After hearing of a friend’s bicycle saddle being stolen, Fortified Bicycle’s founders jumped on the case and helped him recover it. It’s a familiar story for them in that the theft of a friend’s bike lights prompted them to launch their original products a couple years ago. Only this time, they video taped the thief’s capture!
Aptly called Payback, their new kit includes a seatpost collar with proprietary bolt pattern and tool. It also includes one or two seatpost bolts to secure the saddle to the post, making both parts virtually unstealable. They’re so confident that they’ll buy you a new seat if yours is stolen after installing the Payback.
Check the video of the thief getting busted and more details below…
They’ll start with five proprietary shapes to the screw and tool, and will add more each month, so it’s unlikely anyone around you will end up with the same one. After the Kickstarter campaign ends, they’ll contact supporters to get proper color and sizing. They say M8, M5, and M4 are the most common seatpost bolt sizes, and they’ll help you determine what’s right for your seatpost before shipping.
They’ll even have a bolts-only kit for bikes that don’t use a traditional seat collar.
Plenty of rewards are available, with replacement guarantees coming at just $25. Check out their Kickstarter here, and if you’re interested in how these guys got started, read our #BikeStartup series from co-founder Slava Menn!