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A little damp weather cycling wont stop these biker chicks from having a good time.

Bike Pic Nov 18, some Minnesota biker chicks having a good time

A little damp weather bike touring wont stop these Minnesota Ironman biker chicks from having a good time riding around Washington County, in 2016.

What better way to continue your 2017 riding season fun and to plan your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the great ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Biker Chicks’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

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As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

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Have a great day!

Bike poncho design may put brakes on the rain

Stu Robarts, GizMag

Waterproofs and ponchos might keep you dry when you’re out for a walk, but they don’t really cut it when you’re on a bike. Your arms and legs are left exposed and it can make for a cold, wet and miserable ride. However, the new waterproof bike poncho design called “Boncho” acts like a pop-up tent to keep cyclists dry.

The bike poncho's extended section pops out in a similar way to pop-up tents (Credit: Vanmoof)

The bike poncho’s extended section pops out in a similar way to pop-up. (Credit: Vanmoof)

The Boncho, an amalgamation of the words “bike” and “poncho,” was designed by Dutch cycling firm Vanmoof, a couple of whose GPS-enabled e-bikes Gizmag has covered previously. We’ve seen other contraptions aimed at keeping cyclists dry in the rain – like the Veltop, the Dryve and the LeafxPro – but none of them are as simple an idea as the Boncho.

This bike poncho's extended section should cover the handlebars, protecting the wearer's legs and feet from the rain.(Credit: Vanmoof)

This bike poncho’s extended section should cover the handlebars, protecting the wearer’s legs and feet from the rain.(Credit: Vanmoof)

Rather than create something that attaches to the user’s bike, as is the case with these other examples, Vanmoof has simply modified the type of waterproof top that cyclists might already be wearing when it rains. It describes the final design as a “full-body bike poncho.”

Although it is very similar to a conventional rain poncho for cycling, the Boncho has an additional semi-rigid section that extends over the handlebars, protecting the wearer’s legs from the rain and keeping them dry. Two fabric strips on the underside of the extended section allow the user to hold it in place while still gripping the handlebars.

The bike poncho is being designed to be lightweight, breathable and durable. (Credit: Vanmoof)

The bike poncho is being designed to be lightweight, breathable and durable. (Credit: Vanmoof)

In order to ensure the Boncho is of use even when users get caught in the rain unexpectedly, Vanmoof has designed it to pack away into its own compact carry pouch. This means it can be stored comfortably inside most bags for use when it is needed all of a sudden.

The Boncho you order will be fully waterproof. (Credit: Vanmoof)

The Boncho you order will be fully waterproof. (Credit: Vanmoof)

It is made to be fully waterproof, lightweight, breathable and durable. Vanmoof also says it can be used with bike helmets, with small helmets able to be worn underneath the hood and larger helmets able to be worn on top of the hood.

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Boncho is ongoing. At the time of writing, individuals who pledge from €55 (US$60) can receive a Boncho, assuming all go to plan with the roll-out. It’s available in mint or grey colors and in small, medium or large sizes.

The video here provides an introduction to the Boncho.

Sources: Kickstarter, Vanmoof

An umbrella for your bike

by Adam Williams, GizMag.com

Even the most dedicated bicycle commuter or touring cyclist could be forgiven for taking a look at the weather outside and deciding to use another means of transportation to get to a planned destination. But, here LeafxPro aims to cater for such occasions with what’s most easily described as an umbrella for your bike.


This umbrella for your bike comes in various shapes and sizes, allowing you room to signal your turn and keep a passenger behind you dry from the weather.

LeafxPro comes in various shapes and sizes, with Classic being the base model and Advanced, Storm, Family, and Pro all offering slightly different takes on the design, and different levels of protection from the weather. The designers state that it will attach to any type of bicycle in around a minute, though there’s no mention on exactly how it attaches to the bike at this point, possibly because work on refining it is ongoing.


LeafxPro claims its design is aerodynamic to the point that riding in winds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h) will cause no issues.

The open design of the Classic model doesn’t really look like it could keep you dry in a heavy downpour, though Storm seems to offer more shelter. Weight comes in at somewhere around 1 – 1.3 kg (2 – 3 lb), depending on the model, and none prevent cyclists from looking around or make turn signals. Height is adjustable and there are a number of colors available.


Weight comes in at somewhere around 1 – 1.3 kg (2 – 3 pounds), depending on model.

Though the basic idea of riding around in a weather-protecting bubble has cropped up before in systems like Dryve and Veltop, it hasn’t really taken off up to this point. Perhaps a key reason for this is wind. One can easily imagine being buffeted dangerously across the road in a crosswind after attaching such a thing to a bike. However, LeafxPro reckons it’s got this covered, and claims its design is aerodynamic to the point that winds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) will cause no issues.

If you’re willing to take the gamble that the designers have got this right, you can help try and move LeafxPro forward from the prototype stage to production by backing its Kickstarter campaign. You’ll need to shell out £99 (US$153) for the basic Classic unit and a carry bag. If all goes well, delivery is estimated for September 2015 and additional models are available at higher pledge levels.

The video here shows the LeafxPro in use.

Sources: LeafxPro, Kickstarter