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Storing the bike outdoor: which cover?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Nick1979, 10 Jun 2008.

  1. Nick1979

    Nick1979 New Member

    Location:
    London (SW11)
    Hi all,

    I'm afraid I will have to store my bike in my backyard for some time. Is there good (weatherproof) protections available? Any advices? Do you know some really waterproof bike covers?

    Thanks
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    How big is the yard? Do you not have room for one of those little wall stores?
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    A small (plastic?) shed would be the ideal solution.
     
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    Nick1979

    Nick1979 New Member

    Location:
    London (SW11)
    The yard is pretty small, so I was more thinking of some sort of big bag you put the bike in, but the small shed might indeed be a good idea.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    It would certainly offer far more versatility, my shed is my haven! :ohmy:

    I only said a plastic one as I am guessing you are renting form the impression I got, sorry if I have made wrong assumptions! A plastic one would be easy to dismantle and take with you.
     
  6. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Argos do one for about a fiver, it's great, and lasts for years. They sell the same thing in bike shops for about 15 quid sometimes
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    A plastic sheet is great, but you can't spend the evening out under it with a four pack of Stella's, packet of Doritos and a copy of Razzle can you?
     
  8. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    you could with this Argos one, though I prefer Super, Wotsits and Asian Babes...
     
  9. TWBNK

    TWBNK Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Is the plastic sheet see through or opaque?
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Such a chav!

    :ohmy::sad:
     
  11. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    it's translucent
     
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    Nick1979

    Nick1979 New Member

    Location:
    London (SW11)
    I am lucky enough to be permitted to enjoy Stella (and Razzle!) inside but on the other hand the bike is not exactly welcome in the front room!

    Yep, you guessed right Dom, that's why I'd prefer something light and easily movable/disposable.

    Thanks zimzum, found this one http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3331941/Trail/searchtext>BIKE+COVER.htm but it doesn't cover the whole bike, is it a problem?

    They have a 'heavy duty' version as well: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3333468/Trail/searchtext>BIKE+COVER.htm that seems to cover the bottom as well.
     
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    Nick1979

    Nick1979 New Member

    Location:
    London (SW11)
    The 'heavy duty' one seems to be opaque (black).
     
  14. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    I have the first one and it covers the entire bike, except maybe for an inch or so, just a bit of tyre showing, but all the main bits are protected....
     
  15. TWBNK

    TWBNK Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Tesco's also do one that costs a few quid and seems to do the trick, Although we have a shed for the bikes at the back of the house if we are having an early start sometimes we leave a bike 'out the front' with the cover on to save taking it through the house. No problems with the tesco one (Other than when the kids leave the cover to blow around the front garden!)