Land Zeppelin Bike Fairing Hopes to Takeoff

land-zeppelin-bike-fairingTwo longtime friends have created the Land Zeppelin, a blimp-shaped, all-weather bike fairing.

Currently only in its infancy, the project from entrepreneurs Jim Gorman and Mark Keillor is a lightweight enclosure made of prestressed fiberglass, vinyl, plastic, and some metal. By offering grants to deserving riders, the Land Zeppelin creators hope for a social benefit from their product, making commuting more pleasant in a greater variety of conditions and helping those that need their bikes to get to/from work. We think it’d be fun for things like Tour de Fat and World Naked Bike Rides.

They claim a lower aerodynamic drag while riding and protection from precipitation and insects. While fairings are not new -something the Land Zeppelin folks readily acknowledge- they hope that their design gets more people over the perceived burdens of cycling and out on their bikes (within a zeppelin-shaped pod). More info at www.landzeppelin.com.

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Comments

jjj - 10/25/13 - 9:49am

In a crosswind that is going to be dangerous to handle in traffic & a rider could end up in hospital or worse with this silly dangerous idea on public roads…………..

David - 10/25/13 - 10:08am

I don’t see this product getting a whole lotta love.

Singletrackroadie - 10/25/13 - 10:09am

They actually have a website! Saw below quote and can only feel pity for these people.

“Be a part of the change you wish to see.” ~Ghandi

It is such a terrible idea, I am actually speechless. [deleted]. Love to see how it will handle in the wind.

Good luck to them.

Singletrackroadie - 10/25/13 - 10:13am

Please do yourself a favour and go on to their website.

One of the reasons to own a Land Zeppelin:

FUN !! Feels like flying

Pre Order Now people (I am just plain out of luck):

Currently available only in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, Greater Indianapolis, Indiana, and all areas in between.

WoofWoof - 10/25/13 - 10:16am

I want to use one in Florida, during the rainy season. Humidity outside and inside the Zeppelin!

BMW - 10/25/13 - 10:29am

Must kill it with fire before it reaches my hometown a mere 100 miles away. I must say though, I might actually buy one of their shirts. Just look down at your chest while wearing one, and always have a laugh.
I wonder if I can get a pro-deal on this through work…

frank - 10/25/13 - 10:34am

Unreal. Imagine crashing with that thing around you.

NASH - 10/25/13 - 10:46am

This just made my Friday afternoon, what the hell were they thinking. Its so mad I may just buy a T-shirt for its cult status.

satisFACTORYrider - 10/25/13 - 10:50am

jim and Mark showing the bennies of legalizing weed. fair play.

chasejj - 10/25/13 - 10:55am

Seeing someone ride with this device would actually elevate remcumbent riders to a new higher social status assuming they arrive at the Starbucks/Peets at the same exact time. .

chasejj - 10/25/13 - 10:57am

Recumbent…..I was laughing too hard and slipped on my keyboard.

pile-on - 10/25/13 - 11:03am

@David; at least it would stop you from being a fool in the rain. Though if I bought one, my wife would probably say babe, I’m gonna leave you, so it’d be nobody’s fault but mine.

Sizzler - 10/25/13 - 11:03am

Oh the humanity!

Dangdatugly - 10/25/13 - 11:12am

A few months ago I found myself fighting an early season flu…
I took to drowning that virus out of my system…
After a robust evening of Scotch sampling
I found myself slipping into a deep slumber…
to which I had the most vivid dream about a zepplin style bike…just like this
… upon awakening…
I now understand why they put those warnings on cough medicine

Padrote - 10/25/13 - 11:54am

I can see the recumbent version being a big hit

LULZ - 10/25/13 - 12:12pm

That blimp is clearly a Hong-Fu.

patrik - 10/25/13 - 12:19pm

Freds up!

MarkV - 10/25/13 - 12:26pm

Did I wake up to an early April fools story? So bad….I don’t have the words for this, wait! DORKY, that’s the one to describe this!

Jim Manton - 10/25/13 - 12:37pm

Oh man, I would love to get one of those to test. Not too sure that shape would actually lower CdA though.

Watchtower - 10/25/13 - 12:40pm

What happens if you fart, does it get trapped in the Zeppelin?

Champs - 10/25/13 - 12:47pm

Oh, the humanity!

Jake - 10/25/13 - 1:10pm

I might replace my Volcano vape with this.

bsimon - 10/25/13 - 1:13pm

The fairing is a loss-leader; the real money will be made in T shirts. Awesome.

RUSTYDOGG - 10/25/13 - 1:39pm

I love this “gets more people over the perceived burdens of cycling”.
As ridiculous as it is I can’t help but wanting to try one while riding in the rain.

JMG DC - 10/25/13 - 1:51pm

Stealth product by the maker of the Segway, in attempt to make the Segway seem less dorkish by comparison.

duder - 10/25/13 - 2:52pm

I hope this turns into the next fixie craze.

Topmounter - 10/25/13 - 3:22pm

How do you get on and off the bike and what keeps it from greenhousing?

onespeed - 10/25/13 - 3:40pm

another bulletball.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOOw2yWMSfk

Blanket - 10/25/13 - 4:28pm

Oh sure, it’s all fun and games until they get sued by specialized. Discuss.

ACE - 10/25/13 - 5:40pm

Forget it looks hysterical!!IT HAS TO FOG UP

Thomek - 10/25/13 - 8:02pm

Actually I think that version for runners is smth that had to come next…

ranggapanji - 10/25/13 - 9:15pm

David, I demand the highest of fives. they could also named it “Dryer Maker”.

votre mere - 10/25/13 - 10:24pm

it would be great if it had opaque sections for privacy, so that I could ride my bicycle in the nude, and nobody could tell.

Ben - 10/25/13 - 10:40pm

I want one. How sweet will this look going down the road on the roof rack.

ascar larkinyar - 10/27/13 - 3:43pm

the obvious questions:

what about sneezing?

what about farting?

side wind would knock you down or worse into traffic?

unclear vision from curved surfaces?

sun reflection would blind you?

blind spots to the left and right?

condensation dripping on you?

fogging up, that would suck…

how can you stay dry? your lower body would still get wet from wheels and forward motion. could only keep you dry if you were not moving forward.

now if you could actually add helium and make your bike lighter then you might have something here….lol

Melvin - 10/28/13 - 10:02pm

Its obvious that many of these expert commentators know NOTHING about physics, plastics, or aerodynamics. I hope you have fun with your hasty comments, your day in the rain is coming.

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