Chip Martensis creating websites to for people passionate about bicycles.
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About Chip Martens
Just because a 44cm bar works for you in one brand, doesn't me a 44cm will work from another brand.
Whatbars.com is a website that I created out of the frustration that occurred when I was searching to find the right handlebars for my bicycle. I didn't want to spend $50 to $200+ only to find out that the bars didn't work for me and my riding style.
I had a pair of bars that I liked, so I started looking for similar ones, scaling them, and comparing them in Photoshop. I thought "Hey, other people would probably like this to", so I created a little website with a few bars and the rest is history.
It has been exciting receiving all of the love and support from people across the world who WhatBars.com has been able to help. I've received praise from bike shops around the globe that are using the site on a regular basis.
One of the biggest advancements was when I started to receive buy-in from manufacturers. With technical drawings of all their handlebars, the accuracy of the website has improved greatly. Did you know a lot of manufacturers measure the width of their bars from different locations?
Velo Orange was gracious enough to support my website to help pay for some of initial updates, and to appreciate the time I spent building out the tool, but to continue growing the website the funds are all out of my pocket.
There are a number of features that people have requested that I would love to make, but I'm currently looking at about $7,500 to $10,000CAD to hire a developer to help me build out these features.