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By Paloma Martinez
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Bicycle Armour - Puncture Prevention in Motion

Bicycles are very susceptible to unsuitable road conditions as they primarily travel in the section of the road where debris collects near the edge. It is never fun when a puncture strikes. Many traditional sealants can harden in your tyre, damage rims and fall short when it comes to punctures caused by larger objects.

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What Makes Bicycle Armour Different?

This is a preventative treatment that will stop punctures happening in over 95% of cases.

 

1.5mm Nail Test
1.5mm Nail Test

 

Eureka Moment

Like Archimedes, our Eureka moment happened in a bath tub too …. the domestic chores of clearing a blocked drain to be precise. So the premise was; if human hair (which has quite a small diameter) can tangle up and effectively block a drain (which has a relatively much larger diameter), then maybe we can apply this principle to our bicycle puncture problem.

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What Exactly is Bicycle Armour?

Bicycle Armour is made up of a mix of man made fibers and fillers of different composition, shape and size with the objective of accentuating surface area effects.

Take a look:

 

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Back At The Lab

We incorporated different sized fillers, ranging from nano sized particles to microns in diameter. We developed a non aggressive, stable liquid transport system to suspend these fibres and fillers. And we combine all these ingredients using a very high energy three stage mixing process which we developed in house.

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 Testing

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No air escapes. The hole left after cycling over a nail.
No air escapes. The hole left after cycling over a nail.

 What our testers say:

 

 

 Installation

 Bicycle Armour comes in an easy to use self install kit. No special tools are required. All you need is a pair of scissors and an air pump; everything else is included in the kit.

Watch this short video guide to review the installation steps one by one.

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So how does it Work?

Well, to be honest, our product is only half of the solution, the rest is actually supplied by you, the rider, adding kinetic energy to the repair process.

You Generate the Kinetic Energy Needed

Bicycle Armour is installed prior to having a puncture … and as you ride, your wheels spin, applying a centrifugal force that evenly distributes Bicycle Armour around the inside of your tyres....Here's another video to explain:

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 HIGHLIGHTS

 Future Developments

We are continually working to improve our product and in the near future we expect to have prototypes ready for specific niche requirements that have been brought to or attention whilst developing Bicycle Armour.

Watch this space !!!!!

Risks and challenges

Statistics say that 95% of all punctures are caused by objects 3mm or less in diameter. We went a step further and ensured that your tyre can take a puncture from objects of up to 3.4mm diameter. So we can say that our product will protect your tyre in more than 95% of situations.

If your tyre is punctured by a larger object or if your sidewall is damaged in any way, our product may not be able to deal with the issue. However, we are pretty happy that our product can deal with at least 95 out of 100 punctures.

You should keep your tyres inflated to the recommended level. This is industry best practice.

If you find your bike with a flat tyre after a long winter in the garden shed, be sure to pump up your tyre properly before cycling.

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    Pledge €10 or more About $11

    Bicylce Armour Starter Pack

    Get involved from the start by choosing the single bottle pack. Perfect for road bikes, hybrids and racing bikes.

    Install 60ml of Bicycle Armour into each tyre. 1 bottle contains enough solution for 2 tyres.

    Comes with installation kit and instructions.

    Includes:
    • 120ml Bicycle Armour
    • Valve Core Removal Tool
    • Installation Tube
    • Red Dust Cap
    • Installation Instructions
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    Bicylce Armour Double Pack

    This pack is perfect for households with 2 bikes or a Mountain Bike or Beach Cruiser.

    Mountain Bikes & Beach Cruisers have bigger tyres and go on rougher ground, therefore we recommend an installation of 120ml solution in each tyre.

    Includes:
    • 120ml Bicycle Armour
    • Valve Core Removal Tool
    • Installation Tube
    • Red Dust Cap
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    Pledge €32 or more About $35

    The Family Pack

    This pack will protect up to 4 bikes from punctures!

    Reward your family or friends with the gift of a puncture-free bike ride.

    Tired of fixing the kids punctures every weekend ?
    This one is your choice.

    Includes:
    • 120ml Bicycle Armour
    • Valve Core Removal Tool
    • Installation Tube
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    Pledge €64 or more About $70

    The Friends & Family Pack

    Spread the joy of a puncture free existence to up to 8 people in your life!

    Each pack comes with its own installation kit, making a perfect gift for a bike enthusiast in your inner circle.

    Includes:
    • 120ml Bicycle Armour
    • Valve Core Removal Tool
    • Installation Tube
    • 16× Red Dust Cap
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    The Ultimate Club Pack

    Get your club race fit this season, giving them the ultimate competitive edge by never having to worry about punctures again.

    A note for racing bike owners:
    Many bike tubes are fitted with the schrader valve but some are fitted with the closed Presta valve where the core cannot be removed, making installation impossible. The best and simplest solution is to switch to a presta tube with a removable valve core. Most bicycle shops supply these and they can also be purchased online if you know exactly what type / size tube you need.

    Includes:
    • 24× 120ml Bicycle Armour
    • 24× Valve Core Removal Tool
    • 24× Installation Tube
    • 48× Red Dust Cap
    • 24× Installation Instructions
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