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The only Made in the USA wood balance bike. You can bring it back for this Christmas. Better design, more sustainable materials.
The only Made in the USA wood balance bike. You can bring it back for this Christmas. Better design, more sustainable materials.
59 backers pledged $7,219 to help bring this project to life.

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Made in the USA toys are difficult to find. The only US-made balance bike we wanted is out of business. Only inferior(we think), funky foreign-made designs remain. We think it is possible to show that a toy with superior design and construction can rise from the ashes and again be made in the USA. We are raising funds to complete production tooling and machine programming and enable bulk component ordering  for up to 100 units. This is for things like the seat, the tires, the hardware, and handlebar. Commercially available air-filled knobby tires found on other balance bikes, which are bumpy, slow, and always go flat, are inadequate for learning to enjoy a bike. The seat, while not expensive, requires a custom thermomold. Then there is the routing of the wood, which requires computer design time and programming of the machining that will keep costs down for the meaningful but short run of 100 bikes. We will use a state-of-the-art CNC machine with vacuum suction and we'll be able to produce every part to perfection with only a few days of machine time. We have found multiple US suppliers to enable manufacture of this balance bike to the specifications that are ideal for your child to fully experience the joy of learning to ride a bike.  Thanks for your help to make this possible.

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Risks and challenges

There's a risk that one of our American suppliers will have a production delay, or a delivery error, but we have confirmed December 15 delivery dates with all our suppliers back in mid-November prior to listing on Kickstarter. The benefits of the machining methods we are using are that we can get started in smaller mini-runs, as little as 4 units at a time. So, even if there is only moderate interest, we'll still be able to build these for people who want one or want theirs donated to a disadvantaged child 2-6.

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    Support US manufacturing capability and receive your own Rolli-coaster nameplate. This is the same durable made in America alloy plate installed on each balance bike.

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    You'll receive an authentic Rolli-Coaster nameplate and a personal thank you note.

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    Earn a limited edition Rolli-Coaster T-shirt.

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    Receive your own Rolli-Coaster or donate to an organization of your choice for this Christmas.

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    Make one from bamboo, the fastest growing plant in the world! Receive one of the limited run of custom Rolli-Coasters, in FSC(Forest Sustainability Council)-certified Neopolitan "Plyboo" bamboo.

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    Receive one of the first five Rolli-Coasters.

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    Receive the first Rolli-Coaster, manufactured in the U.S.A. Then lets have a conversation about your vision and passion for American-manufactured children's toys.

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