One thing that has always impressed me about the bike scene is the constant innovation. Whether it’s a startup T-shirt brand, or a new CNC’d device from a machinist, every week there’s something new or improved.
Jonny Hintze is the graphic designer at a US-based manufacturer, and he’s also been motivated by the spirit of enterprise. He’s created an all-in-one jersey pouch and saddle bag, and a multi-function tyre lever.
From the press release: Snēk Cycling has introduced two new products; the Vital Case and the Lifeboat Tire Lever. The company is currently live on Kickstarter and raising funds to bring the project to life.
The Vital Case is a system designed to hold a phone, cash, inﬂator, tire lever, and other tools needed when riding a bike. The second product, the Lifeboat Tire Lever, is an all-in-one tool that can change a tire, remove a valve core, and open a bottle.
“As a cyclist, the Vital Case is a product I’ve always desired. Road, CX, and Mountain Bike riding, I found myself switching between tools for each speciﬁc bike. There was not a clean or eﬃcient system for holding all of the loose parts,” says founder and designer Jonny Hintze about the inspiration behind the project.
“Similarly, I wanted a case that would ﬁt in my jersey pocket, attach to my bike, or be put in a pack. The summation of these problems and desires was the birth of this case.”
The Vital Case can be used in a jersey pocket or attached to a bike with a retractable unobtrusive rail hanging system. Metal clips easily attach the case to the saddle without the trying task of routing velcro straps through the rails.
The case is constructed with a weather resistant Phone and Billfold stretch-holder and high-quality leather outer for a durable, sleek case that lasts.
The Lifeboat Tire Lever is an all in one tool that can change a tire, remove a valve core and open a bottle. Composed of a plastic outer and reinforced with a metal interior, ensures for a long lasting lever that won’t damage your rim.
“With tubeless tire systems already prevalent in the mountain bike world and becoming more and more abundant in the road world it seemed ﬁtting to include a valve core remover as part of the lever.
Valve cores can easily be removed to add sealant to tubeless systems with this inclusive lever,” adds Hintze, “In addition the lever includes a bottle opener for the post ride beverage. With metal construction its a tool that won’t need to be replaced.”
The Snēk Cycling Vital Case and Lifeboat Tire Lever campaign is currently live and available to support on Kickstarter.
About Snēk Cycling
Founded by graphic designer Jonny Hintze in 2015. Snēk is a brand based upon stylish, simple, and authentic cycling goods. Products born from ideas conjured up during actual rides. Never over-thought, but stringent on detail. Brought together by years of cycling experience with a drive for hand-picked, high-quality materials.