About this project
Every day, bad weather deters countless people around the world from riding their bikes. At VANMOOF we are committed to remove all barriers to biking so we created a unique solution to enjoy riding even when it rains. Meet the Boncho, a full-body bike poncho.
A standard raincoat doesn’t do the job on the bike, because it doesn’t protect your lower half when pedaling. Boncho provides an extended structure that goes over your handlebars to form a cover for your legs and feet.
BONCHO uses a unique folding structure, similar to pop up tents. The folding and unfolding is easy, making the package very small and thin, easy to carry inside almost every bag.
We will use material and technology from the outdoor industry - strong, stylish, weatherproof and breathable.
STYLE AND COMFORT
When it’s raining the body easily becomes hot and sweaty. The BONCHO is open from underneath, and ultra-breathable.
After counting all the votes, it is pretty clear that Plan B was the winner of the reflector contest! We are happy with the results, because it was our personal favorite as well. We will use a nice small sophisticated reflector strip, woven inside the seam, so it won't affect the waterproofness. A great example how a Kickstarter campaign can help to improve the product before its launch!
Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam by brothers Taco and Ties Carlier, VANMOOF has only ever had one aim - to create the world's best bikes for city commuting and take them to the people. The brothers have re-imagined how a bike should work in the cities of tomorrow by stripping out unnecessary parts, improving the essentials, and integrated technology to stick it to bike thieves.
With the robust, minimalistic, aluminum bikes, the brand breaks new ground in disruptive commuting worldwide. VANMOOF has gained international plaudits for innovative and functional design, among them the EUROBIKE award, the Dutch Design Award, RED DOT design award and the Fast Company Innovation by Design award. And the brand has a habit of forging partnerships with the best global technology leaders, including ABUS, Google, Philips, and Vodafone.
VANMOOF riders can be found in cities all over the world, just type #vanmoof into Instagram and you will see them. The brand also has an ever growing network of Brandstores; currently Brooklyn, Berlin, Amsterdam and Taipei. Check out vanmoof.com to find out more.
The VANMOOF team is obsessed by removing all the barriers that stop people commuting by bike, and bad weather is one of the big ones, ever for us! Which is why we are so excited to bring you the BONCHO.
Many of our fans have asked about custom printed BONCHO’s. We love the idea, and have found a way to make it happen – which means great brand exposure for your company. Min order quantity: 10 pieces* (1 company set)
*Additional setup fee of $200 US applies for the printing mould for your logo, just add this amount to your pledge and we contact you for the logo.
Not setup fee with the new reward called “large company promotion set”, just pledge the total amount and we contact you for the logo after the campaign is finished, free of charge!
Design team: Shane Liu and Vicky Lin
Development and production support: VANMOOF Research and Development team
The 2 designers, Shane and Vicky, met with the VANMOOF team in Taipei, the city where it always rains. The product design graduates had already designed a new type of umbrella, with a metal folding structure that could make a big umbrella into a tiny package. Quickly we started talking about how this idea could evolve into a solution for staying dry on the bike.
Shane and Vicky teamed up with the VANMOOF R&D team. It took a lot of time and effort on rainy day after rainy day to find the right structure, size and material. But it’s been worth it; for Shane and Vicky the final goal is to see their product in real life, keeping cyclists all over the world dry.
Be part of the movement, and stay dry in the process! We will support you with a great price for the very first edition of the BONCHO by VANMOOF, which will be delivered to you by March 2016.
Risks and challenges
The Boncho development is almost complete. The most important thing that still need to do be done is finalizing the exact fabric specifications. We have a great fabric material at hand right now (also used on prototype), but when we reach our goal we can go for a complete customized fabric and make it even lighter and stronger. The only risk we can foresee right now is a longer lead-time on the fabric witch could potentially delay the delivery by 1 month, but so far we believe the shipping date in March can be met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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