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Its Bike Pic Thursday, with fond springtime memories as the March rains continue to melt down our snow levels.

Bike Pic Mar 14, fond memories riding in the spring rain

Its Bike Pic Thursday, with fond springtime memories as the March rains continue to melt down our snow levels. Here in the archives, we found this biker dude riding in the rain on a past Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride. Formally held in April, this years bike event has moved to June in Shakopee, MN.

What better way to continue your fun, finding your #NextBikeAdventure. See all the great ideas and bike destinations in the 2019 Bike/Hike Winter Planning Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of Minnesota’s HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘THursday’ Bike Pic  

Now rolling into our 12th year as a bike media, our goal is to encourage more people to have fun. In this expanded e-guide issue, we have added more free bike maps to review for planning your next adventure.

As we continue to showcase more destinations you can explore, we are all about capturing fun photos to capture those memories. Hopefully, some worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post at HaveFunBiking (HFB)? If so, please send your picture(s) to editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Please include a brief caption (for each), who is in the photo (if you know?) and where you shot the picture. Your photo submitted should be at a medium resolution or more, for consideration. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit at HaveFunBiking and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure. Here you will find all the information you will need when visiting one of our Community Map Partners, accessible on your mobile-friendly devices.

Watch for our spring print guides in April.

As 30-Days of Biking progresses in April, the spring 2019 Bike/Hike Guides will be available in both print and digital format. So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure.

Please share all our pic’s with your friends and us on our Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to smile; we may be around the next corner with our HFB camera, ready to capture you for the next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

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