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Joel GreeneBy Joel Greene
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Joel GreeneBy Joel Greene
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$300
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About

My name is Joel.  I really enjoy the places in nature that riding a bicycle can take you to, and I really enjoy the places that design and the creative process can take you to.  I have combined these two interests and started a company that will bring some novel bike accessories to market.

Sky Island Cycle's first offering is the Treasure Box and it adds some fun and function to your bike's cockpit.  It mounts to your bike's stem, replacing the stem cap.  It has a super secret compartment for storing inner tube patches and other little treasures.  The Treasure Box is also detachable and can go where you go.

Each Treasure Box will come equipped with a roll of 12 pressure sensitive inner tube patches.  The patches seal instantly and are fast and easy to install.  They are a fantastic temporary patch that will get you home and then some.

Update to the Kickstarter video: the inner tube I cut twelve holes in and patched eventually gave out on some rocky single track. Hey, with twelve repairs to one tube, I wasn't surprised! :)

The inner tube patches are a temporary fix. The only patch I would consider a permanent repair are the old school vulcanized rubber style, that take five to ten minutes to cure.

The Treasure Box is available in 4 anodized colors. Left to Right - Aged Bronze, Silver, Machine Grey, & Deep Blue. It is professionally designed and Swiss Machined from 6000 Series Aluminum. 

The cap has a laser engraved wood insert with the Sky Island logo.  The logo depicts the San Francisco Peaks which is a mountain just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.  Only domestic woods are used for the wood insert.  No tropical or endangered woods are used.  The wood insert will be sealed so that it is waterproof.

The Treasure Box fits any threadless style 1 1/8" stem.  It won't fit quill stems, where the stem wedges inside the fork steerer tube.  This is for aheadset style stems that clamp to the outside of the fork steerer tube.

A small quantity prototype run was produced and the manufacturing quality is excellent.  Now I need your help to make a larger, more economical production run.  

The packaging will be simple, robust, and free of plastic.

You can be one of the first to have a Treasure Box on your bike! Please back this project and support simple and fun design.  Thank You!

You are going to find the best info and updates right here on the Kickstarter page.  The SkyIslandCycle.com website is really minimal right now - just a place holder at the moment.   There is a FaceBook page too - also pretty bare bones as things are just getting started.  Please give me a few days / weeks to get the sites up an running.

Risks and challenges

I have worked as an engineer in the medical device industry for several years. The Treasure Box was created with clean design and ease of manufacture in mind. The Treasure Box prototype run proved the concept and having the production run manufactured should be free of complications. If complications and delays do occur, you will be the first to know. I believe in open communication and prefer to do something right, even if that means spending more money and taking more time.

Other Things to Keep in Mind:

The wood species have yet to be determined. It is likely that multiple wood species will be used, matching specific species to each anodize color. For example, walnut looks great with grey but not so good with the other anodize colors. Additionally, wood species react differently to laser engraving. Some woods char, creating a more pronounced logo. Some woods don't char, making a more subtle logo. Decisions concerning wood species are still fluid, and the wood insert on your Treasure Box may not look exactly like those in the photographs. However, I can assure you that yours will be beautiful!

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    A weatherproof vinyl Sky Island logo sticker and Heartfelt Gratitude! Sticker will be sized small enough to fit on a bike frame.

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    Get the Original First Article Prototype Treasure Box, which is Silver and has an Aluminum insert logo made using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering). There is only ONE of these. You also get a Treasure Box from the prototype run in the color of your choosing (Silver, Machine Grey, Deep Blue, or Aged Bronze). Your Treasure boxes will both come equipped with rolls of 12 inner tube patches. A weatherproof vinyl Sky Island logo sticker and Heartfelt Gratitude!

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