The reason for this project is to build an all-weather, general-purpose utility bicycle for transporting heavy loads of people, goods, and services in heavily populated urban environments. With this bicycle, a mother with children will be able, for example, to carry them with her, get groceries, pick up laundry, meet her friends for coffee. It can be used for commuting to and from work or school. A sport version allows people to tour. While bicycles are used the world over for these purposes, it is a comparatively unknown phenomenon in North America (eg., Canada and the U.S.), although the need for such a bicycle and to use it for these purposes is slowly becoming known in Canada and the U.S.
The purpose of this project is to raise funds to build prototype frames and carry out laboratory tests to prove the concept of the frame and its integral transmission, and then to build complete bicycles to road test.
The test data from both laboratory riding tests will be used to raise additional capital for manufacturing and selling the bicycles in the domestic and international markets.
Risks and challenges
The risks are few and low. From a functional point of view, the frame and transmission use standard, long-proven bicycle transmission and frame technologies and manufacturing techniques. The frame and transmission have been designed to be manufacturable in every major economic zone worldwide. It has been engineered and designed in accordance with proven engineering design techniques, incorporating a body of knowledge of bicycles accumulated by the inventor (Michael Hartley) for over fifty years, and over forty years of engineering education and practice.
The inventor is confident that the bicycle frame and transmission will accomplish all strength and deflection requirements and all its proposed functions. The question will be how well: how will it's operation 'feel' to the rider? Will it be easy and convenient to use? Will it be comfortable? Will the frame be too 'stiff'?
If there are any problems with the transmission and frame, standard engineering techniques of root-cause analysis and problem-solving will be utilized to define and correct any technical problems. Issues arising from the riding complete bicycles will be carried out in collaboration with the riders (including Mr. Hartley as a rider...) themselves, to translate qualitative experience into data and to allow continuous improvement, in the design of the frame and choice of components, to begin and be continued.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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