Bike Cover with Antenna Slot


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Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby fischerj » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:34 am



Hi All,

Is there such a item?

I cover up my bike everyday to protect it from the sun when I'm at work. Does someone make a full cover that has a slot for the antenna so I don't have to remove the antenna?

Thanks,

Jay



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Re: Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby Sempai » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:54 am

See the knurled cylinder at the base of your antenna? Grab it with your hand and pull it straight up, turning is not necessary though a slight twist may help dislodge it if it is stuck. 1/2 an inch or so up and you'll be able to swing your antenna down as it has a pivoting mast that is held erect by the cylinder...no need for a hole in your cover, nor to REMOVE said antenna.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:16 am

It's the same for the CB antenna too.And some covers are not waterproof.I got one free.it looked like it rained inside it as well as outside it :(
Must be just a dust cover,now it's where my cat sleeps on :)

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Re: Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:44 am

On a recent trip where I knew my bike was going to spend the night outside, and the forecast was for a lot of rain. I have a few different covers - a waterproof full cover that is really too big to carry if I plan on taking anything else with me, and a couple small half-covers each of which cram into a tiny little sack, neither of which is supposed to be waterproof - they're good mostly for keeping the dew off at night.

Before I left, I went to a sporting goods store and bought a spray can of silicone tent sealer. I took my favorite half-cover, which is made of the same thin type of nylon that backpacking tents are made of, hung it up in the garage, and hosed it down with the sealant. I let it dry, then gave it another coat. I had some left over, so for good measure (and just in case) I sprayed my riding jacket and pants - they're supposed to be waterproof, but they're years old, and last time I got caught in the pouring rain, they weren't all that waterproof anymore.

The end result? Four inches of rain fell in twelve hours while my bike sat outside. When it finally cleared up, I went out, and there was a good half gallon of water pooled in various places on the cover - but not a drop made it through to my bike, which was bone dry.

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Re: Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby m2102 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:08 am

i cover mine every night when home. at work i don't cover. i have been thinking of getting a half coverfor trips or even at work. like everyone says,just fold antennas down,lots easier

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Re: Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:47 am

Cut a slit in the cover..sew velcro to the two sides of the slit and your have your easy on and off for the antenna.
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Re: Bike Cover with Antenna Slot

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:57 am

m2102 wrote:i cover mine every night when home. at work i don't cover. i have been thinking of getting a half coverfor trips or even at work. like everyone says,just fold antennas down,lots easier


Mine lives in the garage, at work I don't bother covering it, unless it looks like rain, in which case I'll go out and throw the half cover on that I carry with me.




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