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    Bike transport in winter

    Am I dumb to consider transporting a bike on a hitch rack for a 300 km drive in winter? Roads are currently pretty wet and dirty.

    I'm mostly wondering if the road grime etc is more than just a slight pain in the ass to clean off or if I'll do a disproportionate amount of wear and tear.

    Going to the inlaws for xmas and if I have the fat bike with me I can spend less time in the company of said inlaws.

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    I contaminated Shimano disc pads on a salt spray hitch rack drive, and was never able to get them cleaned again - burning, alcohol, sanding - nothing worked.

    I won't do that again. Remove the pads at least, and get ready for hosing off the bike on arrival.
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    Good to know... thanks.

    There's a car wash near where I'm going I could do the low pressure soak and rinse at.

    No issues with drivetrain?

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    Maybe wrap it up with plastic sheeting and tape for the drive? As long as you don't mind how it looks

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    Muc Off makes disc covers for transport that work really well. They cover the rotor and caliper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Good to know... thanks.

    There's a car wash near where I'm going I could do the low pressure soak and rinse at.

    No issues with drivetrain?

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    The bike I'm willing to subject to the road slop is a 2008 singlespeed. Didn't have any issues with bearings anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    Muc Off makes disc covers for transport that work really well. They cover the rotor and caliper.
    Those look great... I wished I asked this question earlier as I leave tomorrow and can't get those in time.

    Might buy some anyway for next time.

    I think plastic wrap is the ticket for this trip.

    Thanks to everyone for the feedback.

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    I bought a pair of smallish tarps at Walmart or someplace when faced with a similar decision and it's worked out fine. I think the tires stuck out slightly the last time, so maybe 6 ft/2m square? Grommetted holes around the edges, sewn up with paracord.

    On our tray rack I just put the tarp down before the bikes, with about 80% of the tarp ahead of the wheel mounts so the front facing side and top are covered but there is enough left behind the tire/rack to secure it once tied. Complete coverage of 2 bikes takes both tarps (shingled) on our rack, but one is almost as good so I haven't used both yet. Might be worth setting it up to drain at the bottom, but I always feel like stopping upwardly mobile grime and spray is the priority.

    Bonus to a full wrap: it looks like it's not worth stealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    Muc Off makes disc covers for transport that work really well. They cover the rotor and caliper.
    nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    I bought a pair of smallish tarps at Walmart or someplace when faced with a similar decision and it's worked out fine. I think the tires stuck out slightly the last time, so maybe 6 ft/2m square? Grommetted holes around the edges, sewn up with paracord.

    On our tray rack I just put the tarp down before the bikes, with about 80% of the tarp ahead of the wheel mounts so the front facing side and top are covered but there is enough left behind the tire/rack to secure it once tied. Complete coverage of 2 bikes takes both tarps (shingled) on our rack, but one is almost as good so I haven't used both yet. Might be worth setting it up to drain at the bottom, but I always feel like stopping upwardly mobile grime and spray is the priority.

    Bonus to a full wrap: it looks like it's not worth stealing.
    I'd be worried about blocking the tail lights with a tarp covering the entire bike.

    I used plastic bags and tuck tape to cover the brakes. Very dirty drive... the truck and bike both needed a wash when I arrived. Used low pressure soak and low pressure rinse and the bike is sparkling clean. Put some fresh chain oil in and ready to ride.

    I think I'm going to buy those Muc Off covers to save time for next time.

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    I've plastic wrapped a bike for the long drive, get a roll of that stuff they use to hold together boxes on pallets
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    I use motorcycle chain lube on my winter commuter. Inside (steel frame), outside, any part that moves. It's messy to clean but has no rust. I would hit your bike with some of this thick, nasty bizness before the trip.

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    Overthinking, just wrap in a blue tarp and go.
    Don't do this

    took forever to get them cleaned up

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    If your bikes are behind an RV and really wind sheltered this works great https://www.swagman.net/product/swag...ntal-bike-bag/ I don't know that I'd use it on a suv or pickup because the wind will hammer it. There's also the blocking the license plate thing that some states here in the northeast have a problem with because it means the toll cameras can't get you.

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    I'm really glad I brought the bike.

    What better way to spend a cold dreary day than on some trails instead of with my inlaws or my crying son!



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    Good decision to bring the bike. Itís not art to look at, itís a tool to hammer with.
    Iíve driven my bikes through fuck all weather and theyíre fine. Not gonna be worse than a rainy weekend at an East Coast bike park.


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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I've plastic wrapped a bike for the long drive, get a roll of that stuff they use to hold together boxes on pallets
    Shrink wrap. That is a good idea, but...fucking single use plastic.

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