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Monday
Jul022018

Widras Bike Cover

Most bike enthusiasts I know own more than one bike, and most have a favorite one to ride, and the rest often spend their days gathering dust. This might be the answer to your storage problems for a surprisingly small amount of money.

A young enterprising neighbor of mine, who has a company called Widras, has a Bike Cover that is large enough to cover a motor cycle, it is waterproof and tear resistant, strong enough for outdoor use. Wind and rain, and all that.

Not that the bicycle enthusiasts I know store their bikes outside, but at a price one would expect to pay for a cheap cotton dust cover, you can hardly pass this up.

The Widras cover is just $14.97, from Amazon or $19.99 from Wall-Mart. Yes less than twenty bucks and free shipping. Plus it comes with a nice combination cable lock that is approximately 46 Inches long, (116 cm.) included in the price.

As this cover is big enough for a motorcycle, I figured it would cover three bicycles, so I lined up three of my own bikes, and the cover fitted perfectly. (See all the pictures above.)

My bikes are on the small side, but most bicycles are about the same length, (Wheelbase.) within an inch or two. Larger frames will be taller of course. But the cover has elastic at the bottom, plus straps with quick-release buckles to keep the bottom edge in place.

(Above.) The cover has two large metal eyelets at the front. The idea being to park your motorcycle near a fence post. Slip the cover over, then use the cable lock to go through the eyelets, through the front wheel, and around the fence post. Thereby, not only locking the bike to the post, but securing the cover also.

Of course locking a bicycle this way is not all that secure as one can easily remove the front wheel and steal the rest of the bike, leaving the sorry owner with a cover and a front wheel.

So in the unlikely event you are storing your bicycles outside, some extra locks around the frame would be a good idea. This cover would be great for people touring with a tent, as one cover would serve for two or three bicycles.

Get a Widras cover from Wal-Mart, here. Or from Amazon. Or go to Widras own website here. Check out their other products including a cell phone handlebar mount that can be used on a bicycle or motorcycle.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

Gene,
Let me explain how a business is run, especially e-commerce. A company has its own website where they show all the products they sell. It lists those products at full retail price. There is also a physical address where you can return items if there is a warranty issue.

Amazon and Wal-Mart will sell the same item at a discount. In return a business gets to ship its product in bulk to those retailers, and he sells more product. There are also people who would rather pay full retail price than do business with Wal-Mart or Amazon on some principal or other.

When I built bicycle frames I sold my product through a network of Bicycle Dealers all over the US. On rare occasions I would sell direct to an individual, but only if there was not a dealer within 100 miles. I would sell to that customer at full retail, because to sell at a discount would have been unethical. And if I did that and word got out, pretty soon I would have no dealers.

So the price of the Widras cover has not gone up. $34.97 is the full retail price. The value of the item before any discount.
Dave.

July 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterDave Moulton

Substantial discount. You should have sold your bicycles through Amazon and Walmart.

July 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGene

Dave your dealers in addition to simply offering your frames made sure that their customers bought the right size Moulton frameset. The features of each model were explained and assembly of a complete custom bicycle tailored to their specific needs was offered. This eliminated a phenomena that is often seen on our roads, a toad on a bicycle! Worse a bicycle that is never ridden!

July 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTerence Shaw

Thanks Dave, I had a bad experience with a cheapest-possible (couple of dollars) bike cover that I ordered off eBay; it was so fragile, I might as well have used toilet paper insteadl!

This looks very impressive, especially for the price, and including a lock, and covering multiple bikes! I plan to get one soon

July 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRubeRad

Also, this is not the first time I've seen a surprisingly good value for a cycling product, coming from the motorcycle industry. There must just be a lot more motorcycles out there, or at least more motorcyclists for whom their bike is an everyday utility, not a recreational luxury, so the market demands lower prices.

July 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRubeRad

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