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About

What is the aim of this project?

To design and build a prototype Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for a bicycle that can provide pedalling assistance to riders, which requires no pre-charging and is not range limited, through the capture of excess energy during low-impact cycling periods and braking events.

What is our mission?

To help environmentally aware citizens minimise their car use, so that they can reduce their travel costs while improving health and fitness, without having to endure exhausting bicycle rides.

We invite you to help us succeed in this mission to make the world a healthier, greener place to live!

Why this project?

Bicycles are one of the most efficient transport devices known regarding energy usage. However, other than in flat or low incline environments, many people do not use them because of the energy needed to overcome steeper hills or strong headwinds. To overcome this, a range of electric bikes have been developed. Many of these offer ‘pedal-assist’ technology whereby a previously charged battery helps the rider overcome steep inclines or headwinds. The effective range of electric bicycles is generally of the order of no more than thirty miles, before the battery requires further recharging, precluding their use by a significant number of cyclists who travel longer distances. Indeed, the most affordable bicycles have a range significantly less than this. Such recharging can take several hours, and can only easily take place at certain locations, such as the cyclist’s home.

Troublesome terrain can put people off using a bicycle!
Troublesome terrain can put people off using a bicycle!

A few, more expensive bicycles, offer limited regenerative braking whereby some of the kinetic energy of the bicycle and rider is captured during braking and used to recharge the battery. However, this generally only adds a few miles at best to the overall range, and does not remove the need for battery recharging. Furthermore, despite the advances made in rechargeable battery technology, it still remains the case that suitable batteries are heavy, expensive, can only sustain a limited number of charge/discharge cycles, and have a limited lifetime before requiring replacement, with associated environmental costs. 

There is therefore a requirement for a system that can provide assistance to riders, which requires no pre-charging and is not range limited, through the capture of excess energy during low-impact cycling periods and braking events. This mirrors the technology employed in hybrid cars, and which has even been introduced into Formula 1 motor racing, to produce highly efficient drive systems. Recent advances in super-capacitor technology now provide the possibility that such a system could be successfully developed for bicycles.  To achieve this, TorqX Industries was formed.

What are the social and environmental benefits?

According to data compiled by the Cycling Touring Club (CTC Cycling Statistics 2013), 70% of women and 60% of men fail to reach the recommended minimum level of physical activity. By 2050, if current trends are maintained, 60% of men and 50% of women could be obese with less than 10% having a healthy body weight. As well as self-evident environmental benefits, such as the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and general pollution, cycling can play a definite part in the improvement in the health of the general population. For example, non-cyclists have been found to have a mortality 39% higher than those who cycle to work. Furthermore, non-cyclists take up to 18% more time off sick than regular commuting cyclist (CTC).

The reduction in use of the car, particularly in urban environments, is a political priority, on both health and environmental grounds. For example, the target within London is to increase cycling levels by 400% such that by 2025 cycling will equate to a 5% mode share of all journey trips, resulting in a significant improvement to the quality of life for residents and commuters alike. Furthermore, congestion costs the UK economy over £20bn a year; cycling can play a role in limiting congestion and lowering costs.

While e-bikes produce zero emissions during use, and can improve the environment, they are not a truly zero emission form of transport, as they still require charging, resulting in increased energy consumption from sources that, in the UK at least, are not necessarily ‘green’. Nevertheless, they are still vastly preferable to the highly inefficient form of energy usage presented by even the most advanced motor vehicle, and are useful in promoting the use of the bicycle as a preferred means of transport.

While the above aims are laudable, the fact is that, in the UK at least, cycling rates are low. There is a need for an innovative approach to encourage the uptake of zero emission transport. The proposed system, as well as being a truly zero-emission form of transport, presents several advantages over current e-bike systems, as described in the preceding sections. These key advantages should help promote the use of cycling as an alternative to the motor car, in a way that conventional e-bikes or standard non-electric bicycles cannot, resulting in significant contribution to the health and environmental benefits presented above, as well as financial benefits to the user through fuel savings.

