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A modern take on the classic "Penny Farthing" bicycle design, this bike has a 36" front/24" rear tire, and an optional 2-speed hub.
A modern take on the classic "Penny Farthing" bicycle design, this bike has a 36" front/24" rear tire, and an optional 2-speed hub.
A modern take on the classic "Penny Farthing" bicycle design, this bike has a 36" front/24" rear tire, and an optional 2-speed hub.
21 backers pledged $15,085 to help bring this project to life.

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Introduction 

Introducing the bicymple nuvo. A modern interpretation of a classic design. 

Feel free to reach back to a bygone era when the ride was more about the journey than the destination.

The bicymple nuvo is an ideal blend of new and old, modern and retro, complexity and simplicity. It's the classic penny farthing concept but with updated geometry, components, and an optional two-speed hub that provides speed without requiring the ginormous front wheel that made the classic penny farthing so intimidating! The nuvo rides like a traditional bicycle with a comfortable upright seating position that's both relaxing and familiar.

bicymple nuvo. A ride that's fun, comfortable, and familiar, yet so different!
bicymple nuvo. A ride that's fun, comfortable, and familiar, yet so different!

Penny farthings were a critical piece of bicycle history, but were limited because the gear ratio was a direct function of wheel size. In order to ride faster, you needed a larger wheel. As a result, the wheels kept getting larger and larger. Giant wheels turned out to be both unsafe and impractical, but the design and concept of the penny farthing remained brilliantly simple--and as it happens to be, incredibly fun! With modern innovations, the penny farthing can again be an elegant and playful solution to pedal power.

Who is it for?

At bicymple, we love bikes. All of them. Road, mountain, cruiser, vintage, bmx, fixie, singlespeed, you name it, we'll ride it. We'd like to think the nuvo slots into its own niche, somewhere between cruiser and fixie, vintage and urban. It'll turn heads while you joyously ride from point A to point B with a ton of fun and a huge smile. We believe the nuvo is for aficionados and casual riders like ourselves who appreciate each and every bike for its own unique characteristics.

at bicymple, we love bikes... All of them.
at bicymple, we love bikes... All of them.

That 2-Speed Hub, Though!

The optional, innovative, direct drive, two-speed, freewheeling hub is unique to the bicymple and when integrated with the nuvo's 36" front wheel, provides a comfortable cruising speed fast enough to keep up with traditional bikes.

Shifting the 2-speed nuvo. hub.
Shifting the 2-speed nuvo. hub.

Why Kickstarter?    

Recognize us? If so, it might be because we started with the original bicymple a few years back. What an adventure it was. We launched as two guys “wet behind the ears” with a dream to see if there was enough interest in our humble bicycle to break free of the 9-5 rat race. We quickly learned how much we didn’t know when we launched that first Kickstarter campaign. In spite of (or perhaps as a result of) our battle scars, we are so proud to have delivered the bikes we dreamed (and promised) that we would. 

Onward and upward with the bicymple nuvo.
Onward and upward with the bicymple nuvo.

During that whole process, we talked quite a bit about how we would do it differently if we could do it over again...and so here we are doing it all over again--differently! We're looking to Kickstarter to help us share the bicymple nuvo with the world. We’d like to see if there is enough real interest for us to go into full production with a multi-bike product line and to share the nuvo and its bicymple siblings with the world.

If you invest in the bicymple through Kickstarter, you are helping to develop a brand that will be synonymous with style, uniqueness, creativity, and fun. 

Press 

 The first bicymple design is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and has been featured on various news and design programs and websites, including the Discovery Channel, Mashable, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, New Atlas, NOTCOT, and many others!

Rewards  

We've developed a collection of rewards to offer in exchange for your investment, from original artwork to the nuvo itself.

What We're About   

We've remained true to our original philosophy and core values throughout our entire process. We've never sacrificed quality or relationships, never compromised by prioritizing getting something out the door over getting it done right. We've worked hard to remain unique, fun and creative. We've challenged ourselves to maintain a healthy balance in life that integrates work with play. We've forged new and positive relationships both professionally and personally. Through it all we've never lost sight of the fact that above all, we want this to be fun.

