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Softtop offers a new take on keeping cyclists dry

Softtop offers a new take on k...
The Softtop is claimed to be compatible with almost all traditional upright-style bicycles
The Softtop is claimed to be compatible with almost all traditional upright-style bicycles
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The Softtop is claimed to be compatible with almost all traditional upright-style bicycles
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The Softtop is claimed to be compatible with almost all traditional upright-style bicycles
The Softtop has mesh vents in front, to help keep it from fogging up
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The Softtop has mesh vents in front, to help keep it from fogging up

Dedicated bicycle commuters may not let a little rain stop them, but that still doesn't mean they like getting rained on when they ride. The Softtop, from German manufacturer RainRider, is one of the latest gadgets that's designed to help keep them dry … or at least, drier.

Made of coated polyester fabric and transparent UV-resistant polyurethane, the Softtop is attached to the user's bicycle via a quick-release mount on the handlebars, along with two hooks on either leg of the fork. It holds its tensioned bowed shape via a set of flexible aluminum and carbon fiber rods, not unlike a tent. Mesh vents in front help keep it from fogging up.

When the cyclist is riding, the Softtop shields them from rain coming from above, in front, and somewhat from the sides. If they're making a brief stop, the top half of the device can simply be folded down and back, getting hooked into place against the bike's rear rack. That way it won't get blown around (at least, not as much), plus it will help keep the parked bike dry.

Should the rider be making a longer stop, the whole thing can be completely removed, folded up, then stuffed into an included yoga-mat-style shoulder bag.

According to RainRider, the Softtop weighs 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) and is 215 cm tall by 40 cm wide (84.6 by 15.7 in). It's available now for €129.95 (about US$153) via the company website. You can see it in use, in the video below.

Not surprisingly, it isn't the first product of its kind that we've seen. Past examples have included the similar but shorter BikerTop, the LeafxPro and the Dryve.

RainRider - Fahrrad Regenschutz Dach - Wetterschutz & Fahrradabdeckung - Dein Regendach

Source: RainRider

5 comments
5 comments
KaiserPingo
LOL
With the wind coming from stern, it's a funny idea.
Otherwise not so much.
paul314
Double or triple your air resistance, but with the wind coming from the side you might get enough lift to go faster than you otherwise would. I wonder if it inverts in bad winds the way umbrellas do.
Bob Flint
Had to CGI in the perfectly straight down rain....at least some of the competitors rode in the real rain.
Karmudjun
Other than great training device for bicycle racing, what is the use? If you are dedicated to riding in all weather, then why do you need a rain shield? If you are NOT dedicated to riding in all weather - they why would you want a sail that impedes your progress? I'm sure the Germans have reasons....
Nelson Hyde Chick
Great if you are riding into the rain, but if it is coming at you from the said or behind this thing is kind of useless.