Last week several members of the PodRide team travelled to Taichung in Central Taiwan to meet with a new set of manufacturers. Previously we have been primarily working with bike component manufacturers for frames, motors, gears, etc. But PodRide is a lot more than just bike parts.
One manufacturer that we met with last week was a company that will sew and produce the fabric canopy. Based on our discussions and review of their manufacturing capabilities and experience, we are confident that we have a very capable partner to work with on this critical item.
We also visited a company that specializes in thermoforming foam. This material and process allows PodRide to be manufactured more easily and reduces some of the frame complexity in the roof.
We plan to use this technology to produce the roof, the front and rear bumper, wheel tubs, and side panels.
With this technology we produce an aluminium mold of each part we want to produce. Then we take a piece of foam and laminate it with fabric and/or plastic on each side. Then we heat it and press the part into the mold. The resulting part is lightweight and takes on and retains the shape from the mold. This means we can produce attractive shapes, and reduce the need for aluminium tubes in some areas that were needed to form shapes.
In short it will make PodRide easier and cheaper to produce, as long as we can get the unit volumes required to cover the tooling costs.
PODRIDE IS GOING TO THE TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL CYCLE SHOW
In 2 weeks time the Taipei International Cycle Show is on. This show is the biggest and best in Asia. PodRide will be there! One of our suppliers has generously offered to allow us to put PodRide on their stand.
We will take this opportunity to let our other manufacturing partners come and see PodRide in the flesh, as it’s not practical to take PodRide to all of our suppliers’ offices.
If you happen to be in Taipei during the show we will be at Nangang Exhibition Hall 1, stand #N0530. Please drop by and say hello!
PRICING, AVAILABILITY, ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS, ETC
In the past week or so we have had a massive uptick in the number of people joining our mailing list. This was the result of a new PodRide video that went viral with over 6 million views in less than a week.
When PodRide supporters join our mailing list, many will make comments or ask questions. Given that there are literally thousands of people joining our mailing list, we simply do not have the resources and bandwidth to individually answer the comments and questions. (We would never get PodRide finished if we tried to answer each email.)
Once again we would like to thank you for your support and encouragement. On a daily basis we receive emails and messages of support that inspire us to work harder to make PodRide a reality.