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Last updated June 13, 2019

BikeBlingz ShredTube

BikeBlingz ShredTube, Unique mountainbike headtube designs. Your rides are uniquely you, your bike should be too!

BikeBlingz ShredTube

BikeBlingz ShredTube, Unique mountainbike headtube designs. Your rides are uniquely you, your bike should be too!

$6
pledged of 8 000 $pledged of 8 000 $ goal
2
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 13 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 13, 2019

About

The last two designs are in. (there was one more pick, plus I did a bonus design!) The wolf seemed like it belongs on the front of your bike. First to dive into the fun your bike will bring. And then who doesn't love their bike; along with everything else associated with your ride! So a heart seemed like fitting addition and the final design.


So we ended up with SEVEN designs in all for this go around. I hope those that got involved in the design process had fun. (And I wish more of it would have happened here within my kickstarter and the updates I've posed along the way.)

Quite a varied bit of design idea's came through all of this. Very fun and I think something for everyone!

 A week to go isn't much time to hit my goal; but it is possible. So I will hold out hope and keep working towards the goal! Thanks!

(Below is the previous story updated that I will leave as it was)

Unfortunately, I did not have a large enough community ready to go when I started this Kickstarter. And because I wanted people to have their rewards in hand while this summers riding season was still "peak" I did not give it enough time to build. SO, where I hoped mostly backers would provide the idea's that I would sketch up and submit as as project updates for voting, etc. What I've done instead, "so far", is used some forum posts to go through the same process so that I can keep this Kickstarter "alive"!  

So I'm hoping to still have SIX total designs with the final design coming through this week!!! I'll be posting updated sketches every day and fingers crossed we'll do a backer vote at the end of the week and the last new design will be ready to go Monday the 3rd! 

I know a little more than 2 weeks to go without much backer support seems bleak. (Thank you to my early backers!!) BUT, when people see my bike in person they are always really positive on the dimensional head badge and the customized idea behind it. So I really do believe in the idea, and I hope to reach more people who feel the same!

I've updated the rewards since there doesn't seem to be interest in the bag tag or bar buddie.

Below is my original project description which I'll leave for posterity... and maybe humility?

COLLABORATE! Help me design 5 NEW ShredTube headtube badges! I'll explain why I started with the skull and crossbones below, but I want YOU to help me come up with FIVE more design ideas for a total of six designs to go forward.

BikeBlingZ designs were not meant to just represent frame branding  or a small niche; but ANYTHING "we" can dream up! Through Backers like you I"m hoping we'll come up with amazing designs that are unique and inspire us all to ride more! Also I'm hoping in the long term to get costs down low enough that a person might feel like changing them out now and then. Say you get a new handlebar that now has red accents. Swap out your black ShredTube for a red one, etc. OR say the Pirate/Skull N Bones in Black fits your murdered out DH rig. But maybe a yellow Smiley Face fits best for your fixie for weeknight cruises?

The idea is through collaboration to come up with 5 more design idea's so that 6 go forward. One of those designs through voting will be exclusive to the Kickstarter! We'll vote on the design to go forward and then decide what color it will be. And then we'll decide which of the 6 should go in the sticker pack. And finally "if" the Backers want we'll decide which of the designs should stay EXCLUSIVE to the Kickstarter!

My intent is to raise funding to support continued design; invest in new software, hardware and in house prototyping capabilities. I'd like to look for ways to decrease long term manufacturing costs with the intent of hitting the broader market in the spring of 2020. I'd like to think that eventually we can get the cost down on at least some versions to where kids would be putting them on their BMX bikes, etc. (so at least some of the design styles end up mass-produced to lower costing for those styles) However I'd also like to continue the idea of limited production collaborative designs like these!!!

 For the Kickstarter I'm looking at the ShredTube, the BarBuddie, and the BagTag. These will share the 6 final design idea's. So the same design for each of the three product styles. Eventually I'd like to look into designs for other area's of the bike; top tube icons near the stem, back of the seat tube icons, down tube designs/tailgate guard for truck shuttling, fork/brake lever bumpers?, fork lower rash guards? Who knows...  

I've started off with the first Pirate prototype and I've done ~15 sketches to get idea's flowing. The Plan is for my Backers to either vote on some of the ~15 ideas, OR share your own idea's that will make their way through the votes as new sketches!

 Some sketches below, click image to see the rest and I'll be adding "our" new designs to future updates! (http://bikeblingz.com/ideas.html)

NOTE, if some cool idea strikes you in the middle of the night, and we just finished voting don't be afraid to shoot it my way! There needs to be some structure to all of this. But my goal is for collaboration and I know that idea's can strike at the weirdest moments!

The idea behind the original Pirate/Skull and Bones prototype was about how it feels like there is just not enough time to get to all the important things in life. And that sometimes it feels like mountain biking requires that I "steal" time from something else. Yeah; that's being a bit dramatic! BUT, I think we've all had that feeling sometimes. Just that little bit of guilt while heading out to ride knowing there are all those other things we need to get done. (usually forgotten during the pain of climbing up hills, or the joy in descending them!) So I almost did a Pirate flag, stealing out for a ride is like robbing a treasure chest! But ya know, big ol skull sticking off the front of the bike just seemed cool...

