Welcome! Log in or Register

Argos Bicycle Cover

  • image
11 Reviews

Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Bikes - Cover can also be used for a motorcycle / Size H: 35-98 / W:185 / D: 56-74cm.

  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    11 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      05.09.2012 20:17
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      1 Comment

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      It's okay - but probably not needed.

      The Argos Bicycle Cover was bought for me by my partner after I was complaining I ended up with a wet bum when I was cycling to work. It was kind of one of those joke presents that actually, at the end of the day, I thought may actually come in handy. The Argos Bicycle Cover was part of the value range and it cost £9.99 direct from the Argos website (www.argos.co.uk). I actually thought this was fairly expensive for something that was essentially a large plastic bag, but £9.99 isn't going to break anyone's bank and so it's an okay price and affordable by most I would imagine.

      The cover is a large PVC bag that stretches over the top of the bag and then can be pulled down over the both sides of the bicycle in order to protect it from the elements. The PVC is transparent and so it is easy to identify the correct bike should you have more than one bike with a cover on it. The PVC is fairly thick and so it does not easily tear and also feels very robust and that it would last for a significant period of time without needing to be replaced. There are two gathered elasticated bits with velcro fasteners which are designed to grip at the front wheel and the back wheel and to keep the cover in place. The fasteners do stop the cover from being blown off if it is particularly windy - and so once in place, the cover stays in place. At the same time, it is easy to remove the cover and so it doesn't slow you down in any way having it in place.

      While the cover does work to keep the bike dry underneath the plastic, I'm not completely sure whether it is something that is really worth having. At the end of the day, it only particularly matters to me that the seat of the bike is dry and a wet seat can be easily rectified with a quick wipe with the towel. In addition to this, in hot weather, the bag can encourage condensation under the plastic and so it also doesn't completely prevent rust. To be honest, it's something which I only tend to use if I'm not going to be using my bike for several days.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        30.05.2012 14:19
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        A fantastic bike cover from Argos.

        We store our bikes in a bike shed and as such we like to lock them up and cover them up to ensure that they are not exposed to people just happening to glance in if the locked door is open. We don't use this cover to keep our bikes dry as they are inside but we do use this to try and deter anyone from touching our bikes if they happen to be in the bike shed at any time, so far this has worked like a dream.

        I paid £8.99 for this bike cover from Argos last year and it is suitable for covering basically all sizes of bicycle and motorcycle. This price seemed reasonable enough to me and this is just £9.99 still now so still very reasonable.

        This cover came within a clear plastic wallet and it was folded down nice and small. The information and usage instructions were basic and yet simple enough to understand and follow through. It is advisable to open this up and flatten it down and leave for at least a few hours if you can otherwise it might just start to fold back up again! This is really not good and so I left mine overnight and soon it was flattened out well enough to allow me to begin to use it.

        This light blue tinged cover is nice and thin and clear enough for me to see through it and know at a glance that my bike is underneath it. It is waterproof and is made from PVC which allows it to be durable too. There are two tapered ends which obviously fit on the ends of your bike and these are elasticated to allow them to fit different bike sizes. There are Velcro straps at either end that allow you to pull the ends in for a tighter fit to your bike and these straps can also be fitted around your bike tyre for added protection of detachment from your bike if your bike is out in the wind, however, I don't put the straps around my tyres as like I said my bike is stored in a locked bike shed and is kept sheltered from the elements. This cover is very simple to fit and nicely made too. We have used our covers a couple of times when out and about for the afternoon and it has been protected from rain and showers and neither of us has had to cycle home with a wet seat! The only downside is having to fold it down in to a rucksack.

        This bike cover is 98cm high, 185cm wide and 74cm deep and is a very reasonable size. It covers my ladies bike with ease and with a small amount of space left. This also covers my very tall husbands larger gents bike too down to near the bottom of the tyres and I feel that this represents fantastic value for money as it really is suitable for numerous sizes.

        Our bikes still look almost as good now as when we first purchased them. This cover has lasted well and I also purchased my husband one not long after getting mine. The size is great and while these covers are quite thin they have definitely withstood us using them on an almost daily basis to remove and then recover our bikes. I would definitely recommend this cover and would have no hesitation buying one again should something happen to one of our current covers.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        20.06.2011 17:56
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        2 Comments

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Great value

        This is another product from the Argos range. A range that offers quality useful products at the lowest price possible. I decided to purchase this product to protect my bike from the dust and dirt that accumulates in my garage. We seem to get quite a lot of dust and dirt in there because my husband chops wood and leaves it in there for our log burning fire. I got sick of wiping the seat and handlebars every time I used it.

