A more “explorer” oriented bike computer. 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 before getting there, 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
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 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.
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 :-
The Chrome Kadet is pretty cool, its a small over the shoulder messenger bag. I would do a couple of things to make it a bit more bike friendly, which would include a camera mod for a smaller mirrorless camera setup and maybe some new materials to breathe better in the straps and back panel. This would be a great gravel grinder companion, for gear and photos.
The problem with riding up mountains in summer is actually descending mountains. You ride up, you get hot and sweaty, you descend then you instantly get cold and the moisture from the sweat keeps you cold. Shivering on a bike on a fast descent is not a good thing. In the days of old school racing – spectators at the top of the mountain pass would give riders newspaper to put down the front of their jerseys to block the wind for the descent, thus keeping them warmer and safer.
Below is a modern day take design for a versatile jersey with side panels that can transform into a wind vest.