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CLUG is the tiny smart clip designed to store and secure your bike, however you like. It's like a hug... for your bike. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 14, 2014.

CLUG is the tiny smart clip designed to store and secure your bike, however you like. It's like a hug... for your bike.

About this project

 

 

We made it!! CLUG is now available in 3 sizes to fit damn near any tire. A huge thanks to all our awesome backers for making this happen. We are amazed, humbled, and totally stoked to be able to make CLUGs for you all.

To say Thank You, and to make things simple, we are keeping the pledge level the same for all sizes of CLUG. So just pledge for as many as you want and you can decide what combination of sizes you'd like once the campaign is over.

Just be aware that the bigger the CLUG, the more the postage. That's one thing we can't control - sorry!

Happy CLUGGING ;)

- Jon, James & Liam

 

 

 

 

 

      

SPECIAL THANKS to our friends at the IoT Design Shop for temporarily turning their army of 3D printers into CLUG making machines! 

That's not all these guys do so be sure to check out their website for your next Internet of Things project.

For all our lucky early birds, your CLUG printed rewards are nearly ready!
For all our lucky early birds, your CLUG printed rewards are nearly ready!

 

You won’t believe something so small will work so well, but it does! No winches, hooks or balancing acts, just a satisfying “clug” and you’re all set! 

It helps you save space, keep your place tidy and display your ride proudly without damaging it or your walls.

And when you’re not using it, CLUG is just a small wall ornament, unobtrusive and out of the way.

CLUG will turn almost anywhere you can think of into somewhere your bike can live.

Seriously, anywhere.

 

 

You have the power! You get to make your own CLUGs, as many as you like, forever.
You have the power! You get to make your own CLUGs, as many as you like, forever.

 

Because we designed this and tested it using our 3D printer,  we know the 3D prints work as well as the real thing. So if you’re really fast, you can have one of the 3D printed versions sent out to you as soon as we can print it!
Because we designed this and tested it using our 3D printer, we know the 3D prints work as well as the real thing. So if you’re really fast, you can have one of the 3D printed versions sent out to you as soon as we can print it!

 

You  get a clug, with everything you need to  get it on the wall. The box even doubles up as a handy installation guide  and dust catcher for all you DIY novices and neat freaks.
You get a clug, with everything you need to get it on the wall. The box even doubles up as a handy installation guide and dust catcher for all you DIY novices and neat freaks.

 

Want 1 for each wheel? Have a few bikes? We’ve got you covered with sweet deals on sets of 2. Starting at 2 for $15. Then it’s $10  for each pair after that. (No more than 10 though please, house rules)
Want 1 for each wheel? Have a few bikes? We’ve got you covered with sweet deals on sets of 2. Starting at 2 for $15. Then it’s $10 for each pair after that. (No more than 10 though please, house rules)

With any pledge over $5 you'll automatically get the CLUG digital file too. Because you may not have a 3D printer right now but you might just get one someday.

We designed CLUG to be a great fit with your bike tire. The first version of CLUG available through Kickstarter will fit standard road bike tires between 23 and 28mm.

We would love to be able to offer CLUG in a range of sizes to suit everyone's needs. We have designed and developed versions for mountain bike tires, and one that is especially for hybrid sizes and we are making these available as stretch goals if we are successfully funded.

 

 

 

                                       

We have our favourites, what are yours? Visit the CLUG website at www.getclug.com and choose the colors you’d like to see. We’ll start with 3 basic color options, but the more successful the campaign, the more colors we’ll be able to offer. 

 

CLUG is made of 2 parts, the clipper and the gripper. Just pull them apart and you’re ready to mount it to your wall. 

The clipper is screwed in place on your wall. And then the gripper is just snapped right into the clipper... Simple.

We made getting your CLUG in the right place really easy. The box is also your template to drill your holes. Just stick it on the wall, check that your bike lines up and drill away. The box will even catch your brick/plaster dust too. 

Not your wall? Don’t have a drill? You can even use picture hanging strips to attach CLUG to your wall - since the force is transmitted through the wheels to the floor, something like a 3M command strip is all that’s needed to hold your CLUG in place.

We all cycle into the office but where to store them all became a problem, it really started to look a little messy. 

When we looked a little further we saw the same thing elsewhere too...

We considered installing a winch system, or some clever hooks, but being designers and with our 3D printer so close to hand we thought we’d see what we could come up with to solve the problem for ourselves.

Holding the bike in roughly the position we wanted it to be in, it became fairly obvious that all that was needed to keep it there was a very small attachment to the wall so we set about defining exactly what that attachment would be. And the result is CLUG.

 

Every project starts on paper, we like to get all the weird an wonderful ideas out of our heads. We also wanted to think of the best way to use the 3D printer to give the part the strength it needed.
Every project starts on paper, we like to get all the weird an wonderful ideas out of our heads. We also wanted to think of the best way to use the 3D printer to give the part the strength it needed.

