Introducing the LEAFXPRO Bike Umbrella

Let me start by saying that I don’t like to bust on other people’s projects. When people talk poorly about my projects it makes me mad, even if I deserve it. With that in mind, understand that I fully support the LEAFXPRO’s right to exist. And I may even be wrong about it being a little silly.

But, if I’m being honest, to my mind it is kind of silly.

At its core, it is an attempt to keep riders dry in rainy conditions, which isn’t terrible as attempts go. Unfortunately, its method of doing this involves attaching a clear plastic sail to the front of your bike. Behold.

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You may also notice that the LEAFXPRO attempts to combat the skunk stripe a wet bike will leave up a riders back by adding a bit of plastic in the rear. Unfortunately–again, and harder this time–this gives the impression that the rider is being given a wedgie by his or her bike.

But the LEAFXPRO doesn’t stop there. There are several models of increasing waterproof-sail-ness, up to and including the Family model.

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Am I crazy, or is that kid in a plastic bag? Someone verify that I am seeing what I’m seeing. That’s a kid in a bag, right? I’m no legal expert, but I believe it might be slightly against the spirit of the law to put a child into a plastic bag. I’m sure I read that somewhere.

Hey, I wish the LEAFXPRO and its designers all the luck in the world. I hope they make a million billion dollars via their Kickstarter, which you can find here. But I don’t think I’m on board. I don’t want to put anyone in a plastic bag. Not bikes, not kids, and certainly not myself.

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