BICYCLE COVERS FOR OUTSIDE STORAGE
June 9, 2006
Although I'm sure it's best
to store your bike inside at night and when not being used,
do you have any suggestions for storing it outside? For
example, just covering the seat with a bag, or covering
the whole thing with a tarp? Thanks.
Back to questions
I'm having problems finding
a cover that will fit a recumbent bicycle. I have a RANS
Tailwind, and I live in a 21 foot travel trailer. I need
to cover my bicycle since I don't have an enclosed storage
facility. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
Moisture in the form of dew (or
plain ol humidity) causes unpainted and unfinished
metal to rust lots faster when left outside than when not.
So any protection from moisture will helpeven a roof.
Ideally, you want some kind of sealed
enclosure. On the low-tech, no-tech level that Mr Bike favors,
you could make a cover from plastic garbage bags and duct
tape. It will keep your ride dry . . . until it rips, which
will happen fairly easily. (What do you want for nothin?)
If you plan to park your bike this
way often, you might as well invest in the appropriate product.
In addition to the products shown at the right, you can
find covers in various sizes from Arkel,
One cover made specifically for
tandems: the Pygmy
Pack 2. But it protects only the most sensitive moving
partsthe drive trainand not the whole bike.
For full-bike coverage, try the Pyramid cover shown at the
On the high end (plus or minus USD$100),
you can get a motorcycle cover. Very durable, and some come
big enough that they can stretch the length of a recumbent.
Get em from my pals at Riderwearhouse.