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Driving cross-country with my bike

Old 12-28-06, 03:47 PM
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Driving cross-country with my bike

I live in Ohio, and took a job in California. I'm going to be driving in a 4 door sedan. I'm pretty sure I can fit everything in the trunk and back seat, except for my bike. The only solution seems to be one of those bike racks that fit on the back of your car. I was lucky enough to get one of these for christmas, but there is one problem: it is supposed to rain the whole way there. I'm planning on leaving this saturday, and the forecast calls for rain almost the while time. What should I do? Has anyone here had to do something like this before? I'm thinking maybe I can put a trash bag around the bike so water doesn't damage it? Will that work? Will the wind from the moving car treat the bike as a sail, causing problems?
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Old 12-28-06, 03:56 PM
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Water won't damage it too much if at all. Unless there is rain along the entire route, & I can't imagine there will be, your bike will dry from the air flow when you hit the dry weather. Just be sure you clean & re-lube your bike when you get to your destination. Re-lubing along the way to help chase the water out may be a good idea too.

Tarping or covering the bike will make it a sail, which will reduce your gas milage & could cause stress on the straps for the carrier & the bike. Better to let the air flow through the bike while hauling it on the car.

One thing you can do is shrink wrap the handle bars, & drive train to keep water out. That way you'll have the air flow through the frame & not a sail but keep the critical components protected from the rain.
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Old 12-28-06, 04:10 PM
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I'd strongly consider waxing your bike with an off-the-shelf car wax. Normally, I wouldn't worry about just water on a bike if all of the moving components are well lubed. But this time of year, you have to grapple with road grime and salt on roadways, which can corrode a frame.
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Old 12-28-06, 05:19 PM
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I would suggest lubing all your bare metal componets like the drivetrain. The shrink wrap idea is a good one too. If you are taking I80 the forecast in Colorado is for a lot of snow. This will definately mean salt from the roads. When you get to your destination wash your bike to remove thr grime..
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Old 12-28-06, 09:09 PM
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The one thing I would suggest is that you put the rack on now and put your bike on it and drive around locally. There's nothing more disconcerting than realizing you've set up the rack improperly and it's now hanging on simply by the top straps going 70mph down the freeway..

Drive over some speed bumps repeatedly. If everything is still firmly attached after you do that you'll be fine on your ride. Also check each time you fill up with gas that everything is still in place on the drive..
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Old 12-28-06, 11:42 PM
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Don't put plastic or saran wrap on it. At freeway speeds it won't do a damn thing to keep water out and will just trap water in. Not only that, but the plastic could come unraveled and whip the bike damaging the finish. Bikes are allowed to get wet they aren't made of sugar and tissue paper. Just wash and lube it after you're done and you'll be fine.
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Old 12-29-06, 07:03 AM
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take the seat off and cover the seat post hole with plastic.
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