Mosracks, the bike rack comes to you

Mosracks, le support à vélo qui vient à vous

After you have noticed that many of his friends were tedious having to climb on the roof of their car or contort to be able to install their bike on their bike rack, Joey Hébert and Frédéric Laurin-Lalonde spent three years to refine a model of support that would come to the user and not the reverse. The two young men in business are the result of their work, the Mosracks, at the Salon Info-Vélo, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the cruise Terminal of the Port of Quebec.

Developed thanks to a campaign of sociofinancement on the site, The Hive, the Mosracks is a support “multi-sport” which can also be used for kayaks, skis and boxes of cargo. If installing directly onto the roof bars of a car, it unfolds 51 cm lower thanks to a system of hydraulics. “Well, we win 86 cm range, this is no longer obliged to be always at arm’s length,” explains Joey Hebert about the product that he describes as unique and for which it has filed a patent application.

Development

“We have already reached half of our goal of $ 35,000 in sociofinancement and we have already sold 21 units at the introductory price of $ 775 a piece for the launch on the 21st of February,” he continued. “The company Thule makes a similar product, but that serves only for kayaks. We are the first to offer something that can also be used for bikes and other sports.”

“I had this idea in a startup weekend. The concept is to make the roof of the car as accessible as the rear trunk. We developed seven prototypes, did a lot of research and development and we have the result today,” continued Mr. Hebert, for whom necessity is the mother of invention. In fact, he describes himself as a passionate about entrepreneurship, cross country skiing and road bike while his partner, an industrial designer, is a fan of whitewater kayaking.

A need

In addition, Joey and fred had done a survey which revealed that 61 % of people who used a bike rack on the roof of their car were this equipment problem. “Our product is complementary to the roof bars already in place and installs in 10 minutes at the maximum,” he says.

The two entrepreneurs have set up themselves the first units, the components of which are manufactured in Canada, the United States, Germany, China, and Taiwan. The next will be, however, assembled and packaged in the region of Québec, “We outsource the production in several countries because we didn’t want to do it all in the same place in order to protect us against the copies,” says Joey Hebert.

The two men of business are, however, not that they aim high for their new product, which will be released first in Quebec. “We will do manufactured 400 units, we hope to take in the first year. When we have well tested the market, we can go elsewhere. We are already planning trade missions in the canadian West and the Boston area.” Ultimately, the North America and Western Europe would be the most promising markets for the new media.

“Already, several people have made very positive comments towards the Mosracks. A person who had sold her kayak because she was tired of being unable to load it on his car and has even said that she probably would have kept if our product had been available. A lady who was not able to place her own bike and those of his children on his car and can now go hiking with her children even when her husband is not here to carry the load,” he concludes.

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BIKES SPHERIK HAS TWO ELECTRIC MODELS

The company Bikes Spherik of Quebec has taken advantage of the Salon Info-Bike to introduce its first two models of bicycles with electric assistance. A project that has seen the light of day a year earlier!

“We are in the field of cycling since 2010, first with accessories, and wheels of road carbon. We have also launched road bikes, and the first Fat Bikes are manufactured in Quebec. For bikes with electric assistance, it was planned for 2020, but we have been able to get out sooner,” says the owner of Bicycle Spherik, Réjean Gosselin.

The mountain bike and the road bike with electrical assistance, bear the name of SER for Spherik Electric Drive can already be ordered and will be delivered by the company in June. “We have tried to be a little bit visionary. These bikes do not have the allure of electric bikes. They are much less heavy as they weigh in at only 28.5 pounds when compared to equivalent models that often exist in the industry and weigh about 45 pounds,” he explains.

Easier so to ride without the electric assist on some segments. Bikes Spherik is believed that the aging of the population, and the fact that many older people wish to stay active will help to develop the market of bicycles with electric assistance. “We wondered who was going to use these bikes. For example, my wife likes to bike with me, but has difficulty to follow me. With this bike, we can do longer trips together and it is I who am behind it,” laughs he.

He also cites the case of a client who was 12 000 km per year and who wished to continue practicing his sport after being relieved of a cancer. “It was more difficult to follow his comrades, and a bike like this will be so perfect for him.”

Mosracks, le support à vélo qui vient à vous

“We are in the field of cycling since 2010, first with accessories, and wheels of road carbon. We have also launched road bikes, and the first Fat Bikes are manufactured in Quebec. For bikes with electric assistance, it was planned for 2020, but we have been able to get out sooner,” says the owner of Bicycle Spherik, Réjean Gosselin.

The Sun, Ian Bussières

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