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This is a "scaled-down relaunch" of our very ambitious ($35k-in-30+ days goal) first Kickstarter project from last May (which, despite an encouraging frenzy of support from the community as folks started to hear about us, did not fund in time).

Over the last year we have continued to work on finalizing the design and have made several refinements. Along the way we also have been selling our hand-built M.O.M.™prototypes to enthusiastic local users - which has helped us to acquire on our own some of the major tools we needed!

We still need a few more core tools to finish prototyping the trailers (there will now be two models!) and get them into production... the most essential of these is a precision fixturing/fabrication table—heavy, "dead-flat" top (<.005" corner-to-corner), tapped and drilled hole grid for fixturing, etc.(to make sure the stake pockets for our unique Plug-Ins™ are coplanar (in alignment with each other) along every axis, so parts will be interchangeable, and all the Plug-Ins will work perfectly on every trailer, every time!) We would of course love a Bluco table (as a one-time sales demonstration, the Bluco folks actually helped us build the frame for our most recent prototype using one of their fabulous tables!)—but since they cost around $20,000, Len has had to keep shopping around—and managed to find a quote on a suitable table from the clever folks at JMRthat will be closer to $2,500!

This Kickstarter project has been designed to just raise enough to help get Len that layout table & the necessary fixture tooling, so we can build a couple of actual production prototypes of the two new models... just $3,500 this time around! [Anything we raise above and beyond the $3,500 will help Len to get additional tooling, equipment, materials stock, wheel components and hitch components to start building some trailer inventory to truly "kickstart" this trailer project.] Thank you for making a pledge - this time we're sure to fund, and get one step closer to our goals! 

Check us out on Facebook for more detailed / frequent posts on our progress: https://www.facebook.com/PortlandBicycleTrailer

Or follow us on Twitter
Len: www.twitter.com/ufbusa
Tamara: www.twitter.com/tamararubin

[And YES, I do realize how lame I look, reading my little script on camera in the video, but cut me some slack—I'm an inventor, not an actor! & wouldn't you rather I invest our hard earned $ into prototyping the trailer vs. some slick video presentation?! :-) -Len]

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    Your choice of one "I Love M.O.M.™" sticker or temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    We already made your buttons! Your $10 pledge will get you a limited edition Portland Bicycle Trailer "M.O.M." button & your choice of one "I Love M.O.M." sticker or temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    You will get a pair of wool cycling socks with the M.O.M. logo (look for a picture in one of our updates) as well as a button & your choice of one "I Love M.O.M." sticker or temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks". (These socks are awesome - so comfy!)

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    Your very own M.O.M. T-shirt! (100% cotton), a button & one "I Love M.O.M." sticker, one temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    Your very own M.O.M. T-shirt, a pair of our custom wool cycling socks, a button & one "I Love M.O.M." sticker, one temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    Bike purchasing advice session. Len has owned several bike shops, has written advice columns for bike magazines, and currently works as a consultant to bike companies; he'll spend up to an hour with you evaluating the bikes or other gear you are considering (or helping you shop for suitable gear) and help you make the best decision for your considerations, your body and your usage...You will also get a M.O.M. button & an "I Love M.O.M." sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    A handmade (by Len) limited edition titanium ring - made from the ultralight aerospace titanium tubing used for the Ultimate Folding Bicycle™ chainstays. Limited sizes available—we'll also include a chain so you can wear it around your neck in case it doesn't fit on your finger. Photos will be posted in an "update".) .You will also get a M.O.M. button & an "I Love M.O.M.™" sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    A "Len Rubin bike tune-up" (for bikes in Portland, Oregon only.) This is something truly special (Len served as Technical Editor for Sutherland's Handbook—the "bible" used by shop mechanics everywhere; when it comes to wrenching, he literally "wrote the book"! Over the years he has developed a cult following for his meticulous and unique approach to TRANSFORMING ordinary bikes into extraordinarily well-tuned ones that magically perform beyond their normal limits!) Any required replacement parts not included (those would be extra). You will also get a M.O.M.™ button, a pair of socks, a t-shirt, & an "I Love M.O.M.™" sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    Pledge $375 or more About $375

    Just added this new "custom" Backer Reward for folks abroad! For a pledge of just $375, you will receive a bare trailer frame, tow bar, hitch and wheel axles—everything you need to get started! [A plywood or diamond plate floor can easily be made locally using our precision, full-scale template, and wheels can be similarly purchased inexpensively on your side of the pond. This way you would save a bundle on shipping costs (shipping itself would, of course as always, vary by location and is not included)]

    You will also get a M.O.M. button, a pair of socks, a t-shirt, & an "I Love M.O.M." sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    We think this is the best "reward" of course! This will pre-order you your very own M.O.M. (basic flatbed trailer, tow arm and hitch—ready to haul cargo). While we can't guarantee a delivery date (and we are doing this Kickstarter project because we are improving/expanding the models) you will be the first on the list to get your M.O.M. as soon as the next round of trailers is ready. You will also get a M.O.M. button, a pair of socks, a t-shirt, & an "I Love M.O.M." sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of internet thanks.

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    One M.O.M. basic flatbed trailer, plus full elevated grocery cart package (accessory Plug-In™ package that makes a weather-proof, raised-bin cart that holds 4 full grocery bags at a comfortable height, plus a quick-release cart handle and a quick-release, heavy-duty caster wheel assembly, for a convenient and efficient transition from in-store shopping to riding! [This package is also great for anything requiring a nice cart—yard work, light warehouse or delivery work, mobile vending, etc.

    You will also get a M.O.M. button, a pair of socks, a t-shirt, & an "I Love M.O.M." sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks".

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    A one-month stay courtesy of the Rubin Family to enjoy the crazy bike culture of Portland - at our centrally located, furnished rental, The Rainbow House - in NE Portland [Includes lunch w/Len!] http://www.pdxgreenrentals.com – dates subject to availability. You will also get two each of the following: a M.O.M.™ button, a pair of socks, a t-shirt, & an "I Love M.O.M.™" sticker, a temporary tattoo & lots of Internet "thanks"!

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