Revolution’s ingenious protect floor saver might be just the ticket should your bike live indoors-particularly in rented properties. It’s a nylon skirt that engulfs the wheels and transmission protecting flooring from the ravages of wet or muddy steeds.
Fitting couldn’t be simpler. Unpack it from its stuff sac and open the draw-string as far as it allows. Lay the floor saver like an open sack and plonk the bike in. Erect the cover over the wheels, close the Velcro tab and adjust cord snugly to prevent it unravelling. A generous 60cm height conceals the transmission-great for swaying wary B&B owners or persuading a significant other that the best bike should reside in the spare bedroom. For best results, remove panniers for a snug, tailored fit but if you felt particularly lazy, it still works with smaller models in situ.
Performance is generally excellent, with virtually no stains or leakage. While the material seems generally robust, those habitually riding in very wet or muddy conditions (rough stuff tourists, cyclo crossers and mountain bikers) with nice carpets would be advised to go the belt and braces approach, laying plastic matting beneath the floor saver. Summing up, it's an elegant solution to the perennial problem of keeping bikes safely indoors without damaging furnishings and represents particularly good value compared with the expense of professional cleaning.
Well worth the money for preserving domestic harmony and nice flooring.
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Make and model: Revolution Protect Floor Saver
Size tested: N/A
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
It is basically a nylon cover engulfing the wheels and transmission so as to protect carpet and other flooring. Intended primarily at cyclists keeping their bikes indoors, it is also intended for touring cyclists wanting to keep their bike in the room of a guest house or B&B
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Thin but robust nylon with draw-string and velcro closures. With the notable exception of a long wheel based recumbent and other specialist steeds, it accomodates anything from a track bike through to expedition MTB with guards.
Thin but surprisingly robust.
Prevents water and other contaminants bleeding through and once adjusted to fit, stays in position.
Weighing 240g it's unobtrusive and packs nicely into panniers or larger seat packs.
Will save your deposit or a small fortune in carpet cleaning costs.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It has performed faultlessly, although a slightly thicker base would've earned it an extra point.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Ease of fitting and sensible dimensions.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)