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LEAFXPRO Bicycle Umbrella Leaves You Dry and Protected

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To be entirely honest, it will probably be awhile before products like the LEAFXPRO catch on in the U.S. Far more likely to succeed in countries where infrastructure is built around cycling as a true form of transportation, not just an afterthought, LEAFXPRO is the next evolutionary step in protection from the elements. Almost certain to draw some stares, a bicycle umbrella is as it sounds – a protective barrier from the wind and rain. Only, this umbrella is attached to the bike so you don’t have to ride with one hand and fight with an umbrella at the same time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like the LEAFXPRO either as you couldn’t step foot outside Eurobike without running into similar contraptions. Where the LEAFXPRO stands out though, is in the aerodynamic design and modular construction. It may look funny, but the bicycle umbrella should keep you dry if you choose to use it…

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Starting with the Classic kit, the LEAFXPRO gets progressively more protective until you reach the Family model, complete with a bubble for your baby. The Storm and the Family models also have side skirt protection to keep the rain from blowing in sideways. Weighing in at 2-3 lbs depending on the model, each LEAFXPRO attaches to the bike in about a minute’s time and stores in a carry bag that can be worn as a sling or attached to the bike.

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Developed to fit on nearly every type of bicycle, LEAFXPRO states that creating an aerodynamic profile was key to the design. Rainy conditions typically include at least a bit of wind, so creating a structure that still made it easy to ride was extremely important. The same goes for making the umbrella durable enough to hold up to daily use. Production models will be adjustable for different rider heights, and all models leave room for they rider’s arms to signal.

Following in the footsteps of other cycling products before them, LEAFXPRO has taken to Kickstarter to launch their company. A pledge of £99 (about $150) is the starting point for the Kickstarter which will get you a Classic model, though shipping is an extra £20, 30, or 50 depending on the location. The Kickstarter will run until Thursday, March 5, 2015.

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Sean carter
Sean carter
9 years ago

Just no! Look at it! And the price, stupid, stupid, stupid.

joenomad
joenomad
9 years ago

Give me the carbon version as I am very weight conscience when it comes to my bicycle umbrellas.

eadm
9 years ago

fun in tailwinds too

Colin
9 years ago

PFFFFFT

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
9 years ago

I think the windscreen should be carbon. That way, it would be lighter and you wouldn’t need the heaviest part of the system(the tent like support poles). It would also be more protective in a crash since you can’t see where you’re going

mahler
mahler
9 years ago

What happens when the windshield is covered with mud? Should I wait for the version with auto-sensing wipers?

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago

Know what else does this? A raincoat. Or a poncho.

But hey, kudos for the creativity.

beaver
beaver
9 years ago

I could try this for scientific purposes. nothing more. + you cant ride while standing

PROEDGEBIKER.COM
9 years ago

needs wipers

Turbo
Turbo
9 years ago

My aero version uses chicken wire.

Harry
Harry
9 years ago

OMG! Great video, did all you naysayers watch it? It’s a total goof!

Ken
Ken
9 years ago

Test it in a wind tunnel and if it proves a good advantage over 20 miles everyone in the stavasphere will be sporting one !

luit
9 years ago

I don’t know, funny but also looks like it came out of a futuristic movie, might try it out

BT
BT
9 years ago

Looks like it would give you a wedgie if you had a strong enough tail wind

Ace
Ace
9 years ago

I have been caught in the rain many miles from home many times and getting yourself home soaked through is not fun!That being said I’m glad someone is thinking of a solution for rain without wearing a rain coat BUT you need to be able to fold something like this up and be able to store it easily.

Ryan
Ryan
9 years ago

They forgot a selling point, protection from the countless spiderwebs that sit at face level across the trail every 20ft with a 4in spider of death sitting dead center. I’ve often tried to figure out a solution to THAT issue, yet all my ideas look a lot like this goofy looking thing.

My best solution so far is to invite a friend to go ride with me, and let them lead.

topmounter
topmounter
9 years ago

They have a “Pro” model, who are their Pro Riders? Has this been approved for Enduro yet?

me at home
me at home
9 years ago

YASI

dea 1276
dea 1276
9 years ago

I really thought this was a goof but they are actually running a kickstarter to build this…

Mirwin
Mirwin
9 years ago

I could see this on the odd commuter bike, but MTB’ing? Nope. You need to get behind your seat on the steep stuff.

edge
edge
9 years ago

by the time you put this thing up you’ll be soaked.

