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The patented Brouhaha Bike Trailer is an electric-assist cargo trailer that can be loaded up without adding any effort to the cyclist. Read more

Green Bay, WI Hardware
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The patented Brouhaha Bike Trailer is an electric-assist cargo trailer that can be loaded up without adding any effort to the cyclist.

Green Bay, WI Hardware
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If you're going to ride your bike to the grocery store, you'd be lucky to carry 1 full bag of groceries home with you. With the Brouhaha behind you, you could carry enough groceries to feed a family of four for a month!

City driving is notoriously bad for your gas mileage, so park the car and bust out the Brouhaha!

Zero towing force, infinite possibilities. 

About the Brouhaha: 

The Brouhaha Bicycle Trailer is a zero towing force trailer for your bicycle. Its electric motor goes when you go and brakes when you brake, resulting in virtually no extra effort on the part of the cyclist. Best of all, it can be modified to fit nearly any need. If you can carry it on top of your car, you can tow it with your bicycle and the Brouhaha. 

The Beginning of Brouhaha:

I've always been a passionate person. Whether I am inventing new technology, collaborating on a family project, or even mowing the lawn, I like finding a better way. 

For me, a "better way" means that I am helping others to do something in a better way as well. 

Enter the Brouhaha Bicycle Trailer.

I wanted to find a way for people to use their cars less, but maintain their exuberance. For example, if a person is just riding a regular bicycle, he or she adds the weight of errands and feels that weight through the trip. (Think grocery shopping.)

If I want to take my two children for a bicycle ride on a trail through town, the hills can be a real bear if it's windy.

If you are an avid bicyclist or just a casual cruiser, the Brouhaha Bicycle Trailer allows you to add weight, and to pull that extra weight without exerting extra effort.

What Are We Going To Do with $80,000? 

It’s an ambitious goal, but $80,000 is the amount we need to make the design improvements and develop the hardware and software that will enable the Brouhaha to come to a store near you! 

Backers Help Us Fund These Big Goals . . .

  • Take the Brouhaha trailer from prototype to production model
  • Build a useful product, widely used
  • Promote Pedal-Powered Diversity
  • Give people of the world a means of expressing themselves through bicycling
  • Replace the automobile 

 . . .And These Nerdy Ones: 

Develop a Version 1.0, commercially available trailer via:

Physical Hardware Improvements:

  • Trailer body (lighter, less expensive while maintaining strength)
  • More convenient storage (it's a big trailer)

Electronic Hardware Improvements:

  • Reduce voltage drop during high-impact loads (like potholes)
  • Add several features, including battery charge indicator
  • Design for automated board manufacturing

Software Improvements

  • “Tighten” control algorithm for better feel and longer battery life 
  • Develop risk assessments (Hazard Analysis, Failure Modes, and Effects Analysis)

Testimonials

"Although the [trailer] we used was in development, it was quite functional. I was able to commute to work with seventy pounds of gear and climbing hills was pleasantly effective. I could climb with the trailer, nearly as easily as without. The trailer I used carried my 17' kayak or my 12'6" paddle board. I believe we've only scratched the surface of the trailer's potential." 

David Schuster, Clear Water Outdoor - Lake Geneva, WI

"They say behind every successful man, there is a great woman. I can't take all the credit because Brian is pretty incredible, and so is the Brouhaha Bicycle Trailer! The Brouhaha allowed me to pull beer, ice, meat, and a table and four chairs for a Packers tailgate party. In January. With the Brouhaha, I was leading the pack and our friends were working hard to keep up with me. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, I will be ecstatic to get my garage back!"

Kim Winburn, Loving and Tolerant Wife - Green Bay, WI

"Last summer Capital Brewery leased a prototype unit from Brian Bartel at Self-Propelled and we were quite pleased with the performance. We used it to haul cans of beer at a few bicycling events and also used it to store candy and swag to pass out to people at the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Parade. I hauled it for over two hours in the parade – a lot of starts and stops – the reaction of the crowd was very positive! In addition we taped our Capital Brewery Bike Club banner to the top and it doubled as a rolling billboard. Not only is it utilitarian, it is also a great attention getter. "

Scott Wiener, Capital Brewery Company - Middleton, WI

Why Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter is the perfect platform for the Brouhaha Bicycle Trailer. It’s the same blend of cool, nerdy, and socially conscious that the Brouhaha trailer aspires to represent!

