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An intelligently designed, robust, water & impact resistant Apple iPhone 4 or 5 mount for bicycle handlebars.

FORWARD POSITIONED

FULLY ADJUSTABLE

FORWARD VIEW CAMERA LENS

INDESTRUCTABLE

WATER RESISTANT

BACKUP BATTERY FOR GPS APPS

ACTIVE TOUCHSCREEN

Hello Kickstarters. Welcome to my first Kickstarter item.

I am a cycling enthusiast and a dedicated designer. 4 years ago I started manufacturing a selection of carbon fiber bicycle components (www.veloflyte.com) with features that pleased many customers. A number of months ago I turned my attention to designing a high quality iPhone mount for bicycles. I have a mount that measures up to my own stringent needs, and now I'd like to offer this item to you.

Design Features

First : Ideal Positioning of the iPhone

 The Veloflyte mount positions your phone in a more user friendly forward oriented position.

The phone should not be positioned on top of the stem....as all the other mounts do. What this does is require you to take your eyes completely off the road ahead to look back and down at it. Instead we position it out in front of the handlebar. This lets you keep your peripheral vision partially on the road ahead allowing you to glance at it comfortably.

Second : Position Flexibility

The Veloflyte mount can be adjusted in two ways. 

You can change the angle of the phone case at the pivots directly below and in the middle of the phone case. And you can rotate the clamps on the handlebar as well. High, Low; Flat, Angled back...it's all possible with the Veloflyte mount.

The Veloflyte mount fits 31.8mm (oversized) handlebars only. The clamps are 44mm apart from each other when mounted on a bar.

Using the twist lock mechanism, you can also set the computer in a horizontal orientation if desired.
Using the twist lock mechanism, you can also set the computer in a horizontal orientation if desired.

Third : Integrated Forward Facing Camera Lens (The Veloflyte mount can be purchased without the 90 degree lens if desired. See the pledge levels at the right of this page).

Your smart phone has a nice camera inside it. Why not use that camera to take pictures and video of your ride? The 90 degree front facing lens on the bottom of the Veloflyte mount enables you to do this. 

You're smart, and I know you understand that this lens only views the road ahead when you leave your Veloflyte mount completely horizontal. You can purchase the Veloflyte mount without the lens if you desire.

90 degree front facing lens on bottom of Veloflyte mount
90 degree front facing lens on bottom of Veloflyte mount

Fourth : Indestructible and Extremely Water Resistant to protect your iPhone

The case and mount design offers a high degree of protection for your phone. Indestructable and Extremely Water Resistant, the polymer twist lock mechanism combined with the machined 6061 aluminum case provides the ultimate level of protection.

Milled from a single block of 6061 Aluminum
Milled from a single block of 6061 Aluminum
A view of the underside shows the polymer twist lock mechanism and the 90 degree lens.
A view of the underside shows the polymer twist lock mechanism and the 90 degree lens.
Highly water resistant design shields the on/off switch and charging port for the battery backup embedded in the bottom of the case.
Highly water resistant design shields the on/off switch and charging port for the battery backup embedded in the bottom of the case.

Fifth : Secondary Battery for GPS Apps

We thought that you might like to use one of the cycling apps on your smart phone. Those GPS enabled apps can drain your battery in a short period of time. The Veloflyte mount has a 1900mAh backup battery built into the case that greatly extends your phones battery life.

The 30 pin dock connected to the battery backup is clearly visible in this picture. Included is a USB micro cable to charge the backup battery when needed.
The 30 pin dock connected to the battery backup is clearly visible in this picture. Included is a USB micro cable to charge the backup battery when needed.

The Result of all this work :

The completed Veloflyte iPhone mount will cradle your phone in a robust, fully adjustable, backup battery enabled, beautifully machined and anodized aluminum case with added features that allow you to use your smartphone to it's full potential.  

