About this project
The quick and easy way to learn to ride
As a child starts to tip or wobble, a Jyrobike corrects the steering and stabilises both the bike and the rider. As a result children can learn to ride without training wheels (stabilisers) and in the majority of cases learn to ride in one afternoon!
When people see Jyrobike for the first time they think it's magic. Actually it is based on the very well known science called gyroscopic precession.
Gradually reduce the balance settings
We have invented a unique Control Hub built into the front wheel that is able to generate a stabilising force that resists the toppling force of gravity.
As their skills improve, you can slowly dial down the gyro (balance assistance) so that the bike does less and the rider does more, until it is eventually turned off.
Encouraging parental coaching & participation
Think of it as a measured helping hand that promotes and actually teaches correct riding skills. Unlike training wheels (stabilisers), we deliberately designed the Jyrobike so that it does not do 100% of the work. It encourages parents to get actively involved and share in the joy of learning to ride. We believe learning to ride is one of life's great achievements, a right of passage that everyone should experience.
Fast track your child’s confidence and skills
All children can't wait to ride a bicycle. However, we haven't met a child yet who looks forward to the learning process. Most find it daunting and sometimes even scary. Jyrobike removes the anxiety and frustration and fast forwards to that wonderful moment of ‘I’m doing it!'
Promotes confident leaning into turns
Our team has been working hard to make sure Jyrobike is the safest and best way to learn to ride. Our years of research show new riders enjoy and like the gyro support, allowing them to turn with ease and comfort.
The potential to help millions of people
Our inclusive design has the inspiring potential to help disabled kids who have never learned to ride a bike or simply find riding a bicycle difficult to master. It offers the possibility for people with mobility, balance and vision challenges to ride a bicycle in a safe and relaxed way.
Engadget: "Forget Training wheels - this bike balances itself”
Yahoo News: “There’s a touch of Harry Potter about Jyrobike”
CNET: "Kids these days don't have to learn to ride a bike the old-fashioned way with training wheels. They can just hop on a Jyrobike and get a high-tech assist without the whole world knowing they're learning how to pedal.”
Pocket-Lint: “Look no stabilisers, Jyrobike is the kids bike that balances itself"
BBC World Wide News: "The bumps and bruises that come with learning to ride a bike could soon be a thing of the past”
Huffington Post: "Gives kids the confidence to learn how to ride a bike in no time at all”
Washington Post: “Give a kid a bicycle that won’t fall over and you’ll get a happy cyclist as early as tomorrow.”
CTV: "Auto-balancing Jyrobike eliminates need for training wheels"
Daily Buzz: “Makes learning to ride very easy"
DVice: "Self-Balancing Jyrobike teaches you to ride a bike in a single day”
Daily Mail: "Jyrobike offers “Fastest method to learn how to ride”
Inhabitots: "The worlds first Auto Balance Bike enable kids to learn to ride on two wheels in one afternoon"
Bike Radar: "Kids bike with helicopter technology aims to take the bump out of learning to ride"
WXYZ-TV: "Think of all the scraped knees and elbows we could have avoided as children if we just had the Jyrobike! The auto balance bicycle stays upright and stable, even when the rider is not.”
Digital Trends: "Invisible training wheels”
Jyrobike in action
How Jyrobike works
Jyrobike is built around the idea that a bicycle becomes inherently more stable when it travels at higher speeds. We discovered that if a fast spinning disc is placed inside the front wheel of a bicycle, the resulting gyroscopic force automatically balances the bike. It simulates high speed stability whilst travelling at very slow speeds, which is exactly when a rider needs the most assistance.
Does your child already have a bike?
A Control Hub can replace your existing 12” or 16” front wheel and transforms your existing bicycle into a Jyrobike - helping your child learn to ride without training wheels!
Advanced electronic & mechanical design
Geeky stuff: The principle of gyroscopic precession dictates that counteracting the handlebar movement that follows any lean action will in turn generate a counter force to that of gravity and correct the lean to restore the bike upright.
Why Jyrobike is the best way to learn
The genius behind our technology is that it covertly promotes correct riding technique. It takes the stress out of teaching, eliminates fears of falling and gets the whole family out riding together faster than trial and error, balance bikes or training wheels.
4th gear will be particularly useful for children who have picked up bad leaning habits due to time spent on training wheels (stabilisers), anxious children, second time learners or those whose balance and coordination is limited. For everyone else, it makes it easier than ever to learn to ride by providing a wider choice of balance assistance.
