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$2,732
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70
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 13 2014 7:03 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 15, 2014

Pebble Bike Mount

An awesome bike mount for your Pebble smart watch. #makeawesomehappen #bikemore

Pebble Bike Mount

An awesome bike mount for your Pebble smart watch. #makeawesomehappen #bikemore

$2,732
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
70
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 13 2014 7:03 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 15, 2014

About

The Pebble smart watch could make a super amazing bike computer...if it just had a great way to mount your Pebble to your bike. We're raising funds to complete the design of a fantastic Pebble smart watch bike mount and bring it to life. #makeawesomehappen

Pebble Bike Mount Polyjet Prototype
Pebble Bike Mount Polyjet Prototype
Pebble Bike Mount Prototype fixed to Garmin stem mount
Pebble Bike Mount Prototype fixed to Garmin stem mount
Pebble Bike Mount Design
Pebble Bike Mount Design

We've been toying around with the idea of designing a bike mount for the Pebble for some time after being disappointed with other offerings on the market. Our main project is an iPhone cycling app (Bike+ available on the Apple app store at http://appstore.com/worldchamptech) that integrates seamlessly with the Pebble smart watch, but we knew that it was lacking a great Pebble bike mount. We struggled to come up with a satisfactory design, until - in a moment of clarity - a simple solution presented itself. Our bike mount has the same mounting features as a standard Garmin bike GPS computer, which allows you to mount your Pebble using any of the existing Garmin mounts!

Pebble Bike Mount Garmin Mount Features
Pebble Bike Mount Garmin Mount Features
Reverse Engineering the Garmin Mount
Reverse Engineering the Garmin Mount

Garmin and other vendors such as BarFly make a wide range of mounts to attach your Garmin GPS computer to your bike stem, handlebars, and triathlon style bars. In addition, mounts are available for motorcycles as well. Our design leverages this vast ecosystem of existing products so that you can mount your Pebble in almost any way imaginable. 

Pebble Bike Mount with Pebble
Pebble Bike Mount with Pebble
Pebble Bike Mount Prototype with Pebble
Pebble Bike Mount Prototype with Pebble

What Makes the Bike+ App with Pebble so Awesome?

1. Bike+ has all the features you'd expect from a full-functioned GPS cycle computer plus many new, advanced features found nowhere else.

2. Bike+ with Pebble is 67% cheaper than an equivalent GPS cycle computer! Save hundreds of dollars with Bike+ with Pebble!!

3. Its aerodynamic drag coefficient is 70% lower than the equivalent GPS cycle computer!

4. Bike+ with Pebble is so much more than just GPS. There are hundreds of other apps available to simplify almost any daily task!

How it Works

Our Pebble bike mount design acts as a replacement for the Pebble watch strap (note: the current design works for the standard Pebble smart watch, but not the Pebble Steel). 

Pebble Bike Mount Assembly
Pebble Bike Mount Assembly

Project Schedule

1. Complete final mechanical design. Add final draft to plastic design. Perform final tolerance and stress analysis. Finalize production drawings. 4 weeks.

2. Get tooling fabricated. 4-16 weeks depending on required volume levels and number of tool tweaks. As low as 4 weeks for a soft, aluminum tool. 16 weeks for steel tooling.

3. Make the mounts! 2-4 Weeks. 

Production Plan

The plan is simple. Get an aluminum injection molding tool produced by one of the vendors we've worked with on past projects. If the required volume is high enough, we may switch to a standard steel tool.

The #bikemore T-Shirts

Supporters at the $20 level will receive their choice of light blue or dark blue #bikemore t-shirts.

Dark Blue T-Shirt Design
Dark Blue T-Shirt Design
Light Blue T-Shirt Design
Light Blue T-Shirt Design

The Pebble Bike Mount Project 

The Pebble smart watch is a unique and amazingly versatile product. Our Pebble bike mount transforms it into a super powerful bike computer...please support this project to bring this Pebble bike mount to bicycles everywhere!

#makeawesomehappen

#bikemore

Risks and challenges

This project is relatively risk free compared to some that we've undertaken.

This design was created specifically to be easy to tool and manufacture. and the project schedule based on receiving a moderate number of supporters (several thousand).

However, if we should get lucky enough to have over 100,000 orders, we might face a situation where we choose to switch from using a rather quick to make aluminum tooling to slower to fabricate steel tooling. Soft, aluminum tooling is quick to fab, but it wears out quickly, and is unlikely to allow for volumes over 100,000 parts no matter what tricks we use (multi-cavity tools for example). Steel tooling will allow for higher volumes, but its slower to make.

In addition, no plastic injection molding project we've done has ever produced perfect parts from the first shot off the tool. There has always been some slight tool tweak required to get everything just right. We budgeted for tool tweaks in the schedule, but there is always a chance a larger issue crops up that we weren't expecting.

A final risk is the availability of the material we've chosen. We're using a Nylon 6/6 because of its impressive weather-abilty and UV resistance. It will insure that your mount is able to withstand the abuse of wind, rain, and sun for years to come. On past projects, occasionally vendors haven't had materials in stock when they claimed they do, which has led to slight project delays.

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    Pebble smart watch bike mount with pre-mounted Pebble smart watch. Includes the choice of Barfly 2.0 bar mount or K-Edge stem mount.

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