard mounted clutch at the back wheel of the bike and a counterpart at the drawbar of the trailer which can easily be connected by coupling together with a one-click mechanism. Our standard coupling systems are compatible with nearly all bike frame types and circuit types. It`s pluggable with just one click to the clutch at the rear wheel of the bicycle. A drawbar lock can optionally be ordered to protect against drawbar theft.
Similar to a bicycle stand it is easy and convenient to use with the foot. This feature is helpful for example to park the trolley temporarily at a traffic light or on a subway platform.
Very good, quiet running characteristics due to air-filled 16-inch wheels on fashionable and robust plastic wheels. Overcoming obstacles such as curbs or tree roots are no problem. Hubcaps protect the ball bearings of the wheels against water and dirt. The wheels are equipped with a snap lock. This way they are removed in a few seconds and the transport box can be lifted in the SUV or on a boat.
In addition, and by default, our trailer is equipped with an active rear light, even if an active rear light is prescribed in only a few EU countries. Your road safety is important to us. The product Grillrider has been designed to fulfill the DIN EN 15918 specification for bicycle trailers (w.r.t. dimensions, weight, reflectors, wheel guard, etc.). A certification by the German certification authority (TÜV) is planned to be performed as soon as the tools for mass production are manufactured.
No party without bottle cap opener. Through integration as a nut in the side rail, it is always at the same place and saves you any search.
Camping chairs, umbrella, surfboard or other bulky items placed on the roof railing, can easily and quickly be fixed with a net or belts at the side railings. And already is a safe transport nothing in the way. The side railings are also stylish, practical and stable. A transport box filled with a rated load of up to 30 kg can be lifted and carried to a SUV or boat by means of the highly robust side railings which serve as carry handles
The body housing contains a theft precaution to lock the chassis and lid with a lock. Hence your goods in the box are protected against theft.
The body housing contains four feet at the rear side to ensure a stable hold of the box when using the trailer as a transport box.
Every customer may choose between the four colour combinations after the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
About development history and technology
The development started already in 2012 with the completion of a first working prototype from wood and metal. Field testing in the subsequent barbecue season led to a long list of new features. Their implementation was considered to be desirable and essential to obtain a functionally completed product. An extension of the functionality as well as a re-design of the optical appearance led then to the provisioning of a second, manually produced prototype of span and gypsum in the spring of 2014. Subsequent constructive implementation in computer-added design (CAD) was the next step. We performed a workshop with the German certification authority (TÜV) about safety related regulations for bike trailers (according to DIN EN 15918) in October 2014. Important details were clarified with regard to the planned acceptance tests which shall be executed by TÜV for our product series. These details flowed into a FEM simulation (Finite Element Method). We have had the aims to identify and to resolve possible weak points of the trailer at an early stage in order to ensure the stability and durability of the prospective product series. To attain a TÜV GS certificate for our bike trailer, a tilt test has been identified as a central part of the certification procedure. Based on the workshop results, a test dummy was built to simulate the behavior of the trailer in different daily situations (e.g. loaded with different weights, unloaded). These tests were conducted in December 2014 with important findings. Among others the track width of the trailer had to be widened to prevent tilting of the trailer even in extreme situations, such as the oblique shutdown of curbs. It followed the incorporation of these test results and a last re-design in CAD. Afterwards we manufactured a third and final prototype, consisting of polyamide (PA6) plastic and metal, by using 3D printing technology. The prototype is available since July 2015 and corresponds now to the future series product regarding design as well as functionality.
The technology of product series:
The chassis, cap, fenders, bumper, grill table and front container are made from high-quality and recyclable plastic polypropylene (PP). Embrittlement of the plastic at temperatures below freezing point is counteracted by adding a stabilizer. The mentioned six components have been designed as separate plastic components in order to make them available in different RAL colors. By adding a light stabilizer, the UV-insensitivity of the colors is guaranteed and a fading of the colors excluded. The cooler consists of an outer and inner wall made of polypropylene. The hollow space in between is filled with a rigid polyurethane foam (PUR) in order to achieve an excellent heat insulation. The rims of the wheels are also made from polypropylene. The visible elements such as the roof railing, side railings and drawbar consist of aluminum with powder coating. This prevents brown-gray to black discoloration of the aluminum surface when it comes into contact with water. Drawbar and carrier frame for the chassis are made of stainless steel with powder coating. The table top of the dining table consists of precious, easy-care Alucobond material. It is also characterized by high weather resistance and low weight.
- Ulrich Bell, diploma in computer science, founder and CEO, marketing and purchase
- Hans Werner, shareholder, adviser
- Robert Irber, wholesale and foreign trade merchant, founder, sales and feature planning
- Sebastian Bell, student of automotive engineering, founder, internet presence and product evolution
- Maximilian Kolb, diploma in design, design and prototype building
We are a startup company, based in Munich, Germany. According to our corporate philosophy, we want to convince with innovative, high quality and durable products. We apply these standards to ourselves and our partner companies. Complex products require a large and diverse expertise across the entire product development process, from design and engineering to manufacturing. In order to transform new product ideas purposefully and successfully into products, we worked together only with reliable partner companies in the last two years which have many years of experience and qualifications, consulting expertise in problem identification and problem solving as well as honors (e.g. awards, rankings in top 20 ranking lists) in the technology fields that we require (i.e. in tool making for plastic parts, plastic parts production, metal processing). Additionally it was important for us to have short distances between all project members. Our partners are located within a radius of 150 km to our headquarters so that all project members benefit from short decision-making and transport routes. Also the environment. This strategy has proved successfully in the past two years. Hence we will stand with full conviction by it also in the future.
Risks and challenges
Each project has risks and challenges depending on the complexity of the product and the qualification of the staff, i.e. sometimes more, sometimes less.
In our project the risks are little due to the following six reasons:
Our team provides more than 25 year experience in project planning of products for the large scale industry.
We have access to many advisers who supply us with hints and contacts in the background.
The construction has been performed by Mechanical Engineering experts.
We only use plastic and metal technologies which have been established in the market a long time ago and have proved of value there.
We work only with reliable partner firms in tool construction and product manufacturing which exist over 20 years, economize solidly, convince through know-how and high-quality work and have made their mark in the market.
We chose partner firms with a huge and motivated staff who are able to react flexibly on increasing requests (e.g. an increase from two-shift up to three-shift-work).
For essential product components, e.g. gas grill, which we buy as OEM parts, a second source strategy will be implemented.
Open communication with customers, suppliers as well as internally is very important for us as a Startup. We will inform our supporters about all substantial milestones, also too not expected problems (e.g. time delays) and their derived solution strategies.
We wish the same openness from our supporters, especially with regards to new feature ideas or future trends. Whenever economically reasonable, we intend to transform the customer demands into product evolutions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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