CycleDyne LLC Formed
This was a hectic year for us and things did not always go according to plan. We wanted to have the production line up and running by August so that we would have plenty of time to market our rollers prior to fall-winter sales season. In late July, without advanced notice, our supplier of machined components backed out because they could not hold the aerospace tolerances that we had specified. Needless to say we burned a lot of midnight oil scrambling to recover for our first sales season. We were very happy with our first year, because the response from customers and reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive. Many customers tell us that they can’t stand to go back to their regular trainers or rollers.
First European Sale
The challenge of our second year was keeping up with sales. Word of our rollers was getting out thanks to some great reviews from Fixed Gear Fever, Pez Cycling News and NYVeloCity. Even people as far away as the UK were buying them and the compliments from the customers kept rolling in.
Travelers Introduced Q3
Now that our supply chain was set we decided to release the traveler version of our rollers. these are a light weight version of the TruTrainer without the rear flywheel and are targeted at the fixed gear guys who carry allot of gear to and from the velodrome. We also began marketing an upgrade kit to add the flywheel option for those who purchased travelers.
Auxiliary Load System Begins Development
This year we began development of a wireless auxiliary load device that will allow you to get rid of your stationary trainers. The auxiliary load device is contained within the middle roller and is simple drop in retrofit that will allow hill climb load simulation. Our test results show that it will boost the existing load allowing 500 watts at 50 RPM in a 53×12 gear. Our plan was to begin marketing the auxiliary load device in the fall but issues with battery life and dependability with the electronics package have delayed us. The mechanicals are finished and the results of the testing of the production units are shown below. We are re-doing the electronics and moving to an ANT compliant system so that we will be compatible with your gizmos.
Manufacturing In Source
To make it easier to to provide the quality that we demand, we in sourced all of our manufacturing. No easy task, since we had to reconfigure our shop so that we could bring in our own CNC equipment. A lot of effort but the results are worth it. We owe a big thanks to the Hurco Machine Tool guys who are headquartered in Indianapolis for helping us get started. Our Hurco TM6 lathe and VM10 mill.