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New apps make old tools more useful, like it did for telephones. Loko is SMART for any bike.
New apps make old tools more useful, like it did for telephones. Loko is SMART for any bike.
Removable Platform Instantly (and temporarily) Transforms the Fun and Function of Any Bike !
Removable Platform Instantly (and temporarily) Transforms the Fun and Function of Any Bike !

How to Order or Customize your Loko™:

  • START SMALL with Loko base-unit (universal mounts included) or 
  • ORDER below then add bags or options as needed.  Many motor kits fit Loko now.  Our universal drive-kit fits super-clean Lehr®, EcoSpeed.com motor kits and EPA/CARB approved Honda® or others starting at less than $350 complete.
  • REVIEW other removable options in design shown in Video Updates below.
  • REMEMBER pledges don't charge you until and only IF we reach our goal so please Pledge, Like and Share with friends or no one can benefit from Loko.
$5 and $20 Rewards Get You Noticed While Riding
$5 and $20 Rewards Get You Noticed While Riding

More Function (video update #3 is a 2-min summary)

Ever wanted to carry more, faster or easier by bike?  This system fits any and makes clean motors instant and temporary.  It may be "The World's Best Transport Tool." If you and friends order we'll make more for everyone.  How can you use it? 

  • Carry 4-6 bags of groceries.  Expand, shrink and even add, remove or switch proven motors to match your needs, terrain and biking purposes.
  • Use new locking boxes. Pannier any bag: even messengers or shopping bags.
  • Put it on, lock it up or remove in seconds -- you'll save MORE on gas money.

Motored or not, Initial set-up takes minutes with basic tools -- then it's On, Off or Locked-up without tools.  Loko empowers bikers more, and like never before.

Guaranteed or Your Money-Back

KS backers get 100%-satisfied for one year or we'll refund 100%.  We tested all we can so you don't have to wonder.  If suppliers make us late over 3 wks, your Loko gets a deck or motor-mount kit on us. In stores it may cost $179-199 MSRP

Any backer can vote on options now in design: 1) solar built-in tamper proof light system, 2) removable cargo kickstand, 3) Instant eBike under $600, 4) Track-My-Bike locator and alarm system. KS-surveys let you say which would be most helpful.

Prototypes shown. Production units are now more modular as VIDEO UPDATES demonstrate.
Prototypes shown. Production units are now more modular as VIDEO UPDATES demonstrate.

Why it Makes Any Bike Better

Without modifying, buying bigger bikes or expensive items, videos show Loko Quick-Release Biking System™ has options to instantly (and temporarily) become a:

  • a Cargo-Bike system to not only carry more but fit rooms, budgets and public transport.  Options (bags, child-seats) by Trek®, Kona®, Yuba® or Xtracycle® fit and unlike others Loko™ adapts - it's on or off fast
  •  a Motor-Bike option for 180+mpg and up to 30 mph, letting you use or switch between well-proven systems without altering your bike;
  • *an eBike -- they're used 5x more than normal -- quiet and clean 50+mile, 20+mph options exist -- we'll make 35+ mile quality-units instant & cheaper. 

* Phase II - Instant eBikes make bikes better.  It may do what Telsa® did for cars but $5+ gas options can be healthier and cost 50x less per mile.  Preview FAQ below.

More Options = More Biking + More Adventures  

We tested options on commuters who shop by bike, even 50+mph scooter-racers love what Loko does quietly. GoPed® made power-scooters fast, Razor® made electric cheap. Loko™ adds the best, most proven and affordable to bikes.

  • "This makes my beach cruiser as fast as my road-bike... I can wear nicer clothes and go more places with no sweat" (Keith K., Semi-Pro NM road/MTB racer)
  • "'Bike-Rack' doesn't say it. You solve BULK, WEIGHT & SPEED... that's handy as a Honda, saves on parking." (Greg 0., 30-yr owner, Bike Co-op NM)
  • "It's the moped I wanted as a kid, but cool. I can motor to the track, ride my normal BMX, then motor home.  What the ..?!" (Derek S., GoPed racer).

