2004 Specialized Sequoia Elite, 1990 Cannondale ST400, 1987 Trek 400 Elance and Schwinn Voyageur, 1985 Specialized Expedition and Panasonic Pro-ATB, 1984 Miyata 1000 and Bridgestone 400, 1975 Motobecane Le Champion
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.
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.
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.
Raleigh Aspen touring/off-road hybrid, and a Bob Yak trailer. Yak very useful for us car-free types that like to buy lots of beer.
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.