Bicycle covers do more than dress your bike for the off-party when not in use. They make sure your bicycle is protected at all times against wear and tear that may be caused by environmental factors, damage, or theft. If for any reason you’re going to be leaving your bicycle outside, you might want to get yourself a durable cover that could serve as a shield for your bicycle.
There are hundreds of bicycle covers on the market, all offering different levels of protection for your bicycle at different prices. Deciding how useful a bicycle cover is depends mainly on what features you want the cover to possess and how much you are willing to pay.
A bicycle cover that is going to be used outdoors is designed differently from those that are used indoors; this is because the requirements for keeping your bicycle safe outdoors and both indoors are different.
Things To Consider When Getting A Bicycle Cover
- The Material
This is probably the most important consideration of the whole getting a cover process. Most of the materials available are not thick enough to withstand conditions for a long period. But this makes sense as manufacturers would not want to make an expensive cover that wouldn’t do well on the market.
If you a purchasing a cover, you want to make sure it is a 600D polyester “all-over.” This is the most durable cover on the market
When purchasing a cover, you have to ensure its one that covers your bike from top to bottom. The advantages to getting a big sized or XL cover instead of a regular/smaller sized one is that it ensures your bike will be fully covered at all times and if the need ever arises, you could even cover more than one bicycle together or use it on an oversized bike like a beach cruiser.
- Ventilation Holes
This is something that is very easy to overlook when choosing a cover for your bicycle. But without ventilation, especially when you are using a very thick cover, moisture could set in, corroding some parts of the including causing damage to the paint.
Colour doesn’t make that much difference, arguments could be raised about how a black cover could get super-hot out in the midday sun, but any other thick cover would just be as hot, and have the same corrosive effects on the bike.
Go with a black color to be discreet and so that it blends in and does not catch the eye of someone who might be interested. You might also want to get a cover that has no logo or logo only on one side.
A large black bike cover with 600DF material is more likely to blend in with the environment they might look like a grill or chair cover, for example.
To Wrap It Up
Bicycles normally cost hundreds or even run into thousands of money and are highly desirable for would-be thieves. Getting a quality cover will cost some money, but with the little bit of security that these covers offer, it always turns out to be money well spent.