Hi everyone, I'm Tom with my first design project!
For the last 5 years, I’ve commuted by bike from Oakland, California to work in San Francisco. During these commutes I'm regularly faced with the challenge of carrying stuff while biking. Everything from phones to packages and bike locks there are many challenges to carrying and accessing stuff while biking.
In this project I wanted to design simple solutions for some of these everyday bike commute problems. Over the last year, I’ve come up with over 50 designs and 30 functional prototypes. Sketch after sketch, proto after proto, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 simple designs I call TYNY Tools Collection 1.
Originally designed to quickly locate and access my bike lock keys, Key Clips can be used to attach anything onto your bike or backpack. You can use it indoors for electronic cord management or bundling stuff together. Made with super strong industrial silicone and a unique swivel carabiner design you can use one or multiple units to strap down many many things. Comes in 3 great colors and 2 different sizes.
- Perfect Keychains
- Bike Rack Straps
- Backpack Attachment Straps
- Yoga Mat Straps
- Available in 2 sizes / 3 colors
- Small Length 7 in
- Medium Length 11 in
I took the unique swivel carabiner design from the Key Clips and joined it together with a twin. Two carabiners merged into one simple design that swivels, expands the functionality over the traditional carabiner. Hang, store, clip and organize anything you want. Comes in 3 great colors and 3 different sizes.
- Clip Water Bottles to Backpacks
- Hang Lanterns
- Available in 3 sizes / 3 colors
- Small 1/2" x 1 1/2"
- Medium 1" x 2 3/4"
- Large 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Made with the same industrial silicon material as the Key Clips, the Lock Bands come with a small locking clip perfect for wrapping your bike pump around your bike tube, attaching your smart phone onto handle bars or wrapping any electrical chords together. You can join multiple rings together for the right size you need. Comes in 3 great colors.
- Managing Electrical Chords
- Attach Phones to Bike Handle Bars
- Attach Frame Pumps to Bikes
- Available in 3 colors
- Diameter 2 3/4"
WHAT WE NEED
Now that we've completed the design process, we have to navigate the expensive process of manufacturing and producing this product. While we're close to entering production, your contributions will help fund the final tooling molds and material costs. Combined, these expenses make it difficult for a small company like Tyny Tools to design and produce an innovative product. With your help we can meet our goal of $15,000 and be well on our way to bringing these amazing products to market for you!
International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees.
We’ll ship in Summer 2014. Here's our schedule for delivery:
- Early July: Place first order.
- Mid July: First production run.
- Mid August: Receive and ship first batch.
A shout out to everyone who has supported and made TYNY TOOLS what it is today! A special thank you to Tae Kim and Alexei Tcherepanov at Alite Designs and Boreas Gear for all their advice and support.
Risks and challenges
I've been working on manufacturing in the outdoor industry for almost 10 years. Throughout that time I've worked closely and have built a great relationship with my manufacturing partner for this project which has a long-standing reputation for producing premium quality products in the outdoor industry.
Given the high cost of materials, manufacturing, and minimum order quantities from the factory, the biggest challenge I face in bringing TYNY Tools to market is funding. The manufacturing timeline is set and tooling can begin immediately pending a successful campaign. I'm confident that with your help, I'll be able to meet the expectations for these products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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