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Old 07-11-18, 07:52 PM
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Is a bike cover feasible?

My wife is concerned about our bikes getting dirty when traveling. I am wondering what others do to keep their bikes out of the weather when traveling , if they are outside the vehicle. Any insights would be welcome.
I have looked at bike covers and am not sure one would hold up with the wind buffeting it as we travel down the road.

I am leaning towards telling her it is not a good idea.
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You haven't said how you carry them.

If you are using a forward pointing roof rack, the stretchy "bra" covers that go on the seat, bars and down the fork are effective.

If you're using a rear rack with the bikes mounted sideway, you might consider getting a 6" roll of stretchy packing film to wrap most of the tubes and components. Or just whatever matters - bars and saddle.


The bras work well because air passes partially through them, but an airtight bag would be like pulling kites and could tear them right off the car.
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My wife is concerned about our bikes getting dirty when traveling. I am wondering what others do to keep their bikes out of the weather when traveling , if they are outside the vehicle. Any insights would be welcome.
I have looked at bike covers and am not sure one would hold up with the wind buffeting it as we travel down the road.

I am leaning towards telling her it is not a good idea.
I don't do anything other than make sure the chain has lube on it so it does not rust. I have hauled bikes many tens of thousands of miles this way, including about 6 times back and forth across the US, in every weather and road condition imaginable, and the bike have always been fine. It is really no problem leaving the biked exposed unless you are driving through salty roads.

I have never used a cover, but unless it was some hard-shelled cover, they strike me as more likely to cause problems than help in any real way.
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Old 07-11-18, 10:53 PM
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I hate riding on a wet saddle or elbow pads (fer mah aero bars!!!). My rack is also a rear mount so covering those items in inclemental weather is either removal or bags. For the record, Franken-fritz is an all weather chap, but I hate him getting rained on just the same...
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Old 07-12-18, 05:04 AM
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When I carry mine outside the vehicle, I use the aforementioned roll of packing film on handlebars and seat ( I usually wrap the seat with a plastic shopping bag first). If you go for the covers, you may want to use the film to wrap and tighten the fit to prevent billowing. Note, I left my motorcycle outside for several years under a fabric cover...they are pretty effective in keeping the dirt off (expect things to get wet).
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Old 07-12-18, 05:16 AM
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Uh...Get one of those blue, plastic tarps from Walmart and bungee it. I even used an old tent fly once.
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shower caps on the saddles.
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please try one & let us know! :-)

looks like Walmart had one for only $50! RV Deluxe Bike Storage Cover, Gray
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I don't do much other than put a plastic bag over the saddle when its going to get wet.

Doesn't take much to clean a bike when you get to your destination.
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You can hire one made out of more rugged material, if you don't find one off the peg, that works for you.

Custom canvas would be a search term.
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It'd be easy-peasy to wrap the frame in plastic cling wrap and tape the ends. You'e be protecting against a little dirt and a few bug splotches.
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Old 07-12-18, 11:58 AM
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Bikes are all weather vehicles. covet the seat and bars with packing shrink wrap, and go. I'll cover the seats if it's going to rain to my destination, on the way home? meh, they'll dry.
I hotels, we bring them into the room. Never an issue rolling through the lobby.

Bring a few rags and some 409, keeps them nice and clean.
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Thanks for the answers and suggestions. I feel that letting them ride on the car as I ride on them ( uncovered) is the way to go. Currently they ride on the back of the rv behind the truck. I have a truck camper and have built a generator box which the bikes ride on with the front wheel removed. The pic shows the box on the back of the camper. Wife is just concerned about her bike getting dirty.
I agree a few minutes with a rag and there would be no dirt.
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Old 07-13-18, 08:58 AM
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Tarp on the back of a car is going to add drag, and at highway speeds you're likely to tear the crap out of it.

I'd just put the bikes in the back of the RV. It wouldn't interfere with riding or driving that I could see, it stays clean, the wife stays happy.
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12) looks like that box is using a hitch mount, support beam.
consider towing a small cargo trailer,?
that box can go on the front of the trailer,
the bikes, locked, inside the trailer.
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Old 07-14-18, 05:57 PM
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fietsbob, Your idea has been considered. However, I pulled a trailer for 25 years of driving a semi and have no desire to ever pull another one. You are correct the box is on an extension. I sometimes put my carbon specialized in the cab of the truck, but with the dog along , that won't work. My wife just has an aversion to getting dirty. I think that is why she rides so slow. She does not want to sweat. LOL

For our trip to the Grand Canyon and exploration of the western states, we might have to rent a small u-haul trailer and drag the wagon to carry the extras we might want to take with us.
Thanks all for the comments.
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