Why do cyclists have to put up with flimsy, plastic, smelly bottles?
That was the question that prompted the start of this project. At TK, we enjoy cycling a lot. Some of the staffers are serious roadies, while others prefer tackling the trails. Everyone seem to accept the norm when it comes to those ubiquitous cycling bottles.
We thought to ourselves, why don't we incorporate the technology we already have experience with, crafting our TK Camper line of bottles, and build ourselves a cycling bottle that actually works well?
We learned a couple of things while studying the dimensions of all the cycling water bottles and bike cages on the market:
- The diameter of all cycling bottles are pretty much uniform.
- The indentation of cycling cages and bottles are not uniform, but they all fall within a defined range.
With these parameters in mind, we set out to build the TK cycling bottle. The gradual ridge near the top of the bottle fits all standard bike cages snugly.
Our bottle is made of 18/8 stainless steel and incorporates vacuum insulation technology. This prevents heat transfers and condensation from building on the outside of the bottle (sweating). Vacuum insulation keeps cold beverages cold for 48 hours, while hot drinks stay hot for over a full day.
- Dimension: 9 1/4" x 2 7/8"
- Volume capacity: 20 oz / 600 ml
- Weight: 9 oz / 250 g
We are pairing each of our cycling bottle with a straw lid and a coffee sip lid. We found that the straw lid helps keep a cyclist head facing forward when drinking on the bike.
We will be launching this bottle with 2 finishes: Version 1 with a brushed stainless finish and version 2 with a powder coated black finish.
The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to pay for the molding cost and 1st production run of the TK cycling bottles. We hope with the success of this Kickstarter campaign, we can quickly bring the TK cycling bottle onto Amazon and other retail spaces for more cyclists and bikers to enjoy!
TK Cycling Bottle fits any standard bicycle water bottle cage on the market. Finally now you can take your ice cold beverage anywhere you go!
Flipping up the straw lid on and off the bike is super easy. You can do it one handed without taking your eyes off the road.
Risks and challenges
We are extremely passionate about the TK cycling bottle project and we can't wait to see everyone enjoy our cycling bottle on and off the bike!
We made sure everything goes according to plan to meet our promised deadlines. Our manufacturing partner is ready to ramp up production once the campaign is fully funded. We have factored in enough time so that all of your cycling bottles will arrive on schedule. We will be putting the TK cycling bottles in your hands by April 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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