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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).

 

4 thoughts on “Choosing a bike cover”

  1. Does it work with all bike carriers? My bike carrier supports a frame member and the bike does not sit on its wheels.

    Are there different styles of covers for different types of carriers?

    Thanks

  2. Thank you for your bike cover and carry story. My wife and I decided last year to carry bikes on our B+ with a bike cover. However, the one thing I am still struggling with is the safety of the Van while driving as it relates to the bike cover itself. Most bike covers obscure and sometimes entirely eliminate the view of the rear license plate on the Sprinter vans. Even worse, some of the rear safety lighting on the van such as brake lights are also in large part obscured. In many places, it is illegal to obscure the rear license plate but I’m not sure how big a legal problem that is while travelling across many states. My solution at this point is to use a hitch connector extension that raises the bike rack above the license plate and clears the view to the rear safety lights on the RV underneath the rack. The drawback is that the bike rack is higher and thus making it a little more difficult to mount the bikes. I Noticed in the photo you provided in the article that the license plate is hidden from the rear view. Have you had any problems with this?

    1. Good Morning. First I have to admit that I am not sure that Cukoo bike covers still exist. I have been researching them this morning with out success. I cannot find their web site. I have had no problems with the license plate being not visible. I have consider making a plastic cover, making a photo copy of the plate and putting it on the back window. It does not seem to block the rear lights.

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