Furthermore, the benefit of not using batteries, as in standard e-bikes, is that recycling costs (recycled lithium is 5 times the cost of the raw product, making it generally uneconomic to recycle), and disposal costs are eliminated, as well as the hazardous waste that accrues from battery disposal.

What's the problem with current e-bikes?

With the increase in awareness of environmental issues such as carbon emissions and the significant increase in fuel costs, more people are choosing bicycles as an alternative transport method. Bicycles are one of the most efficient transport devices in terms of energy usage. However other than in flat areas or periods of calm weather, a significant number of people avoid using them due to the extra energy needed to overcome steeper inclines and strong headwinds.  

To overcome this, a range of electric bikes (e-bikes) have been developed. Many of these systems offer “Pedal-assist” technology whereby a previously charged battery is used at the rider’s discretion to help them overcome inclines or headwinds. While people may consider the use of an e-bike, despite the advantages, they are not convinced by several factors:  

  • E-bikes are expensive  
  • Battery charging is frequently needed and the charging period is significantly long  
  • The batteries have a limited lifetime of three years or so, which is significantly less than the expected lifetime of the bicycle, requiring expensive, regular replacement  
  • The combined weight of the system and bicycle is very high, due in part to the weight of the batteries, leading to an inefficient system. The lightest e-bike is 18kg compared to 7- 12kg for a modern road or sportive bicycle  
  • The styling is often staid and traditional, unlike modern road bicycles which are at the forefront of innovative design  

While the limited range provided by the more affordable e-bikes, which may be as low as 20 km, may be sufficient for the majority of bicycle users, even if they were convinced to purchase such a bike, there exists a significant number of cyclists who regularly cycle in excess of this distance. Indeed, in England and Wales alone, there are approximately 20,000 cyclists who cycle total distances in excess of 40km each day, as part of their daily commute (National Census 2011).

Attempts have been made to overcome the problem of charging by using “regenerative braking” systems. However, this method only adds a few miles to the journey distance and does not remove the need for battery charging. The proposed design for a fully regenerative bicycle kinetic energy recovery system (BiKERS) addresses these limitations, as it will not be limited by range, will not require pre-charging, and is intended to be integrated into the styling presented by mid to high-end road bikes. This is similar in principle to the technology employed in hybrid road vehicles, and in current Formula 1 racing cars. Energy is not freely obtained, but harvested when most efficient to do so, during periods of low-impact cycling, or when it would otherwise be wasted. Most energy is expended during inefficient phases of a journey such as travelling up an incline or against a headwind. By minimising the power output of the source of energy (i.e. the cyclist) during these phases, the overall efficiency of the system is increased.

Is there a demand for this?

Within Great Britain, 43% of the population owns or has access to a bicycle. Around 3 million people cycle 3 times a week or more, with the mileage cycled in the UK up 20% over the last 15 years from 4 billion kms in 1998 to 5 billion kms in 2012. (DfT, National Travel Survey 2010). According to the 2011 Census, 762,334 people use a bicycle as the main form of transport for getting to work in England and Wales, up by 111,357 from 2001. Of these, 19,600 people regularly cycle more than a total of 40 km each day as part of their daily commute; a distance beyond the range of current e-bikes.

The value of the sales of cycles has rapidly increased over the last ten years (COLIBI & COLIPED, European Bicycle Market, 2012). Sales in 2011 within the UK were 3,580,000 bicycles with a total value of over £1 billion. Retail sales have grown by more than 15 per cent in the last year (Office for National Statistics).

Sales of e-bikes reached 20,000 units in Britain in 2011 (C&C). Prices of e-bikes start at about £500 and rise to £5,000 or more, with an approximate market of £20 million in the UK alone. There are a range of e-bike manufacturers, both UK based and foreign, some of whom specialise in these types of bikes, and some who are also traditional bicycle manufacturers.

