How to choose your bike cover?

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Choose your bike cover

The online magazine I Love Bicyclette has just published a very interesting article on how to choose your bike cover. What to see more clearly and make a relevant choice among the plethoric offer in terms of protection for bicycles, whether for flexible or rigid covers: Article from the magazine "I Love Bicyclette" of February 3, 2018: We have worked a lot and we are happy to present this file entitled "How to choose the right bike cover" in the face of the enormous choice available to you on the internet! We have tested for many months and collected a lot of information to be as clear and precise as possible in order to help and advise you objectively in this purchase. In the end, based on these criteria, we have chosen an interesting brand to offer you on ILB! :-) To start, you need to select a cover according to the use you will have of it:
  1. lightweight transport cover for bicycle (car/train)
  2. bicycle transport cover for the plane
  3. bicycle protective cover (static in your garage/hotel/outside)


This bag must be: practical, light, solid, balanced, of high quality, recyclable, compact before use, easy to use. Let’s review the essential criteria:


Please note: many covers are offered in materials that are not very resistant/suitable for transporting a bicycle... But also with PVC, a material that is about to be totally banned in Europe because it cannot be recycled! No need to buy a "disposable" cover after one use. Select covers using PE600D or Nylon 400 minimum and with a washable lining such as recyclable TPE/TPU ! ( NO PVC or only PVC FREE ) The "hard" versions, in molded plastic do not correspond to the selection criteria of the category and those proposed are often misleading with unsuitable dimensions (too small) and without real protection against the interior, even built with non-recyclable materials and banned in more and more countries, so be careful!


Buds WHEELBag zip Choose covers with good quality double zips : easier to open and close with the bike inside, a double zip also allows a double possibility of closing in the event of a problem with one of the two!


Almost all bicycle transport bags/covers require you to remove both wheels! It is imperative to secure the bike with a support that is positioned under the bike and goes up along the rear chainstays to protect your chainstays and your derailleur ! Such a support is very rarely sold with light covers but you will find them as accessories for less than 19 euros on the internet.


Make sure you have the minimum dimensions: 125 cm minimum for mountain bikes (130 cm for sizes L or XL) and 120 cm for road bikes on average. Below these sizes only bikes in sizes S or BMX (in general) are likely to fit and in particular because of the handlebars! For covers respecting the maximum dimensions authorized by the SNCF (120/90) for train travel, you will most certainly have to shift or remove your handlebars, especially for a mountain bike! In all cases, you can measure the length of your bike from the rear axle to the front axle if you have a doubt, but also take into account the length of the handlebar/handlebar placed across which may exceed the vertical of the front axle: if the shape is suitable, no problem; if it is a straight shape = rectangle, you will have problems closing the bag with the handlebars without disassembling it! It is obvious that a cover where you can keep the rear wheel saves you all these problems and remains by far the best formula for lightweight covers. Be careful here too to choose a bag with the right shape to receive the handlebar/handlebar crosswise if possible without disassembling it. Fork protection


In the same way as for the derailleur, protecting your fork is imperative: all you need is a fork protection that you will find in specialized shops or on the internet. It allows in particular to keep the gap between the sleeves and therefore the adjustment of your disc brake and possibly protects the rebound and/or compression adjustments. In short, do not miss this accessory for a few euros!


Here too , it is essential to choose the right cover : Two solutions and no other should guide your choice: - Dedicated pockets: You must have 2 dedicated pockets with reinforcement in the center so as not to damage your bike, each placed on one side of the the cover for overall balance and maximum protection! Often nothing is specified and the bags only have a simple strip along the length of the bag (and only on one side!) to position your wheels! Result: the wheels wander inside the cover and deteriorate in addition to destroying your bike in the process! - Independent wheel cover: It is imperative that these covers offered have a central reinforcement. These can then be positioned correctly in the bag. Of course a cover with thick foam is even more desirable. Pay attention in all cases to the dimensions of these pockets : as for the independent covers: count at least 76 cm x 8 cm (width) to accept the largest wheels in 29 Inches.


A detail that is not one in use. We often find bags with handles that are too short and you have to carry your bag at elbow level. Remember to check that the handles have an opening between 30 and 35 cm!


The covers allowing to keep the rear wheel are now acclaimed by users for this type of bag. Removing the front wheel only is simple and allows easy, quick and clean assembly/reassembly!


This storage bag which initially contains the cover should be used to store dirty things, shoes, etc. when the cover is used: many "first price" covers are delivered in a cardboard box that is unusable after unpacking!


