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Land Zeppelin Bike Fairing Hopes to Takeoff

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land-zeppelin-bike-fairingTwo longtime friends have created the Land Zeppelin, a blimp-shaped, all-weather bike fairing.

Currently only in its infancy, the project from entrepreneurs Jim Gorman and Mark Keillor is a lightweight enclosure made of prestressed fiberglass, vinyl, plastic, and some metal. By offering grants to deserving riders, the Land Zeppelin creators hope for a social benefit from their product, making commuting more pleasant in a greater variety of conditions and helping those that need their bikes to get to/from work. We think it’d be fun for things like Tour de Fat and World Naked Bike Rides.

They claim a lower aerodynamic drag while riding and protection from precipitation and insects. While fairings are not new -something the Land Zeppelin folks readily acknowledge- they hope that their design gets more people over the perceived burdens of cycling and out on their bikes (within a zeppelin-shaped pod). More info at www.landzeppelin.com.

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jjj
jjj
9 years ago

In a crosswind that is going to be dangerous to handle in traffic & a rider could end up in hospital or worse with this silly dangerous idea on public roads…………..

David
David
9 years ago

I don’t see this product getting a whole lotta love.

Singletrackroadie
Singletrackroadie
9 years ago

They actually have a website! Saw below quote and can only feel pity for these people.

“Be a part of the change you wish to see.” ~Ghandi

It is such a terrible idea, I am actually speechless. [deleted]. Love to see how it will handle in the wind.

Good luck to them.

Singletrackroadie
Singletrackroadie
9 years ago

Please do yourself a favour and go on to their website.

One of the reasons to own a Land Zeppelin:

FUN !! Feels like flying

Pre Order Now people (I am just plain out of luck):

Currently available only in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, Greater Indianapolis, Indiana, and all areas in between.

WoofWoof
WoofWoof
9 years ago

I want to use one in Florida, during the rainy season. Humidity outside and inside the Zeppelin!

BMW
BMW
9 years ago

Must kill it with fire before it reaches my hometown a mere 100 miles away. I must say though, I might actually buy one of their shirts. Just look down at your chest while wearing one, and always have a laugh.
I wonder if I can get a pro-deal on this through work…

frank
frank
9 years ago

Unreal. Imagine crashing with that thing around you.

NASH
NASH
9 years ago

This just made my Friday afternoon, what the hell were they thinking. Its so mad I may just buy a T-shirt for its cult status.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
9 years ago

jim and Mark showing the bennies of legalizing weed. fair play.

chasejj
chasejj
9 years ago

Seeing someone ride with this device would actually elevate remcumbent riders to a new higher social status assuming they arrive at the Starbucks/Peets at the same exact time. .

chasejj
chasejj
9 years ago

Recumbent…..I was laughing too hard and slipped on my keyboard.

pile-on
pile-on
9 years ago

; at least it would stop you from being a fool in the rain. Though if I bought one, my wife would probably say babe, I’m gonna leave you, so it’d be nobody’s fault but mine.

Sizzler
Sizzler
9 years ago

Oh the humanity!

Dangdatugly
Dangdatugly
9 years ago

A few months ago I found myself fighting an early season flu…
I took to drowning that virus out of my system…
After a robust evening of Scotch sampling
I found myself slipping into a deep slumber…
to which I had the most vivid dream about a zepplin style bike…just like this
… upon awakening…
I now understand why they put those warnings on cough medicine

Padrote
Padrote
9 years ago

I can see the recumbent version being a big hit

LULZ
LULZ
9 years ago

That blimp is clearly a Hong-Fu.

patrik
patrik
9 years ago

Freds up!

MarkV
9 years ago

Did I wake up to an early April fools story? So bad….I don’t have the words for this, wait! DORKY, that’s the one to describe this!

Jim Manton
9 years ago

Oh man, I would love to get one of those to test. Not too sure that shape would actually lower CdA though.

Watchtower
Watchtower
9 years ago

What happens if you fart, does it get trapped in the Zeppelin?

Champs
Champs
9 years ago

Oh, the humanity!

Jake
Jake
9 years ago

I might replace my Volcano vape with this.

bsimon
bsimon
9 years ago

The fairing is a loss-leader; the real money will be made in T shirts. Awesome.

RUSTYDOGG
RUSTYDOGG
9 years ago

I love this “gets more people over the perceived burdens of cycling”.
As ridiculous as it is I can’t help but wanting to try one while riding in the rain.

JMG DC
JMG DC
9 years ago

Stealth product by the maker of the Segway, in attempt to make the Segway seem less dorkish by comparison.

duder
duder
9 years ago

I hope this turns into the next fixie craze.

Topmounter
Topmounter
9 years ago

How do you get on and off the bike and what keeps it from greenhousing?

onespeed
onespeed
9 years ago

another bulletball.

Blanket
Blanket
9 years ago

Oh sure, it’s all fun and games until they get sued by specialized. Discuss.

ACE
ACE
9 years ago

Forget it looks hysterical!!IT HAS TO FOG UP

Thomek
Thomek
9 years ago

Actually I think that version for runners is smth that had to come next…

ranggapanji
ranggapanji
9 years ago

David, I demand the highest of fives. they could also named it “Dryer Maker”.

votre mere
votre mere
9 years ago

it would be great if it had opaque sections for privacy, so that I could ride my bicycle in the nude, and nobody could tell.

Ben
Ben
9 years ago

I want one. How sweet will this look going down the road on the roof rack.

ascar larkinyar
ascar larkinyar
9 years ago

the obvious questions:

what about sneezing?

what about farting?

side wind would knock you down or worse into traffic?

unclear vision from curved surfaces?

sun reflection would blind you?

blind spots to the left and right?

condensation dripping on you?

fogging up, that would suck…

how can you stay dry? your lower body would still get wet from wheels and forward motion. could only keep you dry if you were not moving forward.

now if you could actually add helium and make your bike lighter then you might have something here….lol

Melvin
Melvin
9 years ago

Its obvious that many of these expert commentators know NOTHING about physics, plastics, or aerodynamics. I hope you have fun with your hasty comments, your day in the rain is coming.

miro
2 years ago

‘fool in the rain’ sums it up for me

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