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By Joseph Prosnitz
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About

About this project  

Up-Ride is our answer to cost-effective low-impact fitness for just about anyone who owns a bicycle. Our patent-pending bicycle accessory stand converts most existing bicycles into both a running and biking stationary exercise machine. We’ve designed a motion conversion mechanism that mounts to your bicycle pedals, changing the circular peddling of your bike into elliptical footpaths to simulate running. With Up-Ride, you mimic running without the jarring impact that occurs when your feet hit the ground. Our Up-Ride accessory also enables you to use your bicycle as a seated stationary bicycle trainer for spinning. 

Whether you’re affected by physical limitations, looking to increase your fitness activity safely and economically, don’t belong to a local gym, or simply tired of staring at that bicycle gathering dust in the garage, Up-Ride is an ideal solution. 

Your Kickstarter contributions will be used in a test production run, and your feedback will help us shape the future of our product. All contributions from a dollar to an actual Up-Ride purchase are greatly appreciated. 

We are very excited about Up-Ride and the impact it can have on health and fitness. We hope you will give us your support and be an integral part of our exciting community.  

Background  

Up-Ride is the brainchild of Chicago’s Joseph Prosnitz. For many years, Joseph, an avid runner and cyclist, was having difficulty training for triathlon and marathon. Compounded by his juvenile arthritis, his training caused painful strain on his knees and back. Undeterred and making it his mission to learn as much as he could about bicycles, he started volunteering at The Recyclery, a Chicago non-profit providing bicycle education and repairs in the low income Rogers Park community. Joseph put his bicycle passion and fascination with all things mechanical to work to create an innovative, affordable solution to his exercise challenges. Today, Up-Ride gives him an in-home, easy-to-store elliptical and spinning solution. Joseph is geared up to bring his Up-Ride accessory to people from all walks of life.  

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Stationary Ellipticalling in Home

 

 

 

 Installation and Adjustment  

Converting your bicycle to Up-Ride is a walk in the park. Once installed, Up-Ride can be attached or detached from your bicycle in approximately 2 minutes. The initial unboxing and installation takes approximately 30 minutes.The Up-Ride stand attaches at five points including both pedals, both sides of the rear wheel (axle), and at the front wheel. The handle bar mount attaches to the handlebars with the Up-Ride adjustable handlebar extensions removable for normal bicycle use.

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Pedal Clamp

 

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Stride and Body Position Adjustment

 

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Roller Adjustment

Manufacturing  

Our approach to manufacturing is based on quality and economies of scale. We have a fully quoted bill of materials (BOM) from multiple suppliers around the Midwest to keep control over quality. Our prototypes have been iterated numerous times, and we understand the processes for both small and large runs of Up-Ride. Chicago Chapter 5 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers also advises Up-Ride.

Awards and Honors  

Up-Ride was one of five semi finalists for the 2017 Midwest regionals of Miller Lite Tap The Future Competition 

Up-Ride placed first (undergraduate and audience choice) in DePaul University's Business Competition  

Up-Ride was a Finalist in Red Eye Chicago's Big Ideas Competition

Joseph Prosnitz was recognized as one of the 30 under 30 by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Intellectual Property

Up-Ride's bicycle-to-exercise equipment approach is patent pending both here in the US and internationally (PCT).

Risks and challenges

Up-Ride, like other consumer goods, faces manufacturing, product liability and financial risks. We have devoted three years with the help of experts to develop a solid manufacturing plan and mitigate these risks. Our plan accounts for varying costs at different levels of production with financial and time margins built in for unknowns. We will do our best to ensure Up-Ride is an affordable, low-impact fitness solution for the masses.

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    Thank you for believing in the project! We greatly appreciate you supporting Up-Ride bringing the future of low impact fitness to the world. We will send you a thank you and give you some Up-Ride swag!

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    Your support is amazing! Up-Ride is closer to bringing low impact fitness to the world through your backing. Enjoy a sweet shirt with gratitude from us!

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    Be the first to participate in the beta roll out of Up-Ride! We will engage with you about your Up-Ride experience and share our journey in upgrading lives!

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