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Bindio lets cyclists abandon heavy, unsafe bike locks. It’s a convenient, secure bike parking stand with a hardened steel chain and high-tech security on the spot. The best part? It’s free for cyclists.

Bicycle theft is an unfortunately common occurrence. Many cyclists use chains, u-locks, and cable locks to protect their bikes. These traditional locks are heavy, inconvenient, and often inadequate. We can do better – it’s time to make bicycle security smart. 

Many industries have experienced incredible technological advancements in recent years, so why not improve the way we cycle? We combined safety and technology to create this smart, secure bike parking stand.

                                                                                                                                 

At its core, Bindio is a bicycle lock that can be controlled by mobile phone application or SMS. Security is ensured with a hardened steel chain, built-in sensors that detect cutting or sawing, and optional video surveillance. Bindio is currently tailored for individual bike locks and can be integrated into existing bike lock areas, but the system can also be broadened to other security devices such as door locks, bicycle safe locks, or bicycle shelter locks.

An intuitive and easy to use Android and iPhone application for end users (cyclists) to operate Bindio stands. Create a free account and use your phone number as your unique key. Find the closest Bindio docks and how to get to them. Make reservations and lock/unlock docks with a tap of your phone. Receive notifications if the cutting or sawing sensors notice suspicious activity.

Bindio sends you alerts to inform about any unwanted activity  near your precious ride
Bindio sends you alerts to inform about any unwanted activity near your precious ride

A software package that allows partners and clients to monitor and control Bindio docks remotely.

The admin side panel lets you monitor and control every dock station. Location, status, reports – everything you need to have full control
The admin side panel lets you monitor and control every dock station. Location, status, reports – everything you need to have full control
The client panel lets you monitor and control every dock station. Location, status, reports – everything you need to have full control
The client panel lets you monitor and control every dock station. Location, status, reports – everything you need to have full control
  

Important considerations for installation

Bindio parking stands cannot: 

  • block the view of other road users, especially on crossroads and pedestrian crossings 
  • block access to any public or private spaces
  • make it difficult to open car doors when a car is close to a Bindio stand 
  • block access to traffic and road infrastructure, like traffic lights, street lighting poles, electricity boxes or street drainage
  • interfere with other important public infrastructure like traffic signs, advertisement boards, etc

Confirm with each municipality in case of more restrictions or considerations.

Overall dimensions

Location and position

The distance from a Bindio stand to a wall needs to be far enough for easy access and movement around the parking rack. There also needs to be enough space to park bicycles. The minimum recommended dimensions are stated in the picture below.

Bindio won't just benefit cyclists. It can also positively impact municipalities, banks, cafes, universities, and more. Stationary bicycle locks will attract more cyclists, encourage greener modes of transportation, and create a positive image for your brand.

Provide a new level of protection for cyclists for free:

Cycling is increasing in popularity, as people are taking notice of its benefits to health and the environment. Accommodate this growing group of people by making bicycle parking more accessible.

Create new advertising opportunities on Bindio stands and apps:  

  • Advanced in-app coupon program: by parking at a company's stand, users (cyclists) are offered special coupons and other benefits they can use at that company, which brings in more business. 
  • In-app advertisement: add your logo and branding to your stand description.
  • We give businesses a basic advertisement option that includes visual advertising on the information stand and on the top of each dock.

Allow employees or a specific group of users to use Bindio stands free of charge or at a reduced price. You can define users and/or phone numbers that are allowed to use specific parking stands with these benefits. In doing so, you show your appreciation and create a sense of loyalty.

Present an image of innovation and new-age thinking. Show people that you care about the environment and support cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation.

Within the last two years we've built several prototypes and came ugip with this version in which we've solved all problems relating to mechanics, waterproofness and wandal proofness.
Within the last two years we've built several prototypes and came ugip with this version in which we've solved all problems relating to mechanics, waterproofness and wandal proofness.
After building several different mechanics variations for our locks, we decided to stick with the solenoid technology as it ensures quick locking and maximum security. Even if a thief cuts off the electricity, the lock won’t open.
After building several different mechanics variations for our locks, we decided to stick with the solenoid technology as it ensures quick locking and maximum security. Even if a thief cuts off the electricity, the lock won’t open.
We are using a 2mm black metal enclosure (covered in polyurethane coating), which protects our stands from vandals and your bike from damages (scratches).
We are using a 2mm black metal enclosure (covered in polyurethane coating), which protects our stands from vandals and your bike from damages (scratches).
Our final product prototype
Our final product prototype

 To make this project a full-scale reality, we need financing to improve mechanics and finish developing the iOS mobile app. We can reduce production costs by ordering molds for lock frames and other parts, which right now are made with CNC. It will also take heavy marketing and direct sales to find partners around globe who would be ready to introduce Bindio in their cities.

