‘Bike Umbrella’ Gets Major Media Attention

Everybody has ideas, but, fortunately, not all of them end up in Time Magazine. This one did:

senz umbrella holderWhy is this such a bad idea? Well, have you ever ridden a bike in the rain?

We have — a lot. And in our opinion, this idea has a lot of potential flaws.

When cycling, you are hit with rain from many directions, including the front, back, and often sides. It depends on how fast you are riding, the direction of the wind, splashes from cars, and, of course, whether or not you’ve got full fenders on the bike.

Somehow, Time doesn’t seem to take this into account, reporting:

New technology has now made it possible for cyclists to ride rain or shine while still keeping their hair dry (under a helmet, no doubt).

‘Storm’ Design

We must concede that the basic “storm umbrella” seems pretty cool for walking in the rain. The company makes the umbrella to be used while facing into the wind and it’s clever.

The senz° storm umbrella sells for $80, and we could get behind the concept.

storm umbrella

But strapping it on the handlebars of a bike? That’s where we draw the line. We’re guessing that first strong side wind will be a moment not easily forgotten.

How effective could this umbrella possibly be for cycling? Probably not very.

bike umbrella holder

So what is a commuter to do? Easy. Grab a rain jacket and pants, and get pedaling. You will probably get a little wet, but we’re guessing much less so than with this umbrella attachment.

Plus, you won’t look like Mary Poppins or be blown over by a truck’s slipstream, so you get to keep your skin, too.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.