Unless you enjoy having mud, dirt, and the occasional dog poo caking on your home’s floors, you learn soon enough that taking the bicycle straight into the house after riding it outside is a horrible idea. Cleaning up your tires before pushing the bike in, on the other hand, is so time-consuming, you’ll probably end up just taking the train the next time you go to work. The Velo Sock offers an equally clean but faster solution.
A large flexible sack designed to fit over most bicycle’s tires (we’re not sure about three-wheeled monstrosities, but you can try), it covers up the entire lower half of the bike, confining any water, dirt, and debris inside the garment’s confines. Even better, it shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to put on, saving you from the several minutes you’d otherwise spend cleaning up the bicycle’s tires before coming in.
The Velo Sock is constructed from 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex, leaving it flexible enough to snugly fit bikes from 5.2 feet to 6.5 feet. To put on, you start by lifting the front wheel of the bike and placing the sock around until it holds tight. Once that’s done, you pull it over the pedal and gear assembly, finishing up until it’s fitted tightly over the rear wheel.
To clean the Velo Sock, simply turn it inside out to dispatch of any debris. For a little more intensive cleaning, it can be thrown in with the rest of your soiled laundry in a washing machine.
Available in a variety of designs, the Velo Sock retails for $69.