A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Unfortunately, all cyclists get flat tires. The Air Lever by Bar Fly is the first CO2 inflator and tire lever built in to one tool. We combined the most needed tools for flat repair in a sleek, light, and reliable product.
No more fumbling through you saddle bag, jersey pocket or bag searching for your tire lever, CO2, and inflator. The Air Lever is smaller, lighter, and faster. This product will not prevent flat tires, but it will ensure quicker and easier repairs, and more riding time!
The Air Lever allows for fast tire and tube removal, replacement, and inflation- all in one product. We designed the Air Lever for all cyclists- road, MTB, CX, Gravel- anyone who may need to change a flat tire.
The Air Lever includes 2 tire levers, and one CO2 inflator (for threaded CO2- not included).
At less than 50 grams for 2 tire levers and inflator head, the Air Lever is an essential piece of gear for all cyclists. The Air Lever works with both Schrader and Presta valves, and any tire- including tubeless. Our threaded CO2 inflator accepts any threaded cartridge.
The Air Lever is the culmination of over 2 years of engineering, testing, product development, prototyping, and refinement. We have sourced only the best materials for the Air Lever. The robust tire lever will remove even the tightest of tires, and our Aluminum CO2 adapter is built for frequent use.
Why Do you Need an Air Lever?
Every cyclist will experience a flat tire. Traditional tire levers, CO2 inflators, and mini pumps are expensive, cumbersome, heavy, big, and typically do not work well. The Air Lever was born after spending 20 minutes on the side of the road in a freezing rain storm, struggling with a mini pump and unable to find tire levers to aid in the tube repair. Over the last 2 years, we have endeavored to bring the Air Lever to all types of cyclists.
Risks and challenges
Over the last 5 years, Bar Fly has brought close to 100 products to the cycling market. With each product, there are always unforeseen challenges. We have tried to mitigate as many challenges as we could predict.
Bar Fly has spent 2 years getting the Air Lever ready for production. This includes engineering, designing, prototyping, testing, and tooling for the product. We have tested the product on road, MTB, CX and all bikes in between. In the hands of the most demanding and abusive cyclists we could find, the Air Lever performed flawlessly. The Air Lever works better than we could have predicted, and has been universally praised by our testers and early reviewers.
Bar Fly has sourced only the best materials for the Air Lever. We engaged contract manufactures with a strong history of hitting timelines and exceptional quality control. Most importantly, Bar Fly has existing relationships and proven track records with these suppliers. The Air Lever is completely vetted and ready to fix your flat tire.
While we are completely confident in our process, each product carries unique risks and challenges. For the Air Lever, this includes:
- Potential for packaging and or tooling modifications
- Packaging or shipping delays
Bar Fly has a 5 year history of delivering exceptional products to cyclists. Bar Fly will not sacrifice quality. If we encounter any issues, we will immediately communicate with our backers, providing them all information about the delay and options available. Our experience and history of delivering successful products to market illustrates Bar Fly's ability to deliver the Air Lever to all our backers within the defined timeline- with exceptional service, quality, and support.
Our commitment to you, our backers, is both frequent and transparent communications throughout this process, and to ensure you are completely thrilled with the final result.