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The Dutchman who stood his ground creating the ultimate bike stand TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: BIKECLIP
It was drive, determination and a clear vision that pushed entrepreneur Maurice Paulssen to bring his design to life. As the founder and CEO of BikeClip, he created a sturdy, compact and versatile stand for every type of bicycle. By now, a year after its launch, the simple yet innovative design has orders rolling in from the Netherlands and abroad. “From the start, I knew my design exactly,” says Paulssen. “I kept the whole process under my own supervision and didn’t let anyone change the concept. Everything had to be right.” His approach paid off, and it resulted in an affordable bike stand made from durable, high-quality materials that is compact on the go and can be clicked together in four simple steps. A keen cyclist himself, Paulssen and his friends found themselves lacking a sturdy bike stand for their touring days. With his experience creating public bicycle stands for Dutch municipalities, Paulssen start28 | Issue 53 | May 2018
ed sketching his own ultimate design. Taking inspiration from the tried and tested public stands, the movable, compact BikeClip was born. Essential for around the house, the stand made from metal-reinforced plastic and aluminium allows you to put away your bike in an upright position. This saves space in the garage, and keeps the right balance of the bicycle. The water- and weather-proof BikeClip is also light enough to be used on the go, as it weighs just 3.5 kilogrammes. Paulssen continues: “It holds the bicycle by the rear or front fork, so the BikeClip is ideal for cleaning your bike, for maintenance or for doing small repairs, without having to stabilise it or turn it upside down.” The patented v-shape stand sits on top of a durable plastic tank that can be filled with up to ten kilogrammes of water or sand for stability. “The idea comes from parasol stands. Empty, they weigh very little, but while full, they keep the parasol
in one spot,” he explains. “The green silicone layer on the inside of the stand fits any bike without scratching it.” The BikeClip can be ordered from his webshop and comes with a fabric carry bag. You can also see the BikeClip in action at the Belgian Mountain Bike Challenge at La Roche-En-Ardenne from 11 to 13 May. As official partner, the BikeClip will be used by competitors while jet washing their mountain bikes, and it is one of the raffle prizes. Maurice Paulssen.