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    Anyone use a tarp/cover if bike is locked outside at work?

    Just asking,

    I'm thinking that a bike being covered by a tarp or canvas could be a theft deterrent. I guess it would have to have large enough eyelets to secure it with or under the bike. Where I work there are workers that are outside, and customers going in & out, so I think that situation might also keep bike theives away. I don't live in the city, out here in the country, and not that I'm overly concerned about this, just wondering if anyone covers their bike. I'd say it's good to keep the uv rays off the seats and other things that might dry up, not to mention dust or rain. I'd probably have to secure it to a tree near the building.

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    I'd be worried that my tarp would get stolen.

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    Some people would probably assume the tarp is being used to cover something very valuable. It may actually draw more attention.

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    Some people would leave their covers on at the Pentagon for over a week - umm, the wind (or someone?!)
    would blow it off in some sort of manner.

    I could never tell if someone was snooping or if it was really the wind.

    I'd only do it on days it looks like rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bas_nova
    Some people would leave their covers on at the Pentagon for over a week - umm, the
    Oh lordy. I'll bet they do not do that post 9/11. Security would call the bomb squad to blow the suspicious tarp (and bike) apart from a safe distance. I can usually find an outside place that provides adequate shelter on the short term. For jobs that last weeks and months I have always been able to arrange inside parking. A large part of why I car drive on the first day of a new assignment is to find good bike parking. That and commuting on a high end purpose built touring bike that has good seals. I only cover the leather saddle.
    This space open

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    No, I believe in the "sit on the wet saddle" and "feel it ooze in" approach.
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    how about a transparent shower curtain?

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    When I rode a motorcycle, I had a cover that locked. This looks similar, but I'm not sure it can be locked: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=9671
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    just let your bike get wet, it ain't made of sugar and neither are you...
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    "just let your bike get wet, it ain't made of sugar and neither are you..."

    max-a-mill
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    I have to agree with part of that. I just want to be able to protect the bike a bit. I found these covers in case if anyone is interested:
    http://www.improvementscatalog.com/h...lid-White.html

    *you're heading in the right direction

    ko

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    Yeah, they're made out of steel which rusts instead.

    I took my back wheel off to change the tube and found out why it's been getting harder to ride to work... I could barely move the axle by hand.

    Of course it is my winter beater that the salt is killing more than just rain, but a cover might help.

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