PUNE: Punekars, staying true to their ‘jugaad’ attitude, have discovered a new way to brave the rains this monsoon. Two-wheelers with a transparent box-like bike hood or bike umbrellas have become a common sight in the city of late as people attempt to go about their daily routine without the fear of falling ill after getting drenched in the rain.
Speaking about the bike hood, a retailer from Nana Peth, Amar Pawar said nearly 10 people are getting the bike hood installed at his store on a daily basis.
“The bike hood is made using parachute cloth. It is 70 cm long and 60 cm wide effectively covering the front of the vehicle as well as the driver. These are mostly installed on non-geared two-wheelers as geared bikes have more power and speed. There are chances of the hood getting detached if the vehicle is moving faster than 50 kmph and thus is preferred on non-geared vehicles,” he said.
A customer service representative at Vistara Airlines, Abrar Hotgi said, “I have recently installed a bike hood on my vehicle. The hood cost me Rs 900 inclusive of the installation charges. It acts as a proper umbrella and keeps me protected from the rain. Even if the rain is harsh, the hood can brave it and render the rider comparatively drier. The hood is also portable and convenient to use. The plastic covering in front has a chain to enable the rider to lift the front half when not required.” Stating the disadvantage of the hood, Hotgi said that in extreme rain, the water droplets stick onto the front cover making vision unclear.
Speaking about the installation, another retailer, Rehman Mushtaq said that it takes only 10 minutes. “There are four fitting points for the hood which include two at the rear of the bike and two at the side mirrors. Even if the bike takes extreme turns, the stretchable wires keep the bike as well as the hood firm. Once it is installed, the person cannot ride the vehicle over 40 or 50 kmph,” he added.
The hoods are available in the local markets in Nana Peth, Pimpri and also online on sites like Amazon, Kraftly, Shopclues and E-Bay. A businessman from Pimpri, Saquid Sayyed said, “Before installing the bike hood locally, I searched for it online. However, prices are more than Rs 1,000 while locally they are below that cost. I got my bike hood installed from Nana Peth for Rs 900.”