Beautiful with superb all metal construction. The outside diameter is 2.5 inches (63mm) and weighs approximately 80 grams. Includes starting string, pedestal and user manual. Comes in a Kickstarter box to store it in. Adults using the provided string can spin it up to 8000 rpm.
Brilliantly Balanced Hoodies
Luxurious 3-layer cotton fabric for extra comfort. Modern fit, flat, chunky drawcords and double layer hood. This is an awesome hoodie available in red, blue, green, purple, pink and orange.
Jyrobike 12” and 16” bicycles are high quality and made from light weight aluminium materials with a super-strong tri-tubing design. Built to last and we think.. not too bad to look at either.
- Light weight alloy materials
- Fat Boy tyres providing extra traction and cushioning
- Handlebar grips with safety ends to prevent little hands slipping off
- Grab and carry handle on the saddle
- Quick release, gives tool free adjustable saddle post
- Rounded bolt covers to help reduce scratches
- V-brakes on the front, drum brakes on the back wheel
Control Hub Features
Flywheel Control System - Three adjustable balance settings of low, medium and high gives parents the ability to gradually dial down the balance assistance as their child builds confidence and skills.
Micro USB - Charging the Control Hub is a breeze via a standard Micro USB cable and can be done at home or even from your car. Fully charged, the battery will last for approximately 3 hours. It also provides for software updates when connected to a computer.
Mega Sound - Control Hub's are fitted with a Mega Sound feature, a 105dB speaker and a choice of three awesome sound effects for extra fun and smiles.
Removable Mass - The flywheel that keeps Jyrobike stable can be removed from the Control Hub once kids are confident on their bike. Once removed, it reduces the weight of the Control Hub by 60%. The flywheel can be re-installed anytime to teach riding skills as and when needed.
Parents are in full control
Jyrobike can be adjusted via a remote Wireless Controller allowing parents to change balance settings so the rider learns without the anxiety of announcing that the balance settings are being reduced.
Our aim is to enable as many people as possible learn to ride
Backers of this project are more than just consumers and investors. You will be directly contributing to research that could help millions of people around the world enjoy the freedom and the excitement of learning to ride a bicycle for the first time.
20 minutes on a Jyrobike and Caitlin was riding a bicycle
Over the course of this project we have organised a number of user testing sessions. One such event was with Caitlin (pictured above), who has a form of developmental coordination disorder called Dyspraxia affecting her gross motor coordination. Caitlin is 8 years old and has difficulties with writing, swimming and riding a bike. Caitlin is also one of the most amazing little girls we have ever met. Caitlin’s mum got in touch and spoke about how she has been trying to teach Caitlin to ride for the last 5 years - without success. We invited Caitlin to our office car park and this it what happened next:
Research and Development
The original Jyrobike invention emerged from a undergraduate project at Dartmouth, Thayer School of Engineering in the U.S between 2006-2008. A group of four students conceived the idea and developed a working model.
The early prototype was brought to market under a licence agreement by another company called The Gyrobike Inc who successfully sold 10,000 units. A few years later, Rob Bodill acquired the global patents from the original inventors and a new company was formed in 2013. Rob established a global research and development program to develop a vastly improved version-2 product and in the process patented four new inventions, which is where we are today.
Meet the J-team
We have an incredibly passionate team that is dedicated to making Jyrobike a success. Rob saw an invention that had incredible opportunity and through total determination, passion and belief over the past two years has built a talented team of engineers, supporters and advisors who are dotted around the globe.
We have a confident and experienced team with strong connections in the technology, retail, manufacturing and engineering world and we are determined to make Jyrobike a worldwide success, one bicycle ride at a time.
“Life is like riding a bicycle, you have to keep moving” Albert Einstein
We would like to thank a few amazingly talented people who have believed in us and helped us along this amazing journey.
- Electronics: Andy Barr
- Product Design: Dana Hoffer, Mike Corcoran
- SOFIE Project: University of Twente, SOFIE
- INDES: Morell Alferink, Wilfred Teunissen, Henk Janssen
- Video: Andy Yoong, Zane Radcliffe
- Graphic Design: Stephen Moore, Chris Killeen, John McDermott, David Nurse
- Disability Research: Mary Anne Rankin, Really Useful Stuff
- Super Support: John Megaughin, Anna Morris, Colin Docherty, Chris Lee, James Armstrong, Tracey Rosen, Daniel & Genna Rosenberg
- The original idea makers: Inventors Dartmouth College
- To all the children and parents who tried out Jyrobike and gave us your feedback.
