We missed the CLUG during their Kickstarter last June, but it didn’t seem to matter. The company crushed their $32,000 funding goal, and raised an impressive $107,947 CAD. That’s a lot of money for something so small – actually, what CLUG is calling the world’s smallest bike rack. Originally created with a 3D printer, CLUG is a simple clip that is mounted to the wall. Your bike’s tire then snaps into the clip, leaving your bike supported and your home or office space de-cluttered.
During the Kickstarter campaign you could pledge just $5 to get your own .stl file to print your own CLUG and the early bird supporters were sent 3D printed first run CLUGs while the actual CLUGs were being manufactured. Certainly an interesting use of 3D printing to bridge the gap between concept and production. Soon with three options to choose from, CLUG is looking like an intriguing storage solution for your home…
Held to the wall with two screws, the packaging doubles as a template to drill the necessary holes. Once mounted, CLUG can store your bike upright vertically or horizontally depending on your space. Really, anywhere you can attach the clip, you can store a bike.
Consisting of a “clipper and a gripper,” the hard outer shell houses a rubberized inner layer which won’t scratch your rims or damage your tires. Eventually, the CLUG will be available in three different sizes to fit road bikes (23 -32mm tires), hybrids (32-42mm tires), and even mountain bikes with 1.75 – 2.5″ tires (roughly). The Roadie and the Hybrid will be shipping in a few days (their website says within 4 days), while the MTB will be shipping later this year. CLUGs retail for $25 each which includes standard worldwide shipping, and are available in white or black (Roadie only) outer shells, and orange, green, blue, and black inner grippers.