Friday, 5 April 2013

Review: BikeParka Bicycle Cover

A bike cover is a useful piece of kit for commuters and tourers; keeping your bike dry and clean will avoid component damage, keep your saddle dry and hide your bike away from prying eyes.

On my touring trip to France and Spain a bike cover would have been a useful addition to my pannier bags. Although we were lucky with avoiding rain showers for the majority of the trip, early morning mountain dew and even the slightest bit of rain during the night soon ingresses into components and encourages rust and damage.

This lightweight bike cover from BikeParka is an ideal solution. It comes in a neat stuff sack that has Velcro straps so you can secure it to the frame for easy transportation. Fitting it over the bike is simple and quick; with an elasticated bottom and a drawstring on the top ensuring a secure fit.

The model I have been testing is the Urban model; which has a neat Velcro opening near the bottom bracket, allowing you to put a lock through the bike cover; a great idea for commuters that need to lock their bike up to a rack or post.

The BikeParka comes in a wide range of colours; I opted for the discrete black, as a means of hiding my bike when I wild-camp on touring trips, but you can also get pink, blue and grey options - something for everyone!

If you are looking to protect your bike from the elements whilst you are camping, at work or just nipping to the shops the BikeParka is a neat bit of kit then. Keep your precious machine safe and dry; it will thank you for it.

Available from Wiggle Bike Shop (Link)

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