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Old 05-24-07, 02:58 PM   #1
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How to keep out dirt when bike is on hitch rack?

Hello - I have a hitch-mounted bike rack, and I often take my road bike up to a place in the mountains (from Denver), which requires me to drive on a very dusty dirt road for a few miles. Does anyone know of a bike cover I could buy, or another method I could use to keep all that dirt out of my cassette while the bike is behind the car? I looked on Nashbar and 2 other sites but to no avail. Thanks much. GW
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Old 05-24-07, 03:47 PM   #2
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i use a tarp
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Old 05-24-07, 05:37 PM   #3
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I have a similar situation with my mountain bike (I really try hard not to have to drive before I ride my roadie), and I've never used anything. It's about three miles up a dirt road from my house to a place we like to start in the Tahoe National Forest, and in summer it's seriously dusty. Dozens of people go up there on weekends, and I've never seen anybody with any kind of cover. I doubt that dust can get deep enough into the cassette or bearings to hurt anything, and I generally lube the chain with ProLink and wipe it after I get up there.
Not that I'm a model of bike maintenance, but it doesn't seem to hurt anything.
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How about this? A tarp would be rather annoying to use as they never seem to fit on anything other than a box and are very loud at high speeds.

http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Bike-Co.../dp/B000FIE4YK
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Old 05-30-07, 08:49 AM   #5
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Thanks -- I will try both

I'll try the tarp and if that doesn't work I'll get the cover -- probably have to poke some holes in it to let the rack arms through. Is there anything that a blue tarp and duct tape won't fix? GW
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