The Sherpa

The Sherpa is a flat bike tire multitool. It focuses is consolidation while keeping functionality.

What's the big idea?

The Sherpa is a multi tool for changing a flat bicycle tire. It addresses the unmet needs of commuters by focusing on the combination and consolidation of tools to save space, stay organized, and reduce dependency on various tools. This single small tool can remove a tire, patch a tube, and fill a tire up…..and it can fit in your pocket. No need to keep track of tools and worry if some got left behind. The Sherpas design address bicycle commuters needs which are not a big focus in the bicycles tool industry. It simplifies the parts while keeping usability and functionality.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

Right now these tools exist individually. The best attempt to consolidate and simply the process of carrying them are small bags to hold everything.

How are you different from that player?

The majority of these companies are geared towards racing, mountain biking, and road biking. None of the companies really focus on commuters and the needs they have which are much different.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

A company could easily customize the tool by placing their brands CO2 head in place of the current one. The tool is more about combination and consolidation than a particular air flow system.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

I have riden long treks, mountain bikes, road bikes, and commuting. I have bought tools and studied gear for each type of cycling and have seen the pros and cons of each. With my knowledge of the industry, ability to see the unmet needs, and resources I feel I am qualified to improve this problem.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

I would like to work with a design team in order to get other viewpoints as well as manufacturing options. I plan to build and test a few models in order to gain feedback and revise the design with a professional team.

There have been 8 replies to this page

  1. Phil Threadgould

    Endorsed.  Great idea.  I don’t think this will sell well to commuters in the U.S. though.  Except for college campuses, there just aren’t many of them.  You should think about Asia from the very beginning.  And I wouldn’t ignore the long trek mountain biking community.  They could have a real need for this and are probably willing to pay for it.

  2. Pat Shields


    Thanks Phil, I completely agree with your suggestions. Im a daily commuter so this is where I first felt the unresolved needs but I also dont want to close the doors to other people just because Im not aware of them.

  3. Nick Jacques

    Pat,  I like the idea.  Do you have 3D data on the part, if you would like me to SLA some sample pieces you could check the shape and form, they wouldn’t be operable but would give you an item to display,  I do alot of biking and think bike stores would carry these instead.

  4. Pat Shields


    Nick, I kinda do haha. I started some Rhino but they are incomplete. It is not print ready, Im extremely knew to the program and am working my way into it.

  5. Nick Rolinski

    Like it!

  6. Tyler James Champion


  7. Jake Hall

    I like the idea a lot.  Endorsed.  If you ever need any basic design stuff done.  Let me know.

  8. Caleb Williams

    Great idea. Sometimes wire bead tires need two spoons. Might be nice to have a traditional stacking spoon concept so that two can be included but keep the simple packaging. This would make it more feasible for commuters, who typically have wire-beaded tires, to carry this tool.

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on December 20, 2012.