If you have no choice then you have no choice. I wouldn't take anything off the bike but I would cover it up nicely. There are plenty of bike covers to be found that are heavy duty and have a drawstring along the bottom to cinch the cover down. The drawstring is a requirement. Don't buy a bike cover without one. If you want to go cheap you can go to any discount hardware store and buy a big, cheap tarp that has grommets and whatever super cheap, nylon cabling they have and cover the bike up that way. Buy big.