Fix It Sticks...NOW SHIPPING
Good morning Backers,
Hopefully everyone got out for a ride this past weekend! Bare with me on this one it may get long...
The USPS returned a number of packages which delayed the Ti Sticks and after dealing with them we are ready to get those out today. We are still working through producing the $55 backer choices and the $199 backers. The custom aspect is of course taking longer, but I am shooting for this week to finish producing those sticks.
Speaking of the USPS, despite taking our finished envelopes to 2 different USPS facilities I am told that some of them are being delivered postage due. This infuriates me as we tried desperately to play by their rules and apparently they are changing the rules mid-stream. I apologize if you were one who had this experience.
To make amends for that and to return a small favor to my Kickstarter backers I have activated a coupon code at www.fixitsticks.com for $7.00 off any purchase. The code will be active for at least 3 weeks. I am hoping once you get the sticks you will want more and I want my early supporters to have a benefit for offering your support and patience. THE COUPON CODE WHICH IS NOW ACTIVE AT WWW.FIXITSTICKS.COM IS "Kickstarter!"
I did go out for a ride the other day finally and came up with this idea which I just tried on the fly. It worked very well for being in the middle of a country road. It will take some tweaking and eventually I may offer this with a proper fitting. But in honor of Bike Hackers everywhere the photo shows a recycled peice of tube cut to fit the stick, then inserted into the bar ends on my road bike (it worked on both traditional and short/shallow shape bars). It will take some tweaking to make it silent and easy to remove, but it is a pretty cool discovery for storing Fix It Sticks.
I have received some early positive feedback and some suggestions. As you might imagine I give this a lot of thought everyday. There are a lot of areas I want to improve and build upon, but for a first run production I am proud of the tool and the compliments mean so much to me, you really have no idea!
This whole experience while not finished yet is just amazing. I can't thank you all enough for your support and encouragement.
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Perhaps you want nothing but better bike tools to exist in this world. This is your level! In exchange, I will promise to ride my bike lots this summer. I owe that to you! So when I think I am too busy for a ride, I will remember my friends in this category and just say...I must ride, FOR THEM!Estimated delivery:
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Believer – 1 cool sticker of the Fix It Sticks logo to help you spread the word. You will also get regular project updates. Believers will also be spoken of highly in social settings.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Tester – 1 cool sticker. 1 set (2 sticks/4 bits) of Fix It Sticks which contain bits of #4, #5, #6 metric hex and a 5mm flathead. You will of course get project updates and will be an important source of feedback for further design refinements of our tools. I will also consider you to be my friend.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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37 backers Limited (113 left of 150)
Tester 2.0-1 cool sticker. You will also receive my undying gratitude and 1 set (2 sticks/4bits) with the ability to select your tool bits (name any four bits commonly found in hardware stores on ¼ inch hex shanks/1 inch long). Please don’t pick things we don’t make YET. A good way to communicate this would be an email with the following: “YOUR NAME” I backed your project at the $35 level and would like Stick 1=#3 & #4 Stick 2=#5, #6Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Beta user – 1 cool sticker. And you will receive 2 sets (4 sticks/8 bits) containing a metric hex #2, #2.5 #3, #1 phillips and then another set containing #4, #5, #6 and a 5mm flathead.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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$55 – Beta User 2.0-A sticker and 2 sets (4 sticks/8 bits total), with YOUR CHOICE of bits. As a SUPER PRIMO, we will anodize this batch in a limited edition Kickstarter green, so everyone will know that you have exceptional taste and helped us get going! A good way to communicate this would be an email with the following: “YOUR NAME” I backed your project at the $55 level and would like Stick 1=#3 & #4 Stick 2=#5 & #6 Stick 3=Ph & Flat Stick 4=T25 & #2.5Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Early Adopter- 1 cool sticker. And you will receive 1 set (2 sticks/4 bits total) of prototype Fix It Sticks containing 4 bits of your choosing. The shafts on these very limited production run will be TITANIUM (I am not sure if they will be lighter yet).Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Visionary – A sticker and you will receive 2 sets (4 sticks/8 bits total) with bits OF YOUR CHOICE, also Visionary backers will get custom KICKSTARTER green anodized sticks. Finally you will be considered a Fix It Stick product advisor. As such I will seek your opinion on new products/bits in the future. I have 3 other cycling related products I am working on, please consider being a Visionary supporter to help build this idea into a tool in every cyclists arsenal. Visionary backers will be sent a shared dropbox folder link to see firsthand engineering drawings, drafts, photos, ideas and basically everything that goes into running this project and the other ones coming. If you ever wanted to see how a product gets created and marketed this is your funding level.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Whale – 1 cool sticker. Access to the product advisory panel dropbox drive. And you will receive 2 sets (4 sticks/8 bits total) engraved with your name, some Facebook love and my undying appreciation for your support of my little product. YOUR CHOICE on bits (8) and the sticks will also be in Kickstarter green. Also you will be part of our launch party coming in the Spring of 2013. Depending on demand, this party will be LIGHTS OUT. You will be a VIP at this event and receive commensurate service. Travel to Wisconsin is not included. Also, when you come to Wisconsin we will go for a ride with a sprint finish!Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)