The TrunkMonkey is an inflatable bike rack that is designed for anyone who needs to transport a bicycle on the back of a vehicle or might need to hitch a ride home with a friend after being caught in bad weather.
Tyler Nelson came up with the idea for the TrunkMonkey after he was caught in a storm riding home on his bike. A friend offered him a ride, but he had to turn it down because he could not fit his bicycle in the car and he didn’t have a rack.
The TrunkMonkey inflatable bike rack can fit on the back of virtually any vehicle with a trunk or hatchback. The inflatable carrier is designed to protect both the bike and the vehicle transporting it. The polyvinyl inflatable cover is protected by a Cordura/Kevlar outer shell. The TrunkMonkey is designed to work with many types of bicycle frames.
The inflatable TrunkMonkey is more versatile than traditional bike racks that mount on a roof, trunk, or hitch. When deflated, the TrunkMonkey fits in a carry case that also holds a 12V pump. The case, which is about the size of a two-liter bottle of soda, can be mounted under the saddle of a bicycle.
The TrunkMonkey is inflated by hooking it up to the vehicle’s 12V outlet. It takes about two minutes to inflate the core. Then the user secures the rack straps to the vehicle and straps in the bike. It can be deflated easily with a two-way pump. The TrunkMonkey weighs about six pounds. The weight can be reduced by leaving the pump at home and inflating the TrunkMonkey manually.
The TrunkMonkey is not only meant to be used in an emergency. It can also be used to transport a bike on a trip. It can easily be packed into a suitcase or duffel bag.
TrunkMonkey recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production. The company expects to begin deliveries in August.