7866Re: ?- rain cover with tent poles PICTURES
- Dec 10, 2008You could use just clear vinyl, I suppose, but we thought the bright colors would make the
bike more visible, and lighter than all vinyl. The colored fabric is ripstop nylon, and we'll
have to see how it does in the rain, assuming it ever rains in Portland this winter. It was
cheap enough where we figured we'd try it, and if it doesn't work we've at least got a
pattern to make it with a different fabric. Beware, the vinyl is a bear to sew with. We were
initially thinking of just having vinyl "windows" in a solid fabric, and then the idea
morphed into a whole panel of window.
We've got a lot of extra head clearance too, which is just how it worked out. Really, we
could have make it a lot shorter, but between wanting it to be usable as the kids grow,
and working on it at night when the kids were asleep, it ended up pretty tall. Of course,
the extra room probably makes it a little more comfortable for them, and does give some
ventilation. The condensation only happened when we stopped to get out the camera mid-
ride, I don't think there was much/any while we were actually moving.
In the front the tent poles poke into a block of wood that is held to the stoker handlebar
stem with a hose clamp, and in the back they poke into a piece of wood that is attached to
the child seat. Right now there is a rope threaded through the bottom of the orange all
the way around, though we're thinking we'll swap it out for some shock cord, and anchor
it better. The back of the yellow is currently closed with safety pins, but we're intending to
put velcro there. We are able to take it all apart and put it in a smaller sized pannier.
Well, I think that qualified as hearing more, Jennifer, and hopefully in a helpful way. Let us
know if you have more specific questions and Jay or I can try to answer them.
--- In email@example.com, "Jennifer Logan" <domestikitty@...> wrote:
> Thank you both for your pictures. And I would like to hear more details on
> yours, Liz. I had been planning on using only clear vinyl and was wondering
> why you had used three layers (I was thinking about the rainproof-ness of
> seams), then on second look I noticed that condensation inside on the pic
> with the kids and realized it was a breathability issue. Glad for that
> insight before I created a little sauna of our own! :)
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 2:11 PM, charliewicker <charliewicker@...>wrote:
> > I've posted the photos using Jay's nicely titled album, "rain covers"
> > and can be found
> > .
> > After seeing Jay's and a few others I realize how mean I am as a parent ;)
> > Mine is comparatively minimalist. Keep in mind that this was a quick &
> > dirty job that was completed and immediately used to roll in a storm. Note
> > the tape instead of proper sewing. I plan on making some changes. Off the
> > top of my head these would be:
> > - redesign the attachments. One poster recommended I use hose clamps.
> > While this would work fine it's fighting the rotation issue with brute
> > force. I'm thinking of instead using a single long piece of material with
> > the connect tubes angling from that. This would allow more precise angles
> > and never have an opportunity to slide or rotate. Plus installation would be
> > simpler. And a bonus for the rear section is it would offer a place to put
> > an "I share the road" bumper sticker.
> > - replace wood with weatherproof material. Wood is not reliable. I'd go for
> > a bomber plastic resin
> > - Lower the total height (my kids have > 12" of clearance
> > - Change the overall profile to more effectively drain and provide some
> > side protection.
> > - Reinforce material where needed, add reflective elements and clear window
> > sections
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jay & Liz" <lizjay@> wrote:
> > >
> > > And we are the Bike Portland family with a tent pole rain cover on a Bike
> > Friday Family
> > > Tandem. I created an album called "Rain Covers" and posted pictures
> > there, and invite
> > > others, including our neighbor Charlie, to post there as well.
> > >
> > > We took it for a test ride the other night, in the "almost done" stage,
> > and it rides pretty
> > > well. The bottom billows out a little, but I think that is easily
> > fixable.
> > >
> > > More details later, if desired, but it's time for work/school.
> > > Liz
> > >
> > > --- In email@example.com, "Jennifer Logan" domestikitty@wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Thank you for responding, and for the description. I'm looking forward
> > to
> > > > seeing the pictures!
> > > >
> > > > ~Jennifer
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 8:57 AM, charliewicker charliewicker@wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hi... I'm the mysterious poster on BikePortland who has the tent pole
> > > > > rain cover.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
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