The Cyckit Story

 

Cyckit Ltd is a New Zealand based company specializing in designing and producing niche

plastic injected moulded integrated cycle saddlebags for higher end users in the cycle market.

Cyckit’s point of difference is making the saddlebags perform as good as they appear aesthetically on the cycle.

 

Originally designed for the Road Bike market the Aeroclams have been withstanding the rigors of off Road, [Gravel

Trail for a number of years so now don’t have a specific market but more classed as ‘Universal’.

The Aeroclams are used by many customers for MTB use but at this time I discourage ‘Extreme’ MTB use as I can’t be sure of placing a warrantee on the continual hammering of constantly airborne crash downs.

Still trialling the ‘Extreme’ MTB use.

 

Cyckit was founded by Concept Designer/Engineer & Graphic Designer Pat Reardon.

Pat brings his design philosophy of functional performance with equalled aesthetics to the bicycle saddlebag accessories market by producing a saddlebag that’s not really a saddlebag as the cycling world have for decades known them.

 

Longtime friend and supporter Mike Talbot was another early believer in Pat’s design philosophy and the prototypes that evolved.

Mike an experienced litigation lawyer became an early partner in the business contributing to Global Intellectual Property Protection.

 

When promoting another earlier but different storage prototype an Auckland cycle shop owner challenged Pat to design a stylish lightweight ‘hard’ replacement to the ‘style absent’ zip up under seat canvas saddle bags that dominated the market.

Pat became increasingly focused on the cycle storage market noting that while bicycle technology was moving forward at an unabated pace

many of the products used as storage on cycles had not. In fact the canvas under-seat bags had remained unchanged for years.

 

In Pats words “the old canvas bags looked like a suitcase strapped to the boot of a Ferrari. They just killed the aerodynamics and look of a road cycle or any cycle for that matter. So we set about changing that”.

Pat developed a workable prototype and embarked on an extensive market validation procedure involving 125 road cyclists.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Inspired by the interest from cyclists and cycle stores alike so a product development plan was conceived to bring this completely unique product to the market.

 

Together with Pat and Mike

there is a great team of cycling fanatics working with the business ranging from sales consultant to toolmaker & moulder.

After ensuring there is an Aeroclam [two models] to fit most major seat brands/models, Cyckit intends to establish its presence in the market with more uniquely stylish “on bike” integrated storage accessories for cyclists who care precisely what they fit to their cycles.

The Cyckit story started like many others – an idea, a gap in the market, a vision sketched out on paper and bought to life by many hours developing prototypes by hand in a home garage.

Cyckit is committed to ensuring that cycle saddlebags become truly integrated to cycles by combining design excellence and functionality with aesthetics & simplicity that truly enhances the cycling experience.

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