A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Finding a convenient place to store your bicycle always seems create an awkward feeling. If you lean your bike against the wall, it's always at risk of being bumped, knocked over, or the handlebars and tires scuff your walls. If you buy a fancy floor stand, same deal. Plus, the bike takes up even more space.
Wall racks can solve that problem, but it’s hard to find a rack that works well without marking up your bike’s paint. It’s even harder to find one that isn’t, well, an eyesore.
Fashion and design can improve daily life, but only if function follows. Heritage set out to create a whimsical bike rack that is a statement piece on its own as well as a no-nonsense storage solution that is kind to your beloved steed.
Heritage worked with local designer Dan Schaumann to develop a rack utilizing a sustainable yet durable material with a vintage aesthetic that fits into daily bike life.
Milled in Chicago from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE), the rack comes in earthy colors that fit into any interior while able to handle outdoor weather.
Assembly is a snap: use anchors or fasteners to mount the backing pieces to your wall, then slot the remaining pieces together.
The Heritage Perch Moosehead rack can accommodate the tight inner triangle of a small, modern race bike, and the weight of a large classic cruiser at the same time. Oval top tubes are no problem either, as we designed the antlers with a wide curve to gently hold newer carbon fiber and aluminum frames.
Also, the moose's mouth is left agape to hold your helmet, lock, bag, or another varied accessory you need to store with your bike.
The rack currently has a weight limit of 29 pounds. Again, if we're funded this round, we'll develop another rack with thicker material for heavier bikes.
We've fully developed the product, and have manufactured a small run of racks in their final form. We want to use Kickstarter to offer friendly pricing to our loyal customers before we put the rack on our website for retail sale.
We have 10 racks for the early-bird pricing that will be delivered by December 2017. Estimated time of completion for the remaining racks is February 2018.
The Heritage Snap Series: Moose Head
Pick your color, and if you get in early enough, you can pick your price.
Heritage Chief and Moose Rack
The Heritage Chief is the embodiment of an American city bike, perfect for daily riding in classic style. Made in the USA, supremely durable, with attention to every detail. Handcrafted, one at a time, to ensure a quality ride that lasts for a lifetime. Choose your size and paint color.
Heritage Daisy and Moose Rack
Daisy is our flagship. Named after the cow that supposedly started the Great Chicago Fire, she is a tribute to retro American bikes, and represents our desire to appeal to every rider by making bikes that are stylish, classic, and that will look at home parked against a white-picket fence or churning up gravel in Chicago’s infamous potholes. Choose your paint color and size.
Risks and challenges
Again, we've only produced a few racks, but we have a proven design ready to go. We've been developing new products for over 5 years. But just when you think you know it all and everything is under control, an unforseen problem pokes its head up, causing delays. So, worst case scenario, we deliver the rack later than we estimate due to delay in materials manufacturing or delivery. But, we are a brick-and-mortar business with open doors, a dedicated staff, and a phone number that you can call. Basically, we're not going anywhere any time soon, so you'll get your rack.