        This product is made from strong PVC and the sizes are as follows H 98cm, W 185cm, D 74cm. This should cover most bikes and motorbikes/scooters. The elasticated sizes ensure a snug fit and mean that dust and grime can't get round the outside. Velcro tabs keep the bottom closed and again protect it from dirt and grime.

        If you keep your bike outside, the PVC cover is totally waterproof so protects the seat and handlebars from the elements. It also protects from pesky birds which might decide to leave their deposits on your bike! A quite wipe will remove any marks from the cover if required.

        This product comes well packaged although once out of the packaging you have no chance of getting it back in! It comes with a short instruction sheet although it's quite easy to work out where to put it and how to fasten the velco straps.

        If you're looking for a quick, cheap fix for your bike to keep it clean this is a great choice.

        At £7.99 it is a great price to pay and another great product from argos. You can pay much more for one of these covers but why bother when this one does the Job just fine. Overall I think this is a great product and although simple it does exactly what it says on the tin.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          19.06.2011 01:18
          Very helpful
          (Rating)

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          Works very well and seems very durable

          My garden shed was the dumping ground until last year when i need to empty and declutter so i could store my new p.a system in there for work as the new system took up even more space than my last one that lived in the house inside a cupboard. Although there is still room for my bike along with garden maintainer equipment it mean my girls bikes and scooters have to be left outside in the garden all the time now due to the lack of space. As the bikes and scooters were going to be left out exposed to the winter weather we had to buy some plastic sheets to wrap and cover the bikes as much as possible.
          After a few unsuccessful tries with tar pollen we invested in a cheaper bike cover from argos.

          The argos bicycle cover cost only £5.99 and from the argos value range.
          Argos bicycle cover comes in a clear plastic packet folded up with some basic information and instructions. It is easy to remove the cover from the packaging, i left mine sitting over the sofa over night in the warmth as when removed from the packaging it was badly creased all over making it slightly difficult to get the cover to sit or stay in a position because it wanted to fold itself back up.

          Argos bicycle cover is a light blue colour but its thin and transparent making it see through. Its made from pvc and is water proof. The cover is not flat like a sheet its taken in at each end with elastic like a fitted bed sheet is. It has velcro straps attached to the elastic ends, this is to give a tighter fit around the bikes and the velcro straps can be secured around the tyres of a bike. This is a great idea because it does not flap around like the tar pollen did in the wind.

          Fitting the cover over the girls two bikes and scooter was easy. I grouped the bikes and scooters together and leaning them against my garden fence, i placed the cover over the top of the bikes at both ends and secured the velcro straps around the fence. The covers are made for adult sized bikes and can even be used with motor bikes or mopeds. The bike cover will take two adult sized bikes at once.
          Because the sheet covered the bikes being small child sized bikes the sheet hits the ground in but have also put the same sheet over an adults bike and it still gives good coverage coming down past the tyres.
          The bike cover measures around 40 inches in height and 74 inches wide.

          The bike cover is not great quality its very thin but fits the bikes well. I have been using this cover for 7 months now and even over the hard winter weather the cover is still standing strong. The girls bikes are rust free and no sun damage or discolouring at all. Very happy with the results and will continue to use the bike cover.

          I think its great for the price and well worth every penny, this is probably one of the best value products iv ever bought.

          Argos bicycle cover i highly recommend you!

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          09.03.2011 17:01
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          2 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A Good Cover

          In my house , I do not have a garage so when I got my new bike I decided to keep it protected by buying a cover. I came across this one in my Argos catalogue for just £7.99. Great price considering it protected my bike for years!

          The idea of the bike cover is to keep your bike or motorbike or what ever else that may find its way underneath it , dry all year long! The bike cover lies on top of your bike and has special dents for the handle bars. There is elastic on the front and back to help it to stay on but I find that it is best to tie a piece of string from the seat , under the pedals and back up again. This makes sure the cover stays on. There is nothing more annoying than having to go outside in the pouring rain or snow to put the cover back on.

          One of the problems with the cover is that is some how any moisture gets in , it cannot escape so the bike is constantly wet and this can really damage the bicycle. This can be avoided by having down ward air vents so that air can get out , but not water. Unfortunately this does not have that which is a shame.