After numerous tests and discussions with users and manufacturers, several things systematically stand out and are therefore to be remembered:
  • Only the offset castors are acclaimed! The covers with the wheels inside the bag are not stable and even worse "break the wrist", deteriorate too quickly (often not of good quality on bags under 150 euros) and ultimately make the bag unusable very quick. Choose simplicity for this type of bag!
  • No use really for light transport covers! On the contrary, these wheels prevent the folding and compression of this type of bag, which must be as compact as possible when “not in use”!
  • The "integrated" wheels on the width are often small so the edge of the bag touches the ground and wears prematurely, what is more with the weight of the bike and the too steep angle used to roll it!


To sum up, taking into account these selection criteria, we have retained:
  • Scott Classic cover + seatstay support (not included) + fork protector (not included) - removal of the two wheels!
  • Scicon Travel Plus MTB + seat stay support (not included) + fork protector (not included) - disassembly of the two wheels!
Our “ILB” choice for sale: BUDS ROADBag (for road and Gravel) and MTBag for MTB, with their unique and innovative concept (rear wheel retained), each available in 3 models of different quality:[su_custom_gallery source="media: 3352,3258,3231,3262" link="lightbox" width="380" height="220" title="never"] [/su_custom_gallery] Our pick "ILB" accessories:
  • Fork protection
  • Stay bracket
  • BUDS independent wheel covers also on sale, you won't find them elsewhere!
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All the quality and size criteria are the same as for transport covers (with dismantling of the two wheels):
  • Minimum dimensions of 130 cm x 85 cm are ideal for all sizes
  • Double ZIP
  • Mandatory fork protection, frame and seatstay support
  • Protection of the wheels in pockets or independent wheel cover: foam lining of 10 mm minimum with mandatory central protection
  • Handlebar attachment system
  • Offset wheels (wider than bag to keep loaded bag balanced)
In this case, it is important to (re)talk about the other selection criteria:


A good (top-of-the-range) hard shell obviously remains the ultimate solution, but it still has to include the characteristics above. But taking into account all the elements, a soft shell (nylon or 600D) can be more practical and almost as protective if the bike is well wedged inside!
  • Rigid base support in Rigid Shell: the fixed support which allows the axes to be fixed is recommended in this case! Indeed the bike does not move and remains protected by the hull.
  • Rigid base support in Soft Shell: it is obvious that in this case, if the bike is completely fixed with this support, it risks being stressed laterally on a violent impact and therefore having serious problems (other than pocs of paint) with a possible deformation of the frame or even tearing
In this case, it is necessary to favor a cover WITHOUT this support to let the bike "live" at least inside which will be protected by the foam and by the wheels on each side!


  • With wheels: in this case they must absolutely be offset to avoid breaking your wrist and raising your bag every 3 meters. You will most often get a cover that folds only partially, more or less, or even not at all and which in "non-use" often remains a real problem for storage, especially in a hotel room or an apartment.
  • Without wheels: a "soft cover with protective foam" can be perfectly suitable: with experience in airports, we often take a trolley because we have to carry luggage in addition to the bike cover, so as long as we go we put the soft cover across it. What's more, this bike cover must be deposited in the "bulky" located not far from the check-in counters.
Warning: also take into account that often "on the ground" the wheels will be unusable (stairs / uneven ground outdoors etc), it is better to wear the cover! So once again a "portable" cover even for the plane can be the right solution because it is more versatile on the go.


To sum up, taking into account these selection criteria, we have retained:
  • Evoc Travel Bag Pro
Our “ILB” choice for sale:
  • Buds ROLLBag, foldable travel bag for all types of bikes
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In this case we were able to determine that it was preferable to opt for "complete covers", i.e. which completely "enclose" the bike rather than a simple "cover" on top which does not prevent the dust from going up and infiltrating the places to be protected such as the derailleur, the chain, the sprockets and other bearings, not to mention the sheaths, etc. So prefer covers that take the whole bike (no wheel removed) or a cover where you only remove the front wheel like our choice of the " ROADBag Light " for road bikes or " MTBag Light " for mountain bikes which also allows the portage or suspension in addition to being super compact when not in use, so easy to carry around :-) We also chose Evoc's “Bike Cover”, but if it's simple to put on, it does not offer complete protection and it is offered at a relatively elitist price. Great deal ! [caption id="attachment_3398" align="alignleft" width="249"] Buds ROLLBag bike travel bag The ROLLBag: the best airplane cover of the moment at the best price[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3270" align="alignleft" width="250"] Buds MTBag Race transport bag The MTBag range: the best mountain bike transport bags of the moment at the best price[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3340" align="alignleft" width="250"] Buds ROADBag Pro bike transport bag The ROADBag range: the best road bike transport bags of the moment at the best price[/caption]

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