Touring - Good ideas for bike cover at night?
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05-07-07, 03:05 PM
I've used an old cheapo plastic bike cover to protect bike and contents from dew and rain at night and it is rapidly deteriorating. I would appreciate any suggestions from anyone who uses such an item on a tour. I've seen the Topeak cover but doubt it would fit over panniers, etc. I haven't seen anything similar to what I have but it was inexpensive, relatively light and big enough.
05-07-07, 03:34 PM
Koveroos (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AUPVOA/sr=1-3/qid=1178573801/ref=olp_product_details/102-9839592-8270567?ie=UTF8&qid=1178573801&sr=1-3&seller=) are made out of Tyvec, so perhaps get something like that or just look for some Tyvek Material.
I just put something over the saddle, my cork handlebar tape does not seem affected. Other than that covering the bike at night seems like a waste of time. It needs to be functional in a day long downpours so what is a little dew.
You can get light tyvek from kite stores. Silnylon might be appropriate.
The most I've ever used was a light, old groundsheet. Most of the time though, I just put a plastic grocery bag over my saddle ... and the panniers come in the tent with me.
You could also use those large black plastic garbage bags. I line my panniers with those, but always have a few left over in the package which I fold and carry in the bottom of my panniers. They'd probably work as a bicycle cover.
05-07-07, 07:11 PM
... I just put a plastic grocery bag over my saddle ... and the panniers come in the tent with me.
Same. A bike is pretty robust in terms of weather exposure. About the only thing I do in the morning is freshen the chain lube.
I cover my bike at night because I stealth camp. Any bike shop around here has lots of these bike covers that fold into themselves in a tiny little ball when not in use. I always have one in my panniers.
05-08-07, 05:53 PM
05-08-07, 05:57 PM
opps, we have some cheapie rain panchos that we got at disney land years ago, use them in emergency during the day, & cover the bikes with them at night.
05-08-07, 06:11 PM
I have found that they rarely charge a cover for my bicycle at the little country taverns along my bike routes. ;-)
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