In Sydney the paths of French industrial designer Romain and German physiotherapist Inga first crossed and when the young pair moved to Berlin, it sparked the idea for a compact bike carrier for urban riders. Like many young brands, the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter is the launchpad to take the OTEK AeroCarrier from a concept into production.
What does it do?
Beyond the sleek and angular design and visual cues that remind me of a fuel tank on a motor cycle, the OTEK is a luggage solution that fits between a saddlebag and pannier bags. With the Goldilocks analogy, it is not too big, not too small, just right.
In contrast to a saddlebag or pannier, this is a rigid and lockable compact storage solution suited for urban riding – environments where short trips by bike are a convenient transport option.
An important feature is the ability to attach regular pannier bags on the rack such as Ortlieb Back Rollers.
The prototype version on display at the VeloBerlin bike show demonstrated that there is also room for design refinement. The crowdfunding campaign is intended to deliver the cash-injection to improve and bring this to market.
OTEK are seeking to raise €45,000 ($72,000 AUS) and deliver the first units to customers in November 2019. The cost for one AeroCarrier on Kickstarter is €98 ($160) at the discounted early-bird price .