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Neat Cleats on Kickstarter: a smart storage solution for cycling shoes

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We love this little gadget which is currently being funded on Kickstarter. Sure, as the designers themselves say, it’s not going to change the world – but it will help to keep it tidy, which is no bad thing. So, if you’re all too often scrabbling around the house for stray bits of cycling kit, or rummaging around the car boot for your other shoe, pop along to Neatcleats.cc to pledge a few pounds (anything from £1 towards the project to £1,600 to become a fully fledged reseller)  and keep your s**t together.

What is a NeatCleat?

NeatCleats are a simple and easy way of storing and tidying your cycling shoes after a hard day riding whether you’re at home or on the move.

They are a bracket engineered to fit onto the underside of your existing cycling shoe. They are both MTB and Road bike cleat compatible.

There are two models: a wall-fixed bracket ideal for home or the office, and a portable bracket with carabiner fixing for using just about anywhere.

The NeatCleats wall bracket fits simply, requiring only a 7mm drill and Torx screw driver. Wall fixings for both masonry and drywall/plasterboard fixings are included in your purchase.

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Why Bother?

NeatCleats are designed to keep your shoes in one place. No more emptying your car boot trying to find that missing left shoe! It gets them up off the floor, drying and airing faster than before.

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The aim is to make your cycling world a little easier by keeping your kit in good condition and in one place so that you are always ready for that next ride, wherever it may take you.

Design

The team have designed and re-designed the NeatCleats to get them just right. A good firm “click” lets you know that you have a good contact between shoe and bracket and that your footwear is secure.

The wall cleats were designed so that the shoe is suspended off the wall, keeping it clean and clear of any stubborn muck.

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The carabiner version has the shoes facing each other for as compact a fitting as possible, which again keeps any residual muck away from everything else. The designers have added reflective webbing to the fabric joining the carabiner to the NeatCleats for a touch of extra visibility and have even thrown in a bottle opener on this version for those days when only a beer will do.

 

Who is behind NeatCleat?

The NeatCleat team is a small group of people who profess to love cycling in all its forms, whether on dirty little paths through forests and back country, or chewing up the roads. With a background in metal work and design they decided that their skills and love for cycling should meet.

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Australian eco brand OORR launches Kickstarter campaign for coffee-enhanced cycling apparel

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Australian eco cycle wear brand OORR – Out of the Rat Race – has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of cycling and fitness apparel enhanced with coffee and ‘Frog Skin’ nanotechnology.

I admit, we were quite baffled when we read that description. But after watching OORR founder Tim’s video explaining the technology and green credentials behind the clothing, we’re intrigued. I love coffee for the way it tastes, smells and gets me going in the morning – but did you have any idea that incorporating it into textiles could bring other benefits? According to OORR, the introduction of coffee grounds into the cloth construction both reduces odour and increases the refraction of harmful UV rays. That sounds pretty impressive. As one of the sweatiest cyclists in Britain with skin which is very prone to burning, I’d be up for sporting a jersey with those features.

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We haven’t tested these products, but we do think they might be worth a punt: watch the video on Kickstarter and tell us what you think in the comments! The campaign runs until Tuesday 29th November and the funding goal is AUD $35,000.

 

Out of the Rat Race – the Background

OORR founder Tim decided to get into cycling jersey design after becoming fed up of being, in his words, target practice for Sydney drivers. His initial plan was to create some jerseys with a message – gimme some space! – but after some research realised that several other companies had already done it. But during his research, he discovered some alternative fabrics that were becoming available to the market that could be beneficial.

A self confessed greeny, Tim decided to search for eco fabrics suitable for use in cycling and learned that no one else was doing recycled fabric jerseys off the peg. What’s more, he felt that the fabric which was available was uncomfortable, and didn’t look great.
 He embarked on an ambitious mission: to develop a jersey of superior quality to anything available from big brands, and to do it using recycled materials.

After a lengthy period searching for someone who could produce small batch knits for testing his fabric, he finally found success. The OORR flagship jersey needed to be tough, high performance, wearable year-round and look the part.

While Tim had hoped to create the jersey entirely within Australia and New Zealand, it became apparent to him that the expertise in this industry lay in Asia. When he finally found the right jersey manufacturer it took a further 8 months to refine the look and fit for what would become the OORRiginal jersey.

The OORR team is now developing a wider range of jerseys, bibs and options for women.

The Mantra of the OORR cycling brand is ‘Performance wear for the planet’. Tim believes that demanding performance from your apparel shouldn’t cost the earth – and he doesn’t mean dollars. Looking at what he has achieved so far with OORR, it is clear that using recycled products does not mean there should be any need to sacrifice performance, comfort or style.

The OORR Mission

  • To create beautiful apparel and accessories using recycled and/or sustainable resources.
  • To challenge consumer perception of recycled materials, and change purchasing habits, effecting a shift in the broader market towards production that is good for the planet.
  • To contribute part of our profit to aid social and environmental causes.

The OORR Name

Out Of the Rat Race. You might want to break free of the shackles of society and experience the freedom and breathtaking majesty of the road in solitude. You might want to get ahead of the peloton, and stay there. You might want to ride whenever and wherever you please, leaving your phone and watch behind.

OORR is all about breaking the mould and pursuing the dream. Back yourself. Commit. Get Out Of the Rat Race.

The CSR Credentials

OORR is a certified B Corporation. B Corporations are a new type of company that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

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Airlok from Hiplok heads to production as it breaks through Kickstarter funding goal

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British bike security brand Hiplok has confirmed its latest innovation, Airlok, is to enter a production phase following a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Over 300 cycle owners from around the world backed the project, enabling the company to exceed its £70,000 funding goal. The achievement ensures that Hiplok can commence final development and tooling in order to deliver the first Airlok bicycle storage locks to Kickstarter customers in early 2017 with sales to bike stores worldwide following in the spring.

As previously reported, Airlok has been designed to the maximum Sold Secure Gold rated security level. It features secure wall fixings, hardened steel framework and a secure lockable bolt combine to keep your bike safe while displayed on your wall. The addition of an impact resistant outer casing further prevents access to the framework and fixings.

The system’s unique triangular shape provides stable storage for multiple styles and sizes of bicycle while the fully rubberised mouth prevents frame scratch and further adds to stability.

Cycling enthusiasts will be able to get a first look at the future of secure bicycle storage as Airlok announcement is being celebrated with a display at The Cycle Show this weekend.

Hiplok co-founder, Ben Smith, commented: “We have been overwhelmed by the reaction from the hundreds of Kickstarter backers who have supported us in putting Hiplok’s first secure bike storage in to production. It’s fitting that the final day of our Kickstarter campaign coincides with the start of one of the UK’s biggest cycling events and we’re thrilled to have Airlok on display at the Cycle Show at the NEC this weekend.”

Hiplok co-founder, John Abrahams, added: “The reaction has proven the need for secure yet elegant bike storage. We have lots of ideas for developing the sector further but for now, we’re concentrating on getting the first Airloks to the very first customers.”

Airlok will be on display at The Cycle Show on Zyro-Fisher Stand #H45.

For more information on Airlok visit the Kickstarter campaign page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/airlok/airlok-high-security-bike-storage-hanger-store-loc