          Overall , a great cover especially if you do not have a garage. It can also be used in a garage or house to keep dust off. I would recommend this to anyone.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            14.02.2011 09:24
            Very helpful
            (Rating)

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            If you use a bike a lot, it's a decent investment

            About 3 years ago, my wife and I bought ourselves some bikes at a local auction. Total price for the two was £14 so we were as you might imagine.....well chuffed!

            After the novelty wore off, I hung them on those big plastic coated hooks on the garage wall to get them out of the way and they have spent much of their time with us hanging on those very same hooks.

            Last summer (seems so long ago now, doesn't it?) we used them a lot more. I had finally got round to replacing the inner tube on one wheel and I had bought myself a pump and a bell, so we were ready to rumble. It was good to cycle around the country lanes in the evening and made us feel healthier and fitter than we really were. More recently, especially since the price of fuel went up, I have been using my bike from time to time to get to and from town. I don't take it when there is likely to be shopping to be brought home, but it's a fairly flat route and is only about 4 miles so it's fairly easy biking really.

            I did get caught short before Christmas though. It was a cold morning, but bright so off I biked to the library. After an hour or so, I came out to find that it had been sleeting and my bike although still safely locked up, was very wet and covered with a layer of wet slushy sleet. Yuk. I had to ride home with my bottom off the seat most of the way, but I still arrived home with a wet bottom and I wasn't best pleased.

            At Christmas therefore, I shouldn't have been too surprised when I found I had a bicycle cover as one of my little extra presents. Normally, I hate it when people buy me things that I neither want nor need, but I did have to agree that it could do no harm to shove it in my pannier bag in case the same thing happened again. It has happened a couple of times, but I have now found one of those little covered bike shelters that as a driver I had never spotted before, so I have only had to use this cover twice since Christmas. Each time I found it easy to use and it kept the bike dry. I was a bit concerned at whether it would stay on but in addition to the elasticated bits at the front and back, it also has a Velcro strap which helps to make it a bit tighter.

            Of course, it could easily be nicked but to be honest it looks fairly naff and I don't think there would be much of a resale value on a used one of these. My wife says she spent £6.99 on it and I have just about forgiven her now. It really wouldn't matter too much to me if I didn't have one of these, but now that I have got one, although it's a bit of a faff to slip on and off, it is a useful means of protecting your bike against the unexpected shower.... or any shower for that matter.

            Functional but boring, I'll give it 4 out of 5

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            02.01.2011 18:46
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            2 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            For the price, they have lasted well.

            I bought a set of these to cover the family bikes to protect them from the elements of the weather. The basic attraction was that they are really cheap, at only £5.99 each from Argos. So even at that price, if they were rubbish, it wasn't too much to lose.

            The cover itself is marketed by Argos as a Motorcycle/Cycle Cover, since it is designed to fit cycles and most scooters and motorcycles up to 500cc. Size wise it is 185 cm long, by 98 cm high and 74 cm wide. It is made from a water resistant PVC material which is semi-opaque with a slight bluish tinge to it, and the material itself does seem to be fairly strong and robust. The edges are reinforced for durability, and the front and rear areas of the edge are elasticated and have an additional Velcro supporting strap to ensure and provide a nice snug fit around the bike.

            In use, it doesn't really get much simpler - drop it over your bike and pull it down around the frame and the tyres, and pull the Velcro straps around the front and the rear tyres to ensure a snug fit. This ability to provide a snug fit is particularly useful because it stops the wind getting underneath the cover and blowing it off. And that's it - fitted and functioning in a matter of seconds. The size means that we can actually accommodate 2 adult bikes under the one cover, providing that you fit the bikes close together. However, the large size also means that it can be too big for some children's bikes in terms of length and height. So you'll need to consider the size of the bike that you actually want to cover.

            Durability wise, the PVC material does seem to last well. We've used our covers for about a year now in all weathers and the material still seems to be like new and still flexible. In the past when I used cheap covers on BBQs and benches, I've found that the weather elements tended to dry out the PVC, making it brittle, and hence causing it to crack. But that doesn't seem to be the case with this bike cover PVC material. It's proven itself to be totally waterproof, and when we've taken the covers off, they've been scrunched up in the corner somewhere for storage and then unfolded again when we've wanted to fit them. So they've had a fair amount of flexing around and still seem to be ok.

