About this project
It takes 10 seconds to steal a bike seat, as our friend Max learned. If you haven't watched the video you'll want to see how we caught the thief.
- Anti-Theft Tool
- Anti-Theft Seat Post Clamp
- Anti-Theft Saddle Bolt
The Payback bike seat security system locks down your seat post and saddle with Fortified security bolts. If either are ever stolen, we'll replace them with a brand new one. That's a Fortified promise.
Payback is designed to work perfectly with the Aviator and Afterburner: Bike Lights that Last Forever.
Lock these lights on your bike and never worry about taking them off again! With the Forever Promise guarantee, you're covered against theft, breakage, and water damage.
Payback Saddle Installation
Payback Clamp Installation
Payback bike seat security has many variations of proprietary bolt designs, making it virtually impossible for someone to steal your seat.
Since 2012 we've specialized in the design and manufacture of bicycle security bolts. Our designs work so well, that Fortified products are stolen less than 1% of the time.
Add any of our products to your pledge! All of our lights come with a Forever Promise guarantee, which covers theft, water damage, and breakage.
If your bike doesn't use a clamp, then it probably uses a binder bolt. We'll get this info from you in the survey.
For this project we are working with the same supplier who supplies the security bolts for our lighting products. We’ve got a great relationship with them and they are excited to grow their business with us. Now it's time to invest in tooling and large scale manufacturing.
Co-founders Tivan (left) and Slava (right): As serial entrepreneurs who love biking in the city, we started Fortified because our gear was failing us: no matter what we did, our stuff would get stolen, broken, and water damaged - and nobody seemed to care. To this day, big bike companies haven't adapted their products to withstand the realities of harsh urban environments. That's where we come in. Slava is the product and strategy guy from MIT, and Tivan is the sales and product guy from UPenn. Over the past 2 years we've assembled a team of A-players who constantly ask themselves the question: “What would our customers do?” We've delivered 2 successful kickstarter projects to date and look forward to our third!
Bruno Coelho, Operations: Bruno refined his ops chops manufacturing aerospace for T1 suppliers. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt, soccer show off, and travel hacker. As our first full-time employee, Bruno has taken Fortified from CAD drawings to large-scale manufacturing with extremely high quality standards. After 3 trips to visit our manufacturers over the last 9 months, he operates in a permanent state of jetlag.
Jonathan Fussman, Engineering: Before Fortified, Jonathan was an engineering project manager for the next generation of Sodastream products. As a result, he relentlessly tries to infuse our products with bubbles. But we still love him. Jonathan makes our products turn, click, and light up just right.
Lexie Barza, Sales and Marketing: Lexie (pictured at his Bar Mitzvah) picked up team Fortified at a bar, and since then, he’s been picking up anyone and everyone who believes in our mission. A force of nature, Lexie leads our North American sales team. If the team isn’t laughing, it’s because he is out of the office.
Risks and challenges
Production Delay Risks - We've set up a conservative production schedule to make sure we deliver on time. Still, as we've learned, it is impossible to predict every little thing that could delay a large manufacturing project. We are committed to transparency with our backers, so if and when things do happen, you are the first to know. Still, as Payback is less complex to manufacture than our bike lights, we are excited to exceed your expectations.
Quality Control Risks - Quality issues are always sure to arise during mass production. We have seen everything from short circuits, to bad springs, to water-damaged units. But over the years we have learned how to anticipate common problems and quickly resolve any issues that may arise. With our Forever Promise guarantee, our backers can rest assured that anything that goes wrong with their product is swiftly resolved.
Theft Risks - We've specialized in producing theft-resistant gear for cyclists for 3 years now, and we've seen all types of clever, persistent thievery. Our Defender headlight has a less than 1% theft rate, which is why we are confident enough to back it with an anti-theft guarantee. For the Payback we are anticipating an even lower rate of theft, so we are backing it with the Payback Policy Guarantee. There may be a few seats stolen here and there, but on our mission to make city cycling safer, we've got you covered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If your bike uses a seat clamp, we cover all 4 major sizes available in bike shops!
If you have an older bike that uses a binder bolt, we have a universal binder bolt as well.
As for saddle bolts, we will cover all 3 major M8, M4, and M5 designs.
Upon completion of the campaign we’ll ask you to give your bike sizing details.
After you receive your product, you’ll register your product on our website. This MUST be done within 30 days of product receipt. Once you've done that, you’re taken care of - our guarantee covers theft of the seat post and the saddle, provided that you have pledged the full Payback Policy solution. Replacement saddles and seat posts will be your exact model or comparable.
The standard colors for the Payback seat post clamp are black and chrome.
For additional colors we’ll be polling Kickstarter backers during the campaign.
It takes 60 seconds! You’ll get quick video tutorial before your product arrives.
The police held the seat evidence and gave the thief 7 days to prove the seat he was selling was his, at which point he couldn’t. They then returned the seat to Max, and booked him. Upon booking him they found out that he was involved in a bunch of other related bike crimes! Score!
There will be several variations of keys, and they are randomized by city. This significantly reduces the likelihood of another customer (who happens to be malicious) with the exact same tool walking by your bike while they have that tool on them. That's why we can guarantee it. With our lights (which by and large have the same bolts) our theft rate never surpasses 1%.
Its simple! To add anything additional (at a discount) all you've gotta do is take a look at the "Add-a-bit" chart above and add the amount listed. For example, if you selected the payback policy ($25) reward and wanted one extra payback policy and one extra Afterburner, you would add $25 to +$20 and +$40 for a total pledge of just $85
Yes! If your saddle attachment uses two smaller bolts, we've got you covered. You'll be able to select the 2 bolt option when we send out the survey.
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