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Old 09-23-18, 11:01 AM
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What do people use for covers when transporting their bikes on a hitch bike rack?
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Old 09-23-18, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Mainiac View Post
What do people use for covers when transporting their bikes on a hitch bike rack?
Plastic gallon sized bag for my seat when it rains because I HATE being a soggy bottom boy...
I'll remove the arm pads on my aero-bars to keep them dry as well some times.

Something I've noticed though, if I'm driving in the rain (like on the highway), the parts of Fritz that don't stick up over the roof of the car stay dry. So if I happen to be traveling on the highway and pass through a shower, only the seat and handlebars get wet. Of course, if it's stop and go in the rain, then the whole shebang is getting it, which is a TOTAL bummer but I stopped treating Fritz like he was precious long ago...

/poor Fritz
//he's not precious
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Old 09-23-18, 05:12 PM
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What do people use for covers when transporting their bikes on a hitch bike rack?
its a bike and not the wicked witch, so it can get wet.

when I stop, I dry it off.
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Old 09-23-18, 05:23 PM
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We may be hitting some snow as we travel over higher elevations, and that may mean salt. That's why I want a cover. I've used the plastic bag over the seat for years.
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Nothing. I would rather the bike get wet than a cover on the bike, fluttering in the wind.
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Old 09-23-18, 08:52 PM
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No cover, wash it, clean the chain, lube it and ride it. If no weather issues, then just ride.

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Old 09-23-18, 10:27 PM
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My hitch rack, a Yakima Literider 3, instructions state: "do not transpot bicycles with . . . . . . . . . . . . . full bike covers"
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I find a light coating of PAM (no-stick cooking spray) works well to keep stuff off the painted parts. Used it on MTBs in bad weather, and making it easy to clean the bugs off when I use a roof rack on long distances.

I find my bikes pick up more crud from their own wheels than from spray off of the cars.
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following the thread ... I don't always want a cover, but when I do ...




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Old 09-24-18, 07:44 AM
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following the thread ... I don't always want a cover, but when I do ...




Oh sh ! t...

MAN, screw THAT noise!
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Originally Posted by Mainiac View Post
What do people use for covers when transporting their bikes on a hitch bike rack?
I see most tourists passing through town, here , with that type of rack ,
don't use any cover.

you? Can buy cheap blue tarp, eh?
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Old 09-24-18, 05:54 PM
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How big of a parachute do you want to pull? I say, clean it when you get there, or put it inside the car.
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Old 09-25-18, 10:45 AM
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Thank you all.
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I subscribe to the theory that a cover on a bike on a hitch rack is more likely to cause harm than prevent it. Due to all the wind it will catch.

If I thought I was possibly going to hit some snow/salt ona mountain pass, I would just make sure everything is well lubed, and rinse it off after.
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