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01-24-07, 11:55 AM
Hello everyone! I haven't been on a bike in a very long time, but the need to get in shape and the need to keep up with my two 5yo daughters on their bikes got me into a local bike shop to get a Giant Suede bike. I really love it and have been very happy with my purchase. I think it is one of the most comfortable bicycles that I have ever ridden.
My question is this. I ride alot with my sister and a friend with her kid. right now we have to take several vehicles with bike racks. But I would like to pile everyone in my minivan and pull some type of trailer with all the bikes in it. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have a hitch on my van, just never had to use it. Thanks.
Welcome Rita to Bikeforums.
We have a Women Cycling Forum too, if your interested in that PM me and I'll get you in. :)
As for your question I'm not sure about Trailers for the back of a mini-van. Have you looked at Bikeracks for the tailgate? A couple of my girlfriends have them and they can carry 3-4 bikes on the back..
Anyhoo, welcome again.
01-24-07, 01:02 PM
yes, would love the link to the Women's Cycling Forum. Thanks!
Great!!! I'll like the admin know. :)
01-24-07, 02:43 PM
Welcome to the forums!
I reccomend looking at a large tailgate style rack as mentioned by Snowy....however if you have more than bikes than can be fitted onto a tailgate rack, you can get a wodden platform flatbed trailer, and modify it to be used as a bike trailer. The key thing here is a method to secure both wheels, and keep it upright. Using wood blocks, eyelets, a few security cables, some padlocks, and having a partial wall in the midpoint of the bikes for stability....it can be done. I would say total mods (if you were to do all the handiwork yourself, or get one of the family to assist) would be around $50-60 plus cost of trailer if you went this way.
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