I put together a series of different design projects to showcase my thinking, skill and passion for design and bicycles. Please also check out www.buckyrides.com for my cycling website.
PROJECT ONE: Handlebar Lock Mount
A handlebar lock mount to help an urban daily life.
Having been aware of the success of portable, flexible strap bike lock called Ottolock and also being an advocate after using it, I brainstormed the experience and pitfalls of the product and brand as a way to generate innovative ideas.
a) Daily routine means fast, accessible security for urban use. U locks are heavy, a pain to carry and often buried in a pack. Ottolock solves half the issue but is hard to mount on your bike and the convenience of the lock is thwarted by the inconvenience of storage.
b) Ottolock is relatively unknown, part of the problem is that people put them inside their bags, backpacks and slings when cycling. Making invisible to potential bike consumers eyes.
Instantly accessible near the handlebars, highly usable, extremely convenient daily lock accessory that puts the lock at the hands of the rider with high brand visibility to create growth and awareness.
After looking at the industry, market and consumers who use Ottolock, it made sense to develop an accessory that worked with the product and enabled expansion of a product range.
An existing portable, flexible bike lock is already a great solution, my ideas take this one step further and really make it shine. I came up with the idea of bike-mount, an accessory for Ottolock. The lock offers instant easy usability for locking up your bike making it great for daily bike life, running in and out of shops, errands etc. Compared to other offerings on the market the lock is very lightweight and versatile/flexible to lock around things. Yet, the part that the company overlooks is how you carry it.
I designed a way to attach it to a bike in a very visible and usable way. I emphasize visible because the design holds the lock so it is very visible, in essence advertising the new product just by being on show. In essence, a handlebar mount for the lock.
Challenges I overcame:
#1 – many many size standards in the bicycle industry, from seatposts to tube shapes
I chose a common location and size that technically worked- handlebar 31.8mm or 26mm diameter.
#2- generating options for a “suite” of complementary products
the design can accommodate other accessories – a light or computer attachment
#3 – making this so easy to use it becomes invisible, effortless, natural.
and successful – positioning right in view and close to hand
In order to get real fast, I created a quick CAD model and constructed a 3d printed prototype, to test the mechanical viability of the design. I wanted to know how it was to use on the bars. Did it get in the way? Did people notice it? How well did the basic design work?
The design is space efficient and clamps to 31.8mm bars. Pretty standard nowadays. A shim could also be used for 26.0 bars. The clamp is on a hinge for an easy install. The holder has been designed for injection molding and could be made in hip colours to go with the lock.
The design holds the lock in place by using an elastomer band (orange) fixed at one end and slotting over nubs to create tension and hold the lock. This can be opened and closed with one hand.
The above bike wasn’t really a commuter bike, so I placed the prototype on a commuter bike and used it.
I found it very convienient to use. Some people thought it would affect steering by hitting knees or being off center heavy. I found it was too light to impact steering and small enough that there was no interference with riding. Very handy, a few items can be changed, the clamp can be made more robust. Areas for branding increased and optimization of length.
Project Two : Urban Aero
A unique all weather super commuter bike.
Commuter bikes look like commuter bikes. People want to get to work fast and they also want to be excited by the look of their bike. Nothing exists in the realm of an all-weather daily bike that looks fast, goes fast and has a unique style.
- The bike is a mixed up, a combination of an all-season aero-inspired road bike, but interestingly the fork, headset area has some strong design language that gives it an “S” Vibe. After going through configurations and geometry tweaks I decided on some classic road wheelbase, I’m imagining that the frame is carbon and the integrated rear fender is cleverly detachable.
- I played around with the large mid surface and breaking it up a bit, but ended up liking the full encapsulated style, maybe an area for branding but a very visually different and future style. Sort of reminded me of the Trek Y bikes when they came around in the mid 90’s and how striking they were.
- I imagine the middle cowing could be used to encase a battery also for an e drive version.
Project Three: Helmet Sketch
The ongoing search for a lighter, highly vented, safe and unique looking helmet.
I decided to start my base study from visual attributes of a Cateye, Lazer and Specialized for initial exploration. I crafted a side view of a helmet that shows motion and could fit into the specialized line, using some common visual elements.
