About this project
The Cyclist Card is a minimalist, lightweight, super tough multi-tool system, designed to accommodate your everyday cycling needs without weighing you down.
As someone who likes to go for a bike ride, I know that carrying less is essential to a quality ride. Being lightweight is every serious cyclist's goal-to be able to go further on your ride without being weighed down by gear.
The Cyclist Card is a two part multi-tool made to fulfill the need to fix or adjust your bike at a moments notice. It's compact, and can handle almost any adjustment—from setting your seat, to straightening a bent disc brake.
The Cyclist Card is designed with our favorite high end blade steel: CPM S35VN. We had a wonderful response to the toughness, edge retention, and reliability this material brought to our flagship multi-tool, the EDC Card. We’ve loved what you, the backers, had to say about it, so we decided to use it again for this design.
CPM S35VN Blade Steel
S35VN is a hard-wearing, high-end stainless blade steel designed to be as strong as possible without sacrificing edge retention, corrosion resistance, or machine-ability. The usage of this steel requires state of the art processes. It must be heat treated in a vacuum for uniformity, then cryogenically tempered multiple times for maximum durability and strength. Up to 58-60 HRC (Rockwell Hardness).
Why Don’t We Use Titanium?
We decided to stay away from titanium for usage in a hand tool. Titanium is a strong material, but it's much softer than S35VN. We’ve used S35VN because it brings a great balance of heft, strength, and longevity that titanium just doesn't have at this volume of material.
After two years of heavy use with our flagship card tool, we still haven't been able to make a dent in the steel. S35VN has proven its value!
The credit card shape and size of the Cyclist Card makes it easy to carry with you on your ride in your wallet, saddle bag, pocket or keys.
The Cyclist Card has 43+ functions designed to cover your bases of preparedness for your ride on the road or trail.
- Tire pry
- 15mm, 13mm, 10mm, standard hex wrenches
- Two advanced hex wrench bodies capable for all size hexes: 3mm to 17mm ( or 1/8"- 43/64”). Twenty-nine wrenches total. Useful for vintage bikes and elsewhere.
- Three spoke wrenches: 3.23mm, 3.3mm, 3.45mm
- Truing fork to straighten bent disc brakes
- Millimeter measure
- #2 Philips and 3/16" X 1/32" flat head drivers
- 1/4" hex wrench. Doubles as modular bit system. Holds 1/4" bits.
- Ports for auxiliary tool
- The all-important bottle opener
The Cyclist Card is designed to be as functional as it’s compact form will allow. It can handle most fixes, but is not meant to replace an Allen or Torx multi-tool set. That's why we designed a separate auxiliary tool to be used in tandem for multiple extra functions.
The Auxiliary Tool
The Auxiliary Tool is an additional accessory that gives you the ability to extend the leverage capabilities of the Cyclist Card. It also allows you to replace your Allen key multi-tool set by utilizing a retainer space to carry two 1/4" bits to replace Allen or Torx keys where needed.
The Auxiliary Tool is made with 17-4PH steel. A high-grade, corrosion-resistant, stainless steel used in helicopter parts and knife-making.
Unique Features - Cyclist Card System
- First of it's kind made with S35VN blade steel
- Upgraded tooth hex wrenches for superior range of use. This type of hex wrench grips a wider range of hexes than traditional types.
- Modular: Utilizes 1/4" hex bit shanks + Auxiliary Tool for extra leverage w/ bit containers.
- TSA Compliant: No sharp edges & under 4” long.
- Can be used handheld or with Auxiliary Tool extension for maximum torque.
I was inspired to create the Cyclist Card following on the heels of what the EDC Card came to be: A complete and reliable asset with its military grade steel and unique composition of tools. Like the EDC Card, the Cyclist Card is the first of its kind to be manufactured with high quality S35VN blade steel and the first purpose-built card tool for cyclists. I set out to create a high quality tool that you can rely on for years to come.
We're almost there. We’ve created prototypes to ensure with thorough testing that the Cyclist Card works. We have excellent manufacturers who make quality products in a timely fashion, and we are dedicated to bringing you a quality product - no exceptions.
We need your help to bring the Cyclist Card to a full production run. Pledges will enable us to purchase material, pay for manufacturing, shipping, and minimal packaging.
If we’re able to acquire sufficient funding, we’ll begin the manufacturing process as soon as this project comes to a close. Our priority is to get these packed and shipped out to you, our pledgers, by Spring 2016.
