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Our limited-time bicycle water bottle cage hand-built from upcycled stainless steel water bottles was a one-time gig. Shop our website for more innovative bicycle designs!
Our limited-time bicycle water bottle cage hand-built from upcycled stainless steel water bottles was a one-time gig. Shop our website for more innovative bicycle designs!
40 backers pledged $3,630 to help bring this project to life.

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The world's best water bottle cage is another great design by Walnut Studiolo.

Introducing the UpCycle Cage, made from upcycled, factory-rejected Klean Kanteen bottles and Walnut’s famous quality hand-dyed vegetable-tanned leather. 

This limited production run is being sold exclusively on Kickstarter as a fundraiser to purchase a laser engraving machine for our workshop. 

What: The UpCycle Cage 

The UpCycle Cage is the only water bottle cage ever designed with this level of flexibility. It can carry anything from a coffee thermos to a wine bottle to a 40oz stainless steel water bottle safely and securely so you can #bringyourown. It even fits our 20 oz Imperial Pint Mason Jar.

The Upcycle Cage won’t rust in the rain with stainless steel construction. It is lined with leather so there is no scratching metal-on-metal contact with your water bottle. Moreover, the UpCycle Cage has a nearly universal bicycle fit - it mounts to the water bottle bosses that come standard on nearly all bicycle frames. It will also ship with security screws, which require a specialty driver bit (included) for installation and removal, to prevent theft.  

Why: A Laser Engraver 

A laser engraver is critical equipment for any modern workshop. We've been saving up for one for a while, but we need your help to make this happen. 

The reason we are using the UpCycle Cage to fundraise for this vital machine is because the production methods of this product require us to make it in a large batch. We intend to stay a leather and wood workshop, and the UpCycle Cage requires unique and space-intensive metal-crafting production methods. 

Who: Walnut Studiolo 

I created this design when I was given the unique opportunity to turn trash into treasure with a box of factory-rejected bottles from Klean Kanteen. I use my Klean Kanteens daily, both the 40oz water bottle I carry with me everywhere and the 16oz thermos I use for my coffee. I wanted to create a cage that would allow me to carry them both on my bicycle, at any time. 

Walnut Studiolo is my workshop and platform for all my designs, including the successfully-funded Kickstarter project in 2012, the Bicycle Frame Handle, which was chosen for the Museum of Modern Art Kickstarter Collection

I handcraft everything I make in our “studiolo” (Italian architecture term for "little studio") with the help of one leather craftsperson. Watch this "maker video" by filmmakers Cineastas to see "what handmade means" to me: 

How: Rewards

Bicycle Print Bandana $10

A Walnut Studiolo favorite, this is a stylish, bike-themed specimen of humankind's most useful tool: the bandana. A monochromatic hand-drawn image of Walnut's beautiful poster by photographer Jim Golden, this 22" square cotton bandana is screen-printed in the USA and shows the bike front and center. Available in one of two colors, Brown or Black.

Mankind's Most Useful Tool: The Bandana
Mankind's Most Useful Tool: The Bandana

Leather Laser-Engraved Kickstarter Backer Keychain - $25

Exclusive to this Kickstarter project, commemorate this and all of your Kickstarter projects with this hand-crafted, workshop-made keychain made of upcycled walnut wood and vegetable-tanned leather from our workshop.

Mock-up of Laser Engraving on Keychain
Mock-up of Laser Engraving on Keychain

Walnut Wood Canteen Handle with Imperial Pint Mason Jar - $50

Our workshop-made walnut wood and leather handle adds a tactile hold to any of your favorite beverage containers, including Klean Kanteens from 12oz to 40oz size. Our handle comes with a 20 oz Imperial Pint Mason Jar for impressing friends at the next keg party, and seals your beer on the go with a standard wide mouth mason jar lid.

The dark brown bridle leather straps come with buckles to make it adjustable in size. Transfer it from vessel to vessel by simply tightening the straps down on your bottle. The leather is strong and will stay in place, and the silky walnut wood handle is tactile and warm to the touch.

MATERIALS: Bridle leather, walnut wood, nickel-plated metal hardware

DIMENSIONS: Fits bottles at least 6" tall and up to 3 1/2" in diameter (same size as a 40oz Kleen Kanteen water bottle). The leather straps are approximately 4 1/2" apart center-to-center and opening inside the handle for your fingers is about 3 3/4". The walnut wood handle itself is about 5 1/4" long.

Our Handle is Guaranteed to Start a Party Conversation.
Our Handle is Guaranteed to Start a Party Conversation.