Britain is the seventh biggest seller of e-bikes in Europe, with a 2.8% market share. Germany is first with 310,000 units with a 43.3% share. The total European market amounts to approximately £700 million. The global market is much larger.

A 2009 report by Pike Research forecast that more than 466 million electric bicycles will be sold worldwide during the period from 2010 to 2016. In Western Europe, the biggest market outside the Asia-Pacific market (notably China), sales are forecast to rise from 600,000 units in 2009 to 2 million by 2016. This number represents a 20% compound annual growth rate. Navigant Research forecasts that global sales of e-bicycles will grow from 31 million in 2013 to nearly 38 million in 2020, with Western Europe accounting for 20% of global revenue.

There is a therefore a significant market for increased e-bike sales. The proposed system, by avoiding the many disadvantages of battery-based e-bikes, will be well placed to penetrate several key sectors: long distance commuters, recreational cyclists, touring cyclists and ‘sportive’ riders. The latter sector is particularly exciting with up to 40,000 entrants in some events. Sportive riding involves cycling over a hundred miles in large groups of participants. In the way hybrid technology has been accepted into the highest form of motor racing, it would be fascinating to introduce similar technology into the human powered arena. This could not be considered ‘cheating’ as the energy is still provided solely by the rider, but the strategy in the harvesting and use of the stored energy would become an important factor.

What is our technical approach?

The proposed system must be capable of providing pedal-assist energy on demand during high energy requirement cycling situations (e.g. steep inclines or headwinds). Sufficient energy should be captured and stored during all low power demand situations (downhill, tailwind, braking), to allow for a single assisted 25 metre climb. The power output of the rider will be monitored in order to accomplish this automatic function. The system will be capable of providing sufficient power to assist a climb of a hill with a gradient of 1 in 12 for a rider with a maximum mass of 100 kg.  Basic power calculations for the system can be seen in the video below.  The system must not require pre-charging of any battery system or any storage of energy prior to use.

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Supercapacitors (Skeleton Technologies [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Supercapacitors (Skeleton Technologies [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

For the storage of energy it is proposed to use modern, highly efficient super-capacitors similar to those shown above. These are capable of being charged in a very short period of time, unlike rechargeable batteries, and would store the energy required to fulfil the energy criteria for the system (25,000 joules). Control circuits will be designed to control the charging and discharging of these capacitors, which can only store energy at a relatively low voltage of 2.7V. A high power buck converter would be used to reduce the voltage generated by a dynamo to that required by the capacitors. A high power boost converter would be used to increase the capacitor voltage to one that would power a motor at maximum efficiency, irrespective of the voltage on the capacitors, which reduces as they discharge. The first major milestone will be the demonstration that sufficient energy can be efficiently stored and recovered from these super-capacitors, at the correct voltage, and at the correct power rate. The principles will be first tested using standard, low energy capacitors to prove the concept. 

It will be necessary to identify suitable motors and dynamos necessary for the pedal assist and energy harvesting functions, respectively. A test bench will be constructed to assess the efficiency of the system when using these components in conjunction with the super-capacitor energy storage system. As part of this work package, an energy analysis will be performed to confirm that the power output of a cyclist is sufficient to maintain a charged system. It should be noted that although the peak power output of a rider is approximately 100W, energy is only harvested when the required power output of the rider is significantly lower than this (e.g. downhill or braking). This will be the second major milestone.

Once this has been accomplished, it will be necessary to produce a manually controlled, bicycle mounted, version of the system, incorporating rider power transfer monitoring systems, in order to assess the performance of the system in a real environment. This will be the third and final major milestone of the project. Each milestone is envisaged to require two months for completion.

As far as is known, there are no rival technologies currently proposed to provide for a similar, fully regenerative, system. Battery based systems, as used on current e-bikes, are incapable of the high speed, high efficiency, recharging needed for the proposed system. Furthermore, their power density (200W/kg) is significantly lower than that for the super-capacitors (5kW/kg), resulting in a minimum battery mass of 2.5kg for the maximum required power output of 500W. The energy density of super-capacitors (25kJ/kg), while significantly lower than lithium ion batteries, is sufficient for the proposed system.