Project Four: Gravel Camera Sling
In my experience of Pac NW adventuring or gravel exploring, some of the places found are amazing and a large number of people wish to capture this with a camera which is a better than an i-phone. There is a need for an accessible bag that can hold a medium size mirrorless camera, think Lumix LX100 or an Alpha 6300.
The camera needs to be protected from flying gravel and rock but also quickly accessible for mountaintop shots. That’s where the sling comes in. The body sling provides security on the back and due to the small size, it occupies minimal space so it doesn’t get hot, yet it can be slung around the body quick to gain access.
Project Five: Handlebar Bag
Handlebar bags are popular with the unpaved crowd. The majority of handlebar bars are simple empty structures that are accessed from a zipper on the top. With current models the problem is twofold, accessibility for best access and maximum carry is lacking with difficult zippers and placement, then 1/2 empty bags that rattle around on unpaved surfaces.
A simple look at construction and internal pockets to make access better with a unique look. The teathers / pockets stop contents from rattliong. The 160 degree zipper allows easier acessess and the ability to carry more gear. Asuperior handle bar bag.
Project Six: Pocket Roll (tool roll)
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.
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 by removing your under saddle every day.
c) It’s personal, you don’t like on the appearance of under saddle bike tool rolls, you like the feel of a lighter bike.
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.
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.
- Pedros tyre lever
- Traditional patches and small glue
- Adhesive-less patches
- Money in bills or credit card
- Spare / master chain link
- Tyre boots
- valve extenders and spare vale
- Spoke wrench and valve core tool
- Multi-tool of many sizes
The Original Plan
Prototype & Development :-
Project Seven: Blinky Sketches
A design to address a small high-quality blinky light that can attach via different methods to an Ottolock.
4 quick concepts with different attachments silicone bands, magnets, clasps etc. Different aesthetic options
Project Six: G Nav
a) you explore, you use osm maps a lot
b) you find yourself running out of power
c) you would rather ride than mess around with your iphone
Thinking about bike computer designs, this one being more “explorer” oriented. A few features of this design could be really exciting. 1) the “preempt display” on the right of unit – for navigating a route, this shows you exactly how your turn is going to manifest, it can be really useful at messy unclear intersections and could avoid a lot of confusion. 2) – the button on the left (activate map drop) , this button when pressed auto fires up a mobile app on your iphone it auto loads up a high res OSM map and pin drops your location on it instantly. Allowing for advanced navigation- It could be used for times of “where the f am i ? ” or times of emergency. A smooth user experience maximizing the hq screen of a phone. 3) because the unit is larger – a large space in the unit for a larger battery and electronics allowing for longer trips and powering emergency lights / cell phones
Project 7 : DIY Bike Hook
What about if we took a simple piece of flat steel and lazered some cuts in it, holes and some bend reliefs. Then sold it to people as a “construct it yourself” wall mounted bike rack?
It can be shipped flat, has high utilization of metal area and close to no waste. can be mounted to drywall, wood studs or metal studs in modern buildings. Package would include a squishy rubber bit to slide over the hook to protect the wheel that hangs from it or people could wrap with recycled inner tube (even more eco)
Along with it comes a single fixing bolt (drawn in black) to create the structure bond needed between the upper and lower strut.
Project 8 : Rear Cycle Light and tool kit
Large area light and storage inside
Attaches to a common engineering point- the rear angled seat rails.
2 part design housing, Cleanly and simply held together with 4 high power magnets.
No faffing, easy to access the inside as the front snaps off. No messing with bloody zippers or rolls and clips that are a large pain in the arse.
Project 9 : Apartment Dweller Bike Stand & Repair
Problem: Cleaning / maintaining your bike in a small space, whist being clean and efficient.
A device to help you work on, adjust and cleaning your bike in your apartment or other small / limited area. Bicycle repair / cleaning device for people who live in apartments and small spaces.
– provides tool and rag storage
– floor protector and dirt trap
– perfect for touch ups and minor cleans
– great for wet / muddy bikes
– holds by front wheel allowing you to freely adjust drive train
– compact and portable