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#1 Unread post by willw » Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:37 pm

Just wondering. Getting my first bike this year but have no garage to baby it. So, I had been thinking of getting a storage unit for it but started wondering if just covering it with a good quality cover should be enough to keep it in good shape from the elements.

I live in an area that gets a lot of snow (Vermont) and plan on getting the storage unit throughout the off season, but during the riding season?

I don't care what I spend on the cover as long as it is worth the price. Any suggestions? If it matters, I'm planning on a cruiser.
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#2 Unread post by Sicko » Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:47 pm

A cover is no replacement for inside storage but check out this one. It's kinda pricey but claims to be the best.

http://www.beverlybay.com/store/custome ... =75&page=1

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#3 Unread post by scan » Sat Apr 28, 2007 2:48 pm

I have no garage, and have been on three years with my ZRX. I store it outside in the winter as well (Central Ohio). My wife, Loonette, also stores her bike outside all year round. We use Dowco covers. I would myself prefer and recomend a garage, but if you are like us and don't have a better option, they are machines after all. We want to treat them like our babies, but they are pretty tough really. Keep them as clean and dry as you can, and don't let them be dormant without being run for too long, and you should be fine.
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#4 Unread post by Fathertork » Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:44 pm

You may wish to look at this setup. A friend has this for a trike and workes pretty good.
http://www.thebikebarn.net/
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#5 Unread post by tortus » Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:26 pm

Fathertork wrote:You may wish to look at this setup. A friend has this for a trike and workes pretty good.
http://www.thebikebarn.net/
That's pretty cool. But is it really any more beneficial than a standard cover?

I don't have a garage either, but I do have covered car port parking. That should prove pretty decent.

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#6 Unread post by Fathertork » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:36 pm

If you have a carport, a regular cover should be just fine.
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#7 Unread post by Shorts » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:49 pm

Fathertork wrote:You may wish to look at this setup. A friend has this for a trike and workes pretty good.
http://www.thebikebarn.net/
We have a bike barn and we kept the Kawasaki in it this winter. It did really well considering how cold, wet and frozen things got. We also stored the Ducati in there for a few weeks and no problems. It keeps the wind out too. If your place gets windy, I suggest securing it down at all 4 corners, it will move if it isn't (ask me how I know). Ours just several nights ago was not 'locked'to the base brackets with the cotter pins on the open end like normal and that end got pushed over a bit.

After a moderate-big snow, I'd go out back to shovel the deck and remove the snow from the bike barn. Just a little preventative maintenance is all.


Luckily I'm small enough that when the weather was iffy, I'd go out there and get under the bike barn and close it. I could work on the bike and not get wet or rained on, and the bike didn't either. Of course, there is NOT a lot of wiggle room and like I said, I'm small lol

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#8 Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:36 am

Just take more care of protecting your bike. Frequent washes and waxing it when you have the chance. Put something on all metal parts except the brake rotors to prevent rust. Keep a good cover on, never cover a wet bike and secure it so it doesn't blow off.
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#9 Unread post by BlueBomber » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:41 am

Fathertork wrote:You may wish to look at this setup. A friend has this for a trike and workes pretty good.
http://www.thebikebarn.net/
I was going to suggest one of these.

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#10 Unread post by t_bonee » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:51 pm

I didn't have a garage until about a month ago. I used a good quality cover and rode a few time through the winter. It worked out fine.

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#11 Unread post by willw » Tue May 01, 2007 3:26 pm

Fathertork wrote:You may wish to look at this setup. A friend has this for a trike and workes pretty good.
http://www.thebikebarn.net/
Thanks. I saw that in a magazine once and was really interested. I live in Vermont, where the weather gets really cold and snowy. It may just do.
At least in summer. With my winters, I may still need to spring for part-time storage facility.

Thanks for the responses.
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#12 Unread post by jonnythan » Tue May 01, 2007 3:36 pm

I'm not sure that thing would stand up to several feet of snow.
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#13 Unread post by Shorts » Tue May 01, 2007 4:34 pm

jonnythan wrote:I'm not sure that thing would stand up to several feet of snow.
It will. As I said in my post, be proactive with the preventative maintenance and brush the snow off the top. Also, put it on a floor. I built one and it's worked great.

As for the snow piling up around the side, that too was no problem. (remember, I'm in northen japan)

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#14 Unread post by Duane » Fri May 04, 2007 9:41 am

I'm sold on the bike barn.

What about the flooring, is it worth picking up? I don't have a driveway or anything so I will be turning a part of the front yard into a place to park the bike. I'm just not comfortable with leaving it on the street. So currently there are just weeds that I plan to dig up but I'm not sure on the best way to make a more sold, stable ground for the bike. Do you all think their flooring would be sufficient?

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#15 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri May 04, 2007 9:42 am

Screw that, put down some concrete, bolt the thing to the ground and call it a day!
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#16 Unread post by Duane » Fri May 04, 2007 9:50 am

storysunfolding wrote:Screw that, put down some concrete, bolt the thing to the ground and call it a day!
Unfortunately its a rental, cant afford to buy a house with property in this damn city. So I'm trying to find something less permanent. I was thinking laying down bricks that I could dig up whenever we decided to move again but then I saw this bike barn floor.

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#17 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri May 04, 2007 9:56 am

Maybe a sheet of treated plywood then. Less permanent and tossable. Easier to move either way compared to brick. As long as you don't kill the landlords grass that might be the best way... still easy to bolt the barn down to it. If shorts recommends securing it, I'd make it a priority in the surface I was considering
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#18 Unread post by Fathertork » Fri May 04, 2007 3:04 pm

Rental could cause a problem.
The fellow I know with one dug a base in his lawn, put some traffic bind (finely crushed stone) and build a floor with decking boards secured to that. Barn is then fastened to it with lag bolts.
The flooring they provided is ruubber squares which snap together and are supposed to prevent the bike from condensation.

Maybe your landlord would allow this if you promissed to re-sod when you move.
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