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Old 09-04-08, 10:19 AM   #1
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Rain cover

Is there such a thing as a rain cover for a bicycle? I know I've seen them for motorcycles. If there is such a thing, where can I buy one, and is there a particular brand that's recommended?

If I can't buy one, what would be the next best solution to storing a bike outside where it will rain?

I realize it's better to just store the bike indoors, but I've already considered it, and it's absolutely not an option, so please don't suggest that.
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Are you talking about storing it at home or at work? If it's home, and you have your own yard or driveway, you could always get some kind of small lockable shed. If it's just rain you're worried about and not theft, you could even use a tent-style shelter.

(The links are to a Canadian store, but you can find similar/identical products anywhere.)

If it's for work or elsewhere, is there any problem with using a rain cover that was made for a small motorbike? It'll keep the water off even if it isn't an absolutely perfect fit.

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Yes, there is such a thing, and I have one. I think it came from Regal ... but I could be mistaken.
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Are you talking about storing it at home or at work?
Mostly at work.

I don't think my bike shop has any, so I'll probably just order one online. In the meantime, it's supposed to rain this week. How bad would it be if my bike sat out in the rain all day? What sorts of things would I have to do afterwards in order to keep it from deteriorating too much?
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Any way to convince your work to provide covered bike parking?

Make sure you do regular maintenance (e.g. cleaning and lubing) more often if it's going to sit out in the rain.

For a temporary fix, how about a big garbage bag and rubber bands or bungees to hold it on?
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I used to use a lightweight nylon tarp that I bought at a backpacking/outdoors store for my tour bike. My poor old Raleigh Sports just sat out in the weather where ever I parked it. If you have to park in the rain; if you have a leather saddle cover it with a shower cap or plastic bag, the chain (and drive train if you have dérailleurs) will require a bit more lubrication and attention. A good coat of wax on the frame, handlebars and other components wouldn't hurt in the long run.

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