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This project was successfully funded on March 2, 2010.

Bright Bike DIY Kits make riding a bike at night safer. Scale this project up to make riding safer.

About this project

WHAT IS BRIGHT BIKE:

Bright Bike DIY Kits are super reflective vinyl for safer night riding. A year ago, I wrapped my own bike in retroreflective vinyl, which looks normal in daylight, but becomes super bright in car headlights. I could tell that it really got drivers' attention, and was a great way to increase night time visibility and safety. Making bicycles more reflective is a really simple way to make cyclists safer on the road, and in turn encourage more people to get out and ride in the city.





WHY WE NEED TO KICKSTART THIS PROJECT:

At first I held some workshops to help people make their own Bright Bikes, but now I've simplified the whole process by making kits with pre-cut reflective vinyl tape. The kits work really well - they're super easy to apply, they only take a few minutes to install, and they look great!

We put up a website, and didn't tell very many people, and already the demand is getting overwhelming! Right now, we make each kit by hand, which takes time, and is expensive. We are actually afraid to really start promoting the idea, because right now, we are not ready for the kind of interest that might be possible. We need streamline production so that we can lower prices and be ready to get this kit out to the cycling community.

Right now there's a small group of people with Bright Bikes, but getting these kits into local bike shops around the country will keep more people safe, and make drivers aware of the growing number of cyclists on the road.



HOW WE ARE GOING TO SCALE UP

1. We have an expert that is going to help fabricate a set of high precision plexiglass jigs for cutting the vinyl.

2. We also have a new vinyl supplier who will give us a quantity discount (but we have to buy a lot at once).

3. And we have someone who is ready to do all the cutting.

But we need your support to make that happen.

HOW WE WILL USE THE MONEY

We need to fabricate the jigs ($500), buy materials ($800), and pay for the cutting and packaging of the kits ($700). This will make enough kits that we will be able to meet demand when we start, and put us in a position to quickly fabricate more as demand arises.



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    Pledge $10 or more

    12 backers

    A special Kickstarter "Tips and Tails" kit that includes 1 inch x 1/4 inch strips to make a dashed line up and down your fork and seat stays. "Tips and Tails" only comes in black. Minimum coverage where it counts. Domestic shipping included. Add an extra $3 for International Shipping.

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    41 backers

    A Bright Bike Kit of your choice. Pinstripe or Caterpillar in the color of your choice. Domestic shipping included.Add an extra $5 for International Shipping.

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    15 backers

    A two pack of Bright Bike Kits. Pinstripe or Caterpillar in the colors of your choice. Domestic shipping included.Add an extra $5 for International Shipping.

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    3 backers

    A custom mix-and-match kit. Want Pinstripes combined with some Caterpillar bands? You got it. Want half red Pinstripes, and half black? you got it. You get the idea. Domestic & International shipping included.

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    7 backers

    A three pack, plus a "Tips and Tails" for good measure. Pinstripe or Caterpillar in the colors of your choice. Domestic & International shipping included.

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    1 backer

    We will help you put your kit on your bike. You can play around with some of the extra pieces and make your bike extra custom. You get to come to our studio, and we will show you how awesome the jig is. (You either have to be in NYC, or ride your bike here...)

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    2 backers

    A "Team Pack" of 7 kits. Keep your crew safe on their bikes. Pinstripe or Caterpillar in the colors of your choice. Domestic & International shipping included.

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    Pledge $200 or more

    1 backer

    The "Extended Family Pack" of 16 kits. Give a kit out to every bike rider you care about, whether they are in your family, or just someone you want to be safe on their ride. Pinstripe or Caterpillar in the color of your choice. Domestic & International shipping included.

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    0 backers

    We will put on a workshop in the NYC area and bring 25 kits with us. You bring the bikes and the people that ride them.

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    0 backers

    We will put on a workshop anywhere in the US and bring 25 kits with us. You bring the bikes and the people that ride them.

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    0 backers

    We will hop the pond and give a workshop in Europe. We will come with 25 kits. If we are coming that far, you'll probably want more kits, so you can slap on some extra Family Packs as needed.

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