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what's it called and where can I find one?(6 posts)

what's it called and where can I find one?AJO
Aug 15, 2003 8:07 PM
I'm brand new to road cycling and to this forum. I've searched a couple of sites (nashbar, getawaybikes, etc.) and can't find what I'm looking for because I don't know what it's called.

I've seen bikes on roof racks zooming down the highways with some sort of stretchy-looking material covering the handlbars, fork, etc. (I presume this is to protect from projectile stones and such.) What are these called and where do I find one for my bike?
Whatcamacallit from somewhere!the bull
Aug 15, 2003 8:11 PM
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/common/products/productdisplay2_v2.cfm?PRRFNBR=12445&CGRFNBR=241&CRPCGNBR=241&CI=1,156,241&TextMode=0
Bike bras...russw19
Aug 15, 2003 9:24 PM
But I wouldn't use one if I could avoid it. They are like mounting a giant sail on top of your car and driving into the wind. It will cut a large amount off your gas mileage and slow your car down too. If you are that worried about your bike up there, wrap some Saran Wrap around the tubes. (And yes, I am serious about that...or spray your bike's front end with Pam. Serious there too...)

I used a bike bra one time going from Gainesville to Orlando. It took about 5 miles per gallon off my Honda's normal 32mpg on the highway. I also noticed that if I let off the gas, my car slowed down like I had my foot on the brakes. I could only wonder what would have happened if I used two of them up there.

Russ
Hasn't been my experience.Spoke Wrench
Aug 16, 2003 5:21 AM
I have one but I generally only use it when I take road trips. I'm not a gas mileage junky but I have gotten 29 mpg at 65 or 70 mph with our tandem on the roof of my Saturn. You'll have to wash it after driving 200 miles or so because it will be FULL of bugs and dust that didn't get onto your bike.

I have a friend who drove a ways for a race and, when he got there, found his Chorus ergo shifter wouldn't function due to road grit from the trip.
Same heremickey-mac
Aug 16, 2003 5:25 AM
I used one with a roof rack for 4 or 5 years and never noticed a difference with a bike on the roof with or without a bra. They're very effective, especially on longer trips.
Alternate sourceKEN2
Aug 16, 2003 9:16 AM
I agree with the other posters, these lycra covers are relatively porous to the wind and thus don't really affect your gas mileage. They're not so much to protect from stones (how many of those fly up over your roof!?), but the bug protection. Particularly on long trips they are definitely worth it.
Performance has the model I use on three bikes:
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=4682&Store=Bike