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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-09-2009, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Would you store your bike this way?

Interesting way to free up some space in the garage over the winter. Thoughts?

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Well, I would prefer to have the bike off the ground. I'd use two oak pallets sandwiched between two 5/8" ext. plywood wrapped with a rip-stop tarp. Then I'd but that contraption over it. Actually, I'd then just use my own rip-stop tarp over it.

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For that kind of money, I could build a shelter for my bike including a concrete pad to park it on. The built shelter would also be less susceptible to windy weather, sun, rain, and would last longer than the fabric of that thing.

That contraption is a good idea, but they are WAY WAY overcharging for a few pieces of aluminum pole and fabric.

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Not practical here in West Tx. The wind will blow it away.

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It said it came with anchors.

And I didn't mean to imply it has to be THIS contraption- I meant to survey the concept of covering your bike and storing it outside. Which seems to be getting a thumbs up!

We get plenty of wind here and blizzards as well. If I did it I would tuck it beside my building or garage and it would be isolated from the worst of the wind.

It would be nice to have the garage space in the winter, but then I wouldn't be able to go out and sit on them, either. Sometimes that can help get you through January!


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I would store it like that for winter. I would park it on the windless side of the house.

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They way that I get through January is by taking my bike(s) out and riding them...hahahahaha.... Here in WA State we have pretty mild winters, there was a total of only 5 days last year that I was unable to ride due to snow and ice....sucka's


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I ride down to 30 degree air temp as long as the roads are dry. Now keep in mind my commute is about 1.25 miles...


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The points about getting the bike off the ground are spot on. You do not want it resting on the lawn...and for that matter a concrete pad is not all that much better , I would still raise the bike up so the wheels do not touch.

A open can of mothballs inside the tent to keep bugs and critters out would be good too.

But yeah, you could build something better for the money. Think "pup tent"....you can buy waterproof nylon tarps pretty cheaply, some nylon rope, a couple of poles , some stakes and your in business.

Also check into one of those "You Store It" places, some have discounts in the winter for small "garages" that are motorcycle sized.


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I am in Calif saw that motorcycle cover and made my own. Took a lot of measurements and found a place on line that sold second hand awning material. Bought a lot of PVC pipe, elbows, T fittings and unions. I have and old hand crank sewing machine and sewed the material together and then screwed the cover to the PVC pipe. May have cost about 65 bucks when done, but really a lot of sewing. The one trouble is in the winter, if it is nice you have to open it up to let the bike dry out, condensation builds up when it rains a lot.

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