This Umbrella-Like Poncho Lets You Bike in the Rain

Kirstin Fawcett

For many, bikes are the ideal mode of transportation—that is, until it starts to rain. It’s difficult and dangerous to hold an umbrella while steering a trusty two-wheeler, and ponchos inevitably get stuck in the spokes. Dutch cycling firm Vanmoof combined the best features from both of these imperfect options. The result: the BONCHO.

An appropriate amalgamation of the words “bike” and “poncho,” the waterproof outerwear has a semi-rigid section that stretches over a bike’s handlebars, allowing you to shield most of your entire body from the rain while you ride. Once you arrive at your destination, you can fold the BONCHO into a compact carry pouch and toss it into your purse or bag.

Vanmoof recently launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the BONCHO's production. Since bicycles are so beloved in the Netherlands, it shouldn’t surprise you that the endeavor far surpassed its goal with eight days still left in the fundraiser (at the time of writing). While you wait for the BONCHO to roll out, you can learn more about the bizarre-yet-brilliant ensemble via the campaign video above.

All images courtesy of YouTube.