A product that has been successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter makes the promise that you will never be visited by the puncture fairy ever again – but while the campaign is still open, unfortunately they’re not shipping to the UK as yet.
Around 250 people have backed Nexo Tires and Ever Tires through the website as of lunchtime today, together pledging $34,669 of the $24,597 goal.
The difference between the two products? Well, the obvious one is that while Ever Tires have holes in them, Nexo Tires don't and just look like regular tyres - and with the help of an adapter kit, will fit to your existing rims. Ever Tires come complete with specially designed wheel set and are said to be “great for kids bikes, cruisers, and the casual rider.”
The Utah-based team behind the products also claim they are more eco-friendly than existing tyres on the market, saying:
The manufacturing process of traditional rubber tires requires eight to nine steps. A single tire requires numerous hours of production including labor, materials and resources consumed during the manufacturing period. Our tires only require one process and only take 30 minutes to produce. Due to the fact that our tires are a one piece manufacturing process they are greener to produce and to recycle. Both you, our environment and the mighty Sasquatch deserve something better.
But they acknowledge that there are some drawbacks, as you can imagine, including that they “aren't as cushioned as an air filled tire,” making them unsuitable for extreme mountain bike trails, and that “when used in place of road tires there is a 15 per cent increase in drag which is great for training but not for race day.”
On the FAQ on Kickstarter, the product’s creators say: “We'd love to be able to ship outside the US. However, with shipping costs as high as they are we're not able to at this time.
“Thanks for your patience and if you have any suggestion on making this more economical please feel free to contact us.”
Hopefully Liam Fox – or whoever occupies his post in a decade or so – can negotiate a tariff-free deal for airless bicycle tyres when the time comes.
Find out more on Kickstarter, and let us know what you think about them in the comments.
This area is pretty local to me, I grew up just off the southern end of the path and I used to know it really well....
Or be a very well off, lying, ex prime minister.
lots of things tend to be 'obvious' once the first one comes out - but the reason apatent is granted is due to the uniqueness of the product and...
I didn't know WVA had run a classified hub. Are there plans for him to run one?...
Is it a target or is it a no sign..? There's only one way to find out...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-65132205 Self driving car fancied a pint
As it's a touring bike, I'd think of putting it on Cycling UK's whole bikes forum page. Cycling UK is what used to be the Cyclists Touring Club ...
1980s Carerra tribute!
I feel for you, having the same thing happening in the company I'm at. It's pretty horrible when people just blatantly copy.
All the more shocking as we learn that Richie Sunak has just spent £500,000 of tax payers money on private jet flights in a fortnight