Theft-Resistant Bike Light by Gotham Bicycle Defense

A project in Cambridge, MA by Brad Geswein & Slava Menn

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After a friend had his bike light stolen and got hit by a car, MIT bike geeks built a Theft-Resistant Bike Light.
Backers: 1175
Average Pledge Per Backer: $72

Funded: $84,728 of $18,000
Dates: Feb 15th -> Apr 14th (60 days)
Project By: Brad Geswein & Slava Menn
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