And here's a cheesy Pirate song for laughs... struck me while I was drawing a pic of my Steel Honzo before I built it up! :)

Here's a link to a bit of an initial Vlog during prototype testing. It's probably worth checking out just to laugh at my lame camera/editing skills! :) (and let's not forget the lame riding!)

I intend to add a few more video's too! More riding and instructional, etc.

 Been posting shots for a couple weeks now trying to drum up interest!

 And I started here cause I heard of the wonder of FB Ads? But still pretty quiet... :)

Note! As mentioned previously, the BagTag and BarBuddie will get a bit larger. The ShredTube, you can see I didn't leave enough space for the 3M Extreme mounting tape and so there is a "gap" between the "bones" and the frame. (been fixed!!) Also, when it comes to voting on colors; note the black is more textured than the orange. Just something to keep in mind. I had the black skull and bones mounted to an Aluminum Kona BigHonzo for about 6 weeks with no issues. (I've posted video's) I've now got the orange skull and bones on a Steel Honzo and will continue to test ride and I'll post pictures to Instagram/Facebook and also plan on more video's.

The Plastic these are made of is flexible, but VERY tough. The ShredTube is one size fits "most". There are going to be some crazy carbon headtubes that I can't plan for. BUT, for most tapered and straight headtubes they fits just fine. (just need to flex it to fit as you mount, heat gun does wonders for more extreme tube bends, video showing that to come!) The bar buddies are going to be designed for 31.8 because they will flex and fit 35.0. (in the future I plan to do more size specific) The BagTag works as a decorative add on to a zipper or as a keychain. (testing as a keychain for 2.5weeks)

Stretch Goal, I want to find a way into injection molding or other variable volume mass production eventually. Originally, I started thinking about a Kickstarter to just make the prototype! Then as I worked through that I got delusions of grandeur and started thinking about hundreds of thousands of dollars for CNC'd molds and mass production and automated fulfillment around the world! And I ended up as you see; looking for backing to continue development. My 3D Jewelry CAD experience has always been about "organic" digital sculpting that "hopefully", doesn't look like it came from a computer. But this creates files with at least tens of thousands of polygons - "facets" that don't play well with the file types needed for production injection molding! They want files that require a new process; though I've seen video's of plastic injection based on files like I create. So far I've just not been lucky or thorough enough to find someone with that skill or that are willing to look at lower initial production numbers. SO; if anyone has a lead please let me know... But I think that will be where I'm headed!

"If" you've made it all the way to the END. Thank you SO MUCH for your time! Whether this Project makes it or not I will keep going. I've had a few other idea's that I'd like to try. OR perhaps I'll need to scale this concept back and try again, OR maybe it will take off and I will need to scale UP! Either way will be another challenge.

Risks and challenges

Design Expectations. I'm asking you to input your own idea's and that comes with the trust that the end product meets your expectations. I hope that providing the Pirate prototype items will give you confidence that the collaborative designs will be amazing!

Reward Fulfillment. With any luck I'll reach funding early and would start ordering some fulfillment quantities so that as soon as things wrapped up I could start shipping! But even if I'm waiting till the last minute to make my goal. I have still worked out enough time and the logistics that I feel I can meet or beat the timelines.

Overseas Availability. I do apologize. But I've decided to limit which countries I ship to for this go around. There aren't a huge number, but I have gained followers on Instagram from all over the world! And it was my hope that I would be able to provide Backer rewards to anyone that wanted. But, I've decided that is a "next step" that I will work into at a future time.

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    Collaborate! Vote or share your idea's!

    Share your thoughts on what would make a great design for the ShredTube! What inspires you to ride, what makes you laugh, or what do you think would look cool on your bike?

    We still need ONE NEW DESIGN! Help us create something unique and cool!

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    Custom die cut sticker, your choice of design

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    Orange Pirate ShredTube

    I think the Orange Pirate looks amazing on my Honzo ST. If you agree than get an early order deal! Free shipping in the US.

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    Blood Shot, ShredTube

    BloodShot ShredTube! Always watching! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Green Meanie, ShredTube

    Green Meanie! (well if you pick green?) In it for the chase! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Be Happy, ShredTube

    Be Happy! Enjoy the ride! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Vengeance, ShredTube

    Vengeance! somebodies gotta be ready for trouble! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Any color Pirate, ShredTube

    Pirate/Skull N Bones! I left the deal price if you order in orange, this one is for the other colors! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Any color Wolf, ShredTube

    Wolf down those trails! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Copy of Any color Heart, ShredTube

    We LOVE our bikes, show it! Pick your color!! White, Black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple. Free shipping in the US.

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    Bespoke Backer; The custom Full set!

    You want it all! And you want it like no other! Personal, custom, your choice! Shred Tube, BarBuddie, BagTag with signed artwork. These will be very limited and completed on a first come, first serve basis that will need to work around the rest of the kickstarter tiers. Design will need to be about the same size as the rest.
    Plus you get your name or nickname on the founders page at the top of the list with a personal thank you message!

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