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Old 05-06-13, 07:43 PM   #1
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Bra for the tandem

Does anyone have a bra preference for their roof-carried tandem? In the past, ours went "naked" and it picked up more than a few paint chips. Never mind the bug strikes. I'd really like to avoid a repeat occurrence. I did check out a few of the threads over in the road bikes section, but only general info.
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Old 05-06-13, 09:23 PM   #2
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Old 05-07-13, 05:29 AM   #3
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I have a Nashbar BIKE BRO that we use when the bike is on the car and we are hitting the highway. It does add some drag, but well worth it. I just picked up a second one because the current one is getting a little worn out. I highly recommend them. Joe
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Old 05-07-13, 06:13 AM   #4
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I've used the Performance bike XPORT road transport covers on our singles and our tandem. They're mesh and work well.
I think I saw that they were on salefor $29.99 now.
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Old 05-07-13, 11:19 AM   #5
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I've used the Performance bike XPORT road transport covers on our singles and our tandem. They're mesh and work well.
I think I saw that they were on salefor $29.99 now.
We've also used the XPORT bras. Same story, a little more drag but they do keep the bugs off. Of course once you get to your destination you now have a bug-encrusted bra to deal with!

The only caution with the bras is to make sure they are securely fastened in such a way that the velcro fastening straps stay at a distance while underway from the bike's painted or polished finishes, as they can do more harm than good if they are allowed to rub/vibrate/flap against the finish as you motor along.
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Old 05-07-13, 04:40 PM   #6
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My wife does not want a bug-encrusted bra . . . so we carry tandem inside our old Honda Accord station wagon.
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Old 05-08-13, 12:08 AM   #7
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Picked up one at REI... a tight fit on a large frame but works. My experience is go tight on the fork velcro or the fork portion will turn sideways. And put it on before putting the bike on top of the car so you can make sure it is on all the way so no flapping. I think I did not get it on right and it flapped/eroded a crease in the handle bar tape.
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Old 05-08-13, 02:00 PM   #8
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I use XPORT road transport cover for the fork and handlebar and Pygmy Drive train Covers.
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Old 05-10-13, 07:52 PM   #9
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We've also used the XPORT bras. Same story, a little more drag but they do keep the bugs off. Of course once you get to your destination you now have a bug-encrusted bra to deal with!

The only caution with the bras is to make sure they are securely fastened in such a way that the velcro fastening straps stay at a distance while underway from the bike's painted or polished finishes, as they can do more harm than good if they are allowed to rub/vibrate/flap against the finish as you motor along.
To get the bugsoff the bra, just pull it back a little and snap it. Most of the bugs will fly off onto the roof of your car. Except for the big moths that got completely splatttered into the bra.
I got sick of this too and now we carry our tandem inside our Honda Element.
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Old 05-11-13, 01:54 AM   #10
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I got sick of this too and now we carry our tandem inside our Honda Element.
The triplet's not an easy fit for our tandem hauler... hence our ability to enjoy the occasional study in entomology vis-a-vis the well-worn XPORT bra
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