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Simplify your roadside or trailside bike repairs with TeleHex - the world's first ultracompact and self-adjusting socket hex wrench!
Simplify your roadside or trailside bike repairs with TeleHex - the world's first ultracompact and self-adjusting socket hex wrench!
Soon to be sold to the public
Simplify your roadside or trailside bike repairs with TeleHex - the world's first ultracompact and self-adjusting socket hex wrench! Soon to be sold to the public
517 backers pledged CA$ 25,826 to help bring this project to life.

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TeleHex, the First Universal Allen Key for Bicycles

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TeleHex features a set of springed hexagonal shells reinforced by a solid steel core. Simply insert the single toolhead in any socket, and it will self adjust to the correct size every single time
TeleHex features a set of springed hexagonal shells reinforced by a solid steel core. Simply insert the single toolhead in any socket, and it will self adjust to the correct size every single time
Use TeleHex to perform a variety of quick fixes, including raising your seat post, adjusting brake tension, or tightening loose parts.
Use TeleHex to perform a variety of quick fixes, including raising your seat post, adjusting brake tension, or tightening loose parts.
You can even use TeleHex with winter gloves!
You can even use TeleHex with winter gloves!
TeleHex can be stored anywhere without taking up valuable real estate
TeleHex can be stored anywhere without taking up valuable real estate

Available in black, blue, and red!

Say goodbye to having to sort through this!
Say goodbye to having to sort through this!
Please note: some shots of handle seen in video is an early prototype. These are the real deal
Please note: some shots of handle seen in video is an early prototype. These are the real deal

Torq-ture test video (feat. rusted M6 bolt)

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As an avid cyclist and mechanical engineering student, I wanted to offer cyclists a tool that was a more portable and foolproof alternative to conventional fold-up Allen key sets. I spent months in the machine shop, designing and prototyping by hand. A year later, and with the help of the U of T Entrepreneurship Hatchery, I am proud to introduce you to the world's first automatically adjusting hex tool, TeleHex.

Shipment and Taxes/Duties

Canada: we will ship by Canada post. HST is included in price. You will be sent an HST number later in the year.

USA: we will ship by USPS with tracking. There should not be any charges for taxes or duties.

EU and international: to keep shipping costs down, packages are untracked. EU deliveries ~10 business days, international ~20 business days after shipment (which you will be notified of). Please note import charges like VAT are subjective to your customs office. You will likely not be charged for smaller quantities due to the lower value, but more likely in larger valued orders. Customers are responsible for any import charges that may be associated. 

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Risks and challenges

I am not a stranger to hardware projects, and I have an excellent personal track record of getting difficult tasks done on time - I've worked with a team that designed, tested, and raced a record-breaking human powered vehicle (139 km/h, 87 mph) in just four months: http://www.aerovelo.com/eta-speedbike .

This project faces standard risks associated with ordering custom parts from a supplier of machined parts, but is mitigated because the reputable job shop takes care of heat treatment, coating, anodizing, and engraving in-house. I have already verified product quality through samples and trust the shop to produce goods on-time.

In order to reduce costs and ensure product quality, I have decided to bootstrap the final phase of production: assembly. Assembly consists of putting 14 ordered parts (from 3 different suppliers) together by hand, and then testing the mechanism. I have become quite efficient at assembling them, but there is a risk of delays if there are supply or quality issues with any of the parts, or if I become overwhelmed by volume. For this reason, reward tiers are conservatively established on a rolling basis for delivery.

Maximizing durability was a key point in design, so a tool steel was selected, and will be heat treated to HRC 60 to mitigate chances of toolhead distortion leading to shell ceasing. To further assist in this, a smooth nickel plating layer provides lubrication so moving parts could be more closely stacked to support each other. Tests with full insertion were conducted with up to 15nm (135 in-lbs) of torque, yielding positive results. This is more than adequate recommended torque for all M6 or smaller bolts. However, toolhead distortion may occur due to a combination of user errors which have not been fully tested: partial insertion depth, wrongly sized bolts, and excessive torque.

In this project, I promise to live by Steve Job's words: "It's not done until it ships". I also pledge to be 100% transparent about any problems that may arise - this is the way I was raised.

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    A beautiful machined, anodized, and engraved keychain tab in the shape of the handle. Engraved to show off your support on Kickstarter

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    One Kickstarter edition TeleHex with an anodized handle. Limited quantity for shipment in January 2016!

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    One Kickstarter edition TeleHex with an anodized handle. Limited quantity for shipment in March 2016!

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    One Kickstarter edition TeleHex with an anodized handle. Rolling shipment beginning April 2016

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    Local pickup:

    One Kickstarter edition TeleHex with an anodized handle. Pick up in downtown Toronto. Rolling availability based on your pledge timestamp.

    I look forward to meeting you!

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    Deluxe TeleHex gift set:

    Contains
    -one TeleHex unit with anodized handle, and free custom engraving of a name
    -one anodized keychain tab with free custom engraving of a name
    -hand-written note from Peter

    Nicely packaged in an elegant tin gift box. Will arrive for Christmas!

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    Two (2x) TeleHexes:

    One for you, one for a friend! Two Kickstarter edition TeleHexes with anodized handles. Rolling delivery based on your pledge timestamp.

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