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Old 02-25-2015, 11:22 PM   #51
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That cover looks interesting. What is the purpose of the clear plastic anyway. I would much rather have it all fabric. Is the replacement holding out fine?
Hi Jim- not sure what the purpose of seeing the rims is....and due to the drought here we haven't yet had a chance to use it.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:30 PM   #52
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Purpose is to see the tail lights if necessary.

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Old 02-26-2015, 12:01 AM   #53
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Purpose is to see the tail lights if necessary.

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Brilliant. I would have never thought of that.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:23 AM   #54
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A good bike with sealed hubs and bearings shouldn't be a worry. I've ridden bikes through, and had bikes on the roofs of cars through hundreds of rainstorms and never a problem. Sitting on a rack behind a trailer will mostly shelter the bikes from the rain and what water does get back there won't be hitting the bearings, hubs, shocks, etc. at anywhere near the velocity as if the bike were on a roof rack.

The chains should be wiped dry and lubed after being drenched in a rain. Regular chain care is just a part of normal bike maintenance anyway.
I will second that. It has been my experience that environmental hazards are now worse when the bikes are on the back of the trailer than when ridden in rain, or in the case of a mountain bike, on a wet, muddy trail. If you want to avoid chain maintenance, you can always acquire one of the new shaft driven, chainless bikes (www.dynamicbicycles.com).
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:34 AM   #55
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Purpose is to see the tail lights if necessary.

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You is one fart smeller, that makes good sense.

A couple reasons for wanting a cover. Even though I well from experience that the mechanical workings can handle mud and the such, as I have put lots on while riding, I don't want to have to regularly clean when not riding, just towing. I clean and lube my chain after any long, hard ride. I also just want to keep the entire bike clean while driving. It doesn't have to be a rainy situation, lots of the gravel roads I travel leave a heavy coat of dust on everything at the back of the trailer. Another reason is should I have my good bike on, at least it hides it from view, so the a casual look will reveal nothing.
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:16 PM   #56
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...Even though I well from experience that the mechanical workings can handle mud and the such, as I have put lots on while riding, I don't want to have to regularly clean when not riding, just towing. I clean and lube my chain after any long, hard ride. I also just want to keep the entire bike clean while driving. It doesn't have to be a rainy situation, lots of the gravel roads I travel leave a heavy coat of dust on everything at the back of the trailer...
A cover would definitely help to protect your bikes from damage, particularly when driving under corrosive environments (salted roads in winter or spring). When I worked in downtown Calgary, I rode a bicycle to work through several winters without any severe degradation to the components on my mid-quality mountain bike. I then moved to St. John's, NF where they use a huge amount of salt on the roads in the winter, and one winter season of riding essentially destroyed the bike.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:25 PM   #57
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We have a rack on the back of our Escape to carry my husband's motorcycle when he goes hunting and fishing. He was getting ready to leave on one trip when the rains kicked in. He was going to cover the bike in plastic when I remembered I had an x-large heavy duty barbecue cover we never use. It fit over the bike just like it was custom made for it and easily secured under the mounting straps so it didn't block the tail lights or license plate.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:21 PM   #58
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I am surprised you can carry a motorcycle, I always thought the limit for the rear was 100 pounds.
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