James S
James S
9 years ago

It sure looks like rain would come in from the side pretty easily. You could get most of the protection it offers using these crazy things called “fenders”. The nice thing about fenders is that they can stay on the bike and you can also stand up and pedal when you need to. I actually stand up and pedal sometimes when commuting, so not being able to do that makes this thing a non-starter. Obviously it wouldn’t work at all for mountain biking.

Peter Goezinya
Peter Goezinya
9 years ago

I’d rather be soaked, just sayin’.

One thing that might help is one of those super hydrophobic coatings, as far as maintaining visibility. (deleted)

b
b
9 years ago

I like how everyone is hating on this thing who A.) Have never used it,
B.) Probably didn’t even watch the video yet, and C.) Have no idea how useful this would be for actual hardcore riders.

Peter Goezinya
Peter Goezinya
9 years ago

I like how everyone is hating on this thing who A.) Have never used it,
B.) Probably didn’t even watch the video yet, and C.) Have no idea how useful this would be for actual hardcore riders.

A. Not available yet
B. Watched. Embarrassed for the lead “actor”.
C. As useful as the sunglasses I remove while riding in rain, thus depending on eyelids/squinting technique.

michael
michael
9 years ago

Everyone who thinks this is silly had probably never been to a cycling centric city in Europe.

Droid
Droid
9 years ago

I don’t see how this could be an improvement over fenders and a cape.

1gr8sailor
1gr8sailor
9 years ago

Nerd alert..nerd alert…nerd alert….

Mike D
9 years ago

C’mon… Bikerumor is just trolling us now. Well done though BR, well done 😀

Tomi
Tomi
9 years ago

I’ve been riding in a cycling centric city in europe, yet I’d still use fenders + waterproof jacket/poncho and cap instead of that thing.

NASH
NASH
9 years ago

Would not like to crash in that thing, looks like a transparent body-bag.

Ed
Ed
9 years ago

You guys have been had. It’s not for rain at all. This is actually a Strava-segment-time-improver for when your favorite segment has a strong tailwind.

sean
sean
9 years ago

Uhhhh the funny thing is if they did design it right you could actually be faster with this thing than without as it would act as a fairing. I actually like the idea and if it was cheaper would get one for ice storms as nothing sucks worse than being covered in ice while riding and I have gore tex pro shell equipment. Have you ever seen the faired recumbents they are super quick compared to an upright bike as the areo dynamics are better than even the best tri bike.

Also on the tail wind comments this thing could be amazing in both headwinds(if designed properly in future revisions) and tailwinds it would act as a sail possibly crushing strava segments.

Ed R
Ed R
9 years ago

It looks like a combo diaper/ lobster bib / salad sneeze guard.

Bruce
Bruce
9 years ago

Jill Nerkowski might be pretty upset about this development. http://jillnerkowski.weebly.com/

Tennessee
Tennessee
9 years ago

This reminds me of those circus-y bikes where the rider sits between two large rings of metal. The circus act involves something like the rider using the front brake to endo and then roll forward until both wheel are back on the ground. I want a new way “downhill” category!!! Roly-poly?

Dex
Dex
9 years ago

Possibly slightly too ahead of its time. Market may not be ready esp. based on these comments! Lol BUT that may mean the opoosite as it IS indeed memorable and causing a stir.
May only be marketable in certain places like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver Canada.
Its a step in the right direction towards making cycling more comfortable in cold and/or inclement weather AND it’s v. possibly superior in aerodynamics as Sean said.
Practical AND performance enhancing = Popular?
Perhaps…

PS I’d buy one….for $99-150 with a reputable and extensive warranty (20yr+) as this is essentially a tent and tents have lifetime warranties.

Peter
Peter
9 years ago

April’s fool?? Try this on the Dutch dikes against a heavy wind. You’ll end up in the ditch down the dike.

xc-fr
xc-fr
9 years ago

must be funny when you stand in the pedals … if you could

radeus
radeus
9 years ago

I bought an All-Ride rain roof in Germany in the 90’s and used it on the many rainy commutes I had there and loved it. http://www.fahrraddach.de/ The only thing that ever got wet were my ankles from some fender overspray and my elbows on really rainy days. I highly recommend it for people that live in rainy areas. As a big plus, I got tons of laughs and thumbs up from people in cars.

jillnerkowski
6 years ago

thanks Bruce!!!!! I can’t believe all the inventions that came out after mine!!!! the internet is loaded now!!!!!
jillnerkowski.weebly.com

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