Winter is coming: Bike Parka up for grabs

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Keeping a bicycle under cover protects it from winter weather and prying eyes, but with urban areas short on garages and sheds, for many it’s easier said than done. When a manufacturer of tents was challenged to address the problem, the result was Bike Parka – a high-quality, fitted water-proof cover for bicycles.

In the way that today’s all-weather cyclists have forgone the traditional cagoule in favour of waterproof, yet breathable jackets, so Bike Parka offers a technical alternative to the basic tarpaulin. Manufactured from rip-stop, the lightweight material used to fabricate sails, parachutes and kites, the Bike Parka features sealed seams, an elasticated fit and a slot through which to pass a lock.

Most bike sizes are catered for by a range of sizes – including kids’ bicycles – and prices start at around £30. See bikeparka.com

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Win a Bike Parka

We have a Bike Parka Urban worth £40 to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave us a comment at the bottom of this page.

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With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. No wonder The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be Britain’s most ethical insurance company.


Comments

  1. stephen

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    My bike would really appreciate one of these please, …….rain’s on the way!

  2. Gary

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    Better than using a plastic bag to ensure a dry seat awaits when a leave work.

  3. MARK

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    A great giveaway with wonderful timing. After a beautiful summer, the winter rains are coming. Fingers crossed and thanks to ETA.

    Mark

  4. Gillian Watling

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    This would be super useful to keep the rain and dirt off my pride and joy!

  5. Sarah

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    Winter is coming.

  6. Luke Brown

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    Oooo boy, i’d love one of these! Need to keep my bike safe from the harsh conditions of the British winter :O

  7. Andrew Powell

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    Would make all the difference to my winter commuting.

  8. Ali

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    I wonder if they do ones to cover baby bike seats on the back too…. mostly its my 3 year old who gets a wet bottom! But soon he gets his own bike, so mine would love a winter cover-up…

  9. Richard Scrase

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    With this I don’t need to fix the leak in the hall – do they do pink?

  10. Carol W

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    This would be great for my bike when it has to brave the elements by itself during the day. No more soggy saddles and handlebars 🙂

  11. Philip

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    It might even double up as a tent.

  12. Peter Clark

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    Got it covered!

  13. Clare

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    Electric bikes rock and do love a cover ☔️

  14. Bob

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    I live in the west of Scotland – lots of rain

  15. Ben

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    A pppppperfect pppppparka will keep the rain off and as it’s breathable help keep the rust away too. Just what my trusty commuting steed needs

  16. Christopher

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    Really handy to keep those heavy-dews off that start in September, and that are not good for leather saddles.

  17. Jill

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    Perfect for covering the bike while chained outside our favourite cafes while my cycling friends and I enjoy a warm drink on our winter rides,

  18. Philip Atkins

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    Looks great but where is the fluffy bit around the hood?

  19. Janet

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    One of these would be great for my daughter – renting her first flat and the new bike will have to stay outside.

  20. Kerri

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    The bike parka sounds really useful – i’d love to give my beloved one as he works away 3 days a week and this would keep his bike warm and dry out back of his B&B

  21. Robert Nunney

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    Keep up the good work ETA!

  22. Steve Walsh

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    This is just what I need to keep my commuter bike dry outside my office all winter.

  23. Mary Lloyd

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    I am really pleased with my bike rescue with ETA it gives me peace of mind whilst I’m riding my bike on my own!
    Would love one of thesecovers to keep my bike in tip top condition!!y

  24. Steve K

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    Great for a cool bike

  25. David

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    I reckon Richard Scrase should win this, for his honesty in not keeping up with his house maintenance, but mostly for his admission of his love of pink!

  26. Mark Bobbitt

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    Yes please, I’d love one!

  27. Douglas Milsom

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    I’d love to “bag” one of these!

  28. Peter Chisnall

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    Wrapping

  29. Jane Collier

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    Well, if WE wrap up warm why shouldn’t our bikes?!

  30. David

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    Yes m’lady – my bike would love a Parker!

  31. Kevin Holland

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    This would be a great idea instead of using old thread worn bed sheets.

  32. Lucy Delap

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    My bike needs its own duvet day!

  33. Mike the bike

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    My folding ebike isn’t heated and gets cold in winter.

  34. Mike the bike

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    My folding e-bike doesn’t have a heater!

  35. Hilary Foster

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    Ooh could do with this to keep the frost off my saddle. Don’t want frozen assets….

  36. Dan

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    This is a fantastic idea. I would use it to keep my bike when I leave it outside at work. No more soggy saddle when riding home.

  37. Jamie J

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    Parka… well done!

  38. Russ Taylor

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    I have a nice old Raleigh racer, but no shed or garage, but my wife hates me keeping the bike indoors. A bike parka would be ideal as it would keep my bike from getting soggy and rusty when it is stored outside during the winter, whilst keeping my wife happy too!

  39. Steve

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    Great idea!

  40. Martin Ross

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    I’ve won, it’s a wrap.

  41. Jane C

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    Excellent idea, rain coat for my bike, and might make it less obvious for thieves. Maybe a a green camouflage version would help it blend on the allotment and in gardens?

  42. paul jones

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    hate to see my love and joy get wet and cold, this would help

  43. Neil Woolford

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    My bike would feel stylish and cosseted in one of these…

  44. Cycling John

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    To be sble to get on a clean and dry bike at the end of the day would be sheer bliss. So dear, kind people of ETA, please send me a cover cor my bike. XX

  45. Richard

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    Great protection no matter the weather ☉🌧

  46. Judy

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    Would love to try this snug cover !

  47. Matthew

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    A comment at the foot of the page. If selection is random, it could still win!

  48. Anne

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    Like the arrow saying Front, and the fact that this matters because the thing is properly bike shaped.

  49. Nicholas Kilpatrick

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    Such a brill idea! Ever since my landlord doesn’t allow bikes indoors I have been forced to leave my bike outside. This would be very helpful to preserve my bikes integrity!

  50. Joyce Edmond-Smith

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    Just what my lovely bike needs after trying too many covers which are just not perfect as this one is

  51. Joyce Edmond-Smith

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    Just what my lovely bike needs after trying too many covers which are just not perfect as this one is

  52. Keith

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    I’m looking out the window at my handlebar sticking through a tear in its cover so a new Bike Parka would be just the ticket before the weather gets too bad!

  53. James Russell

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    Bike wearing a Parka? Going to have to change a few song titles: Wonder-bike stand, Don’t look back in road rage, Ride forever, etc, etc

  54. Craig Young

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    This looks to be a really good quality cover from BikeParka. So much better than the mattress poly bags I’ve been using for my trusty stead! Well done to ETA for the opportunity.

    Craig

  55. Allison

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    My car’s got its winter coat on already and my bike would like to have one too.

  56. C Buckley

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    What a great addition to the family this would be!

  57. Greg

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    Please Pack me a Parka for parking my pedals.

  58. Steph

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    I ran out of space in the garage for my daily commuting hybrid many moons ago, so this would be very useful to help protect against the dreaded rust!

  59. Phoebe

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    I never win these things.

  60. Rod Hewson

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    Always there.
    Is it time for you to do car insurance?
    I for one would be interested

  61. Kris

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    This would be handy!

  62. Cycling John

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    Rain rain go away,
    Come back another day –
    When my bike has a rain cover
    To keep it dry another day

  63. Cycling John

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    Rain rain go away,
    Come back another day –
    When my bike has a rain cover
    To keep it dry another day
    So yes please, kind staff of ETA,
    Please give me a wonderful rainy day cover

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