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.