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Kikker Products’ convenient, affordable Bike Saddle Cover Keychain woos crowdfunders

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Kikker bike saddle cover keychain, folded up

Statistics can seem unbelievable sometimes, but here’s one I don’t think any cyclist will argue with- “2.5 billion people in the world ride bikes, and not a single one looks forward to sitting on a wet or dirty saddle.” That quip serves as the tag line for Kikker Product’s Bike Saddle Cover Keychain, a simple accessory with a simple name that performs a simple (but highly appreciable) task- keeping your butt clean and dry.

Bikerumor previously checked out a fancier removable seat cover called the Cityseat. The Cityseat offered colorful, form-fitting fabric shells and also folded into a compact pouch, but its funding campaign fell short of its goal.

However, the Bike Saddle Cover Keychain has already surpassed its Kickstarter campaign target with a few weeks left to go. Perhaps price is the deciding factor- consumers seem to prefer paying less for Kikker’s cover with its attached keyring/clip, despite its not-so-refined appearance…

The Bike Saddle Cover Keychain is a handy accessory for commuters riding personal or publicly shared bicycles. Aside from protecting you and your clothing from dirty or wet saddles, the cover’s attached key ring/clip makes it convenient to carry with you so thieves don’t snatch it.Kikker bike saddle cover keychain, folded dimensions

The cover simply stuffs into its compact carrying pouch, there’s no need to worry about folding it up nicely. The stuffed pouch measures approx. 6cm x 7cm x 2cm, and buttons itself shut. If you don’t use it as a keychain you can clip the cover to a backpack, belt loop, etc.

Kikker bike saddle cover keychain, black
*Photos and Video courtesy of Kikker Products

Oddly, there isn’t any info given on what material the seat cover is actually made from, or if it offers any additional padding. The company describes it as “strong and reliable” and by the photos it looks like a waterproof material… Also, we can assume they’re shooting for a universal fit but it would be nice to see some unfolded dimensions, especially for commuters with big cushy saddles.

Kikker bike saddle cover keychain, green Kikker bike saddle cover keychain, pink

The Bike Saddle Cover Keychain is currently available in pink, black or green, but two more color choices will be added if the campaign raises €5000. A smaller ‘micro’ version could also be developed if the larger stretch goal of €10,000 is generated.

While it’s not the most refined looking bicycle accessory, this seat cover’s most attractive feature is probably the low price tag. Early bird buyers can get one for just $9 USD, buy a pair for $18 or shops/rental fleet owners can grab five covers for $39. The first units are expected to ship out in March, and for further details check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

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Sspiff
Sspiff
6 years ago

This is nothing a tyvek envelope doesn’t do a great job of for free. And it’s huge! Is that a saddle cover in your pocket or are you happy to see me? Dumb.

Burton
Burton
6 years ago

When rain threatens, I use a women’s shower cap to cover my saddle when the bike is parked outside.

Shanghaied
Shanghaied
6 years ago

Maybe it’s just an European thing, but over here it’s pretty common in the summer to find a whole street worth of parked bikes getting covered with these things. It’s always done by some ad agency and the covers are printed with ads from some company. The fact that happens all the time and that it’s free suggest that these things cost a lot less than $9. It’s not really a bad idea for ads really, as people tend to save the ones that they get and reuse them on rainy days, thus showing the ads again. I still have a couple from a real estate agent.

Shanghaied
Shanghaied
6 years ago

These things are super common as advertisement in some parts of Europe. Not bad really, since people tend to save them and happily re-display your ads on rainy days. The first search result tells me that you can get these for less than a dollar apiece with your choice of prints. I still have a couple from a real estate agent.

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

I don’t care if my seat gets wet

A Dude
A Dude
6 years ago

How would one keep these from being stolen?

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

As said by someone else, showercap. The only way I can see this working is what Shanghaied said, sell them to advertisers who will give them away for free.

Luis Quintero
6 years ago

Hi, Kikkerproducts here, thanks for the article.

To clarify some of the questions in the article and comments area, the saddle cover is made from a strong yet flexible PVC material, waterproof and above all friction resistant, feats only available to higher priced saddle covers that can cope better not only with everyday wet/dirty saddles but also with saddles that have lost their top layer and have exposed the sponge and really absorb water. It has no extra padding to be able to keep it as small as possible, and it fits most saddles even big cushy ones (35cm x 37cm).

Saddle covers are far from new, what we are aiming for with this product is to change the way they are being use until now, most people who own a saddle cover (free or paid) either leave it on at night and remove it before you are going to ride, or just have it stored under the seat and use it if your saddle is wet, both way chances are that you may not have it when you really need it. Our solution aims for a product that you can take with you, which also is great for bike share systems.

michael
michael
6 years ago

Who would steal a saddle cover?
Why do you need to keep your saddle covered from rain, when the rest of your bike is not?
When you ask yourself these questions. You realize how dumb a saddle cover is.
FENDERS would be the best addition to a bike when riding in the rain.

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