Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Fix It Sticks

There are a lot of Kickstarter bike projects in the world these days, some good, some stupid, some somewhere in between. Fix It Sticks are one of the good ones. Brian Davis, the guy behind Fix It Sticks, sent me some early prototypes of his product. They work and they are clever. They can get into tight places, provide great leverage and are light and compact to carry. His current incarnations of the sticks are even better than the prototypes. He's already met and surpassed his initial Kickstarter goal and he's moving on to a full production run.

Brian does a better job than I would in explaining Fix It Sticks, so click on this link and read about them and watch the video (the video is funny as well). There are still ten days to go in the Kickstarter and Brian has some more cool ideas that can make Fix It Sticks even better. Brian recently quit his day job to focus full time on Fix It Sticks. I like seeing someone with enough faith in their idea to make a big bet on it. Fix It Sticks are a bet worth making.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah, WA USA

7 comments:

JB said...

That's the first Kickstarter project I've given to.

A word of warning to those as impulsive as me: The bits are not replaceable on these. I jumped on board before I realized that. I still think they're a clever tool, but it would be nice to be able to carry two sticks and 10 bits. Apparently that's coming in the future.

John Romeo Alpha said...

I think I like that those bits are fixed in place. Many of the implementations I've used of those bits are so loose that the tool is nearly useless since they keep popping out.

Anonymous said...

I don't want itty bitty separate changeable bits, but it would be nice to be able to buy individual sticks as needed.

Great design idea.

MimiTabby said...

fun! this is the 4th kickstarter I've done. The 3rd bike related :-)
I joined up as soon as I read your blog post.
thanks for sharing

Abigail Dahl said...

Kickstarter is a great source to find all sorts of new start-ups. I am a Oregon State University student, and will be launching my own business on Kickstarter this March or early April for Cycle-Jacket.

My business is a bicycle cover that covers the whole bike. It has small openings near the frame and tires to lock the bike to racks. It works great for those that do long-distance cycling and camp overnight, or the avid work-commuter. I also have a product that is just a seat cover.

The material I use is very lightweight, waterproof, and self-repairable. Check out a sneak peak at www.cycle-jacket.com and let me know what you think. I really like this blog, and find it to be a great resource for me. Thanks!

Abigail

Anonymous said...

I like the concept, but does the bit extend through the stick that serves as the handle, and potentially into the user's hand? Maybe the middle of the sticks could be fattened a bit, in a way that also allows them to snap together when not used. A little clever plastic molding.

Philip said...

You can't change the bits? I'd like individual bits, and strong magnets to keep them in. Like a magnet, I'm very attracted to these Sticks, and may well get a Kickstarter Green set. Do they have 8 and 10 mm socket options?