Unlike some of the half baked ideas I’ve come across on Kickstarter, professional architect Alejandro Lacreu in New York has a polished, well planned presentation for his “Flipphandle” quick release bicycle handlebar stem.
Alejandro won a design competition in 2008 with his “Flippphandle” rotating stem, which allows you to quickly and easily rotate a bicycle handlebar for easier storage or parking. Since then, he’s filed a patent application and manufactured 50 samples for testing.
For his next step, he’d like to raise $75,000 for a pilot production run of 1,000 Flipphandle stems. He’ll take any size contribution, but for contributions over $75 you’re essentially pre-ordering from this initial production run. $75K sounds ambitious, but all he needs is 1,000 people to try his invention.