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Old 11-04-18, 10:50 AM
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Bike Storage Bag

I've just moved, and for the first time in my life, I can't store my bike inside my apartment the way I've always done, and am reduced to storing it in the garage (oh no!).

I want a bike bag or some sort of storage bag that doesn't require me to remove the handlebars in case we get a warm winter day. My reasoning is that occasionally we get unexpected mild winter days in Michigan and I to want to have the opportunity to seize the chance and get out on the bike in a hurry without having to do reassembly.

The Doppelganger DCB168-BK seemed like an option but the one review said it was too small for a conventional mountain bike. I'm riding a 25" frame Miyata Hybrid. Big bike that I don't think would fit.

Any suggestions? I haven't explored motorcycle options.
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Old 11-04-18, 10:57 AM
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Better worry about it being stolen when you leave the garage door open,unlocked, First..

Lock it up, throw a blue tarp over it..
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Old 11-04-18, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Better worry about it being stolen when you leave the garage door open,unlocked, First..

Lock it up, throw a blue tarp over it..
Good point about theft.

I now see that there are bike covers they sell on ebay but the bottom remains open. I have visions of spider colonies living under my seat in the spring when I get ready for spring biking.
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Old 11-04-18, 11:36 AM
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condensation may speed rust, if too sealed up..

but you can buy big wide rolls of cling-wrap,

at the nearby bike shop they have their shipment of bikes ,
wrapped with that stuff
bike boxes stacked 3 high, on a pallet for freight handling..
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$5 blue tarp and some bungee cords
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Old 11-04-18, 12:05 PM
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I grew up in Michigan, and we stored our bikes in the shed, year round. Leaving the bike high and dry might be preferable, e.g., hanging from the rafters of the garage.

A larger concern might be road salt. Even on those occasional nice days, the salt is still out there. A lot of people have dedicated winter bikes for this reason.
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Old 11-05-18, 05:23 AM
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Why not just make your own?

When my boat needed new canvas I undertook the project, even though I had never sewn a stitch in my life. The end result is my custom enclosure.

http://forum.sailrite.com/wingless-c...topic2801.html

This has been followed by many other smaller custom covers.
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Old 11-05-18, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Raleigh71 View Post
I have visions of spider colonies living under my seat in the spring when I get ready for spring biking.
Lose the vision and get a blue tarp and bungee cords.
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Old 11-06-18, 07:05 AM
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I go with hanging it from the rafters. Any sort of cover would trap moisture and cause condensation on the bike.
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Old 11-06-18, 09:43 AM
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I'm not sure about a bag but I've just ordered a cover from The Cover Store. I'll let you know how it is when it arrives. It is highly recommended on the RV forums.

https://www.the-cover-store.com/

The Pro cover is also widely used.

Bike Cover | Bike Maintenance | Bicycle Cover | Pro Bike Tool


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Originally Posted by wingless View Post
Why not just make your own?

When my boat needed new canvas I undertook the project, even though I had never sewn a stitch in my life. The end result is my custom enclosure.

wingless' Custom Enclosure - Sailrite Forum

This has been followed by many other smaller custom covers.
This is really impressive. You obviously put thought, time and love into this.

The idea of making a custom cover to fit my bike perfectly isn't so far fetched, I guess, or at least patterning it and having a tailor sew it.


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Old 11-06-18, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by wingless View Post
Why not just make your own?

When my boat needed new canvas I undertook the project, even though I had never sewn a stitch in my life. The end result is my custom enclosure.

wingless' Custom Enclosure - Sailrite Forum

This has been followed by many other smaller custom covers.
Wow. I don't know what you do for a living, but if it's anything other than canvas work, you've missed your calling. I attempted (once) to do something similar, but far, far less canvas was involved. "Disaster" doesn't even come close to describing the result. Your work is impressive!


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Old 11-06-18, 09:42 PM
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Thanks for the nice feedback.

That linked Cover Store bicycle cover is very nice, but it has an open bottom.

If I were to design / fabricate a fabric enclosure bag, these are my initial considerations.

The bag would enclose the entire bike, including the bottom. I would probably use something durable on the bottom, like a vinyl, for wear resistance and to withstand feet, ties and floor.

The cover would have a screened clamshell vent, like I used on my custom dinghy cover.





The condensation protection would be afforded by a AC-powered electrical heating rod.

The "easy" to load / unload solution would be to use those sectioned / flexible tent rods, so the enclosure would remain erect during those operations.

A zippered opening, with large flaps that cover the zipper makes the most sense to me.

The cover could / should have an integrated storage bag, to permit folding / turning inside out, so it all fits into the bag, taking a pillow shape while not used, probably also w/ sleeves for the rods and heater.
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Old 11-06-18, 10:49 PM
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How big is your garage and how crazy do you want to get?

Storage bubble

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