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jrenaut
06-24-2014, 03:17 PM
I was thinking of getting the kids rain ponchos for those unexpected summer rains. Does anyone have either a better suggestion for keeping them dry, or recommendations on a poncho? I don't really want the glorified garbage bags from the dollar store, but if the more expensive ones aren't any nicer...

dasgeh
06-24-2014, 04:35 PM
If you're interested in a more family-bike-hack solution, I've seen some pics online of families that have used stroller canopies and rain gear, and even umbrellas for kids on the back of a long tail.

jrenaut
06-24-2014, 04:40 PM
That sounds expensive and bulky. I was looking for something a little less permanent, I guess.

dasgeh
06-24-2014, 04:41 PM
That sounds expensive and bulky. I was looking for something a little less permanent, I guess.

~$30 v. ~$10 for something like this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiuKOSUMrCo)

jrenaut
06-24-2014, 04:44 PM
~$30 v. ~$10 for something like this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiuKOSUMrCo)
Interesting. Though i don't really care if I get wet, it's more for the kids. Also I'm completely incompetent at sewing. I'd likely have to bribe my sister-in-law.

ShawnoftheDread
06-24-2014, 10:14 PM
Umbrellas mounted to the rails that wrap around the rear deck. It would look pro.

Phatboing
06-24-2014, 11:08 PM
I was thinking of getting the kids rain ponchos for those unexpected summer rains. Does anyone have either a better suggestion for keeping them dry, or recommendations on a poncho? I don't really want the glorified garbage bags from the dollar store, but if the more expensive ones aren't any nicer...

These: http://froggtoggs.com

Not particularly breathable, but inexpensive and dry dry dry.

americancyclo
06-25-2014, 06:57 AM
http://sport-brella.com/shelters/versa-brella

http://sport-brella.com/images/hero_versa_brella_red.jpg

jrenaut
06-25-2014, 08:00 AM
Man, you all are crazy. I'm getting $1 ponchos from Target.

Although I bet I could get a custom cover for the back done by a company that makes boat covers....

dbb
06-25-2014, 08:03 AM
how come nobody has developed a Bimini for an Extracycle or box bike?

jrenaut
06-25-2014, 08:18 AM
how come nobody has developed a Bimini for an Extracycle or box bike?
To Kickstarter!

americancyclo
06-25-2014, 08:24 AM
how come nobody has developed a Bimini for an Extracycle or box bike?

just the bents
http://www.amazon.com/Semi-Rigid-EZ-Canopy-Recumbent-Bicycles/dp/B002DVQA2G

Dickie
06-25-2014, 09:53 AM
Let the kids get wet.... it will be the most fun part of their day... albeit, the worst part of yours.

ShawnoftheDread
06-25-2014, 10:44 AM
Let the kids get wet.... it will be the most fun part of their day... albeit, the worst part of yours.

Kids will whine about getting sprinkled on, even as they soak themselves splashing in puddles.

cvcalhoun
06-28-2014, 11:11 AM
This guy came up with a canopy for an Extracycle (http://bikes-as-transportation.com/bike-wagon-takes-form/), and posted instructions for making it (http://bikes-as-transportation.com/how-to-make-the-bike-wagon-canopy-for-xtracycles/).

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how come nobody has developed a Bimini for an Extracycle or box bike?

cyclingfool
06-28-2014, 01:44 PM
This guy came up with a canopy for an Extracycle (http://bikes-as-transportation.com/bike-wagon-takes-form/), and posted instructions for making it (http://bikes-as-transportation.com/how-to-make-the-bike-wagon-canopy-for-xtracycles/).

Better hope you don't encounter too brisk of a crosswind. ;)

cvcalhoun
06-28-2014, 09:44 PM
Oh, and canopies for cargo bikes (http://blaqpaks.com/):

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Of course, one of the issues with any kind of bicycle canopy is that if you cover only the top, rain can get blown in from the sides. If you also cover the sides, it can be hard to maintain control of the bike if there is a brisk crosswind.

dasgeh
06-30-2014, 09:19 AM
Oh, and canopies for cargo bikes (http://blaqpaks.com/):

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Of course, one of the issues with any kind of bicycle canopy is that if you cover only the top, rain can get blown in from the sides. If you also cover the sides, it can be hard to maintain control of the bike if there is a brisk crosswind.

As someone who has something like what's pictured (though from the OEM), it's really not a problem in the wind. We used it a ton this winter, and I can think of about 3 rides where I even felt the wind, and only one where I feel like the wind affected the performance of the bike. These bikes are tanks -- you know how you can feel blown around on a road bike, but less so on a CaBi? These are twice as heavy as a CaBi.

The biggest issue we have is that they're warm inside, which is great for winter, but not so much for summer.