Combining shop-quality function with the versatility and portability of a multi-tool
APPLETON, Wis. – March, 2014 – Last year Fix It Sticks successfully launched its first radically designed, all-new bicycle tool on Kickstarter. For 2014, Fix It Sticks is returning to Kickstarter to fund its launch of two new products, the “Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition” and the all-new “T-Way Wrench.”
The campaign launched today and is slated for a 30-day run. Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will have first access to the new Fix It Sticks products.
“Each of these tools essentially combines a 3-way wrench, T-wrench, multi-tool and screwdriver all in one small, tough, portable package,” said Brian Davis, founder of Fix It Sticks. “Our new tools easily replace a few hundred dollars worth of shop tools and will free up shop storage space. Besides the bits we provide, the design accepts driver bits found at any hardware store. Virtually any bit can be used; sockets, Torx, hex, and Pozidriv”.
The Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition offers the same functionality, durability and packability as the original Fix It Sticks, and allows users to swap or replace individual bits depending on their specific repair needs.
The second product, the Fix It Sticks T-Way Wrench is a fixed T-wrench with replaceable bits on each of the three ends. The two short sides offer improved leverage over the traditional 3-way wrenches found on most workbenches and the longer end provides greater range for those hard to reach places.
Currently the new Fix It Sticks offerings are constructed of 4140 CroMoly steel, precision machined and utilize rare earth magnets to retain the bits. Both are corrosion resistant and will be offered in a high-luster nickel finish and eight different powder-coated colors. Each tool plus four bits weighs 115g. Davis has plans for an even lighter weight titanium version of the “Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition” for later in 2014. All Fix It Sticks products are manufactured and assembled in the USA.
“These new tools are truly unique and offer cyclists the ability to have shop quality tools with them on the road or at home,” remarked Davis.
Shipping with a recycled inner tube case and eight bits, the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition will have an MSRP of $36, but during the campaign the reward level is $30. The T-Way Wrench ships with seven different tool bits and an aluminum spinner with an MSRP of $30, but during the campaign the reward level is $25.
The funding goal of the original Fix It Sticks Kickstarter campaign in February of last year was $18,000. By the time it closed 30 days later the campaign raised $45,000, enough to help Davis provide 963 backers the promised tools and to cover a significant amount of his initial set up costs. For 2014, his fundraising goal is $14,000 to fund upfront material costs for the new tools.
About Fix It Sticks
Established in 2013, Fix It Sticks offers a new twist on the old bicycle multi-tool. The company offers three different lightweight, high-leverage multi-tools without any excess. The original Fix It Sticks that started the company consists of two separate high-strength aluminum rods with four tool bits of various sizes and types fixed at each end that combine to form a user friendly T-handle tool. The company now offers the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition, and the T-Way Wrench tools, which feature replaceable tool bits for a broader range of uses. More information can be found at www.fixitsticks.com.