A lot of people would love to pedal all the time, to work, to go out or just for the joy of riding, but when it’s rainy outside, like most times in biking cities such as London or Amsterdam, people prefer to take the car instead of looking ridiculous in an old washed up canopy.
Even if you have the coolest canopy in the world, it’s still a hassle to carry it around with you. Say goodbye to all these problems, because the Boncho is here. A couple of Dutch designers came up with the solution to look cool while pedaling through the rain, by wearing a jacket that converts into a bike poncho – Boncho.
By simply unzipping a tiny pouch found on your jacket, it instantly becomes a poncho-canopy that covers your whole body, including your handlebars.
“Traditional rain clothes make you feel drenched and soggy while riding in the rain … plus they’re often too bulky to carry in the first place,” says Ties Carlier, co-founder of VanMoof, a cycling company that came up with this crazy design. “The Boncho is easier to use, has better ventilation, and even protects socks from getting wet because it has been designed specifically for bike commuting.”
Their main goal is to make people start riding bikes more and more, even when it’s rainy outside, by offering a cool and modern solution to a very old and consistent problem. The Boncho is available for pre-orders on Kickstarter, so get it while it’s hot. I mean dry…
“To make something like this takes an intimate knowledge of what people need to commute by bike in the city—we have spent the past eight years immersed in this world, which gave us some great insights,” says Carlier. “The folding structure is very unique—it’s a new invention and the result of some out of the box thinking. We had the eureka moment when we met with a young design duo in Taipei, who already had some interesting designs for a foldable umbrella.”
“Every day, bad weather deters countless people around the world from riding their bikes,” he added. “Sometimes it’s even the chance of rain that stops someone from commuting by bike. The Boncho can take away that barrier.”