- To all those who posted their experience on YouTube and everyone who got in contact to say 'keep going!'.
Risks and challenges
We need to raise the funds to establish production in Asia, buy tooling and equipment and place bulk orders for the materials.
We have two years experience delivering the Version 1 product around the world and shipping options have already been checked out and most of the arrangements have been confirmed.
We’re already building a strong customer support network for the Kickstarter campaign as well as improving our customer relations management systems for post launch, so we’re not leaving anything to chance.
It is important to note that pledges do not include applicable taxes or duties for countries outside of the U.S. A backer is solely responsible for paying all applicable taxes and duties. Jyrobike Inc. will add sales taxes to the sales price where required by applicable law.
Lastly, we are yet to find a child who we could not teach how to ride with a Jyrobike. In so many ways children are all different from each other and we ask for a common sense approach when setting expectations of the time it takes to learn how to ride. In most cases, we see an incredibly fast learning curve, however there are two scenarios that should be taken into account.
A. Children who have been riding with training wheels (stabilisers) for many weeks/months will require more time to unlearn bad habits such as heavy leaning that are stubborn to undo.
B. Children who are particularly nervous, have had a bad experience such as a nasty fall, those who lack physical confidence or are effected by impairments may all need additional encouragement, time and practice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Jyrobike come 85% assembled. There are four parts that need to be attached to take it to 100%. Each Jyrobike will be shipped with a small set of tools and a step by step user manual. It should take no longer than 10-15 minutes and requires no prior knowledge of bicycles.
1. Front wheel (using a spanner, 2x bolts and washers)
2. Handlebars (using a single allen key)
3. Pedals (hand screw and then tighten with spanner)
4. Seat post (quick release, no tools)
Yes, absolutely! We have designed both the 12” and 16” Control Hub to fit onto any standard bicycle of the same size. Simply remove the front wheel on your existing bicycle and replace it with the Control Hub and you are ready and raring to go!
We have already designed and built an early adult prototype that fits a 28" bicycle. It is showing very promising signs of being an amazing product. Unlike children learning to ride, we envisage the adult Jyrobike being used in a different way. An adult Jyrobike would be easier to ride, potentially more comfortable (particularly at low speeds) and most likely to be ridden for all journeys.
The user case therefore assumes a requirement for longer lasting batteries, higher torque demands and a much larger gyro effect. There are many other complex considerations before we can fully develop a final product specification and certainly a significant amount of additional R&D.
Some of the ideas that we are working on include a handlebar mounted display with an auto function that could calculate and adjust balance settings according to rider behaviour, speed, lean and centre of mass. We call it our 'Wobble-ometer'. A dual channel pedal and balance assisted electric bicycle is the obvious next evolution. It is a very exciting product line up.
There is a lot to do and there are no guarantees at this early stage, however we plan to develop and launch the first adult Jyrobike in mid 2015. Please let us know in the comments sections if you like this idea and we would also welcome your suggestions.
The Kickstarter community and our early backers are extremely important to us. Both the Jyrobike and Control Hub come with a 1 year warranty, but you can expect us to pull out every stop to ensure you are completely happy with the product.
Yes, it sure is. Though it is not rated to work under water or withstand high pressure hosing. We recommend that you try to keep it as dry as possible to maintain performance and use a wet cloth for cleaning.
We are a transatlantic business with sales offices in the U.S. and the U.K. We have decided to run our Kickstarter campaign through our U.S. office.
Our product will be manufactured in Asia and the plan is for pledges to be shipped to multiple warehouse facilities around the world. Depending on volumes, we may consider shipping directly from Asia to each backer or from Asia to a single central warehouse (geographically optimised) and then to backers. We have multiple options that will be finalised once we complete our campaign. Volumes, costs, region split and reliability will all be factors.
Kickstarter provides a single shipping rate only for all deliveries outside of the U.S. That means the same shipping price for Canada as Australia as Netherlands or the UK. The real costs will be vastly different per country. We have to estimate an average cost of delivery per product across multiple countries and regions.
In the process we have spent months analysing and crunching numbers, speaking and working with multiple logistic companies. In the spirit of complete transparency, our goal for shipping is set at a forecasted average of a 5% loss.
All pledges are being fulfilled and invoiced by a U.S company (Jyrobike Inc.) and therefore any delivery to any country outside of the U.S will be classified as an import into that country.
All prices are excluding VAT and duty, which will be payable to the appropriate tax authorities (not us) at the time the goods are delivered.
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