Pedal-powered ragtop: A roof for your bicycle

What better time than Wimbledon fortnight to invest in a roof for your bicycle?

The annual tennis championships are widely acknowledged to be a thinly-disguised rain dance that brings wet weather to all parts of the country, but cyclists who invest in a Veltop need not fear the inevitable downpours.

The Veltop bicycle roof system promises to protect against cold, rain and sun and can be retro-fitted to almost every conventional or electric bicycle.

The simple design comprises a windscreen, universal fixing, two lightweight spars and a water-resistant hood with roll-down windows.

Prices start from £245.

A roof for your bicycle The Veltop or Nubrella?
The Nubrella is an umbrella you wear over your head that claims to protect a cyclist’s head, face and shoulders from rain, wind, snow and extreme cold.
Using a bicycle in the in the rain is an issue that appears to trouble non-cyclists more than those of us who cycle regularly. The various bicycle roof systems on the market are members of a ‘rain-gear hall of fame’ that includes all manner of jackets, capes, ponchos and leg protectors.

Sometimes it rains

A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: “The trouble with fairings on bicycles is that they add weight and can behave like an unhelpful sail in windy conditions. Modern waterproof fabrics do an impressive job of keeping you dry while allowing your skin to breath. During the summer months the low-tech and cheap alternative is to make the most of the fact that you yourself are waterproof and embrace the occasional soaking – just don’t forget to carry a change of clothes.”

Are you covered?

Cycle insurance from the ETA covers against theft, vandalism and accidental damage (even at race events) and includes third party insurance, personal accident cover and bicycle breakdown cover.


  1. mark specht


    Dear Sir ,

    Do you have an agent for the Veltop bicycle roof system in Belgium/Netherlands ? if not we are interested .

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