A sleeping bag for your bicycle

bike parka winter jacket

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

In the same that way that today’s all-weather cyclists have forgone the traditional cagoule in favour of waterproof, yet breathable jackets, so BikeParka offers a technical alternative to a basic tarpaulin. Manufactured from rip-stop, the lightweight material used to fabricate sails, parachutes and kites, the BikeParka 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 BikeParka

We have a BikeParka 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.

ETA cycle insurance – Excellent protection whatever the weather

ETA cycle insurance offers a sympathetic policy on storage. For example, as long as a shed door is locked, bicycles stored within do not require any further security. In addition, the policy covers stolen quick-release components and, for added peace of mind, claims are handled in-house. Furthermore, bikes are never devalued, no matter their age.

Need to store your bicycle outside, but no garden shed?

Bike thieves go for easy pickings first, but are notoriously resourceful and brazen when need be. The upshot for cyclists is that thieves will remove hinges from a garden shed, pull aside fence posts to pop open side gates and even demolish a garage door to get to a good bike – even if it means doing it within earshot of a house. In answer to this threat, two enterprising cyclists from Southend have come up with Bike Vault, a robust storage box wholly manufactured in Britain using recyclable materials.

Bike Vault storage

bike vault bicycle storage

 

Comments

  1. Nathan Shipley

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    You’ve got to be in it to win it!

  2. Darren C

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    Is it orange coloured inside, like the Parka of my childhood, and where’s the (faux) fur trim around the edge?

  3. Hannah Lord

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    This is great exactly what I need for my bike!
    Thank you for running the competition x

  4. Stephen

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    I’d love to bag one of those for my pride and joy please.

  5. Mark

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    This looks like a quality piece of kit, it’s been a horribly wet period recently so it could be very useful in my garden please.

  6. Clare Gordon

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    Yes please!

  7. Paul Magnall

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    When I parka my bike it would be great for it to be under cover.

  8. Nadine Smykatz-Kloss

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    What? My bike never sleeps! (It would like to stay out of the rain however.)

  9. Gavin

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    My road bike is eyeing this up in envy!

  10. PeterH

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    Perfect. A cover for home and when touring in the old caravan – subject to release from lockdown of course!

  11. Peter Clark

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    Swish product

  12. Bryn Gwyndaf Jones

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    BikeParka Brilliant!

  13. Bryn Gwyndaf Jones

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    BikeParka Beautiful!

  14. Sarah

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    My bicycle lived outside my work in rainy and blustery Cornwall! It would love a coat!

  15. Mike Croker

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    Mmmm; cosy 🙂

  16. Simon

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    Love the look of that sleeping bag -my bike cover always perishes in about 3 months!

  17. Lizzie

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    This would be so perfect for my poor bike that has to live outside!

  18. Carol W

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    Ooh this is in my Amazon basket just now. Should I hold off 😉

  19. Ben Young

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    Bike Parka? Is it a mod bicycle? Looks stylish anyway.

  20. Gary

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    ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

  21. Jill

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    Would be so useful to tuck my bike up in whilst camping.

  22. Julian

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    This looks so much easier to use than the shapeless, easily ripped plastic one I binned for the reasons just mentioned, and I much prefer the retro parka branding compared to what it could’ve been ….. the ‘BikeShellSuit’ – no doubt in a very crinkly, shiny and louder colour scheme.

  23. Frank

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    You rang, m’lady?

  24. Richard

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    Much nicer than the one I bought from a certain sports retailer that fell apart after two years, yes please

  25. Ann Marie Wrigley

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    … so my neice will no longer be cycling home on a wet saddle?

  26. James Craven

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    Snug as a bug!

  27. PG

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    Great idea for my pride and joy

  28. Mark B

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    This would be perfect for my bike!

  29. David Riffel

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    Great cover whichever way you look at it😃👍

  30. Jonathan Hunt

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    I need a lot more than 1 (my n+1 has got out of hand) but this would be a good start and useful when I go camping 🙂

  31. Helen Ross

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    Bike parking in the rain is so much better with a Parka.

  32. Chris

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    Our daughter’s recently nicked bike’s been repl;aced with a sturdy go anywhere everyday bike which itself has just had a Brooks saddle upgrade. This cool Parka could protect and secure saddle and bike and keep daughter cycling too! Win! Win! Win?

  33. Pamela

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    O cosy bike so safe and warm – yes please

  34. James Booth

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    My bike Charlie Chalk would love to be warm and snuggly under their very own BikeParka!

  35. Diane Whateley

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    Looks ideal!

  36. Chris Bromwich

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    That would certainly keep my bike cosy!

  37. Leslie Gunbie

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    Night night bike!

  38. Sampy

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    A warm coat for a cool bike. Just what’s needed.

  39. Graham Corfield

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    The Parka for my bike and my campervan for me, sounds like a super combination to keep me and the bike warm and dry now that we can get away soon!!

  40. James

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    Looks a great idea

  41. Merlin

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    Nice.

  42. Anthony

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    My mum’s small house has nowhere for me to shelter my bike, so this would be very useful.

  43. Yousaf

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    My brother could really use one of those. Short on space and relies on his bike for work.

  44. Vincent

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    It’ll double up as a bivy quite nicely thank you.

  45. Jane Collier

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    Fabulous for when you have no space in your home to keep your bike from being exposed to all the elements.

  46. Rory

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    One of these would be very handy

  47. Kevin Holland

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    Just what I need to replace the ‘cheap’ bike cover I have that’s only partly covering my bike, which is now ripped to shreds.

  48. Peter Chisnall

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    Fitting!

  49. Iain Shanks

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    One of these would be great for protecting the bike on the bike rack

  50. Jane Reid

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    Using my cycle whilst away in the motorhome it would be a great benefit to have this cover.

  51. Jon Vamplew

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    “Packa lunch no, Packamac no, Parka Lane no – its a Parka Bike! – Got you covered:)

  52. Jane Churchill

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    What a great idea. It would be just the ticket to keep my son’s bike warm and dry from the elements!

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