PROVEN OPTIONS not theory. Each part has been used for years on related applications.  This system makes proven options instant and temporary.

How it Fits Any Bike

Our mounts adjust up, down, back and forward to fit 20" to 29" wheel bikes, solid axel or skewer. Loko fits perfectly no matter the frame, drop-out angle, even over fenders since 95%+ of hubs are spaced 105-145mm. Straps (for now) fit fat-bikes and full-suspension. Quick-release for exotics and skinny-versions arrive in summer. Our parts (2.6 lbs rack + .74 lbs mounts) can also be swapped to triple our 85+lb rating.

Universal mounts may sell for $40+ after KS. One set is included but expect to pay more in future - you'll see why when you feel their precision. Our mounts do not alter bikes, they're unobtrusive and look great on any bike.

Some bikes may need longer skewers or a $15 part to "swap" onto unusual frames or brakes. Thru-axels aren't very common, so not yet designed, and will require custom axel mounts.
Some bikes may need longer skewers or a $15 part to "swap" onto unusual frames or brakes. Thru-axels aren't very common, so not yet designed, and will require custom axel mounts.

When Thinking Global We Act Loko! 

We in-source so that people and places shown soon will make your Loko. Gnarly Metal video on PinkBike.com shows, How.  Over $100,000 of our own funds were used to rehire, retrain and retool to build more Loko products - so more bikes get better

WHO WE ARE: an eclectic mix of engineers, developers & gear heads. Staff and advisors are MIT, UC and Georgetown geeks from finance to robotics; from Santa Fe to Scotland. Cris co-designed Loko and engineered parts in over 20 countries. Dan builds for national labs and aerospace. Other bike pros prefer making Lokos to Lattes so we up-cycled cool craftsmen. Bike-giants loved how modular and adjustable it is but offshoring bothered us. Dealers can view these letters, tour or see our shop below.

"What We've Built Before."   (click blue link at left to SEE more)

Where Loko is Made: Compare Quality & Capacity

It's Mac-pretty, PC-priced - brushed 6000-series aircraft aluminum and hardened steel from CNC shops we've co-run for 20+yrs. Materials are sustainable and strong (90% aluminum is recycled in transport). Mounts make it a bit heavier than $180 Tubus® or Old Man Mountain® racks, but Loko can adapt to hold 250+ lbs. 

WHY BIKES NEED MORE? Options let more of us use them, more often. We'll picnic on bikes with chairs, coolers, even grills. More can commute to work, errands and cafes. More of 7 Billion people can (and more easily will) use 1 Billion existing bikes. We can spend LESS on "conflict-oil" using more affordable (and fun) hybrids. 

UPDATE VIDEOS Show Our Progress:

Showing Soon - Instant and Temporary Power Options
Showing Soon - Instant and Temporary Power Options

Why Funds Needed and What They Do

Molds and jigs are costly so we can't build less than 500-1,000 units, affordably. Without KS, it'll take 12-18+ months for funds we lack to produce Loko. Other versions are ready and a "green only" investor will match KS for eBike designs and more robotics.  Matched funding also bonds liability, buys supplies early, insures sooner shipping so quality options cost less. You can try it, Risk-Free!

PRIORITIES, TIMELINES & COMMITMENTS: 

  • Order Minimum-Quantity materials, minor retooling, dies and molds to make Loko as shown and guaranteed to ship within 60-90 days of Kickstarter.
  • Release and ship many motor-options less than 60 days of Kickstarter.
  • Finalize tests of our powerful, quick-release eBike Power-Pod unit, 
  • Expand patents to: ship internationally and help developing regions. 
O-mounts can mount anything to Loko using our developer's kit
O-mounts can mount anything to Loko using our developer's kit

Sneak Peak at Loko Rack Mounts (for backers)

Designs blurred were seen by pros: riders, racers and shop owners shown items not (fully) patented worldwide. We'll show mounts on our last video update.  We'll compete on quality with anyone but one region making 95% of bikes often imitates designs or uses inferior parts. Campagnolo® got secret after Shimano®, then SRAM®. We're small so we needed a kickstart plus a headstart. Thanks for understanding.

