The original and interesting project of an Italian startup aims at a very light and flexible cover to take advantage of bikes and e-bikes even in adverse weather conditions.
They called it Smart Mobility Solution. It is a small startup in the Alps, led by Diego Divenuto from Bolzano, and is developing (with the help of crowdfunding on Indiegogo) a product called BikerTop. Essentially it's an instant bike umbrella: a foldable canopy that can be added on the fly and turns the two-wheeler into a dry vehicle even in rainy weather. There are already solutions on the market to cover a bike in case of rain, but none are as instant as an umbrella, assures the team.
The intuition, obtained 5 years ago by a group of friends, experienced an initial phase in the most classic “garage” style. The initial development started just like that, quietly, until the subsequent improvements that led to the current prototype. A working demo that, explain the creators of BikerTop, now needs a final push for mass production and the arrival on the market, also why guess? The moment of launch coincided with the pandemic, with all the inevitable slowdowns of the case.
The innovative design of BikerTop allows instant opening and closingjust like an umbrella. In a few moments and with a simple movement, cyclists can protect themselves from the elements. I'll show it to you first than to describe it.
The weight of BikerTop is 3 kg (6,6 lb). The bag that holds the instant roof is fitted 50 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm . (19,6 x 11,8 x 3,9 inches). BikerTop can also remain on the bike and fixed by key to the vehicle to prevent theft. The materials it is made of are resistant and durable: nylon, polyamide, polyurethane and jersey.
In other words, the aim was to provide a bike with the same protection that a scooter gains with a covering windshield, but achieving greater (much greater) lightness. And above all the versatility of being able to "open" and "close" instantly, just like a rain cover. Its structure also resists the wind, preventing the cyclist from skidding. The tests of the umbrella for bikes on the road and in the laboratory show that there are no particular impacts on the stability of a bike that mounts BikerTop. Here is the video of the wind tunnel test:
Except for arthritis, all effects of BikerTop on cyclists seem positive. The instant bike umbrella has its own housing that doubles as a storage bag: it can hold up to 4 kg (8,8 lb), obviously keeping them away from the rain.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.