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CA$ 10,089
pledged of CA$ 13,000pledged of CA$ 13,000 goal
47
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 18 2015 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

If you have a big family, or ever needed to transport more than three or four bicycles at a time, you'll appreciate the problem that the All Rack elegantly solves. If you're mixing adult and children's bikes, you can fit up to eight on the All Rack! That's crazy awesome.

Count 'em! That's eight bikes!
Count 'em! That's eight bikes!

The All Rack attaches to a standard 2" trailer hitch, and then modular wheel baskets can be added or removed from the top bar as needed. The modular nature of the baskets is a real innovation, allowing you to add or remove bikes of various sizes and wheel dimensions as you wish. Bikes are securely held by their respective basket, and then each wheel is also strapped to the rack itself for added security and stability.

One of the many benefits of this design is that bikes don't need to be removed in any specific order, unlike many other carriers. If you want to take one bike off the All Rack, just lift it out of its basket, and leave the other bikes on the rack!

Tires are strapped quickly and securely to the top and bottom rails.
Tires are strapped quickly and securely to the top and bottom rails.

Background

I'm an engineer, and like most engineers I love solving problems and innovating creative solutions. My problem was that my family (wife and five kids) likes to bike together, but no bike rack on the market could accommodate all our bicycles. So I built my own — my dream bike carrier!

There's a basket for even the most rugged tire.
There's a basket for even the most rugged tire.

Friends, family, and even strangers on the street began asking me where I got my unique bike rack, and then if I could build one for them, too. So like many engineers-with-a-dream before me, I've come to Kickstarter to get the funding necessary to begin a larger scale production effort, and to see if others agree that the All Rack is a good idea. 

Four adult bikes fit perfectly on the All Rack.
Four adult bikes fit perfectly on the All Rack.

I hope to sell the All Rack online and in bike stores once the Kickstarter is (successfully) completed. I anticipate that they will retail for a lot more than backers can get them for here (probably around $1000), so it's a good opportunity to get an All Rack now if you want one! And if you act fast, you'll even get yours in time for Christmas. (Ah, there's nothing like the gift of tailer-hitch-mounted bike accessories!)

And bear in mind there is currently extra value if you're from the United States, since the reward tiers are all set in Canadian dollars. (So an $700 rack ends up costing only ~$530 US!)

Specs:

The All Rack weighs 60 lbs without wheel baskets, and each basket weighs around 3 to 5 lbs each, depending on their size.

The All Rack fits into any heavy-duty 2-inch hitch, and is not compatible with fork-mounted fenders. (Though most fork-mounted fenders are easy to remove.)

The baskets can hold wheels from 12 to 29 inches in diameter, and from 23mm to 5 inches wide. See below for a detailed list. (The basket that holds a 29-inch diameter wheel is not pictured here.)

Five sizes of wheel baskets fit virtually any size of wheel, from adult to child bikes. (See below.)
Five sizes of wheel baskets fit virtually any size of wheel, from adult to child bikes. (See below.)
  • 1. Fits 12 to 16 inch diameter wheels, up to 2 inches wide
  • 2. Fits 16 to 20 inch diameter wheels, up to 2 inches wide
  • 3. Fits 20 to 27.56 inch (700mm) diameter wheels, up to 1 inch wide
  • 4. Fits 20 to 26 inch diameter wheels, up to 2 inches wide
  • 5. Fits 20 to 26 inch diameter wheels, up to 4 inches wide

Note: If you have a particularly heavy bicycle, (like a three-wheeler), or plan to use the All Rack on the back of a travel trailer, or expect much off-roading, you may wish to upgrade to a "heavy-duty" style basket. If so, please add $20 to your pledge level ($5 per basket).

(Additional baskets may be added to your pledge at the rate of $35 per standard basket, and $40 per heavy-duty basket. See "Add-On" section below for details.)

Colours:

The basic All Rack colour is black, but certain reward tiers allow you to choose a colour for your All Rack. In addition to black, the following colours are available:

Are we missing your favourite colour? Let us know in the comments and we'll look into adding additional colour options.
Are we missing your favourite colour? Let us know in the comments and we'll look into adding additional colour options.

(Note: The wheel baskets are always black.)

The Next Step...

Everything is in place; materials, machine shops, welders, powder coating... I just need $13,000 from Kickstarter backers in order to place some bulk materials orders and for shop rental fees, and then I can start to manufacture the All Rack at a larger scale and get it out into the world.

The All Rack tilts out of your way for easy trunk access.
The All Rack tilts out of your way for easy trunk access.

Pledge Level Rewards:

Add-Ons:

Once you're a backer, go to the "Manage Pledge" button at the top of the page and adjust your pledge amount accordingly in order to include any add-on items you wish. There are no additional shipping charges for Add-Ons. (You will let us know what the extra money is for when we send out backer surveys after the Kickstarter campaign ends.)

Additional "Standard" Wheel Baskets: $35 each — Every family is different, and so is every bike, so we're giving you four standard wheel baskets with each rack, and letting you add more as needed. For each additional basket, add $35 to your order. Baskets come in five different sizes to accommodate any standard tire width, from adult to child, and you get two additional wheel straps per basket. (Your size choices will be collected in the post-campaign backer survey.) No additional shipping costs required.

Note: if you want the four baskets that come with your rack to be 'heavy-duty' rather than 'standard', add $20 to your pledge. (That's $5 per basket.)