Conservation Through Quality Design
I believe in making products that last a lifetime. It’s been my goal since the beginning of Cha-O-Ha Design Co.
In order to protect our environment, I believe it’s important to create products with the intent of longevity and producing less waste throughout the production process - from sourcing and crafting to finish. In every step we are mindful to create as little waste as possible within our limitations, and we are looking to the horizon to create even less waste in the future.
About Cha-O-Ha Design Co.
"Cha-O-Ha" is derived from the Lakota Native American language. It means, to be among the trees, or at one with nature. We specialize in handmade & precision crafted, utilitarian goods. At CHA / O / HA Design Co., we exhibit particularity in design and detail and use the best quality, hardest-working unique materials. Our goods are intended for everyday use and functionality.
Visit us on our website at cha-o-ha.com to see the full product line.
- Tofty - Designer/Collaborator
- Paul Lioi - Owner at Tri-Flex of Ohio
- David Troyer - Machinist
- Seth Cardwell - Courier
- Rebekah Frumkin - Edits
- Britt Spano - Edits
- Connor Elder - Graphics/Brand/Photography
- Chris Ramos - Graphics/Brand/Project Advice
- Jay Yoo - Project Advice
- Jim Haviland - Video Edits/Project Advice
- Music (used with permission): Mad Men - Herzog
Product Development - Changes - Full Warranty
Over the course of 2 years of making the Cyclist Card, we have come across some needed improvements by using and testing a physical version. We could not implement these improvements in a timely fashion to bring to the Kickstarter platform.
We have developed the Cyclist Card up to a 2.2 Version, as seen here in the project. In full disclosure to our pledgers — Products shipped will be a slightly updated version 3.0 series with these minor improvements:
We promise these minor changes will not affect the overall outcome of the product: The changes are strictly performance based, and will strengthen the structural integrity of the Cyclist Card - to provide a better quality product that will last longer. You will get the product you are expecting!
On top of that, as with all our manufactured goods, we include a full lifetime guarantee from manufacturer defects or breakage. If your Cyclist Card were to break, simply send us your product back and we will replace it.
Thank you for your understanding.
Cha-O-Ha Team - Tyler Lacor & Peter Chapman
Custom Pledge Instructions - How To
So you would like to add another product to your already selected pledge? (We recommend that you place your additional pledge $ before you decide on a pledge tier, because you will have to cancel your current pledge before you can make a custom one!)
Here's how you do it.
- Make your initial pledge on whatever tier you choose (or is available). At the same time...
- ...Add the required amount ($) to add another product to your pledge. That means you will need to refer to this price list below.
(*Message us with your pledge reward requests: i.e. "Hello I pledged $35 for an early bird Cyclist Card, and I added $60 for 2 CC's!" [Totaling $95])
Pledge Add On Price List
1. Cyclist Card Standard = $60
2. Cyclist Card Special Edition = $80
3. Morale Patch = $10
You cannot add another product at early bird pledge prices! But you can add to your already pledged early bird selection.
Example: You pledge $35 for an Early Bird Cyclist Card. You want to add another Cyclist Card: Simply pledge + $60 to your original pledge = $95, and PLEASE* message us with your pledge intentions, otherwise we will NOT know what you pledged for!
Please message us with any questions!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing - Timeliness
We have a highly skilled and dedicated manufacturer with 40+ years of experience that knows what we want to create. They are as enthusiastic about our products as we are.
We have already created multiple, speedy batches of our flagship EDC Cards with our new manufacturer. The attention to detail, timeliness, and quality brought to their craft is unsurpassed. We are very grateful to be working with such dedicated professionals.
Because of such experience with our current manufacturers, we are confident for a timely production and delivery of the Cyclist Card.
There are always risks in producing a new product.
Cha-O-Ha Design Co., as well as this project, is my full-time endeavor. I’m greatly motivated to ensure this project's completion for our supporters as well as myself.
We are dedicated to making quality implements. We worked tirelessly to bring everyone who helped our last project their pledge rewards and we’re happy to say we succeeded.
We have already created successive batches of the EDC Card with no problems, and we are very confident in our current manufacturing situation. We have the dedication and professionalism required from our manufacturers to bring you a timely and quality product, should we be funded.
I give you a full transparency promise. If any issues do arise, updates will be provided for all backers and questions will be answered with due course. Feel free to email me: Tyler@cha-o-ha.com
Thank you so much for your support!
Cha-O-Ha Design Company
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