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Rack 'n Rain(4 posts)

Rack 'n RainHorace Greeley
Jun 4, 2001 1:58 PM
I plan on travelling with my bike strapped to my car on several long distance road trips this summer. My question is, should I be concerned about rain affecting the bike while travelling to my destination? If so, what precautions should I take? At a minimum I figure I'll cover the saddle and pull off the flight deck computer (and cover the metal contact remaining). Thanks!
Makes me wince, but it's never hurt anythingcory
Jun 4, 2001 5:12 PM
I've driven thousands of miles with bikes on top, and I always hate to see the rain start. I have visions of what water arriving at 75 mph will do. Never have seen any evidence that it's hurting anything, though.
I do cover the saddle as you mentioned (mine are all leather Brookses, so I don't want them wet) and the computer. Grocery store bags work fine if you wrap them tight to they don't flap themselves to pieces. Just dry and lube when you get where you're going and you should be fine.
I use a bike cover when traveling far...biknben
Jun 4, 2001 6:59 PM
I travel with the bike on the roof a few days a week. Going home after an evening ride (may be up to a 1.5 hour drive) the bike gets covered with bugs and whatnot.

I have one of the bike-bra-like covers. I've had it for a couple months. It keeps the bike bug and grime free. In the rain the bra protects it form the 70 mph rain but the bike still gets a wet.

The only problem is the bra causes more wind noise. In my case, it forces air downward towards my sunroof and it is noticably noisier. Also, it attracts more stares from other motorists. I feel like I'm in a fishbowl sometimes. Other than that, it does what it is supposed to.
Thanks! (nt)Horace Greeley
Jun 5, 2001 6:40 AM