What have you achieved so far?

Initial studies into the feasibility of the system were undertaken by a team of Year 13 (Grade 12) students participating within the Engineering Education Scheme (England), run by the Engineering Development Trust, under the supervision and guidance of the project proposer.  Within the limited time available to them, the students investigated the engineering requirements of the motorised pedal-assist system as well as the electronic and electrical design of the KERS power supply.  Here is their initial mind-map for the project.

Mind-map for the BiKERS project
Mind-map for the BiKERS project

They also produced a short, light-hearted, video of their work which, for fun, can be seen here.  (This video concentrates on the motor and gearing design and, as such, uses batteries as the power supply). Images of their external gearing design are shown below.  Note that in the final prototype design, we will be considering use of existing hub motors rather than an an external geared motor. 

Close up of motor gearing (primary gear train)
Close up of motor gearing (primary gear train)
Close up of motor gearing (secondary gear train)
Close up of motor gearing (secondary gear train)

For our prototype development, super-capacitors with a capacitance of 4000 F at a voltage of 2.5 V would be suitable. The energy stored in a capacitor is 0.5 x C x V^2 where C is the capacitance in farads and V is the voltage. This capacitor would therefore provide  0.5 x 4000 x 2.5^2 = 12,500 J of energy. Two capacitors would contain 25,000 J of energy which is exactly the correct amount of energy required to fulfil the criteria for the system (100 kg bike & rider ascending a 25 metre hill).   

The super-capacitors are 6.35 cm in diameter and 15 cm in length.They could be housed perfectly along the inside of the frame of the bike along the top or down bars. Super-capacitors are able to take on a lot of charge in a very short amount of time which is essential for our task. Because of this, they can also discharge quickly too, losing their charge in a very short amount of time, requiring circuitry to regulate and control this discharge.

This circuit will need to include a control and voltage boosting circuit to increase the low voltage of the super-capacitors to one that would power the motor at maximum torque (e.g. 24V). Therefore, a basic boost converter circuit was constructed that cyclically stores energy in the magnetic field of an inductor, and then releases it in a controlled manner to ensure that the output voltage remains high and constant.  This circuit was tested with a constant supply voltage and worked correctly. 

Simulated boost converter circuit design
Simulated boost converter circuit design

A full capacitor discharge control circuit, shown above, was tested using electronic circuit simulation software and worked correctly. An example of the boosted voltage output provided by this circuit is shown in the simulation below. It shows clearly that while the capacitor supply voltage decreases steadily from 2.5V to 1.0V over the discharge time, equivalent to the 84% of the stored energy, the output of the boost converter circuit maintains a level of approximately 9.2V during the same period. This is precisely what is required by the proposed design. (Note that the discharge time shown in the simulation is relatively short; this is due to the limitations of the simulation software which necessitated the use of lower value capacitors than would be used in the final design).

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What will we do once the prototype is successfully developed?
 

The proposed system will be able to store sufficient energy to enable the rider to climb hills with a height of at least 25 metres and will be capable of providing sufficient power output to assist a climb of a hill with a gradient of at least 1 in 12. Super-capacitors, capable of being charged in a very short period of time, unlike rechargeable batteries, would store the energy required to fulfil the above criteria. High power control circuits will be designed to control the charging and discharging of these capacitors. Automatic systems will detect the rider power output and bicycle speed, in order to control the energy flow, from the generator and to the motor, through these circuits. The efficient combination of these systems will require innovative design and development.

Following the successful development of a prototype system, it is likely that partnership with a globally respected high end, innovative bicycle manufacturer would be sought for the development of a production model. Expertise in bicycle development and manufacture from the partner company would be coupled with the propriety knowledge gained from the development of the prototype system. This development would be estimated to take a further year. While initial systems may use manual control of energy harvesting and release, later models will offer the use of automated systems for maximum efficiency, as well as integrated trip planning which would assess the topography of the route to plan for maximum energy use efficiency.