            One point of note though is that you need to be careful when fitting and removing this cover from your bikes. Whilst the PVC material is durable, it isn't significantly strong or rip proof because it is only really designed to keep the rain off of whatever, rather than being strong enough to actually hold or contain something. We've managed to cause a couple of minor tears in the material when we've caught it on some aspect of the bike during a removal or refitting process, which was a bit of a nuisance. However, we did manage to repair the rip by applying some tape to the inside of the cover, and that seems to have lasted thus far.

            In summary, for the price I am really pleased with this cover. Other cheapo covers didn't seem to last the test of time against the elements, but this one is still going, and despite a few self-inflicted tears, still seems to have plenty of life left in them after over a year of use.

            5 star recommendation.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              06.12.2010 20:21
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Recommend it for bicycles and even motorbikes.

              Wanting to keep my bike dry from the elements and give it some security it made sense to buy a cover seeing as my bicycle is outside most of the time.

              The cover itself features Velcro at the front and back which gives my bike a perfect fit. I was worried because when I bought it, it seemed quite big but the Velcro helps keep it in place and stops the wind from getting underneath it and blowing off.

              So far after using the cover several times it remain durable. My bike is protected from all the elements as the cover is made of PVC which is water resistant and every time I go to use my bike, no water ever seeps through, it remains dry and protected.

              The PVC material is surprising thick but light to use and maneuver on and off your bicycle. It is also easy to fold up and store if you have limited space to put it.

              It is large enough to be used for large bikes or even scooters and motorcycles. I would be careful if using it for the latter as sometimes the Velcro can get caught and it could scratch paint work if you are not careful.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              23.10.2010 19:34
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              A good bargain bicycle cover

              I wanted to buy a bicycle cover to protect my bicycle and other outside sporting equipment, and this was the cheapest version I could find, costing only 5.99 at Argos, seeming like a real bargain for sure! As it turned out, this bicycle cover was a really good quality product, and I am very glad that I did buy it!

              I was first and foremost pleased with how big this cover actually is, a whole 185 centimeters long and 75 centimeters deep, the size so big that it can cover a lot of small equipment at once or two large bicycle for men... This cover has been used during rain and snow, and it still looks just as new, apart from one little hole explained by me tripping and ripping it with my keychain, in other words, it`s not very thick, but a bit thin and fragile for sharp objects... It`s very easy and quick to put the cover over the equipment, and it protects well from rain, sunshine and brisk weather, and all though it`s not as thick as I would have wanted it to be, it does a great job protecting my bicycle! I have now recommended this cover to several of my friends and family, as nearly six pounds for a bicycle cover is a bargain, especially given the good quality. Recently though, I have noticed that it sometimes slips and moves a bit during very strong wind, but that hasn`t caused any problems so far...

              This is a budget friendly bicycle cover of good quality, recommended!

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              19.10.2010 07:50
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Cheap but effective

              During the summer my fiancé and myself acquired 2 bikes from my mum and dad, with the idea that Mark would bike to work, he only works a few minutes from our house so biking would actually be quicker then driving, it also means that he can nip home for some lunch if he wants. Whilst he only really bikes when the weather is nice there have been the odd occasions where he has left the house in the morning and the weather has been fine but by the time be comes home for lunch or comes home in the evening, it could be pouring with rain. This is not too much of a problem when he comes home for the day but at lunch time he does not really have much time so tends to leave his bike in the front garden rather than the garage, meaning that if it starts to rain the seat of his bike gets very wet, and it is not a good look going back to work with wet trousers. He decided he would like something that he can quickly cover his bike over with if it looks like it might rain so we had a look around for something that was not going to cost a fortune but would do the job and came across Argos's PVC water resistant cover, perfect for what we needed.

              The PVC Water Resistant Cover came in a small plastic packet, folded up with a piece if card inside depicting how the cover should look and a small bit of information about it, the packing was really very basic, not that was a problem, I mean there is only so much you can say about a PVC cover. The cover itself (as the name gives away) is made from a PVC material, it is transparent blue in colour. When we took it out of the packaging the cover was quite creased where it had been folded up inside the small packet, however these soon dropped out, the design of the cover was very simple, it was consisted of a large PVC sheet with elastic at the front and back of the cover along with Velcro straps. The Velcro straps and elastic pulled the cover tight around the tires of you bike for a close fit, very useful in windy weather.

              The whole cover measures 98cm in height, 185cm in width and 74cm in depth, making the PVC cover quite large, it is designed to fit bicycles, most scooters and motorbikes up to 500cc in size. We have only used our cover for a bicycle which it fits perfectly so I cannot say how good it would be at keeping anything larger covered and dry.

