Our latest review is from Steve who has been testing the Velosock award winning bike cover. Read his Velosock review and see just how much he loved it and highly rated it.
Summary of the Velosock review
Trivelo Score – 5/5
After a good few weeks of testing that has seen wet and muddy races, the back of my van is clean. More importantly the carbon race bike is unscathed from being loaded into the back of my van will all the other bikes and equipment.
“The thick lycra material slips back over the inevitably dirty bike helping to contain all the dirt and keep it away from your vehicle interior”Steve Bowman – Trivelo Test Associate
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My first impressions of the Velosock
I received a limited-edition Pro version of the Velosock in the post for my velosock review. It came packaged in a small, A5 sized piece of paper and fully recyclable folding cardboard box. This included a small chain-link shaped plastic window that gives you a little sneaky peek of what is on the inside.
On opening the box and unpacking the bicycle cover the excellent quality was evident straight away. Constructed from a heavy weight stretchy, soft to the touch lycra type material. The velosock has an elasticated band and four press-stud poppers for securing the cover round your bike.
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Velosock bike cover design
My velosock bike cover came with a rather fetching deep red to purple fade on the large Velosock logo and the star pattern that cover both sides of it. It’s certainly something that people will notice. There is no doubt people ask about it when they see you unloading your bike from your car or van. I do know that there is a huge range of colours and designs to choose from. It can also be personalised with your own design. This could, be quite cool if you wanted one in your team/club colours.
Using the Velosock
The bike(s) that I tend to transport around the most are my cyclocross race bikes. I’ve got two, as is quite typical for this particular discipline. An all singing all dancing carbon framed bike with a very fetching gloss orange paint job. I also have my back up / pit bike which is an older alloy framed model. So, as you can well imagine, it’s the carbon one that was calling out for an additional level of protection when I load the bikes into my van on race day. Not to mention the addition of the bikes that my children, large water carrier, jet wash, tool box and enough kit that you’d think we were off on a week long adventure. Not an hour long thrash round three km long course in a park somewhere in the North West!
Fitting the Velosock bike cover to your bike
I found the easiest way to fit the Velosock to my cyclocross bike was to turn the bike upside down. Place over the rear wheel. Making sure it’s over the rear mech and disc brake and then stretch the cover over the front wheel and the pedals & cranks. Then turning the bike the right way up and securing the four press-studs. One above each wheel and the other two in the middle of the front triangle. With these done up the bike cover is very secure and won’t be falling off the bike at all. It can be a little fiddly to get right the first few times. It soon just becomes part of the bike loading ritual and barely takes any time at all.
Having knobbly cyclocross tyres means that the Velosock won’t slide across them. So, you have to place it over the wheel to negate it turning and unshipping it. Those are minor points that are worth the little bit of extra hassle in the long run. With the bikes stacked against each other in the back of my van, it’s then easy to lash them down using bungee cords. The Velosock stretches allowing the cords to press down against the frame so they’re nice and secure. Essential not just for safety but to stop the bikes form banging against each other on the journey.
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Benefits of the Velosock bicycle cover
Another bonus of the cover is, there is no need to try and drape old sheets or towels over the bike to protect it from other bikes rubbing against it. The Velosock cover takes all of this in its stride. Once at your venue its even easier to remove the bike cover. Just undo the press-studs and with the bike the right way up just roll it forwards and it pops off the front wheel, followed by the rear and you’re ready to race.
Once you’ve raced and it’s time to pack away, it’s just a case of re-fitting the Velosock and loading your bike away. The thick lycra like material slips back over the inevitably dirty bike helping to contain all the dirt and keep it away from your vehicle interior. So, there’s no need to worry about getting the interior carpets or the backs of you car seats dirty. Or in my case the tailored carpeted mat that I have in the back of my van.
Summary of the Velosock interior bike cover
The bike cover is easy to clean. I just let it dry out and then shake the mud off in the garden. If it needs it, put it in the washing machine on a quick sports wash cycle and then it dries really quickly just hung over a door.
Would I recommend it to people who are looking for an easy way to keep their bikes protected and the interior of their vehicles clean? Yes, I would. In fact I already have to a couple of my cycling friends. One of which is looking to keep her camper van seats clean when the bike is stowed in the front overnight as she sleeps in the back.
Thanks to Steve for his thoughts following their test of the Velosock. It does feel like a luxury item but if it helps reduce the chance of that feeling you get when chipping your carbon frame then sign me up!
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