Kickstarter Round-Up 6

It’s that time again – another Kickstarter round-up.

We had some good projects for you last week - http://singletrackworld.com/2014/04/kickstarter-round-up-5/ – here’s what’s on Kickstarter this week.

Bike Poncho

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Ever wanted a funky green bike poncho? Well, Kickstarter now have one. “Waterproof, UV & Wind Protected, Oil Resistant, Washable & Aerodynamic.  Patented two-tone Bike Poncho™ protects bikes on a campus as well as it does expensive bicycles on their way to triathlons. It’s easy to put on and offers protection in harsh conditions, in transit, or when bikes are stowed in between use.”

Exactly the type of project Kickstarter is known for.  A stylish, creative project designed to catch the eye of any cycling enthusiast. The Bike Poncho project needs a massive $35,000 before the cut off date of May 4th 2014. With a mere $140 raised so far, it has some going before it becomes a success. Let us know what you guys think.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/509770069/cycling-saves-the-planet-bike-poncho-saves-your-ri?ref=live

Pedal Pockets

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Tired of scratching the car roof with your bike pedals? Well, this new invention solves just that. “A Pedal Pocket is a protective cover designed to encase your bicycle pedals when storing or transporting your bikes.  We use a polyester coated foam material that will not only resist scratching, but also resist dings in your car if you do hit your pedal on your car.”

As you readers will know, your bike can spend a lot of time on the roof of your car and it’s not something you want to take chances with. This product is designed to stop all the problems of scratches suddenly appearing on your roof. The project is in need of $5,000 before the dealing date of May 24th 2014.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/94866665/bicycle-pedal-pockets-bike-pedal-covers-by-crumble?ref=live

Commuter X4

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“The COMMUTER X4 is a wearable, fibre optic rear bike light that helps drivers judge distance, width and speed of cyclists.” We’ve had a few bike lights from Kickstarter over recent weeks and this one looks like it could be the best of the lot. Designed to clamp down on road accidents, this design is stylish, modern and something we want your opinion on.

- The human eye judges distance, width and speed most accurately by using 2 or more focal points. The COMMUTER X4 allows drivers to process this information faster and more precisely than if relying on a single rear light.

- The COMMUTER X4 creates a unique and distinct shape ensuring you stand out in rush hour traffic.

- The light sits at the optimum height for all road users and allows drivers to notice your side profile at junctions.

The projet is in need of £16,000 before the cut off date which arrives on May 8th 2014.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/commuterx4/commuter-x4-the-wearable-fibre-optic-bike-light?ref=search

KATCH

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Now for a project we’re sure you skirt wearers will love – KATCH. So, what is KATCH? The KATCH is a magnetic clip that holds your dress or skirt in place while riding a bikeWear what you want and ride when you want with the KATCH. “The KATCH is a magnetic clip that holds your dress or skirt in place when you’re on your bike. For longer skirts, clip front and back together between your knees. For shorter skirts, put the KATCH on the front of the skirt and use its weight to keep your skirt down.”

It’s available in different colours and fabrics and even looks great as a wristband. The project is in need of $5,000 before April 21st 2014. Once again, let us know what you think of the project and whether you would back it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/katch/katch?ref=search

Now it’s time for the Kickstarter successful and unsuccessful projects. As always, we will show you a past Kickstarter project that made it and one that failed. 

The Success 

25th Annual Massanutten Hoo-Ha - A project wanting $2,000 to fund the making of a video which would show the Massanutten Hoo-Ha. With 29 backers they hit their target bang on, raising exactly $2,000. Have a look and see if you think it’s a project you would’ve backed.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/swootten3/25th-annual-massanutten-hoo-ha-video?ref=search

The Failure 

The South Pole Epic - A project wanting a staggering $150,000 to fund a trip across the South Pole. Having raised $8,122, it’s fair to say they fell a long way short of their target. Would you have backed it?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/southpoleepic/the-south-pole-epic?ref=search

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