As more of us take to two wheels for our commute, Belgian cyclists-slash-designers Patrick Jacquet and Rob De Schutter developed the Flipcrown to make bike storage easier, especially for riders living in cramped urban areas.
Intended for commuter, vintage or cruiser bikes with either a 1” or 1-1/8” threaded headset, the Flipcrown replaces the headset’s top crown nut and enables the rider to rotate the handlebars 90º for storage and easily snap them back into position for riding. This makes it easier to store bikes in narrow hallways, hang them on walls, carry bikes down stairways, jam them into stuffed bike racks, and fit multiple bikes on car-mounted racks.
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To use the Flipcrown simply loosen the stem’s quill bolt, push the locking pin down through the top crown and your handlebars are free to rotate. To go back to riding mode just rotate the handlebars back until the pin locks itself in place, and tighten up your quill bolt. Now you might be asking, what’s the point if you still have to loosen the stem? The difference is that once the Flipcrown is set up so its riding position remains fixed and your handlebars instantly snap back into place, properly aligned with your front wheel. It also maintains the height of the handlebars and prevents them from pulling out of the bike with the quill loosened.
The top and bottom halves of the Flipcrown are secured using set screws – one screw holds the crown nut in place, and two set screws secure the top half to the stem. Another cool feature is with your handlebars turned, riders can lock out the bike’s steering with a small padlock to deter ‘grab-and-go’ bike theft. The Flipcrown is made of CNC’d steel with a chrome finish, and is compatible with most headsets in either 1” or 1-1/8” sizes. Two headset spacers, a set-screw allen key and allen key tool for your quill bolt are all provided.
Until March 20th, the pair’s design firm, DeltaReference, will be crowd-funding for the Flipcrown on Indiegogo. The Flipcrown/tool is currently available for $30 USD, and there are several other combo packages available that include folding pedals, wall mounted bike racks, and even complete bikes equipped with Flipcrowns.