Choosing a bike cover

The Big & The Small of It

I recently took a photo of my trip across the Chesapeake Bay on the Cape May-Lewis Ferry on our Roadtreking Group on Facebook. The photo as you can see is easily titled “The Big and the Small of It”. That is one big rig next to my small little SS Agile.

Several people responded to this photo wondering what kind of bike cover I have for my Jamis road bike. I was going to respond in the post. I paused long enough to consider, Ah Ha, a blog entry.

I love my road bike. I love that bike. I love it even more because Jim, my husband who died from cancer over five years ago, gave it to me. I love my bike because the one thing I still enjoy doing mightily, is bike riding. I enjoy short rides (10-15 miles) and long rides (up to 30 miles). I really, really like to ride my bike.

The first few years I traveled with the bike inside my Roadtrek, which I call EmmyLou. I didn't want it to get dirty or wet. I was being a very careful owner. As I traveled I began to realize I might be a little over protective of my bike. I saw many RV's of different shapes and types and everyone seemed to carry theirs on the back, the roof or the front. I realized my speedy, fun bike might be able to handle the elements, just like all her brothers and sisters were doing.

I began to research covers. I didn't want something that was big and flapped in the wind. I was really hoping for a cover that would protect it from the elements and keep it snug at the same time. The first ones I found were not to my liking, too big and not sturdy enough-some didn't even last one season.

I found my current bike cover by scanning the internet, over and over again. This is how I found Cuckoo Bike Covers. I considered it. I contacted the company several times with the multitude of questions I had about these covers. They were patient and answered my questions. It is not an inexpensive bike cover, so I wanted to be sure. I finally took the plunge and ordered my bike cover from them approximately a year and a half ago. I am glad I did. It has kept my sweet little bike protected from most things.

When I first received it I sprayed it with a water repellant spray, as the company recommended. That gave me some comfort knowing I was protecting it from the elements. The cover went on and it literally fits like a glove. It has well placed zippers so that, no matter what rack a person might have,  it can be secured and locked down. There are small zippers at the bottom of each wheel and one large one,  just under the cross bar. It works well. I was very happy with the results.

 

A year and a half later here are my pros and cons.

Pros:

  • It is snug to the bike. The material stretches to accommodate many different types of bikes.
  • It does protect it from the dust, which is important to me, since I tend to travel many dirt roads.
  • The cover gets dirty, the bike stays mostly clean.
  • Due to the snug fit, I don't have to worry about crosswinds.
  • It looks classy and smart. OK I have to humor my ego a bit.

Cons:

  • After a year and a little bit more I am ready for a new one. The material is showing wear and tear. I was hoping I would have it for much long than I have. I have to remember I have been carrying that bike everywhere.
  • There are some tears in the material from the gear shift. I believe I will get a gear cover with my next purchase.
  • The fabric is separating slightly along the zippers. It is important to remember that this cover is exposed to all the elements and over time it will wear. I am betting that when they first started designing these covers it was mostly for racing bikes and not carrying them on the back of the RV all over the country.

Would I buy another one? Yes. I believe I would. I really like the design of it. I like keeping my bike clean and mostly dry. I have been happy with this cover. If something better came along I would be willing to shift gears (ha ha).





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