This project's funding goal was not reached on June 30, 2014.
About this project
The Solo Shuttle Trailer is a kayak trailer for your bike which also transforms into a rigging platform that securely mounts your bike to your kayak. It eliminates the logistical issues associated with solo kayaking, such as driving back and forth to drop off your gear, leaving that gear unattended in the bushes, and the all too popular just not going at all.
Meet Sam. Sam would like to incorporate kayaking into his physical fitness plan, so he decides to go kayaking once a week. Every Sunday morning, Sam loads his kayak on his car, drives to the local canoe livery, pays $25 to shuttle his kayak, and waits nearly an hour to climb into a crowded bus for a long, bumpy ride before finally arriving at the launch location. Then the madness really begins! Sam fights past 30 other people all going to the same spot while carrying canoes and coolers, with the rookies often flipping their rental canoes as they launch. Determined, committed, and really enjoying kayaking, Sam does this once a week for the whole season, April to September. At the end of that season, Sam has spent $600 on shuttle fees to travel the exact same stretch of river each trip and has spent 42 hours waiting.
Meet Dave. Dave is perusing the internet one day, and happens to find the limited offer from Solo Shuttle Trailer on Kickstarter and decides to pledge. He receives his Decal and American Made Solo Shuttle Trailer. Every Sunday morning, he plots his route, choosing a convenient place to park and biking route, and starts or ends each trip with a pleasant bike ride. By the end of his season, he has found multiple runs he loves, getting to chose between them at his leisure, tailoring the length of his trip based on how much time he has. Plus, he’s saved considerable time not waiting and fighting the crowds like poor Sam. Dave is in all around better shape too, because each trip is now a whole body workout. Dave truly has the freedom to adventure!
The goal of this Kickstarter is to make improvements on may current design and produce 35 trailers.
I am just one guy with a really good idea that needs your support to continue with this dream. With the money raised, I will be able to buy materials at a bulk rate that will make the Solo Shuttle Trailer affordable. I will be researching design changes to make the trailer as user friendly as possible, and purchasing better tools to maximize quality and minimize production times. Initially, the Solo Shuttle Trailers manufacturing and distribution center will be operated from my home, but with sufficient growth, I hope to expand to a formal production plant.
REWARD #2 4 inch decal.
REWARD #3 Screen printed T-shirt.
Made by our friends at Coyotees in Milford, OH
REWARD #4 Dry bag.
Special Thanks to David at Coyotees, Emily, Bryan, and everyone else at Roads Rivers and Trails, all my friends and family, and my wife Robyn.
Risks and challenges
Full disclosure this is my first project of this scale. I have already learned more than I would have any other way, and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can from this project. I feel as though I have a sufficient network of seasoned professionals to help guide me if I have any issues that I can not resolve on my own. As with the manufacture of any new product there are bound to be some minor setbacks such as material delays and equipment failures. To minimize the effects of these setbacks I have a delivery date almost double what I anticipate needing. Because of there dedication to customer service I have been partnering with small local businesses as often as possabile. After 8 years in the metal fabrication industry my network includes dozens of professional welders, project managers, and structal engineers that would be happy to make a couple extra bucks on the side.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The trailer that you see now is my second gen prototype, and was made purely for my own use and kayak. A more universal design is one of my main goals with this Kickstarter campaign. I have test fit my trailer on several kayak models, both sit-inside and sit-on-top. Most kayak models I have been able to sit the trailer on look as though they could easily be secured to the kayak with a minor design change on my trailer and paddle clips. On a few kayaks the length of the rear deck was very short, and would not work at all. Right now The frame only needs three points of contact with your kayak and on those points paddle clips are attached to hold the frame. On my kayak the rear contact point is where the carrying handle is so I use that to secure the trailer to.
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