About this project
Are you here after our campaign is over?
Don't worry... you can still buy a Hot Tub for your ride. Read all about us below... and then buy one from us or on Amazon.com.
Who are we?
Bob and Doug Montclair are the brothers behind Runaway Bike Industries. Born and raised in Chicago, we are uniting with all the fury of a midwest thunderstorm to take on the world of chain lubes!
Doug is the bike commuter, riding each morning through the long Chicago winters and increasing his distances to 100-mile rides in the milder seasons.
Bob is a software developer in Seattle. A family biker and the resident chemist dedicated to sourcing the best formulations for our bike maintenance products.
All Hot Tubs will be hand-crafted in Seattle.
What is this stuff?
Here comes the marketing talk... get ready!
Runaway Bike Industries has completed development of our Bike Chain Hot Tub... a unique hot paraffin-based chain lubricant for serious cyclists, and we are looking for members of a lube-army to get it to market!
We are very excited about this! The Chain Hot tub is the end-result of our research and development for the best available bike chain treatment. No other product lubricates and repels dirt better... not to mention much cleaner than traditional oil and grease products. The durability and dirt resistance of the Hot Tub treatment also makes this a long-lasting solution.
Don't just take our word for it. Do yourself a favor and do a quick web-search for "paraffin bike lubricant" and open your eyes to the wonders of a great chain lube. Oily sprays and greasy drops don't live up the standards of a full Paraffin treatment... and our Hot Tub is the most convenient way to experience it yourself.
You should be aware that the Hot Tub is intended for those who are comfortable with a bit of their own bike maintenance since it will require removal of the chain from your bike… But there’s no better way to start tinkering with your bike than giving it a full professional-grade lube!
This project started over a year ago in our kitchens and basement workshops. We've been constantly testing different formulations in different Hot Tub packaging options and lubrication "ingredients" from dozens of suppliers.
You want one right? Well, we're getting them lined up ready for you. It is our hope to have the first batch of Hot Tubs ready to send out in less than a month after the Kickstarter Project closes... with additional batches every 1-2 weeks.
We are trying to keep the cost of the rewards low (we will actually be losing money on the initial batches), with the hope that members of our new Lube Army will help us review the Runaway Bike Hot Tub and spread the excitement far and wide!
Thanks to our Video Gentlemen!
P.S. We had some local high-school graduates film/produce/edit/create our promotional video. Your support will also kick a few bucks back to them! Support America's youth by lubing your bike! What better cause is there?
Risks and challenges
All of the sourcing of our product formulation is complete. We are confident that we can fulfill project backers as outlined in the reward listings. The only delays we see may come from printing packaging labels and shipping... but nothing that would delay our estimates by more than a few weeks. (famous last words, right?) In the off-chance that we get thousands of orders, we may be delayed by a matter of a couple/few weeks, but all orders will get out the door!
We are committed to getting Hot Tubs into the hands of our lube-army as soon as possible. We are focused on making sure our backers have the best-possible experience so they will help us promote this exciting new product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have used individual Hot Tubs several times with no apparent loss in lubrication. We would anticipate that you could easily treat your chain 4 times. (probably more, but we wouldn't want to over-promise).
We have 3rd party testing for a pure paraffin treatment which states "real world testing upwards of 650 miles." Our Hot Tub isn't simply wax and should last longer due to the additional dry lubricants suspended in our paraffin. In wet conditions, we can't say definitively, but would expect effectiveness between 200 and 325 miles.
We are higher maintenance types and apply 2 times per month when averaging 90 commuter miles a week.
We've been asked by several people for data showing the benefits of paraffin treatment vs other traditional lubricants. We've also been asked if we were familiar with the "Friction Facts" web-site and their lube-guru Jason Smith. Well, yes we are! In fact, we are in contact with Jason and he has been extremely supportive. He has also provided us with a page on his web-site for everybody who wants to see some hard data showing how well a paraffin-treated chain works. To be clear, this data isn't specifically for chains done with the Hot Tub... but unless you have access to the advanced equipment that Jason has at his disposal, we think that the Hot Tub is the right solution.
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