As a pre-start up business, the success of this Kickstarter prototype project will be vital to its future growth and prospects. The business is being set up to undertake this project, and success will enable further development of the system, in order to take it to a commercially viable product, create brand identity, as well as provide the opportunity to bring the business to the forefront of a new and exciting technology and, potentially, a global cycling revolution.

So, who are we?

TorqX Industries was founded by Julian Eyre in order to pursue the BiKERS project.  Julian is a scientist and engineer with a wide range of experience in industry and academia. He is able to explore, discover, visualise and implement new ideas and concepts, through innovative thinking. He is also highly capable of accurately modelling data and systems, and solving technical and theoretical problems.

He has previously been awarded a patent for a Fully Immersive Spherical Projection System (1999). This system was provided a DTI SMART Award in 1997, and a prototype was successfully developed. This was ultimately installed at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick, for research purposes, as part of their virtual working environment research. Prior to this development, he successfully developed an innovative gyroscopically-based head tracking system for disabled users, to enable them to interact with standard computers.

Julian holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics and an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton, where he also worked as a Research Assistant in the Human Factors Research Unit, and as a Research Fellow in the Transportation Research Group. He has also worked as a software engineer for a marine electronics company, and as a freelance software and hardware consultant, before training to be a physics teacher; a role that he held for nine years. During the latter period of that time, he was actively involved in the promotion of engineering in his school, mentoring several student teams in their development of a range of innovative engineering systems, in response to complex engineering problems proposed by partner companies such as QinetiQ. These projects were carried out as part of the Engineering Education Scheme (England), run by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). For his work with the scheme, he was awarded the Annual EDT South West Region Teacher Award in 2012.

Julian has a range of technical and project management skills, including:  

  • Programming in 'C', Forth, Pascal, Basic and Assembly languages.
  • Embedded system design (hardware/software) and test, using a variety of microprocessors and microcontrollers.
  • Sensor interface design, including signal acquisition and analysis. 
  • Finite element analysis using CAD and analysis packages. 
  • PCB design and production.  
  • Proposal and technical report writing.  
  • Project and resources (human and financial) management.  
  • Audience presentation, particularly of scientific reports and papers

And finally, but most importantly, why should you be involved?

We are offering you the chance to contribute to the development of a prototype novel Kinetic Energy Recovery System for bicycles that is a truly zero-emission form of transport.  You will be helping develop a system that not only eliminates the cost of disposal of used lithium batteries and the hazardous waste associated with that disposal, but also encourages and promotes the use of the bicycle as a preferred means of transport, thereby reducing road congestion and pollution.

As a contributor, you will get to witness the behind-the-scenes development of ground-breaking new technology.  We will be providing regular, weekly updates on our progress on the Kickstarter blog, our Facebook page and Twitter feed, plus a sliding scale of rewards for our backers, including public recognition, culminating in participation in the trials of the prototype bicycle.

Risks and challenges

Technical risks:

The capacitor charging and discharging system requires the use of high power components. The use of such components is challenging. The technical risk for this work is assessed as medium, reflecting the uncertain performance of these components under the required operating conditions. It will be minimised by careful electrical design strategies and a thorough understanding of the principles involved.

It is unclear whether the motor itself should be used as the power harvesting unit, or whether a separate dynamo should be used, and whether the motor or dynamo units provide an acceptable low level of rotational resistance when not being used. This risk is assessed as medium. It would be minimised by a thorough analysis of the systems incorporated on a range of current e-bikes.

The development of a rider power output measuring system would be a highly novel aspect of this project and as such would be classified as high risk, as the exact method to be employed has not yet been identified, although possible techniques have been envisaged. To minimise this risk, it is proposed to identify and assess the performance of the sensors required for each technique, in order to determine the optimum method.

