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Meet CyClip

CyClip allows bicycle, moped, and motorcycle riders to mount the Apple Watch directly to their handlebars. CyClip is a patent-pending adapter, made of durable ABS (a thermoplastic polymer), and designed in Kalamazoo, MI. 

Introducing the World's Best Bike Computer

Apple Watch promises to be the best bike computer yet, allowing users to track speed, distance, and time. It makes a perfect transition to your handlebars while adding numerous benefits. 

Safety - Wearing Apple Watch requires you to use both arms for operation. CyClip allows you to keep both hands on your handlebars, greatly reducing the risk of injury or an accident. 

Convenience - By mounting the watch directly to your handlebars, you are able to track your progress and see notifications at all times and as they appear. 

Style - CyClip is designed to complement the elegance inherent in your Apple Watch. A lot of thought went into its design, and it will create a natural addition to your handlebars. 

Durability - CyClip is made of injection-molded ABS thermoplastic. It is strong enough to stand up to wind, rain, vibrations, and other elements of the road; yet gentle enough not to damage your watch. 

Ease of Use - CyClip is simple to install and use. Just attach it with three allen bolts (bolts and wrench included) and it's ready to use. The clip mechanism naturally grips and releases the watch in an instant. 

For Motorcycles

Navigation - Turn-by-turn navigation just got a lot simpler. No more bulky GPS units that are cumbersome to carry when you're not riding. Apple Watch provides great navigation, now on your handlebars. 

Music Control - Are you using a Chatterbox or other audio configuration? Now you can use your Apple Watch to control music directly from your bars. 

Phone Calls - You can see who's calling without moving your hands or turning your head away from the road. 

Charging Your Battery - CyClip has a space built in for you to mount a charging pod so that you can charge your watch battery every time you ride. You'll never worry about a short battery life again. 

Adaptability - Use CyClip with or without the Apple Watch wristband attached. The watch and band can be fitted over the CyClip with an included adapter, or the wristband can be removed from the watch allowing CyClip to securely hold the watch in place. 

CyClip will come in two sizes, one for the 38mm Apple Watch, and another for the 42mm Apple Watch. CyClip will fit all standard handlebars, from vintage 7/8" diameters up to modern 31.8mm units. There's even an attachment for 1" Harley Davidson riders. 

We've had some amazing press coverage so far. 

"Anyone using GPS apps to track rides will appreciate the ability to see exactly where they are as well as pace, distance, and any other data without having to risk looking at their wrist." - Imore.com

"Anyone who enjoys getting around by bike will enjoy this." - Mashable

"These Apple Watch Accessories Might Be Cooler Than the Apple Watch Itself" - Time

"Bikers rejoice!" -Cult of Mac

Risks and challenges

There were many challenges involved in designing a product to fit the Apple Watch before it was available for trial. We had to 3D print numerous iterations of the watch based on known design specifications, and then build CyClip around those prints. We've waited until the watch is available to launch the Kickstarter campaign in order to ensure that our design works with the actual watch as well as it did with the models that came before.

Our existing prototype is near final, but there may be minor adjustments made to allow for increased functionality with the Apple Watch in both the 38mm and 42mm versions.

As this is our first product as a new team, we are establishing brand new relationships with vendors in both the business and manufacturing arenas.

CyClip will be manufactured here in Michigan by Sturgis Molded Products (http://smpco.com), a company with nearly 50 years of experience in injection molding. One of our cofounders, Dan Kastner, used to work for SMP throughout high school, so we have an incredible working relationship with them.

Once the watch is available for trials, we anticipate two weeks internally for full testing and finalization. SMP estimates that it will take another ten weeks to create the molds for CyClip and to begin shipping units. We have added a further two weeks to the process as we know that there can be unexpected delays and bumps in the road. This places our estimated shipping date as July 31st, 2015. We are confident that we can achieve this goal.

Each of us has many years of experience working with different sources to meet objectives. We are quite prepared to handle negotiations and the level of communication necessary to achieve the success of a project such as the CyClip.

We are methodical in our planning, relying on extreme coordination, discipline, and organization. It is this kind of diligence that will propel us to be able to deliver to our customers on time.

The entirety of our fundraising goal will be used to cover the costs of tooling for both clips and the variable costs of producing units to satisfy all orders.

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