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Old 07-30-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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Searching around the internet I find mixed reviews on the need for covering bikes on a bike rack. I've not used them in the past but am considering one now that we're spending months at a time on the road.

If you use a cover, is there a down side to it other then taking a couple minutes to put on? Any tips on using such?

If you do not cover, how often do you clean and lube the bike/s? Don't think I can get away with once a year anymore. The combination of road dust and rain leaves them a mess.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:44 PM   #2
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Searching around the internet I find mixed reviews on the need for covering bikes on a bike rack. I've not used them in the past but am considering one now that we're spending months at a time on the road.

If you use a cover, is there a down side to it other then taking a couple minutes to put on? Any tips on using such?

If you do not cover, how often do you clean and lube the bike/s? Don't think I can get away with once a year anymore. The combination of road dust and rain leaves them a mess.
Good questions. I have been wondering the same thing. Any good covers available or do people just wrap a small tarp around the bikes?
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Here you go:https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Bike-cov...osa+bike+cover

Fits two bike great. We haul two very expensive bikes all over Alaska, the Yukon and on our annual/biannual trip up/down the Alcan or Cassiar and it keeps the bikes immaculate. Fits the 1 UP like it was made for it. Scott

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Here you go:https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Bike-cov...osa+bike+cover

Fits two bike great. We haul two very expensive bikes all over Alaska, the Yukon and on our annual/biannual trip up/down the Alcan or Cassiar and it keeps the bikes immaculate. Fits the 1 UP like it was made for it. Scott

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Cool, thanks
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:09 PM   #5
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If the rack is on the back of the trailer, and you are depending to any extent on visibility of tail lights through the spokes, a cover will block that. There are covers with clear sections for this reason, but I don't know how well they work.

I hauled a pair of bikes on the back of a motorhome from coast to coast, entirely on paved roads, and the bikes got pretty grimy.
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Here you go:https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Bike-cov...osa+bike+cover

Fits two bike great. We haul two very expensive bikes all over Alaska, the Yukon and on our annual/biannual trip up/down the Alcan or Cassiar and it keeps the bikes immaculate. Fits the 1 UP like it was made for it. Scott

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Have the same and works great.
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How does the driver behind you see your tail lights?
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How does the driver behind you see your tail lights?
Isn't this the purpose of the 2nd set of tail lights?
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Isn't this the purpose of the 2nd set of tail lights?
I've seen some photos of rather large taillights up high on an escape. Do they still offer those as an option?
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Think they are standard now.
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