Commercial risks:

As with any early-stage innovative development, there is always the risk that competitors can bring a similar product to market earlier, or obtain patent priority for key aspects of the system. However, the lack of apparent development in this area suggests that this risk is low. It could be mitigated further by ensuring that patentable aspects of the project are submitted in a timely fashion to establish priority.

There is always the risk that the trend towards the use of innovative e-bike technology could weaken in the future, either through lower demand or regulatory changes in the licensing of e-bikes. However, all the current market data indicates that this is a low risk.

Managerial risks:

The key risk in this project is that it is to be undertaken solely by the applicant. While having a wide range of significant engineering experience, there is always the risk that certain areas of the project will prove problematic, requiring additional assistance, finance and time. This risk is assessed as medium. It can be mitigated by identifying problematic areas as they arise and determining as quickly as possible whether additional assistance is required and the financial and time implications of this, in order to amend the project work plan as necessary to ensure a successful outcome.

Environmental risks:

While manufacturing entails compliance with a broad spectrum of regulations, the research and development proposed poses few environmental risks. The voltages employed by the system are not hazardous; super-capacitors are significantly safer than lithium ion batteries; and no hazardous materials are involved. This risk is assessed as low. It may be controlled by normal, sensible working practices.

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    Vuelta a España King of the Mountains

    Muchas gracias! The Vuelta a España “King of the Mountains” supporter package includes all the rewards of the Giro di Lombardia package, PLUS a personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage of electronic/mechanical blueprints/sketches generated during prototype development.

    Includes:
    • Weekly updates
    • Name immortalised in the online Hall of Fame
    • Embedded name or message plus video (July 2019)
    • Signed and printed personalised thank you certificate
    • Custom designed sports fitness towel
    • Amazing project t-shirt
    • Custom engraved, aluminium 4” LED pocket torch
    • Customised, brilliant multifunction bike light
    • Participation in a monthly live online group review
    • Personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage (est. May 2019)
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    Vuelta a España Red Jersey

    Viva España! Viva el campeón! Now we are really riding with champions! The Vuelta a España “Maillot Rojo” (Leader’s Red Jersey) supporter package includes all the lower tier rewards, but with TWO cool custom designed sports fitness towels and TWO amazing project t-shirts, PLUS attendance at the bike trials where you will be given a complete run-down of the technology employed and the chance for a short test ride of the prototype, where you will also get to see your name or message on the prototype display screen in person.

    Includes:
    • Weekly updates
    • Name immortalised in the online Hall of Fame
    • Embedded name or message plus video (July 2019)
    • Framed, signed and personalised thank you certificate
    • Custom designed sports fitness towel
    • Amazing project t-shirt
    • Custom engraved, aluminium 4” LED pocket torch
    • Customised, brilliant multifunction bike light
    • Participation in a monthly live online group review
    • Personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage (est. May 2019)
    • Attendance at bike trials plus short test ride (est. August 2019)
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,251

    Giro d'Italia Gran Premio della Montagna

    To match the £1000+ pledge, Grazie Mille! – A Thousand Thanks! The Giro d'Italia “Gran Premio della Montagna” (King of the Mountains) supporter package includes all the rewards of the Vuelta a España Red Jersey package, PLUS – and now this is where it gets really exciting – the chance to participate as part of the film crew in a video shoot of the full prototype bike trials. You will be given full film credits and, after the shoot, we’ll take you out for a nice dinner. Oh, and that is not all! You will also be given a superb customised film crew jacket to wear during filming and to keep afterwards!

