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Old 05-07-07, 03:05 PM   #1
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Good ideas for bike cover at night?

I've used an old cheapo plastic bike cover to protect bike and contents from dew and rain at night and it is rapidly deteriorating. I would appreciate any suggestions from anyone who uses such an item on a tour. I've seen the Topeak cover but doubt it would fit over panniers, etc. I haven't seen anything similar to what I have but it was inexpensive, relatively light and big enough.
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Old 05-07-07, 03:34 PM   #2
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Koveroos are made out of Tyvec, so perhaps get something like that or just look for some Tyvek Material.
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I just put something over the saddle, my cork handlebar tape does not seem affected. Other than that covering the bike at night seems like a waste of time. It needs to be functional in a day long downpours so what is a little dew.

You can get light tyvek from kite stores. Silnylon might be appropriate.
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The most I've ever used was a light, old groundsheet. Most of the time though, I just put a plastic grocery bag over my saddle ... and the panniers come in the tent with me.

You could also use those large black plastic garbage bags. I line my panniers with those, but always have a few left over in the package which I fold and carry in the bottom of my panniers. They'd probably work as a bicycle cover.
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... I just put a plastic grocery bag over my saddle ... and the panniers come in the tent with me.
Same. A bike is pretty robust in terms of weather exposure. About the only thing I do in the morning is freshen the chain lube.
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I cover my bike at night because I stealth camp. Any bike shop around here has lots of these bike covers that fold into themselves in a tiny little ball when not in use. I always have one in my panniers.
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opps, we have some cheapie rain panchos that we got at disney land years ago, use them in emergency during the day, & cover the bikes with them at night.
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I have found that they rarely charge a cover for my bicycle at the little country taverns along my bike routes. ;-)
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