Cyckit Ltd is a New Zealand based company specializing in designing and producing niche, integrated cycle storage products for higher end users in the Road Cycle market.
Cyckit was founded by Concept Designer/Engineer & Graphic Designer Pat Reardon. Pat brings his design philosophy of functional performance with equal style to the bicycle storage accessories market.
Early on Pat realized that to take the business to a global level required expertise and approached Auckland based and world leading business incubator The Icehouse. After meeting their entry criteria Cyckit was absorbed into their processes with The Icehouse becoming a shareholder and consulting partner.
The Icehouse CEO, Andy Hamilton, says “this product is exactly what our business is set up to do; take fantastic ideas from talented entrepreneurs and give them the structure and governance to move from the idea stage into production and beyond. The Cyckit guys are onto a winner here and we are right behind 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 overseen by The Icehouse. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Inspired by the interest from cyclists and cycle stores alike, 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.
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 storage becomes truly integrated by combining excellence and functionality with stylish design and simplicity that truly enhances the cycling experience.