The upright riding position is both comfortable and familiar. Within a few minutes of your first ride, you'll feel right at home.
The upright riding position is both comfortable and familiar. Within a few minutes of your first ride, you'll feel right at home.

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Thank You! 

bicymple nuvo. Born in Bellingham, Washington, USA
bicymple nuvo. Born in Bellingham, Washington, USA
A huge thanks from Gabe and Josh for your support!
A huge thanks from Gabe and Josh for your support!

Risks and challenges

We launched the original bicymple Kickstarter campaign a few years back. We were blissfully naive. We had a working prototype, a handful of connections, and a positive attitude. We were successfully funded and did eventually deliver as promised to each and every backer. By the time we accomplished that though, we were a little over budget and a bit behind schedule. While we gained a battle scar or two through the process, we obtained volumes of crucial experience.

This time around, we've done things differently. With the nuvo, we don't just have a working prototype. We have parts sourcing, manufacturing, and logistics all sorted out. This means the risks to backers are minimal.

We are a completely independent small company, operating out of our home offices and basements. Kickstarter pledges will be used to make bikes, not for lavish expenses or salaries. We're passionate about bikes and delivering on promises above all else.

Knowing how far along we are already gives us total confidence that we'll deliver on time and with the highest quality. We're excited and ready to do this!

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    bicymple hat

    A top quality mesh/canvas hat embroidered with the bicymple logo and available in 4 colors. What could be better than that!? How about free shipping to the US? Ok, free shipping to the US!

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    Original bicymple nuvo artwork

    An original and incredible piece of art created just for you by the amazing Andrea Joseph (@aheavysoul). Each piece is unique and created just for this campaign!

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    bicymple nuvo singlespeed - EARLY BIRD

    The most simple nuvo. Single speed and dual hydraulic disc brakes. Fits riders from 5'4" to 6'2".

    Free shipping to the 48 contiguous US States. Select your country to see the shipping cost. If the shipping cost shows $0 and you're outside the contiguous 48 states, there will be an additional shipping cost. Shipping costs to not cover possible customs fees, import dues, etc. See the FAQ for more information.

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    bicymple nuvo singlespeed

    The most simple nuvo. Single speed and dual hydraulic disc brakes. Fits riders from 5'4" to 6'2".

    Free shipping to the 48 contiguous US States. Select your country to see the shipping cost. If the shipping cost shows $0 and you're outside the contiguous 48 states, there will be an additional shipping cost. Shipping costs to not cover possible customs fees, import dues, etc. See the FAQ for more information.

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    bicymple nuvo 2-speed - EARLY BIRD

    The primo nuvo. 2-speed, rear hydraulic disc brake and front rim brake. Fits riders from 5'4" to 6'2".

    Free shipping to the 48 contiguous US States. Select your country to see the shipping cost. If the shipping cost shows $0 and you're outside the contiguous 48 states, there will be an additional shipping cost. Shipping costs to not cover possible customs fees, import dues, etc. See the FAQ for more information.

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    Pledge $1,499 or more About $1,499

    bicymple nuvo 2-speed - EARLY BIRD (x2)

    (We added a few more early bird rewards for the 2-speed nuvo--get them while they're hot!) The primo nuvo. 2-speed, rear hydraulic disc brake and front rim brake. Fits riders from 5'3" to 6'4".

    Free shipping to the 48 contiguous US States. Select your country to see the shipping cost. If the shipping cost shows $0 and you're outside the contiguous 48 states, there will be an additional shipping cost. Shipping costs to not cover possible customs fees, import dues, etc. See the FAQ for more information.

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    Pledge $1,599 or more About $1,599

    bicymple nuvo 2-speed

    The primo nuvo. 2-speed, rear hydraulic disc brake and front rim brake. Fits riders from 5'4" to 6'2".

    Free shipping to the 48 contiguous US States. Select your country to see the shipping cost. If the shipping cost shows $0 and you're outside the contiguous 48 states, there will be an additional shipping cost. Shipping costs to not cover possible customs fees, import dues, etc. See the FAQ for more information.

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