Thank you                     Douglas Dixon         

Funding Goals :

In order to keep the cost of the Veloflyte iPhone mount to a minimum, it becomes necessary to purchase materials in bulk. Your pledge dollars will allow me to purchase all the materials necessary in larger quantities. 

The two prototypes that are pictured above have been tested under normal road conditions. They are rigid, strong, and reliable. There are a few minor alterations that need to be made however... The clasp that keeps the cover closed needs to be refined, and the twist lock base in the pictures was machined from Delrin which is strong but brittle. It needs to be machined or injection molded from Polycarbonate or Nylon.

THE CNC MILLED RFID BADGE HOLDER :

 I wanted to offer an item to those that support this project with a generous donation. The CNC Milled 6061 Aluminum & Laser Cut Acrylic RFID badge holder is just for you. Peculiarly enough, the slot for the lanyard is perfectly shaped to open a bottle of soda pop *. It could be used to open other types of beverage bottles as well. But I wouldn't know anything about that since it was just a silly mistake..(nudge nudge, wink wink).

If enough people request a color, I will have a custom batch anodized just for you. The holder comes with a Kickstarter green lanyard.

UPDATE 9/3/13 : Some people have expressed interest in the RFID badge alone. If the kickstarter project is unsuccessful, I would be happy to sell you a custom anodized RFID badge at a reduced price. Please contact me after the project if funding is unsuccessful. Thank you

Now you can be the envy of your workplace with the new Veloflyte RFID badge holder.
Now you can be the envy of your workplace with the new Veloflyte RFID badge holder.
I must have mistakenly made the lanyard hole the perfect shape to open a bottle. I have no idea how this happened.
I must have mistakenly made the lanyard hole the perfect shape to open a bottle. I have no idea how this happened.
Aluminum case, acrylic cover, bolts, and kickstarter green lanyard included.
Aluminum case, acrylic cover, bolts, and kickstarter green lanyard included.

( * The term "soda pop" is a generalized term meant to imply any beverage in a sealed glass container with a removable cap.) =)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

At this point prototypes have been successfully fabricated and tested. The Veloflyte iPhone mount is extremely tough since it is machined from a single piece of 6061 anodized aluminum with an O-ring sealed locking cover. This provides protection against both water and dust under the harshest of outdoor conditions. There are a few minor alterations and upgrades that need to be done to the twist lock base and the clasp. But they are insignificant. The biggest potential challenge of this project would be to scale manufacturing above 1000 units. Some slight delay in delivery may occur at this level of fulfillment. Extensive advance planning with vendors has been done to minimize or eliminate this delay. Be aware however that there is considerable time invested in each item to ensure it performs as promised.

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  • Pledge $1 or more
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    Help Veloflyte emerge from the workshop into the real world of Engineering Design & Manufacturing. Your funding dollars are the key to success. Thank you

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  • Pledge $29 or more
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    CNC Milled Aluminum & Laser Cut Acrylic RFID Badge Holder : For your generous donation to this project, receive one cnc milled 6061 aluminum & laser cut acrylic RFID badge holder with lanyard manufactured at the Techshop in the Silicon Valley of CA.

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  • Pledge $149 or more
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    iPHONE 4 WITHOUT 90 DEGREE LENS: Get your very own first production run Veloflyte machined black anodized aluminum bicycle mount for the iPhone 4 without the 90 degree lens.

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    iPHONE 5 WITHOUT 90 DEGREE LENS: Get your very own first production run Veloflyte machined black anodized aluminum bicycle mount for the iPhone 5 without the 90 degree lens.

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  • Pledge $169 or more
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    iPHONE 4 : Get your very own first production run Veloflyte machined black anodized aluminum bicycle mount for the iPhone 4.

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    iPHONE 5 : Get your very own first production run Veloflyte machined black anodized aluminum bicycle mount for the iPhone 5.

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  • Pledge $219 or more
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    INTERNATIONAL ORDERS : Receive one iPhone 4 or 5 Veloflyte Mount for your generous donation.

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