PROBLEM: You carry your bike on your vehicle’s roof and it gets blasted with insects and other airborne stuff.
SOLUTION: Use a “bike bra” to keep the front of the bike covered and protected. There are multiple brands available like the SCICON Bike Defender, which has both road and mountain bike options.
Years ago, on a 1,100-mile high-speed run from North Carolina to Florida and back, former RBR publisher Ed Pavelka put his Co-Motion tandem on the roof. Even in November, there were enough bugs to require windshield washings during pit stops.
The Co-Mo remained pristine, however. That’s because he used one of those black spandex shields to protect the front of a bike. It blocked bugs during long summer drives and kept the bike clean in rain showers. It’ll probably fend off the fine gray spray from wet winter roads, too.
The cover takes just seconds to put on, take off, and brush clean. We think it looks sharp, too.