Additional "Heavy-Duty" Wheel Baskets: $40 each — You may prefer "heavy-duty" baskets if your bike is unusually heavy, or if you plan to do much off-roading, or intend to use the All Rack on a travel trailer.

T-Shirt: $40 – A beautiful black shirt with our stunning logo silk-screened in white across the front.

Storage Dolly: $300 – The trailer hitch on the All Rack allows for my favourite add-on, which is a dolly on wheels, so you can use the All Rack both to transport your bikes across the country by car, and to store them conveniently in your garage. Just add $300 to your order to get your own dolly. No additional shipping fees required.

Storage dolly on wheels to get your bikes out of your way in your garage.
Storage dolly on wheels to get your bikes out of your way in your garage.

Sticker: $10 – Look, if you really want a sweet sticker of our awesome logo, who am I to stop you? Just add $10 to your pledge, and it's yours. (Add $20 and you can get the decal instead.)

Put it in your sticker book!
Put it in your sticker book!

Ask me anything...

I want you to be confident when you become a backer, so if there's anything you don't understand, or want to know more about, let me know. I'll update the FAQ as questions start to come in.

Example: 

Q. Does the All Rack fit a three-wheeler (a.k.a. the 'adult tricycle')? 

A. Yes it does! (But you'll want a "heavy-duty" wheel basket for it.)

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Risks and challenges

I've been working on this product for almost two years leading up to this campaign. The design is complete, we've built, tested, and iterated multiple prototypes; everything is working great and production is ready to go! I'm working with a small team, but we're all skilled professionals and we're ready to ramp up production. If this campaign is successful, we'll be hitting the ground running the day this Kickstarter closes.

I've tried to be as conservative as possible with the shipping times, and I don't anticipate any delays. If all goes according to plan, I should even be able to ship earlier than the specified ship dates! Under-promise and over-deliver; that's what my Dad always taught me.

The biggest challenge, frankly, would be if this Kickstarter becomes a huge, unprecedented success and I have many hundreds of racks to manufacture. (I know, we should all have those kinds of problems...) I used worse-case-scenario shipping times in anticipation of this potential outcome, so unless I get ten thousand backers all pledging for a rack, we should be good.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.75

    Feel the thrill of helping an engineer realize their vision.

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    STICKER

    Matte black, with the AllRack logo on it in slick white letters. You may not have an All Rack, but your bumper doesn't need to know that!

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    DECAL

    The All Rack decal – the same one we lovingly apply to each All Rack we make. The raised letters on this die-cut vinyl decal are cool no matter how you pronounce the word "decal".

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    ALL RACK T-SHIRT

    An All Rack t-shirt in all black, with our logo across the front in white. Wear it everywhere, and then explain to everyone you meet what the All Rack is and where to buy one...

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    Pledge CA$ 699 or more About $522

    EARLY BIRD ALL RACK: BLACK

    Get an All Rack before everyone else, (and pay a little less, too.) Comes with four baskets and eight wheel straps. This All Rack will retail for over $900.

    Note: Basket sizes are chosen in post-campaign survey. (Extra straps, baskets, and other add-ons available at this tier. See project description for add-on instructions.)

    (Approximately $530 USD)

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    Pledge CA$ 725 or more About $542

    EARLY BIRD ALL RACK: ANY COLOUR

    Get an All Rack in the colour of your choice before everyone else, (and pay a little less, too.) Comes with four baskets and eight wheel straps.

    Note: Basket sizes and rack colour are chosen in post-campaign survey. (Extra straps, baskets, and other add-ons available at this tier. See project description for add-on instructions.) This All Rack will retail for over $900.

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    Pledge CA$ 749 or more About $560

    ALL RACK: BLACK

    Get an All Rack in sleek midnight black. Comes with four baskets and eight wheel straps. (This All Rack will retail for over $900.)

    Note: Basket sizes are chosen in post-campaign survey. (Extra straps, baskets, and other add-ons available at this tier. See project description for add-on instructions.)

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    ALL RACK: ANY COLOUR

    Get an All Rack in the colour of your choice! Comes with four baskets and eight wheel straps. (This All Rack will retail for over $900.)

    Note: Basket sizes are chosen in post-campaign survey. (Extra straps, baskets, and other add-ons available at this tier. See project description for add-on instructions.)

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    ALL RACK + STORAGE DOLLY

    Get an All Rack in the colour of your choice, plus a wheeled storage dolly that conveniently attaches to the All Rack hitch, so you can store your bikes anywhere.

    Comes with four baskets of any size and eight wheel straps. Extra straps, baskets, and other add-ons available as add-ons. (See project description for add-on instructions.)

    Note: You can add the dolly to any other pledge level by adding $300 to your pledge.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,425 or more About $1,065

    TWO ALL RACKS!

    Get two All Racks in the colour(s) of your choice! Each one comes with four baskets and eight wheel straps.

    Note: Basket sizes are chosen in post-campaign survey. (Extra straps, baskets, and other add-ons available at this tier. See project description for add-on instructions.)

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    Pledge CA$ 6,799 or more About $5,080

    TEN ALL RACKS!

    Why would you want ten? Maybe you own a bike shop, and you want some All Racks to sell. Maybe you have ten friends and want to get the racks at a rock-bottom cost. Each rack comes in any colour, with four baskets and eight wheel straps each.

    See the project description for details on increasing your pledge to add on extra baskets, straps, or dollies.

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