Welcome back to This Week in Outdoor Gear Startups, the column where we share current events and other news about (as the name would suggest) outdoor gear startups.
The theme for this column ... cool, fun bike stuff now on Kickstarter. As we cruised around the well-known crowdfunding platform, we found three really unique projects, all related to bicycles.
The first one – Bellcycles – is something of a cross between a unicycle and a bicycle. Instead of pedaling the back wheel, you pedal the front wheel. Check out this video to see how it works!
The second Kickstarter project that caught our eye is a bike seat that easily turns into a bike lock. Designed and made by Seatylock, the newest version of their all-in-one bike seat lock is specifically designed for urban riders. Here’s the video with the details.
Lastly, with the Olympics upon us, we found the story of Steve Bate compelling. In 2012, he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a severe form of tunnel vision that caused a 95% loss of his vision and will eventually lead to him to go blind. This disability pushed Steve to go big in pursuing his dreams.
In 2013, he was the first visually impaired person to solo climb El Capitan. He then went to the Rio Paralympic games for track cycling, where he won two gold medals and broke a world record.
Now he is attempting a 19 mile fat bike race inside the Arctic Circle; Dark Sky Media hopes to accompany him on the adventure to create a documentary, and needs backing to do so.
Head on over to the Kickstarter project to learn more about Steve and the proposed documentary project. (We weren't able to embed the video here, so make sure to check it out on the project page).
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