13 years ago I began my journey into engineering, I was 16 and as UK law states I was not legal to drive, so I cycled to work and college. 6 years later and qualified I was still cycling with no thought of taking my driving test, I guess I became a fan without knowing it.
Certain issues did always annoy me with cycling in the city, I do like thought of quick release wheels, it helped me fit my bike into to my friends car when I needed the occasional lift on a rainy day or when I had a puncture. Although when I wanted to leave my bike outside of my friends, the local shop or work or anywhere for that matter I would always have to use 2 locks or on the frequent occasions I would forget my extra lock, I found myself taking of the front wheel and locking it to my frame.
3 years ago after training and becoming qualified in various fields of engineering, I thought I'd use my skills to create a device to allow only me operation of my quick release, so I began trying countless amounts of solutions which mainly resulted in failure but definite learning curves.
1 year ago the problem was solved... it was so simple, but it was not pretty.
I began serious market research to see if this was a good solution so I applied for a job with Sustrans who build and maintain all of the cycle tracks in the UK. I got the job and with my prototype locks I started getting a lot of positive feedback.
With summer over and the Sustrans job finished for the season, it was time to get back to work which would pay the bills. I began work as a quality inspector for the aerospace industry and took a course to learn CAD, realising the necessity for quality and intuitive design I refined the product and with the assistance of some amazing companies based locally Quick Caps was complete, it worked, it looked and felt great....... This is something I think I should share.......
I have cycled with Quick Caps, on and off road in all weather types and left outside over night.
Quick Caps are made from a single piece of marine grade aluminium which is ideal for outside weather conditions and very light weight.
Strength and Durability
Tests show it takes 900 Nm of force to break the lock.
They weigh 51 grams. (about 4 tablespoons of sugar)
Ease of Use
A completely removable shackle makes fitting easy.
Quick Caps have been designed so that you can literally walk out of the retailer, clip it to your quick release and cycle away, it would have taken me more time to write this than for you to fit the lock to your bike.
Designed With Your Bike In Mind
Quick Caps does not come in contact with your bike to provide it's security it locks around the cup of the quick release and restricts operation of the lever.
Specially designed lugs at the rear of Quick Caps mean that should someone get enough force to rotate the lever attempting to undo the thread, the lugs act as stoppers and will be obstructed by the forks, preventing rotation.
Which QR does Quick Caps Fit?
Please use the above image and check it against your quick release
Nut removal attempt 1 (the other side)
- September 25th - Kickstarter Launch
- October - Agreements with manufacturing partners are finalised
- October -: Tooling and components ordered
- November/December - Manufacturing begins
- December - Testing of first production batch
- January - First batch is prepared for shipping
- January/February - All Kickstarter orders shipped
I need funding to move forward into production, to pay the upfront tooling costs so that we can manufacture Quick Caps at an affordable price. When manufacturing this sort of product, material needs to be bought upfront by the ton.
As well as the cost of pledge items, I will use the money to fund the extrusion tool for the aluminium body of Quick Caps, the upfront costs of bulk orders of the internal components.
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Risks and challenges
We have taken extreme measures to minimise our delivery risk by taking the following precautions:
1) Working with UK represented manufacturers, based locally to Quick Caps HQ, to ensure quality and punctual delivery..... it costs a bit more but that's I think it's worth it.
2) Assuring our manufacturer has an obsession with creating high quality products.
3) Choosing a manufacturer with existing manufacturing experience in the cycling industry and a proven track record.
4) We have a personal relationship with our manufacturer.
There are unexpected issues that arise through the manufacturing process, like forces of nature etc but if in the unlikely event the unforeseen happens, you will be updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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