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Old 11-25-16, 03:20 AM
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Covering Your Bike While Tenting

If it were up to me, and I could, I'd bring my bike inside my tent with me, but for space and possible tent puncture and damage issues, that doesn't seem really feasible. I imagine if a tent had a large enough vestibule, that would be a good option, but I don't see any being that big. I'd like it covered to keep it both out of sight and out of the elements when harsh. What would be a good alternative?

I wonder if this tent and vestibule extension accessory combo would work out, of course putting the bike, if it would fit, under the vestibule and extension?



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Originally Posted by AdvXtrm
If it were up to me, and I could, I'd bring my bike inside my tent with me, but for space and possible tent puncture and damage issues, that doesn't seem really feasible. I imagine if a tent had a large enough vestibule, that would be a good option, but I don't see any being that big. I'd like it covered to keep it both out of sight and out of the elements when harsh. What would be a good alternative?

I wonder if this tent and vestibule extension accessory combo would work out, of course putting the bike, if it would fit, under the vestibule and extension?



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A UL tarp, tied off to a bunch of trees, or even your tent.

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It's not a big deal to leave your bike outside; it can handle the elements just fine. Still if I were worried about covering it up, a tarp is cheaper and lighter than the vestibule.
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I cover my saddle and handlebars with garbage bags. It keeps off rain, provides a camouflage element, and makes the bike look less desirable to thieves.

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I never felt the need to cover my while bike in camp, but if I did I'd probably just drape a light tarp over it.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
It's not a big deal to leave your bike outside; it can handle the elements just fine. Still if I were worried about covering it up, a tarp is cheaper and lighter than the vestibule.

Yeah, I don't understand why anyone would want to carry all that extra weight for very little benefit.

Covering key components with something light is the way to go. Frankly as long as you don't have leather, there is little need to cover anything.
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Originally Posted by AdvXtrm
... I'd like it covered to keep it both out of sight and out of the elements when harsh. What would be a good alternative?

Smaller bike?



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This past summer I saw someone who would keep his bike under a tarp while camping. He said he didn't want is bike to get wet overnight. I suggested that if water was a real issue, he should perhaps consider buying a better bike. Besides how else is your bike going to get clean if you don't leave it out in the rain?
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Get this.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Outdoor-P...-Blue/36547567

Its available elsewhere, and I would have liked to link any other site, but this is the cheapest place I know of for the tarp. I have one. 5x7 is plenty large to cover your bike. just weigh the grommets down with some twine and rocks or logs or whatever.

I use mine for a groundsheet when one is needed. Its plenty waterproof and durable to cover a bike at night over and over again.

The best thing is it folds up extremely small. The carrying pouch is something that it can be packed in over and again. Its probably 3"x5" or so when folded up. At $10 you would be hard pressed to find something better for cheaper.




I personally wouldnt buy an expensive vestibule attachment for my tent. Thats just more stuff to setup and tear down every day. And more weight to carry. And relatively expensive, i would imagine.
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Big Agnes has a copper spur tent with a vestibule similar to the MSR shown. What does the Walmart tarp weigh. An emergency space blanket comes in a couple of different sizes and weight and packs little. cheap. Consider Tyvek for a tarp or ground sheet.
I made a ripstop bag for my bicycle when I went to Europe, folded nicely pretty light. The bicycle seemed to get as wet from condensation as from rain. I sent it home when I downsized my load. I sent 2 full front panniers home of what I didn't need. Travel light! travel happy!

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you may be overshopping .. and carrying too much weight.. as a result ..

I would just leave a plastic bag over my saddle, and the rain covers over the panniers , on the bike..

rather than what you seek a heavy tent with an awning.. rather than a smaller lighter tent.

and minimizing the repacking in the morning..

I'd like it covered to keep it both out of sight and out of the elements when harsh. What would be a good alternative?
A Motel room.. [Proper Hostels have a bike-shed with a bike rack inside it]

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I use a garbage bag to cover the chain and a couple shopping bags for the handlebars/seat. TBH covering the chain and all that is probably a waste of time, but some of the bar tape I've got gets soggy and feels gross for a while when it gets wet.
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I always just used a large rain poncho to cover my bike. They're extremely light and I also would wear it when it was really cold.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
I would just leave a plastic bag over my saddle
+1 - Plastic grocery bag works just fine.

I saw about 10 days or rain during my 71 day tour this year. Wasn't worth carrying the extra weight of a tarp IMO.
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Also provides shade or a place to sit when raining.

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^^ yea You may want to use the awning effect, over your Supper cooking on the Stove.
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https://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/ultamid-4.html
I think it would fit and it weighs less than 3lbs
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I put a waterproof cover over my saddle every night whether it might rain or not. That is the only water protection I give it other than fenders for wheel spray. If my bike could not handle a bit of rain at night, it certainly would not be the right bike to ride on during a rainy day.
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just buy a cheap outdoor barbecue cover, like this: https://www.amazon.com/Brightent-Wat...terproof+cover
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
Big Agnes has a copper spur tent with a vestibule similar to the MSR shown. What does the Walmart tarp weigh. An emergency space blanket comes in a couple of different sizes and weight and packs little. cheap. Consider Tyvek for a tarp or ground sheet.
I made a ripstop bag for my bicycle when I went to Europe, folded nicely pretty light. The bicycle seemed to get as wet from condensation as from rain. I sent it home when I downsized my load. I sent 2 full front panniers home of what I didn't need. Travel light! travel happy!

I have a Big Agnes tent with a huge vestibule. Not sure it is sold anymore, but here is a link: https://www.rei.com/product/830975/b...trail-sl2-tent

I've taken this tent on a few supported rides, Bicycle Tour of Colorado type rides. However, for most touring I carry a different tent for two reasons: weight - lighter tent if I'm carrying it and wind - big tent gets blown around in the wind. Like others, I then don't worry too much on covering my bike - other than the seat if it looks to get wet.
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I just prefer the garbage/plastic bags over the seat and handlebars. Only takes a few seconds to put on and remove in the mornings and you don't have to worry about wiping your seat dry or your bar grips being wet. These little things add up to making your trip more enjoyable. A simple Dollar Tree plastic tarp will also work and you can use that tarp for breaks on the side of the road and other things.
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A friend loaned me a $2500 touring bike for a cross country tour.
I found a new BBQ Grill cover to take to cover the bike.

Used it a few times then decided it was not necessary.

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Originally Posted by jonc123
Also provides shade or a place to sit when raining.

So what tent is that?
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Originally Posted by mev

I have a Big Agnes tent with a huge vestibule. Not sure it is sold anymore, but here is a link: https://www.rei.com/product/830975/b...trail-sl2-tent

I've taken this tent on a few supported rides, Bicycle Tour of Colorado type rides. However, for most touring I carry a different tent for two reasons: weight - lighter tent if I'm carrying it and wind - big tent gets blown around in the wind. Like others, I then don't worry too much on covering my bike - other than the seat if it looks to get wet.
I think those kind of tents are mainly aimed at people hiking with dogs. Supported ride? Sure!
How much does the BBQ grill cover weigh?
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
So what tent is that?
Tarptent MoTrail
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