  

We know how to build. The GreyNut team has been developing smaller gadgets and ideas for almost three years. As the Bindio project is massive and complicated, some parts of our system development are outsourced from friends, Draugiem Group, and freelancers. Right now, the Bindio team consists of 9 people.

 We know that Bindio is an unusual project to launch on Kickstarter, but we chose this platform because we aren't getting through to municipalities, shopping malls and banks. We need the support of people that would benefit the most from Bindio. If enough people voice their support, municipalities and organizations would listen. We believe in the power of Kickstarter, so we are asking you to join us on our mission to make bicycle parking more secure.

Bindio has the potential to make cycling safer and more convenient while encouraging sustainable living. The concept might be simple, but the execution is complicated, and we need your help. Show your support by making a small contribution. Together we can let businesses and municipalities know that Bindio is needed in the world.

PS. Wonder how the miniature Bindio model perk will look like? Take a peek at what it means to hold Bindio in your hand.  

 
   
 
     

Risks and challenges

Building hardware projects is difficult and this project is no different. There are challenges involved, but we know how to overcome them. We have put in an enormous amount of work and have dealt with hundreds of obstacles already – we even had to manufacture most parts in-house to limit quality control and fulfillment issues.

At this point, the biggest challenge will be in terms of distribution. We want Bindio to be available all over the globe, and each city has its unique rules and regulations that we'll have to comply with. The manufacturing is under control – now the hardest part is working with businesses and municipalities to get it out there.

We have been building, testing and improving Bindio for past year and a half and it's been fully operational for the past six months. Cyclists use it and love it, and now we need to improve it and deliver to wider masses. We promise to be 100% transparent and communicate as much as possible so people will know where and when they can expect to see Bindio stands.

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    Back us with $3 and when the campaign is over, we'll send you a survey to find out which city you're from - YOUR vote will make the first Bindio stands a reality! We're going to approach the most popular cities first, so share the news with your friends if you want Bindio near you!

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    MINIATURE BINDIO MODEL

    Get your own miniature Bindio model to show just how much you love cycling.

    Model is 10cm/~4in high and replicates the original Bindio parking stand. It can also be easily transformed into a 8 GB USB flash drive that will include an exclusive content created for you by the Bindio team.

    Psst... you can see a picture of the model at the end of the main page!

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    MOTORCYCLE PARKING DOCK

    Get a Bindio motorcycle dock for your home or office.

    One master control unit (570 USD) + motorcycle dock (720 USD) with one lock. Install it, connect to your WiFi and you're ready to go! You can add extra motorcycle docks to the same master for 720 USD per unit.

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    BICYCLE PARKING DOCK

    Get a Bindio bicycle dock for your home or office.

    One master control unit (570 USD) + bicycle dock (900 USD) with two locks + support pole (150 USD). Install it, connect with your WiFi and you're ready to go! You can add extra bicycle docks to the same master control for 1050 USD per unit.

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    BICYCLE PARKING DOCK with ebike charger

    Get a Bindio bicycle dock with an electric bike charger for your home or office.

    One master control unit (570 USD) + bicycle dock (900 USD) with two locks + 2 electric bike chargers (300 USD) + support pole (150 USD). Install it, connect with your WiFi and you're ready to go! You can add extra bicycle docks to the same master for 1350 USD per unit.

    After the campaign you will have to send us your charger type

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    Meet the Bindio team in the Silicon Valley of Riga – the Draugiem Group office! We'll discuss the future of bicycle security, talk about engineering and business, as well as treat you to dinner with the team and more awesome bonuses. This VIP package is only available in limited quantities!

    Travel to Riga and living accommodations are not included.

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