              So far the cover has come in handy, my fiancé can quickly and easily cover his bike up in order to keep it dry without having to fiddle around putting it in the garage. The cover simply pulls over the entire bike, the elastic at the front and back of the cover help to keep it in place, and the Velcro straps secure it that little bit more, as I have said this is very useful in windy weather as you do not need to worry about the cover blowing away, or even just lifting in the wind allowing rain under it. The cover is not awkward to fit over the bike, even if you are on your own, Mark always covers his bike alone and has no problems at all, there is nothing fiddly about it, sometimes in very windy weather it can be a little difficult especially if the wind catches inside it but generally covering up the bike with this cover is a very simple task.

              The PVC cover has been used on several occasions now and has proved to be a real success. It is hardwearing and durable, it is showing no signs of wear and tare and it has not ripped once, the PVC that it is made from really is strong and made to last well. The cover has also lived up to its promise of being water resistant, you can happily leave you bike out in the rain under this cover and it will stay totally dry and ready to ride. My fiancé finds this particularly helpful because without it should his bike get left out in the rain it means he has either got to mess around drying it before he can ride it or he has got to risk it and hope his trousers do not get too wet from the seat. Since buying the cover he can leave his bike in the garden at lunch under the PVC cover and knows that it will stay dry for when he is ready to return to work. So all in all it has been a success.

              We bought our PVC cover from Argos and it only cost £5.99, personally I thought this was an excellent price especially as it is hardwearing and long lasting, for us it was well worth the money.

              Overall I would recommend the Argos PVC cover purely because although it is a very simple and basic product it does what it says, it keeps you bike dry, is long lasting, hardwearing and an excellent price.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              13.08.2010 16:47
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              1 Comment

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              A good budget product

              The trouble with kids and cycles is that once the thrill of riding about at high speed on a cycle for several hours is over, no one want to cart their cycles back to the safety and security of the shed. Then of course there are summer showers such as a very light and fluffy (extremely heavy and thundery) one we had today, which can contribute to the metal parts of the bike rusting over time. So what can you do for a quick solution?

              To cope with situations like this we bought an Argos Bike and Cycle Cover, we picked it from the range of products we saw, as it was the cheapest one at just £5.99. It wasn't listed here, but I felt that it was very handy for a cheaper ranged cycle /bike protector, so suggested it as a DooYoo product. I am pleased to now be able to share my thoughts.

              **********************************************************
              What we liked about the cover was the fact that it has a see through look to it, so that the kids could easily spot whose cycle was parked where under the cover. This settles the problem of one child trashing the others cycle when trying to get theirs out from under the cover to some extent. You can park not one but 2 cycles under there, with enough room to cover them both to a reasonable level.

              The cover has a handy elasticated piece at the front and rear of the cover to allow for a better fit than just a loose flat piece of pvc covering. The material is made from a water resistant pvc and if you position it well it won't collect too many pools of water when rained on heavily.

              We find the cover to be very handy as sometimes a light summer shower can blow over quickly and you can easily pop out in time to cover the cycles up when they are grouped closely together. The elastic bits are enhanced further by the inclusion of velcro fasteners which provide a more secure fit to the cover.

              **********************************************************
              The cover is also marketed towards being a motorbike or scooter cover and it says that the cover should be enough to protect a motorbike or scooter of up to 500cc. Whilst we can get 2 cycles under the cover, I imagine you will only be able to fit one motorbike underneath it.

              The size over the cover is approximately 35 - 98 cms high, 185cms long and 56-74cms deep, so allows for a variety of sizes of cycle to be covered. The quality of the material is fine for regular careful use. Although the thickness of the pvc material used, is not as good as the more expensive covers, it still does a reasonably good job.

              **********************************************************
              One thing I do need to mention is that the cover could become ripped or torn if taken off the cycle or motorbike too roughly. As it can catch on parts of the cycles at times. So care should be taken when removing the cover.

              We don't leave the cycles out over winter so the cover has not been tested in very severe conditions. It has however been out in some rather heavy rain and managed to keep the cycles dry and protected.

              **********************************************************
              In terms of rating the product I feel it ought to get a 4 star rating. It offers very good value for money if used carefully. It will protect up to 2 cycles or 1 motorcycle and is reasonably priced. Ours has lasted well so far.

              If you are looking to get something to use during summer down pours then this product will suit. If however you want a cover to use in harsher weather conditions, I would say your best bet will be a heavier more expensive cover.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments