Velojackr’s slogan pretty much says it all – “we believe the only part of your bike that should touch the ground is your tires.” That’s referring to the common practice of turning your bike upside down to rest it on the bars and saddle when you need to change a flat. Depending on where you are you can get around the issue (especially if you are riding with someone else – ‘here, hold this’), but for those looking for a simple way to support your bike during down time, Velojackr offers a unique solution.
When we last saw the concept, it was more of a square profile that was meant to fit inside larger saddle bags. Now, after heading back to the drawing board, Velojackr changes profile to fit in your bottle cage and stores more than just a flat kit…
While you could argue Velojackr is only for the most anal retentive cyclists out there, the ability to protect your GPS, phone, or light is worth mentioning. Sure, you could take them off before you start your repair, but Velojackr appears to be easier and without the risk of leaving things behind. Built in three sections, Velojackr includes two end caps that double as handlebar supports for your bike’s front end when upside down. When placed under the bar, they provide 70mm of clearance for the various accessories on your handlebar and keep your hoods off the ground as well.
The third piece is a center storage unit that includes a water tight rubber seal. Inside you’ll find tire levers, a water proof saddle cover to make sure your white seat stays white while changing your flat, and tube patches. For those who really want to stay clean, it also includes a pair of rubber gloves to keep the grease and dirt off your hands/bike gloves. In addition to the included products there is plenty of room for additional storage for multi tools, co2 inflators, money, etc.
Designed to fit in most standard water bottle cages, the production injection molded ABS plastic Velojackr starts at $22 for the whole kit and should deliver in October providing the Kickstarter goal is met.
Need a bottle cage to mount your Velojackr? Williams recently announced their newest cage, the carbon Trans. Part carbon, part poly carbonate, the Trans cage includes two hooks of all 5 colors – black, white, red, teal, and blue. Each hook can be mixed and match to obtain the perfect look and the perfect hold for your bottle. Cages are claimed to weigh 39g and sell for $35.