As like many
residents of large cities I rely on my bicycle for daily
transportation. I commute to work, hang out with friends, travel to local
events and most frequently grab weekly groceries on my bike.
I resorted to hanging my grocery bags on the handlebars of my bicycle. This bad habit has left me with ripped bags, wheel pinches, and near accidents which could have seriously injured both me and my cargo. I wanted to design something lightweight, easy to carry in my bag or on my bike which
could be used in a moment’s notice and removed immediately after my journey.
I knew there was a better solution to my problem so I spent months of product development with fellow industrial designers, engineers, and daily cyclists to develop "The Bag Buddy".
The Bag Buddy - Features
The Bag Buddy snaps on to your bicycle grips and serves as a
clamp, using the weight of each bag to tighten its hold. Two tubular clamps
secure the bag hooks mounted on either side of the body.
groceries, the bag buddy rotates the angle of "bag swing" 90 degrees
away from the bicycle; positioning the bags
parallel to the frame and securing the groceries away from the front tire.
Additionally, handle grip space
is freed up by localizing the grocery bags at the ends of each handles
providing extra space for knee movement.
Stickers & TShirt
The Bag Buddy is so small you can store it in your pocket, sweatshirt, or backpack. If you're bold enough, just snap it to your frame! (I do)
Safety and Disclaimer
We've designed the Bag Buddy to be as strong and safe as possible with normal use. The Bag Buddy is not designed to carry loads over 30 lbs, so please be careful and use your discretion.
Like most cycling products there are dangers involved while using The Bag Buddy. By pledging, you are fully aware of the risks and hazards connected with the use of the product, including physical injury and elect to voluntarily participate in its activity, knowing that the associated physical activity may be hazardous to its users and to property.
All of the prototypes shown in the photos and video are fully functional and tested, but details shown may change in the final product development and manufacturing.
Funding and Manufacturing
My funding goal of $20,000 is calculated to be enough to pay for the tooling and materials cost for the first production. The bag buddy is designed for injection-mold manufacturing;
this allows the integration of intricate design features that bolster the
rigidity and longevity of the product. The entire piece will be manufactured out of a hard rubber composite, which will feel soft to the touch, hold securely around your handlebar grips, and outlast any weather conditions.
As a young designer I am ambitious and energetic, eager for experience in all fields relating to design. If funded, this will be the perfect challenge and opportunity for me to peer into the world of engineering, manufacturing, and distribution. I hope to learn from this experience and deliver a great product and service to all of my supporters.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of my project are what make launching this product so exciting. We will need to negotiate with manufacturers, find distributors, and design packaging for the Bag Buddy.
Here are some of our biggest challenges:
• Refining the design of the mold cavity
• Selecting/testing the appropriate hard rubber composite
• Perfecting each material color until they reach our desired Pantone
• Finding a manufacturer willing to work with us to produce smaller orders
• Finding a distribution company willing to work with us to ship our orders
"LOVE IT" - Don't have a bike? Think its a great idea? With a $5 contribution to this project you will receive a Bag Buddy sticker and your name will be listed on the "Supporters" page on our website! (US Shipping included)
"BBF - BAG BUDDY FOREVER" - The Bag Buddy Team will take you out to lunch on a "gastronomic" bike tour of NYC + One (1) *GOLD* Hand Painted Bag Buddy (Signed) + One pair of each color (3) Bag Buddy + One (1) Bag Buddy T-Shirt (white) + Ten (10) Stickers + Your name listed as a "BBF" on our website.