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Old 12-01-23, 09:55 AM
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Methods for covering up a bike during rain/snow

I bike all year long and I'm in Michigan where we see all manners of weather. I'm curious if anyone has any good methods for covering up bikes that might be left outside for a few hours in the rain and snow. I don't have enough storage at the moment in my apartment so I'm having to keep my bike on a balcony when I'm not using it. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-01-23, 10:08 AM
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A bike cover?
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fwiw I'm getting my money's worth out of this Puroma Bike Cover


just air it out from time to time & wipe the bike down, from any condensation you get up in there. when it is dry, take the cover off, put it back when rain/snow is expected.

also wind will push your bike, especially with a cover like this on it, so plan ahead for strong gusts to keep the bike upright, like keep it near a wall or something

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Old 12-01-23, 10:14 AM
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Bungee cord bike to balcony railing.
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As noted above, bike covers are made just for scenarios like this.

But leaving it on a balcony, unless it's a half dozen stories up, is like advertising. I'd find some way to lock the bike securely to the balcony.
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I would keep it inside especially if I am actually trying to ride it. The only reason to keep a bike outside is...well you can keep a bike outside if...I bet if the...nevermind wouldn't store a bike outside. I can find a lot of different storage solutions from various hooks and stands to all sorts of racks so really it would only be a temporary thing for like a party or grabbing groceries or out riding.
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Originally Posted by Bowyn11
I bike all year long and I'm in Michigan where we see all manners of weather. I'm curious if anyone has any good methods for covering up bikes that might be left outside for a few hours in the rain and snow. I don't have enough storage at the moment in my apartment so I'm having to keep my bike on a balcony when I'm not using it. Any advice would be appreciated.
A couple of days ago you didnít know winter biking was a thing, but you now bike all year long?
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Old 12-01-23, 11:57 PM
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I would think the snow could cover it up pretty well by itself. Rimshot!
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Old 12-02-23, 07:04 AM
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When I was on multi day tours I used a poncho -- pushed the saddle into the hood and hung the whole thing over the handlebars, sometimes with a bungee holding it in place. Worked fine.
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Old 12-02-23, 07:50 AM
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My Schwinn Peloton (the Reynolds 853 version) was left locked (and uncovered) in the bike racks outside the Washington DC train station, overnight during the work week and all weekend, in all weather, year round, for about 10 years.

During those years, the front Ultegra brake and the rear quick-release skewer were stolen from it, and the seat post and stem eventually seized (pull your seat post and stem out and grease them every once in a while!), but the bike otherwise made it through intact.

In my days working in bike stores, I noticed that the bikes which had suffered the worst corrosion were those stored on boats and those stored outside under a rain cover. Moisture accumulates under a bike cover and usually cannot evaporate.

If I were absolutely determined to use a rain cover, I'd cut vents into it to allow evaporation.

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Old 12-02-23, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
My Schwinn was left locked and uncovered ... in all weather for 10 years.

During those years ... the seatpost and stem eventually seized, but the bike made it through intact.
That's one way to prevent (seatpost/saddle/cockpit) theft.
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Old 12-02-23, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
That's one way to prevent (seatpost/saddle/cockpit) theft.
Never thought of that!

Unfortunately, the bike I locked up outside the train station in Baltimore early each workday morning had an aluminum frame and an aluminum seat post. No seized seat post = stolen.
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Old 12-03-23, 07:19 AM
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If it is just for a few hours (which is what you said this was for) I would not worry about rain. Snow is a different story.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta
If it is just for a few hours (which is what you said this was for) I would not worry about rain. Snow is a different story.
You see. Thatís one of the things about the OP that doesnít make sense. Heís only not using his bike for the few hours heís home at his apartment?

And if heís riding it in the rain and snow the other 21 hours of the day, I donít think keeping it uncovered on the balcony for a few hours is going to be the death knell.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
You see. Thatís one of the things about the OP that doesnít make sense. Heís only not using his bike for the few hours heís home at his apartment?

And if heís riding it in the rain and snow the other 21 hours of the day, I donít think keeping it uncovered on the balcony for a few hours is going to be the death knell.
I donít get into the OPís business, I just answer the question.
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Old 12-03-23, 07:12 PM
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When I was commuting to work [retired now] - At the office, I left an all weather motor scooter cover from Car Covers.
They took the bike rack in during the winter to make snow removal easier, think I was the only one really riding year around.
I was able to lean my bike against a fence, kept the cover right at the fence, would just slip the bike in under this cover,
clear when i got out of work. Sometimes, in the morning, I would have to shake accumulated snow off the cover.
True, the scooter cover was bigger than what was really needed, but it worked well.
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How about getting a large tarp at Harbor Freight, doubling it over creating a tent over the bike anchored with bricks? Could double as a kids playhouse.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
A couple of days ago you didnít know winter biking was a thing, but you now bike all year long?
Well, to be clearer, I didn't know winter cycling was its own thing. I've only been actively biking for 2 years and am still learning.
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Old 12-05-23, 07:49 AM
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I was keeping my bike inside the apartment last year's winter. Now I've got less space to do so and I was looking for some recommendations on how to keep it covered. I live on the second story so I'm not much worried about theft.
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Originally Posted by Bowyn11
I was keeping my bike inside the apartment last year's winter. Now I've got less space to do so and I was looking for some recommendations on how to keep it covered. I live on the second story so I'm not much worried about theft.
So, this is not just for a few hours. Its whenever you are not riding it.
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Old 12-05-23, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta
So, this is not just for a few hours. Its whenever you are not riding it.
Correct. I should have been more clear about that. I've got it covered with an old tarp for the time being, but I don't think that will hold when the snow gets heavier.
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Is this a covered balcony? If the wind is not too bad and theft if not a real concern, you might consider something like this. Or one of the many variation of it. Pretty inexpensive. Might use a piece of heavily weighted plywood to secure it.

https://a.co/d/eccgCbg
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Old 12-05-23, 08:34 AM
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No, the balcony is open. Something like that would be ideal, actually. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Bowyn11
Well, to be clearer, I didn't know winter cycling was its own thing. I've only been actively biking for 2 years and am still learning.
Wut. Winter cycling is riding a bike during winter.
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