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Old 11-03-18, 05:29 PM
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Recommend a Bike Cover

It is a custom 700c drop-bar bike. The bike is ridden occasionally but I want to cover it when it not in use.

The bike will be indoors and extreme weather is not a concern. The main concern is UV. I've had tires and brake hoods deteriorate due to UV even when a bike was stored near a north facing window with the blinds drawn.

I don't mind spending the money for a quality cover and would prefer something bike specific. I'm not interested in tarps, repurposed garbage bags and duct tape or other DIY solutions. Thanks.


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Old 11-03-18, 07:48 PM
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Maybe a barbecue cover.
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I was gonna suggest a house, but it looks like that's insufficient. Maybe a walk-in closet within a house?

Mostly I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the idea of an occasionally-ridden $6k custom bike.
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https://www.the-cover-store.com/bicy...iABEgIhZfD_BwE
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I would get some car cover material and have is made into a bike bag with a zipper. I bet it doesn't cost that much.

Or maybe this:
https://www.amazon.com/Zerust-Preven.../dp/B00D0Y9F72
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Do you own this?

What can you say about it?


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I I've had tires and brake hoods deteriorate due to UV even when a bike was stored near a north facing window with the blinds drawn.
I am guessing your bike saw more UV in a single sunny day ride than several years next to a north facing window with the blinds drawn.

You are probably seeing the results of neutrino damage. Those have been known to go through blinds.

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If there was a way to search the world, to see what is available... naw, that wouldn't fly.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Do you own this?

What can you say about it?


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Honestly, no, but I have owned and used very similar covers for many different things. They do what they are supposed to do. Lately, I just use cheap cotton dropcloths to keep dust off the bikes when doing woodwork in the shop/garage. Indoors, UV is just not on my radar, so to speak.
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
If there was a way to search the world, to see what is available... naw, that wouldn't fly.
Search and available are your words, not mine. I asked for a recommendation.

Searching for availability is not the same as recommending.


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Old 11-03-18, 09:51 PM
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This may not be what you're looking for, but it's cool, bike specific, and it's trusted by experts!

https://www.amazon.com/VELOSOCK-Bicy...ock+bike+cover
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
I was gonna suggest a house, but it looks like that's insufficient. Maybe a walk-in closet within a house?

Mostly I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the idea of an occasionally-ridden $6k custom bike.
Ironically, my walk in closet has two south facing windows. Atlanta is about the same lattutude as Tuscon.

"Occasionally" should be understood in the context of 7000 miles/year. The bike is a "Fixed-gear road bike" which I ride about once per week. I did a century on it this past August and many metrics over the summer.

https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/2018-...z-custom-37179


Anyway, I'd like to cover it when it isn't used. That's all. It shouldn't be a big deal to someone 2000 miles away.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
It is a $6000 custom 700c drop-bar road bike. The bike is ridden occasionally but I want to cover it when it not in use.

The bike will be indoors and extreme weather is not a concern. The main concern is UV. I've had tires and brake hoods deteriorate due to UV even when a bike was stored near a north facing window with the blinds drawn.
If the brake hoods and tires are really deteriorating due to UV, then you really should look into better blinds.
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Originally Posted by ogmtb View Post
If the brake hoods and tires are really deteriorating due to UV, then you really should look into better blinds.
Can you recommend something?

I'm open to experience with UV blocking solutions for windows, if you have any.

That would stop my rugs from fading on the south side of the house as well. The Georgia sun is formidable.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Can you recommend something?

I'm open to experience with UV blocking solutions for windows, if you have any.

That would stop my rugs from fading on the south side of the house as well. The Georgia sun is formidable.


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Motorcycle cover. Something for a smaller moto, not a full dress Harley. Got a Cycle Gear nearby? Lightweight polypropylene covers offer some UV protection but I can’t say how much. Even the cheapest come with elastic for a snug fit around the tires. Whip out your sewing machine and tailor it for a custom fit. I’ve used them but ultimately found them to be more trouble than they’re worth with the constant on/off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s super easy but I can be ridiculously lazy about that kind of stuff. They melt really well onto hot exhaust pipes, not that you’ll be having a problem with that. Just a thought.


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Originally Posted by ogmtb View Post
Again...

There is a difference between searching and recommending. I asked if you could recommend something.



Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
Got a Cycle Gear nearby?
Actually yes.

11 miles from my home and right near one of the trailheads for the Silver Comet Trail, the second longest paved trail in the US.

Seems very popular with lots of riders in and out of the parking lot. I'll have to stop in and have a look.

Great suggestion. Thanks!


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Again...

There is a difference between searching and recommending. I asked if you could recommend something.
You need to pay attention.

I did recommend something.

I recommended that you use Google to find UV window solutions since asking on a bike forum is a really poor way of finding that information.

You're really struggling here.

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You could also slow down UV damage using another method. Iím into car detailing so use some of my higher end car detailing products on my bikes. These invariably offer high levels of UV protection as theyíre designed for cars that are exposed to the elements.

I have products for rubber/leather/plastic, e.g. CarPro P.E.R.L., and paintwork (several quick detailers and paint sealants). Hereís a link to P.E.R.L.:

https://carpro.uk.com/products/perl-...-leather-500ml


This would be in addition to a cover. Iím also looking for bike covers so will follow this thread with interest.
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UV film on the windows.
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You're really struggling here.

+1. I need to develop discipline and stop clicking on threads like these.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
+1. I need to develop discipline and stop clicking on threads like these.


Go read the first post.


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I just realized we are all being punked.

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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Can you recommend something?

I'm open to experience with UV blocking solutions for windows, if you have any.

That would stop my rugs from fading on the south side of the house as well. The Georgia sun is formidable.


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I don't think it is UV, unless your windows are made of quartz. Conventional glass will block UV. (I'm guessing ozone might be your culprit, but I really don't know.)

In any case, getting light-blocking shades could only help, and will enable you to keep the house much cooler in the summer.
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I've had tires and brake hoods deteriorate due to UV even when a bike was stored near a north facing window with the blinds drawn.
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How many years did that take? I find it hard to believe that if your bike was kept indoors with blinds drawn that you had any UV degredation.
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