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Condensation In Garage - Cover Bike Or Not?

Discussion in 'Technical Help' started by bradders, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. I know there are a few on here who understand how its formed etc etc so what’s best. Bike has had ACF applied, is clean.

    Do I cover or not?

    Not interested on one of those bubble things, but if its best to cover, any recommendations?

  2. I wouldn’t mate, it’ll just sweat under a cover and keep the moisture on the bike. Let the air get to it and give a liberal spray of WD40 / GT85 or such like on the metal stuff but obviously not the discs! Lol
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  3. One of my mates bought a dehumidifier for is garage, was about £100 from screwfix if I remember rightly. Might be worth it if the bike is gonna be laid up for months
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  4. I have a small one anyway, but with a space 6mx3m approx I think it would just be chucking good electricity after bad at it. Trouble is the garage is single skin, not insulated and is standalone so not connected to house or even other garages.
  5. Use a priority breathable cover if your going to cover the bike don't use blankets
    If we're the bike is dry and we'll ventilated you won't have a problem
    I only cover mine to help against damage
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  6. It isnt dry, it has condensation on it this morning (hence the question)

    The shed, however, seems to get no condensation at all. But it’s not as secure as the garage, or I’d probably put my new bike in there
  7. Then I would cost in ACF 50 cover the bike and put a one of those moisture absorption bag under the cover
  8. It’s covered in ACF anyway. I hope to get out occasionally on dry cold days still.

    I always wondered if you can buy a huge one (or several large ones) of this absorption bags.

    Warehouses must have similar issues?
  9. The ones I've used came from Wilko there a plastic box with crystals that absorb the moisture dissolve and run into the bottom of the box cost about £5
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  10. £1 inhome bargains
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  11. Just BTW this thread is completely alien for me to read. The coldest day we get in winter would be around 15C (outside) but mostly it's 18-19C. I have a double lock up garage UMR and the bike always has a bike cover over it due to woodwork/ metalwork and overspray from my work area. The thought of condensation forming on it is a concept so outside the bounds of my experience ..... well the old saying you learn something every day has proved quite true here.:)

    Anyway, carry on ...
  12. It’s not the really bad days, it’s days like this week; 6-8 dog outside. Also same in my house, which is reasonably insutaltdd But again detached; ondemsation in the windows especially those with someone sleeping in them
  13. camping shop, caravan de humidifier tabs, is what i use
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  14. An oxford stormex cover has worked for me in a Sectional concrete garage. Seems to keep it condensation free.
  15. Cover or no cover, just done bother with all that dehumidifier crap, it’s bike hypicondria. New bikes can easily handle a bit of moisture, so unless it’s a classic investment you’re just wasting your time with that stuff.
    #15 Jimmy899, Dec 23, 2018
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  16. knock a hole, put a vent/grill in your wall near the coldest corner, north if you can. the moisture vapour will go to the coldest place and then turn back to liquid. I have this question all the time with peoples bathrooms going mouldy and damp. shut the door and open the window
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  17. Your new bike will survive its first winter. Especially as it’s AFC’d.
    The atmosphere is particularly damp at the moment, I’d have thought a dehumidifier in that garage would just use up a hell of a lot of electricity and require emptying every day. More damp air will just get in.

    Maybe an Oxford type cover would help, (see above) I’m not entirely sure but it could possibly stop or reduce moisture condensation against the cold materials of the bike.

    Plan for next winter. Get your garage done and put a decent thickness of insulation in. Also, put some on the back of the new door.

    Even consider putting some in the ground below the new flooring screed. It works! In fact it’s legal requirement to put it in the ground if you have an extension to your home.

    Back to the present situation. Maybe an Oxford Stormex cover with a very gentle heater of some kind underneath it. I’m not sure I’d want a light bulb underneath my bike as has been suggested on this forum before but a low energy, low cost heat source of some kind may well work better than a dehumidifier in your present garage.

    Suggestions for a heat source please.
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  18. If you have any windows or glass doors get Blondie/curtains up. Light coming through heats the air faster than he bike and causes condensation. That and carpet tiles made massive difference for me. Try to keep the temperature constant.
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  19. I cover the bike with a plastic membrane and blankets to create a cocoon, then put a little cupboard dehumidifier under the bike to keep the inside of the cocoon nice and dry.
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  20. I bought some of these lately, and seem to work, as they will up with water, not saying it will completely solve the problem, but can only help if you place around the bike.
    maybe look at seeing if you can put some ventilation into the shed, you need to move the air around.

    Also make sure there is no leaks even a drop of water from the bike.
    When I had that GS there was a drip of water from the drain, that I never new about but it basically caused the bike to be constantly damp with moisture on it.



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