All of the Above Package - $75

One Bandana + one Keychain + one Canteen Handle

The UpCycle Cage: 

Early Bird Special - $125

One UpCycle Cage, as described below, at a special early backer price.

Single - $150

One UpCycle Cage, as described below. 

Single Rewards Package - $200

One UpCycle Cage, as described below + the All of the Above Package (one Bandana + one Keychain + one Canteen Handle)

Double (2) - $250

Two UpCycle Cages, as described below:

Klean Kanteens are all brushed stainless steel as pictured below and shown in the prototype. Your UpCycle Cage may or may not have the Klean Kanteen logo on it: 

Klean Kanteens Ready for UpCycling!
Klean Kanteens Ready for UpCycling!

COLOR: Four leather colors available, in un-dyed Natural and hand-dyed Honey, Dark Brown, Black, as pictured below. The prototype shown in the video and photography is Honey. These colors closely match the colors of Brooks saddles in Honey, Brown, and Black, and are the standard color choices available on all our products, including the Bicycle Frame Handle.

Leather Color Choices
Leather Color Choices

INSTALLATION: Mounts on the standard water bottle braze-ons that come standard on virtually all bicycle frames. Simply unscrew the hex screws and screw them in with the cage.

DIMENSIONS: The UpCycle Cage is approximately 6.5" tall and expandable in diameter to fit bottle sizes ranging from at least 9" (22.5cm) to 11.5" (29.5cm) in circumference. It fits all Klean Kanteens except for the half-gallon 64oz growler. With 2 adjustable belts, it can also fit unevenly-shaped bottles like wine bottles.

MATERIALS: Upcycled stainless steel Klean Kanteen water bottle, nickel-plated steel hardware, hand-dyed vegetable-tanned leather. With two cages cut from each bottle, your UpCycle Cage may or may not have a Klean Kanteen logo on it.

Customized UpCycle Cage Deluxe Package $500 

We will customize one UpCycle Cage to match your bike with:

  • Custom color choice of metal Klean Kanteen through professional powder coating.
  • Custom choice leather color (limited to the available palette of leather oil dyes)
  • Laser-engraved image on the leather of your choice. Custom artwork needs to be in vector format.
  • Plus the All of the Above Package (one Bandana + one Keychain + one Canteen Handle)

Credit To

UpCycle Cage photography credit goes to Klean Kanteen and Russ Roca at Pathlesspedaled.com

Mug and keychain rewards photography credit goes to Erin Berzel.

Videography credit to Michael Ward Media.

Risks and challenges

We have already made several prototypes, and final design models, and tested them for over a year.

As an active leather goods maker, who has successfully made and sent out a successfully crowdfunded product once before, we have every confidence that we can swing into full production mode as soon as this fundraiser tips.

We only have a limited number of Klean Kanteens to make these with. If something were to happen to the limited supply that we have and we were unable to purchase more factory-rejected bottles, we should be able to negotiate a wholesale purchase of new Klean Kanteens, and/or take donations of people's old banged-up steel water bottles. To mitigate this, we have only listed the quantity of the amount we have currently, minus a small number for contingency in case of any production mistakes.

If there were delays in receiving our laser engraver, that will not stop us from fulfilling our Kickstarter rewards. We have been hiring a third-party laser-engraver for our template production and product manufacturing for years and so we have an alternative (but more expensive) resource if needed.

This project will help support a growing small business, who is dedicated to crafting in the USA. We can't wait to imagine even more great new products if we get this critical modern workshop tool!

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    Bicycle Print Bandana.

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    Leather Laser-Engraved Kickstarter Backer Keychain.

    Exclusive to this project, commemorate this and all of your Kickstarter projects with our hand-crafted, workshop-made keychain made of upcycled walnut wood and vegetable-tanned leather from our workshop.

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    Walnut Wood Canteen Handle with Imperial Pint Mason Jar.

    Exclusive to Kickstarter and with a special Kickstarter price, our workshop-made walnut wood and leather handle adds a tactile hold to any of your favorite beverage containers, including Klean Kanteens from 12oz to 40oz size. Using upcycled workshop materials, this handle comes included with a 20oz Imperial Pint Mason Jar.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for the first 10.

    One (1) UpCycle Cage. Leather color of your choosing: Natural, Honey, Dark Brown, or Black.

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    Two (2) Limited Edition UpCycle Cages. Leather color(s) of your choosing: Natural, Honey, Dark Brown, or Black.

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    Customized UpCycle Cage Deluxe Package.

    We will customize one (1) Limited Edition UpCycle Cage to match your bike with:

    - Powder coated custom color metal
    - Choice of leather color (limited to the available palette of leather oil dyes)
    - Laser-engraved image on the leather.
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