Open Source 3D Printer Mounts (for anyone)

Backers get an HDK (hardware developers kit) with 3D-plans we tested and a non-commercial license to experiment with your own more on bikes. Send us fun ways you mounted a tripod, tuba or anything.  Our MIT wiz-kid is making safer-ride iPhone-Optrix apps and many ways OMB (onemorebike.org) can reward shopping by bike. 

WHAT IS UNFINISHED are luggage/seat accessories other US-makers help to refine. We finished Loko, now old or new boxes (more bags in design are 25-75 liter wheeled backpacks) are pannier-able, lockable. Amsterdam O-lock is made (for now) by others, as are most eBike parts. Redesigned hinges integrate into modular version shown.

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* Preview of Phase II: More Fun from the Sun

READ FAQ below to see watts-coming.  eBike kits now go 50 miles at 20 mph, fit Loko, and low-cost options are coming. Prietobattery.com (and others soon) can recharge 35+ mile/20mph units in 10-minutes at cafes, carrying 3-5x more home - without driving. THAT is one affordable transportation game-changer, globally.

Motorcycles evolved from bicycles so bikes using electric and 180+mpg options is full circle. Folding solar recharges in 3-4 hours kits by EcoSpeed.com and Ego-kits.com cost $6k+ last year; this year it's 80% less!  Loko makes it all available instantly so soon: greener, faster, cleaner options can cost even less. Imagine city sponsored, shaded and solar-powered bike corals -- it's coming -- be apart of it.

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Better Bikes Can Make our World Better

Imagine biking 25 gallons of water 25 miles; not walking 5 gallons, 5 mi/day. It's a game-changer for Africa, many areas provided more capable bikes through a "buy-one-give-one" program similar to Toms Shoes®. More soon on LokoBikeRacks.com

Some of us began Goodmakers.org in 2008, supporting bikes in Morocco, N. Africa.  OneMoreBike.org is our NP-initiative to bring developing areas bikes and improve more bikes. Loko gives 10+% annual profit to NGO's who empower disabled vets and disadvantaged kids locally plus those helping to solve transport needs globally. 

LOKO CAN HELP water, food, health and schools get better. Backers (of any KS project) can request vids of Loko tests, like in Nepal this month or 100-lb and 250-lb tests (motored and non-motored) on Rocky Mountain trails done regularly.

Who knows, maybe we'll back your project one day. Until then,

"Think Global... Act Loko!"

Loko may back-order after KS 'til 4/15 as we prioritize shipment of all bike racks, cargo + options to early backers. It's best to order one early. 

Risks and challenges

WE'RE HAPPY K.S. REQUIRES ADD'L DISCLOSURE. CONTACT US FOR OUR CPA-DIRECTED FUNDS POLICY OR READ FAQ BELOW. In short, a CPA makes sure we establish reserves, ship and guarantee pledges at rates 3x higher than "average nat'l rates" before repaying our own development costs.

THE BIGGEST RISK is delayed "low-cost electric." We met the President of LEV (Light Electric Vehicle assoc) and he may further consult. Adaptation may cause delays for low-cost electric. All other versions (gas, propane or premium eBike kits) work well and adapt to our removable platform.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE is for quick-release electric to be US-made and less than $1,000. We're testing suppliers and can't guarantee it. Entire Asian scooters wholesale for $400 but we'll only ship quality, fully-tested systems. WE SUGGEST YOU ORDER LOKO FOR: "proven Cargo, Moped Options and if willing to wait 2-3 months for shopping-cart, picnic-bike, billboard options or 3-6 months for low-cost electric." It may be sooner if non-domestic or cost more for eBike versions initially.

1300+ ASIAN BIKE BUILDERS met at InterBike can also, or alternatively, make parts. We design, build and assemble 95+% locally except for motors which may initially or remain made overseas.

