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Lyudmila BardBy Lyudmila Bard
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Lyudmila BardBy Lyudmila Bard
First created
$5,802
pledged of $11,000pledged of $11,000 goal
33
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 27 2015 3:03 AM UTC +00:00

About

We set up this Kickstarter to fund the construction of two additional FruitBicycles for our growing business. We are now offering to construct bicycles for your business. We will build a custom composite box with your artwork and hardware to perfectly fit an

  • Xtracycle Edgerunner 
  • Bike Friday Haul-A-Day 
  • Surly Big Dummy
We are also offering a ready to roll package deal for a bike and custom box for an
  •  Xtracycle Edgerunner
  • Bike Friday Haul-A-Day 
Traditional vending bicycles are heavy, awkward, and just plain aren't fun. The FruitBicycle was designed to feel and ride like a normal bicycle. It can go anywhere a normal bicycle can go, and provide access to areas that other vehicles can't reach. While the ice cream truck remains stuck at the curb, the FruitBicycle can ride right into the action.
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The FruitBicycle

The FruitBicycle is an environmentally friendly means of providing healthy organic fruit snacks to Howard County, MD residents and guests. We visit parks, paths, sport meets, and special events in our community. We offer a healthy alternative to the junk food usually found at outdoor venues.

The Bicycle in FruitBicycle

The bicycle and fruit box were chosen and designed specifically for use on park paths.  To keep the weight low, we constructed the fruit box out of a high end aerospace honeycomb composite. The width of the fruit box is approximately 24", which is narrower than a mountain bike’s handlebars and perfectly suitable for typical bike paths. Aerospace shock isolators support the box on the bicycle frame and ensure a soft ride for the fruit cargo.  The graphics on the fruit box are weather and UV resistant and will retain a clean look for many years.  We also equipped the bicycle with a heavy-duty center-stand that provides a stable platform while dismounting the bike to sell fruit.  The FruitBicycle is safe, stable, and non-intrusive.

About the Creator of the fruitbicycle

At the age of 14, Aaron took his first job as a bicycle mechanic at Proteus Bike in College Park, MD. He began working as a frame builder for Outback Bicycles at the age of 17. There he produced custom frames in aluminum as well as lugged, welded, and brazed steel.  Aaron graduated from the University of Hartford in mechanical engineering with a minor in sculpture. Shortly after graduating, he took a job for the DOD. During the last 15 years working as an engineer, Aaron has never stopped riding, racing, and loving bicycles. 

FruitBicycle in the news

 WNEW 99.1FM with Jenny Glick

The Baltimore Sun, Taste Section

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-05-28/entertainment/bs-fo-veggie-fruit-bike-baltimore-20140527_1_fruits-healthy-food-community-garden

Howard County Times

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-04-30/news/ph-ho-cf-fruit-bicycle-0424-20140508_1_columbia-association-bike-columbia-family

Baltimore Post examiner

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/getting-board-fruit-bicycle/2014/04/09

About us

We are a Howard County, MD family of five that loves to hop on our bikes and ride the Columbia pathways to the farmers’ market, the library, or to the lake for an evening concert. When we get there, we pull out some snacks and, because some of our kids have food allergies, that means fruit. At one concert in the park, we were all munching on fresh fruit, when someone jokingly asked us if we had brought enough for everyone. We thought: “Why not bring enough for everyone?” We set to work building a bicycle for carrying loads of fruit, and capable of bringing fun and healthy snacks to everyone.

The rewards

We are offering exciting rewards that can't be found anywhere else. You can help support this wonderful project and enjoy a FruitBicycle Bell, T-Shirt, or cargo bicycle.

The FruitBicycle Bells
The FruitBicycle Bells
The FruitBicycle Kickstarter T-Shirt
The FruitBicycle Kickstarter T-Shirt

 Normally kickstarter awards are not given out until the goal is reached and money changes hands, but for those who select the cameo and shirt award, we are delivering the cameo part now. Check out this new video for our first cameo pledge.

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FruitBicycle film production crew.
FruitBicycle film production crew.

Risks and challenges

We made one FruitBicycle and with your help, we will do it again. The next challenge will be the logistics of running and supporting multiple bikes at once. We have a good deal of work experience running large programs and we are determined to face this challenge, for the good of our community and the health of our children.

Thanks so much for your interest and support!

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    Token
    Show your support and you will recieve a token good for one treat from the FruitBicycle. When you redeem your token, you can proudly pose for a photo with the FruitBicycle. We will post the photo on our website.

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    Bell
    Proudly show your support on your bike with the FruitBicycle bell. Giant and colorful bell with high quality painted logo. Even cars move out of the way when this bell chimes. They make great gifts too!

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    T-Shirt
    Proudly show your support on your back (and front) with the FruitBicycle T-shirt. 100% cotton and 100% awesome! Pledge now, we will ask for your T-Shirt sizes later.

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    T-Shirt and Bell
    Two rewards all wrapped up in one. FruitBicycle bell and T-shirt. Your clothing will match your bell and you will save on shipping. Pledge now, we will ask for your T-Shirt size later.

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    Cameo and Shirt
    You will appear in a FruitBicycle video as a paper cutout. You will also recieve a T-Shirt. Pledge now, we will ask for your T-Shirt size and picture later.

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    Parties
    If you are local and fund this much, we will show up to your birthday party, or other event and will provide tasty fruit snacks for up to 50 guests.

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    Xtracycle compatible box kit
    Turn your xtracycle into a business.
    We are now offering the composite box with your artwork. This kit includes the high tech composite box, vinyl printed with your artwork, shock isolators, and a stable center stand.

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    Bike Friday, Haul-A-Day box kit
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    We are now offering the composite box with your artwork. This kit includes the high tech composite box, vinyl printed with your artwork, shock isolators, and hardware.

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    Surly, Big Dummy compatible box kit
    Turn your Big Dummy into a business.
    We are now offering the composite box with your artwork. This kit includes the high tech composite box, vinyl printed with your artwork, shock isolators, and a stable center stand.

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    Pledge $5,500 or more About $5,500

    Xtracycle Edgerunner and custom box package deal.
    We designed the FruitBicycle to go anywhere, be lightweight, and have gobs of storage. The box is meticulously constructed of the finest materials and designed to work flawlessly with the Xtracycle frame. We are now offering a limited addition bike with all the fixings of the FruitBicycle, but with your graphics. Use it for your own business or for whatever other task you can imagine. This is a rare opportunity to own a bicycle that has as much in common with a satellite as the traditional two wheel bicycles that we know and love. We can deliver the assembled bicycle in our area, or we will ship to your local bicycle shop for assembly.

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    Pledge $5,500 or more About $5,500

    Bike Friday Haul-a-Day and custom box package deal.
    We designed the FruitBicycle to go anywhere, be lightweight, and have gobs of storage. This box is meticulously constructed of the finest materials and designed to work flawlessly with the Haul-a-Day frame. We are now offering a limited addition bike with all the fixings of the FruitBicycle, but with your graphics. Use it for your own business or for whatever other task you can imagine. This is a rare opportunity to own a bicycle that has as much in common with a satellite as the traditional two wheel bicycles that we know and love. We can deliver the assembled bicycle in our area, or we will ship to your local bicycle shop for assembly.

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Funding period

- (44 days)