I was looking at recent Kickstarter projects recently when I happened upon a featured listing on the front page. It was for kids bikes – but not just any bikes, super bright, fun-looking, glow-in-the-dark bikes with clear top tubes and down tubes. My interest was piqued, so I read the back story, checked out the bikes more closely, and I was sold. I suppose in a literal sense – I backed the project, so I’ll get one of the May release bikes! I’ll give a synopsis below of Phantom Bikes and what is being offered on the Kickstarter project.
The company founder took his son to the bike store to get a rear light for his bike. The son had the kid-genius idea that it would be super cool if the whole bike lit up, not just the rear light. And that was the spark – Phantom Bikes is making bicycles for kids (but who knows, maybe adults some day?) that light up. In particular, it’s the top tube and down tube which are made of a very strong acrylic/plastic of some sort, then bonded to a traditional frame material, presumably steel. All the bike parts should be standard, including 20″ wheels. But boy, will these bikes light up!
In the promotional video, you see other kids ogling the demo bike, which goes a long way for making the point – kids are going to love these bikes! Imagine a kid with his light-up shoes on a light-up Phantom Bike. There are two models, the Ghost and Ice, which are in red/pink hues and blue color tones, respectively. However, there is a choice of 5 colors – that is, you can choose what color lights you want inside the 2 tubes. The lights are powered by 4 AA batteries. Are they rechargeable? Likely not, but leave that for a future build.
It appears retail will be about $195 for the Phantom Bikes. On Kickstarter, the early supporters pledged $125 and could get an April 2014 first release of the finished bikes. Now, you can pledge at the $165 level for the same bike benefit. And I encourage you to do so, I did, as this appears to be a fun, worthy bike for kids, with a new twist. The Kickstarter project runs for just 2 more days, and the goal is $10,000.