    Includes:
    • Weekly updates
    • Name immortalised in the online Hall of Fame
    • Embedded name or message plus video
    • Framed, signed and personalised thank you certificate
    • Custom designed sports fitness towel
    • Amazing project t-shirt
    • Custom engraved, aluminium 4” LED pocket torch
    • Customised, brilliant multifunction bike light
    • Participation in a monthly live online group review
    • Personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage
    • Attendance at bike trials plus short test ride
    • Participation in the film crew for video shoot of bike trials
    • Customised film crew jacket
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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,503

    Giro d'Italia Maglia Rosa

    Bravo il campione! The Giro d'Italia “Maglia Rosa” (Leader’s Pink Jersey) supporter package includes all the rewards of the Giro d'Italia Gran Premio della Montagna package, PLUS the chance to act as an interviewer/presenter during filming of the prototype bike trials. After the shoot, we’ll take you out for a nice dinner. We’ll also give you, on top of the customised jacket, a nice snazzy customised tablet/phone portfolio case, where you can also jot down those questions for the interviews, and look like a pro!

    Includes:
    • Weekly updates
    • Name immortalised in the online Hall of Fame
    • Embedded name or message plus video
    • Framed, signed and personalised thank you certificate
    • Custom designed sports fitness towel
    • Amazing project t-shirt
    • Custom engraved, aluminium 4” LED pocket torch
    • Customised, brilliant multifunction bike light
    • Participation in a monthly live online group review
    • Personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage
    • Attendance at bike trials plus short test ride
    • Customised film crew jacket
    • Acting as interviewer/presenter during bike trial filming
    • Snazzy customised tablet/phone portfolio case
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    Pledge £4,000 or more About US$ 5,006

    Tour de France King of the Mountains

    Merci beaucoup! The Tour de France “King of the Mountains” supporter package includes all the rewards of the Giro d'Italia Maglia Rosa package, PLUS your chance to take part in the full prototype bike trials, and be a film star at the same time! Test ride our prototype over a predefined course and be filmed and interviewed for online fame! Oh yes, after the shoot, to reward all that physical effort, we’ll take you out for a nice dinner, and we’ll also throw in a customised backpack that you can use to carry all those fantastic rewards, such as the customised jacket and portfolio case, that you’ll be getting!

    Includes:
    • Weekly updates
    • Name immortalised in the online Hall of Fame
    • Embedded name or message plus video
    • Framed, signed and personalised thank you certificate
    • Custom designed sports fitness towel
    • Amazing project t-shirt
    • Custom engraved, aluminium 4” LED pocket torch
    • Customised, brilliant multifunction bike light
    • Participation in a monthly live online group review
    • Personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage
    • Customised film crew jacket
    • Participation as a test rider in the full prototype bike trials
    • Snazzy customised tablet/phone portfolio case
    • Customised backpack
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    Tour de France Yellow Jersey

    Vive La France! Vive le champion! It really doesn’t get better than this! As a leading supporter, the Tour de France “Maillot Jaune” (Leader’s Yellow Jersey) supporter package includes all the lower tier rewards, with attendance at the bike trials where you can choose, if you wish, to participate as part of the film crew, act as an interviewer, or even take part as a test rider in the full trials. Alternatively, you can help us analyse the performance data as it comes in. As a guest of honour, it’s your choice. Of course, after the trials, we’ll take you out for a nice dinner.

    But that is not all; as a premier contributor, this support package also includes responsible and constructive naming rights for the prototype bike. These rights also include sponsor signage on the prototype bike and background signage to ensure your name appears in images and videos taken of the project throughout the bike development and subsequent promotion. Not only that, the electronic control system display will also show your name as a key sponsor.

    Includes:
    • Weekly updates
    • Name immortalised in the online Hall of Fame
    • Embedded name or message plus video
    • Framed, signed and personalised thank you certificate
    • Custom designed sports fitness towel
    • Amazing project t-shirt
    • Custom engraved, aluminium 4” LED pocket torch
    • Customised, brilliant multifunction bike light
    • Participation in a monthly live online group review
    • Personally signed 18” x 12” framed montage
    • Customised film crew jacket
    • Snazzy customised tablet/phone portfolio case
    • Customised backpack
    • Participation at the bike trials as film crew/presenter/rider
    • Naming and sponsorship rights
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