Cycling Pocket Roll

Project Six:

This is a passion project I have been working on for a little while, actually since 2015 -it’s interesting in terms of design and development so I thought I would share.

Problem:

a) you have multiple bikes, your under saddle tool bag is in different states of “intactness” – it’s a hassle keeping up.
b) you lock your bike in a public place, you would rather have a tool roll in your bag or pocket to save the hassle of removing your under saddle every day to stop it being stolen.
c) It’s a style thing, you don’t like on the appearance of under saddle bike tool rolls, you like the feel of a lighter bike.

Design:

I started this project with no knowledge of sewing. My development method was to create, test, refine and recreate. I am currently on V7 of my pocket roll. Below you can see the stages of my development, the latest is the blue one, it’s turning out to be pretty successful.

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Key Features of the Blue tool roll v7

  • Large capacity! rolls very small, since the objects tesselate.
  • Semi-transparent rip stop nylon – durable and you can see into the pockets for small items.
  • Internal pocket configuration holds many different types/sizes of multi-tool.
  • With credit card, the roll sits really nicely in a jersey pocket due to the flat credit card.
  • Designed so tools / objects don’t fall out.
  • Adjustable velcro.
  • Future path to add straps so it could be attached under saddle.

Currently holds:

  • Pedros tyre lever
  • Traditional patches and small glue
  • Adhesive-less patches
  • Money in bills or credit card
  • Spare / master chain link
  • Tyre boots
  • Sandpaper
  • valve extenders and spare vale
  • Spoke wrench and valve core tool
  • Multi-tool of many sizes

The Original Plantool_roll_plan

Prototype & Development :-

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Sketch Tuesday

Generate some ideas and get the conversation started

What if we went to market with something so simple? something that consumers would love, yet not a big deal on the pocket then go from there.

A quick sketch regarding bike lights, how can one make them small, highly desirable and integrate with other pieces of kit. Easy, the technology has come a long way with led’s and power sources, now small compact and easy to attach via simple methods.

A company could come out with a line of products that address the flexibility needs of a consumer pretty easy to make a point of differentiation in the market. Create a brand and expand into other areas.

Led Lights for bicycle

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DT is a process which uses designers tools combined with different styles of thinking to solve problems. If we think about this in a broad context, it can be used to solve very discrete problems or huge social or business problems. DT is appealing for business owners where an end consumer or user is involved, because it helps optimize the experience and strengthen the business. Continue reading “Design Thinking for business”

What the heck is DT?

Design Thinking Explained…

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I had a hard time understanding this “design thinking” – I feel a lot of people do. Most people think of Design as an object or artefact, but this refers to “design” in the context of doing. Part of the problem is that the word is unfamiliar and it doesn’t really tell me what it actually does, and the benefit is not instantly implied because used together the words become vague or some would say common sense. Continue reading “What the heck is DT?”

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If you’re in a successful business you probably think a lot about your future consumers.

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The best brands and large companies have something in common — they serve what I call “perfect cake”. This means the consideration and delivery of a whole consumer experience from start to finish. This is in contrast with some businesses who focus on a solitary layer — the product layer for example. Continue reading “User centered design can help make the perfect business cake!”