PLEDGES HELP BIG ISSUES MANY SMALL-TALK ABOUT: GREEN LOCAL JOBS, ENERGY, SAVINGS, SUSTAINABILITY & BETTER TRANSPORT.

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    TICKET TO RIDE is your chance to test ride Loko-Moped + all options. Bring a helmet (a grocery list) then choose between EPA/CA-approved 97% clean Lehr-propane or Lithium electric 1kW-3kW versions on LOKO + choice of bike - BMX, Beach Cruiser or Mountain Bike + cargo bags, shopping cart and... MORE. Available in most major cities, USA by summer 2013, globally by fall (we hope) + get all $5-20 bike reports and above rewards.

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    SEE ME? (1) Hi-Viz T-shirt OR (1) neckerchief by our friend whose Nepal weaving gives former child sex-slaves, good work. He's still designing global theme logo so that item ships May. All $20+ backers get other bike-reports + "10 cargo-bike-biz." CPA explains how a bike-biz may let you "write-off" related bike-gear or travel. Why should politicians and bankers have all the fun, right? S&H USA included, Int'l $7.



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    EARLY BIRD, DIY (made with 1st batch). You build SMALL, we show how in 5-min. 100% idiot proof. Like erector-set, but cool, shown in 2nd update video. Material costs nearly double for us of welded racks but faster to build. More DIY racks sold mean we'll all get a "better" product. It could make welded racks obsolete and it allows much "more" than even shown. SMALL with mounts $16 S&H.

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    EARLY BIRDS go Loko, save $79+ (1st batch) 1-SMALL + Universal Guaranteed Mounts. One $89-99 Loko per backer. Units shipped earliest may be slip-fit (assembled DIY) not welded since fast to build. All Loko ship USA $16, International is $32 after 2X KS goal reached or choose any options, including motors April/May, LokoBikeRack.com.

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    LOKO SMALL (2nd batch) MacBook-grey. Add $20 for (1) T-shirt or (1) Wood-deck. All $20 decks ONLY to the first 1,000 rack orders by green award-winning builder, Dapwood Furniture, their choice of oak or bamboo. Add $60 for any OPTION (10-30% off each up to 4 during KS only) or add $60 for your wood choice with matching rear fender. All racks $16 S&H, $32 Int'l if 2x goal reached.

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    BUY-1, GIVE-1. (2nd batch) We send 1-SMALL in Macbook-silver and donate another one to OMB (OneMoreBike.org or to charity of your choice (Loko on us, half S&H on you) for any kid or returning vet - answer KS surveys to say who "needs one." 2nd unit ships only to charity address for $24 USA only.

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    LOKO SMALL (1st batch) can be any size with options. Loko can do MORE. Like a moped, but cool; costs less and changes to "normal" with no tools in seconds. Engraved, "1st Edition" in MacBook Silver or add $10 for Matt Black, add $40 for wood-deck by local award winning green-builder, Dapwood Furniture OR an ABS top/deck - add $60 for deck with matching rear fender. $16 S&H. All Loko racks include 1-YEAR GUARANTEE + ON-TIME or a deck or motor-mount free, our choice.

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    MEDIUM has a banana-seat perfect for BMX or beach cruisers - 250 lb Heavy-Duty tubes add 1.1 lbs, but no extra cost - silver only. Updates show Loko be Loko-Moto for under $350. Prep-yourself. It's "what da freak" awesome! Adjust pledge to $282, $330 and answer KS surveys LARGE or ULTIMATE. Ships $20 USA, $40 Int'l if 2x KS goal. (made 1st and 2nd batch).

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    EARLY BADA$$. (2nd batch) 1-SMALL rack in Black anodized + (1) Pelican briefcase holds 15” laptop or gear - James Bond should ride a bike. Tough, practical, tactical. Cops will use locking steel O-mounts, included. Write “SKATER” on KS survey and we swap (1) briefcase for (1) Custom-Loko Skateboard, integrates to Loko, see 1st Video update. ABS mounts, handmade Huntington Beach, CA. Ships $22 USA, $44 Int'l if 2x KS goal.

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