For years I’ve asked cycling computer brands to add a button that opens my garage, to no avail. Now, finally, someone’s put that button on the bike, and the form factor couldn’t be better.

The new 12speed Doormate is a universal garage door remote bar-end plug that fits into the end of a handlebar. It’s just 16g and $40, and it works.

12speed doormat universal garage door remote bar end plug that fits inside a bicycle handlebar

While the design looks simple, they say it took quite a bit of development to give it adequate range while tucked inside alloy or carbon handlebars, which apparently like to block signals.

Not only were they able to get it up to 50ft, but they also made it IP65 water resistant and it has more than a year of battery life from an A27 battery…with multiple activations per day. So, likely much longer with more limited use. And that’s good, because you do have to remove your bar tape to pull it out.

12speed doormat universal garage door remote bar end plug shown being installed

I taped a bit of bar tape to the top and bottom to give it a firmer fit inside my Coefficient carbon handlebar.

We brought one home from Sea Otter and installed it, and while it’s annoying to think you’ll have to rewrap your bars when the battery dies, that fact is a security feature.

Once slid into the bar, an upper and lower shell (not shown on install photos) use double-stick tape to attach to the exterior of the bar and trap the remote inside. Once you wrap the roll bar tape over that, it secures the device so that someone can’t just pull it out (and it won’t rattle loose over rough terrain).

12speed doormat universal garage door remote for bicycles

The end result is a clean look that resembles a Di2 junction port, but with a tiny button to activate your garage door. It works with most common brands of garage door openers (Chamberlain, Genie, Linear, and Billion Code), and it took me all of two minutes to pair it and get it working.

12speed doormat universal garage door remote for road bikes

The project launched earlier this year on Kickstarter and crushed their campaign. It’s now available to order direct from their website.

12speed.com

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Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
1 month ago

Is this 12speed garage door opener compatible with my 11 speed garage door?

Rusty_Shackleford
Rusty_Shackleford
1 month ago
Reply to  Astro_Kraken

Negative. It’s super boost.

Slackerz
1 month ago

Interesting. Using a small universal remote, I have just stuck it on the bottom of my saddle with Velcro. Has been there for many years and easy to reach, hidden.

Scott
1 month ago

If you have a garmin and smart garage door that connects to the internet (or able to hook up a raspberry pie to it), you can use my free app to open and close by magic based on your gps. https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/9554f855-1678-474a-884d-83508e766e43

Trail
Trail
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott

Thanks Scott, must be a fellow PLEB

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

You could buy a keypad for your garage door or get the wifi connection and use your phone. When the batteries die you can still change your bar tape if you want to.

Olav
Olav
1 month ago

Now you can get your bike stolen at the coffee shop and come home to an empty house.

Rock star
Rock star
27 days ago
Reply to  Olav

How would they know your address

syborg
syborg
1 month ago

Needs to be portable between bikes or it’s a no go.

John
John
1 month ago

Seriously?

yogibimbi
yogibimbi
1 month ago

Umm, April 1 was two weeks ago, guys!

Appreciative
Appreciative
1 month ago

I think it’s fantastic that someone has applied a use specifically for cyclists. Well done

Alex
Alex
27 days ago

12spd? Price is not terrible, but you could find a small remote that you can put in a jersey pocket for a fraction of that price. Me, I just use the keypad that is already there.

lihtan
27 days ago

As much as this is handy and convenient, it’s also a potential security threat. Any security expert will tell you to never leave garage door openers or gate fobs inside a vehicle. Now this problem has been extended from cars to bicycles. A better way to implement this would be to put a small thumbprint reader on the end of the device, so there’s at least some authentication before a code can be broadcasted.