I'd like to get my two cruisers out of the dining room because it's just too crowded. However, my only real choice is an upstairs balcony, which has a roof but is quite open to the elements. And yes, it does rain in Southern California -- in fact it rained last night.
These bikes are not used too often. I share rides with my 15 year old daughter, but she's starting to fade (however WON'T let me sell them). So they'll get used maybe once or twice a month and even that's debatable in cooler and wetter winter.
So, do I have any options in terms of keeping them outside? Is a simple plastic cover that's held down with rocks or bricks or something good enough, or will I be promoting rust regardless? The bikes aren't valuable -- I paid $60 each, but they are in very good condition presently and I'd like to keep them that way.
I don't mind a little extra work taking them off the balcony and returning them for each ride, given that they won't be used that often.