TR Fastenings Sponsors Stylish Swedish-designed Sidebuddy
The new eco-solution for city transportation
As our cities become increasingly congested with traffic and pollution, bicycles are proving an increasingly popular way to get around town more quickly and easily - and with the added benefit of zero emissions.
However, sometimes cycling may not be practicable – for example, if you have to transport children, pets or shopping for example - so Swedish designer Jordi Hans saw an opportunity to invent a versatile add-on solution – the SideBuddy side trailer.
Inspired by the classic designs of motorbike sidecars, the SideBuddy can be attached to either standard bicycles or new electric models and fits up to three children (aged 0-7 years) or cargo up to 120kg. Multi-functional and versatile, it is ideal for families, street sellers, tourists, commuters and even surfers!
TR Fastenings and Sidebuddy
Always keen to support new and innovative ideas, when TR Fastenings Sweden was approached by the designers of SideBuddy to be a possible sponsor they were keen to hear more. Eugen Kühnl, Engineering and R&D Manager at TR Fastenings Sweden, comments, “As a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial components, environmental thinking is an area we are particularly interested in. In our opinion, the Sidebuddy is a unique project with huge commercial potential and one we are delighted to support.”
“The components that were selected – such as screws, nuts, washers, springs and rubber parts - were already approved and validated for use in the automotive sector and readily available for us to supply to the customer. This amounted to a huge saving in terms of time for the Sidebuddy team.”
Overcoming Design Challenges
Using its experience in assembly and fastener technology, TR Fastenings worked closely with Jordi Hans, from concept to the final design.
Together the team overcame a number of design challenges, including finding a suitable way to connect the bicycle to the Sidebuddy, steering issues and combine functionality and top-quality design in a multi-functional, moving product.
Jordi Hans comments, “We are hugely grateful to TR Fastenings and our other sponsors for all their support. We have just officially launched Sidebuddy and are delighted with the response so far!”
Designed by: Jordi Hans Design
Materials: High quality Scandinavian design materials
Colour: 12 different colours to select and all type of customized Vynil laminations
Features: Extendable Cowling 50 cm, Dual break system, Fold able Seats, Mudguards, Position lights, Front Wheel, Extendable Walking Handle, Bike Connectors Connectable to 80% of Bicycles & 90% of Electrical Bicycle.
Weight: Approximately 16 kg.
Maximum Cargo Load: 120 kg.
To find out more about the SideBuddy or pre-order one, please visit www.sidebuddy.se
- FAST Magazine, pg 54 - 'The Buddy that's on your side!' - Oct 2016
- Engineering Materials - News story - “Sidecar for bikes” - 6 Dec 2016
- Road.cc - 'Need a cargo bike but don't want the extra weight all the time?' - 11 Dec 2016
- Torque Expo - 'TR Fastenings develops 'sidecar' for city bicycles with SideBuddy' - 21 Dec 2016
- Cycling Industry News - 'TR Fastenings develops 'sidecar' for city bicycles with SideBuddy' - 21 Dec 2016
- Fastening Solutions - 'The Buddy That's On Your Side' - 06 April 2017
- ASAP Aerospace Aviation 360 Blog - 'Tr Fastenings Helps To Manufacture Swedish SideBuddy' - 06 March 2017
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