 

With each part taking an hour or less to print, we could really experiment with the design of the CLUG. So we made a lot of models to test our ideas out.
With each part taking an hour or less to print, we could really experiment with the design of the CLUG. So we made a lot of models to test our ideas out.

 

We needed to make sure that the clip could hold different wheel sizes, and bike weights, over long periods of time, so we tested each concept to make sure it was up to the task.
We needed to make sure that the clip could hold different wheel sizes, and bike weights, over long periods of time, so we tested each concept to make sure it was up to the task.

 

We made models to check what these will look like when we make them for real and fine tune the details. And with the design now finalized, we are ready to order the tooling and materials to crank CLUG out by the thousands.
We made models to check what these will look like when we make them for real and fine tune the details. And with the design now finalized, we are ready to order the tooling and materials to crank CLUG out by the thousands.

This is where we need you!

Our next step is to invest in injection molded tooling to produce these efficiently at a price everyone will smile about. We need your support and we need your orders, and if you like us enough to give us one or both of those, then we can make CLUGs a reality for everyone!

 

We’ll start printing the CLUG printed rewards right away so that they are ready to send out as soon as the campaign ends. We’ll use June to make any final refinements based on our guinea pigs’ reaction to their CLUG printed. Then we will order the molds for tooling and go into production with the CLUGs and packaging.

The first CLUGs will ship out mid September.

Hurdler Studios is a Vancouver based ProdUX design company. We are professional designers, cyclists, problem solvers and tinkerers. We are always working on little projects which amuse us or solve a problem for us or people around us. We love Kickstarter because it is giving us a way of getting these projects that were really just meant for us to the Kickstarter community, and the world.

We have been bringing our clients' concepts to market for over 20 years, so we know just what it takes to get things from an idea to a real and beautiful thing.

We think that giving people more access to usable bike storage is a small but important step in reducing the hurdles that stop everyone from ditching their cars in favour of bikes. 

So if you like what we are doing please give us your support.

Thanks!

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are an experienced team of product designers so we are no strangers to designing for manufacture and getting things made. With such a simple design, this should be a no-brainer but even with something this simple there are things which can hold up the process.

We have done our best to factor these into a realistic timeline, to be sure that we have enough time to get a quality product in your hands as soon as we can.

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FAQ

  • Unfortunately, it does not fit all bike tires as we believe that compromises the design. CLUG currently fits 23mm - 28mm road bike tires. We have a version for mountain bike and kids' bikes currently going through testing. If we can get CLUG funded maybe we'll make the other versions a stretch goal ;)

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  • The short answer to this question is, yes.

    The truth is that there's more to it than that.

    A 32mm tire can fit inside a CLUG. We aren't comfortable with the amount of stress that it puts CLUG under. We need to do more lifecycle testing on tires larger than 28mm. It would be a "use at your own risk" scenario to use CLUG with a 32mm tire.

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  • EVERYONE who pledges $5 or more will be emailed the digital files that will allow them to print a CLUG of their very own on a 3D printer.

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  • As soon as our campaign is over and Kickstarter releases our backer information to us. Your address and email remains secure until the end of the campaign. Give us a few days after the campaign to get everything sorted out, and we will email you the file.

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  • CLUG does NOT hang your bike from a wall or ceiling. CLUG requires one or two tires on the ground at all time.

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  • You selected
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    16 backers

    Thanks! You don't get anything except our undying gratitude for supporting our project and getting us closer to our goal.

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    410 backers

    makeCLUG! If you are one of these smartypants who own their own 3D printer, we'll email you the CLUG Digital .stl files so you can make your own CLUGs again, and again, and again...

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    Pledge $9 or more

    75 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -

    You'll receive your CLUG in the very first product shipment
    AND
    you'll get a 3D printed CLUG straight away.

    You'll also become a member of our guinea pig squad. You'll be given the opportunity to give your feedback to our designers so that we can make any final changes to the product before it is produced!

    NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    461 backers

    ONE CLUG - You'll get your real shiny CLUG delivered to you as soon as it is available for delivery. NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    1,351 backers

    Pair of CLUGs - one for each wheel, or one for each bike, it's your choice but for this bargain price you'll get 2 clug-in-a-box rewards.
    NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    125 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD 2 FOR $15 SPECIAL -

    You'll receive 2 CLUGs in the very first product shipment
    AND
    you'll get a 3D printed CLUG straight away.

    You'll also become a member of our guinea pig squad. You'll be given the opportunity to give your feedback to our designers so that we can make any final changes to the product before it is produced! NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    971 backers

    4 CLUGS. Clip your quad wheeled road bike, or just a couple of bikes. Whatever you do you've got a great deal here. 4 clug-in-a-box-rewards coming your way. NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    290 backers

    6 CLUGS. Like getting 1 CLUG, just 6 times more exciting. NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    90 backers

    8 CLUGs. Your garage is gonna look so tidy. Good for you! NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    195 backers

    10 CLUGs everyone in the office is gonna love you for this, and they'll look sweet on your wall. You hit the jackpot, we aren't allowed to reward you with any more, even if you want them. NOTE: Shipping costs are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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