Risks and challenges

I'm not going to lie to you. The trailer's brake does a great job of stopping a load, but braking is more jerky than I'd like. Sometimes you have to wiggle the switch on and off 2-3 times to get it to turn on. Many times if you hit a large pothole, the jolt will draw down the battery voltage for an instant, which crashes the software and requires a reboot (turning the switch off and on).

All of these challenges have simple workarounds, and I've been towing with Brouhaha prototypes for 2 years. But mass producing trailers without a fix to every challenge would be a very bad thing.

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FAQ

  • Yes, up until the $1,200 Backer Reward level. Backers who pledge higher than the $1,200 will receive both stickers, a T-Shirt, 1 pound of Brouhaha Blend coffee, an invitation to the Brouhaha Product Launch Party, and a "thank you" decal, as well as the stated backer reward.

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Rewards

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    $5 reward

    11 backers

    Virtual pat on the back.

    Thank you so much for supporting the development of one more technology that will get people out of their cars!

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    $15 reward

    6 backers

    A 2" x 2" Brouhaha sticker, perfect for your skateboard, your scrapbook, or your forehead!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    $20 reward

    2 backers

    The small sticker, and a 4" x 4" Brouhaha sticker, perfect for your snowboard, your bumper, or your forehead (if you're bald).

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    $50 reward

    6 backers

    The big Brouhaha sticker and a white T-shirt emblazoned with the Brouhaha logo.

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  • You selected
    $85 reward

    1 backer

    The small sticker, the big sticker, the T-shirt, and 1 pound of Brouhaha Blend coffee, provided by Luna Coffee Roasters in De Pere, WI.

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    $100 reward

    16 backers Limited (284 left of 300)

    An invitation to the Brouhaha Product Launch Party at in Green Bay, WI (limit 300 invitations, details TBA).

    Preferential red-carpet status will be given to everyone who arrives on a bicycle.

    Show true support and wear your T-shirt!

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  • You selected
    $300 reward

    3 backers

    A "thank you" decal with your name on one Brouhaha Trailer in 1/2" letters (e.g. "Thank you, John Doe!").

    Each trailer sold will get one "thank you" decal, and decals will be awarded in the order of Brouhaha backers.

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    $1,200 reward

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Try it out! Three-month rental of a used Brouhaha prototype with a cargo box attachment, includes in-person delivery by Brian Bartel (me!).

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  • You selected
    $2,300 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Both stickers, the T-Shirt, the Coffee, and The Hero Package: a new chassis* without electric assist. Version 1.0 Electric Assist Package can be purchased separately at a special price. (Upgrade to Version 1.0 Electric Assist available May 2015.)

    *The chassis is the empty steel frame with unpowered wheels. Chassis can accommodate cargo boxes, coolers, kayak carriers, billboards and rocket ships, which can be purchased separately. Most roof rack systems (Thule, Yakima, etc.) can be mounted to the chassis.

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  • You selected
    $2,500 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    Both Stickers, the T-Shirt, the Coffee, and a used Brouhaha Trailer prototype with cargo box (includes electric assist) and personal delivery by Brian Bartel (me!).

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  • You selected
    $3,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Both stickers, the T-Shirt, the Coffee, and a used Brouhaha Trailer prototype with kayak carrier package and three years of upgrades, delivered by Brian Bartel.

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  • You selected
    $3,200 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    A used Brouhaha Trailer prototype with custom attachment of your choice, 5 years of upgrades, and delivery by Brian Bartel.

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  • You selected
    $4,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Both stickers, the T-Shirt, the Coffee, and a Version 1.0 Brouhaha Trailer (non-prototype!) with electric assist, 5 years of upgrades, and personal delivery by Brian Bartel.

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  • You selected
    $6,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    The one-of-a-kind, first-edition rocket kid carrier as seen in the video! More technically, a used Brouhaha Trailer prototype with the 2-seat, fiberglass, rocket-shaped kid carrier. Includes 5 years of hardware and software upgrades and delivery by Brian Bartel. And also both Stickers, the T-Shirt, and the Coffee.

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