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    Who makes a nice enclosed bike rack?

    I have searched and do not see anything to my liking. I do have an enclosed trailer but in an instance on just wanting to throw the bike(s) on the truck or suv and protect them from theft and the elements. I don't want to have over 10k in bikes sitting on the back of my truck in the middle of the lot when I want to stop by the store to pick something up. I do see there are several large looking hitch mounted boxes (meant for traveling/storage) used for storage on the back of a motor home. I would like something stylish and functional. I already have several hitch type mounts but the idea is to protect my investment from the elements and the bad guys.



    Requirements;

    hitch mounted.

    something that is legal (lights and must be able to mount my license plate)

    semi permanent

    a stand alone security system and lockable

    to be used year round and will protect my bikes from the elements

    hold two mountain/road bikes

    oem look



    Wondering if some of you out there have made your own? if so how.

    I am thinking about an aluminum frame with fiberglass enclosure. I want the fiberglass enclosure to maintain the lines of my vehicle.

    flush mounted oem style lighting with a third brake light. Painted the same color as the vehicle. a stand alone security system, with pager and GPS. Lockable is a must! No touch frame mounting (thinking Saris Pro mounting inside the enclosure), my bikes are carbon. I am thinking about an enclosure that lifts upward and to the left. I am thinking the whole assembly will weight 70-80 pounds with a small battery (lighting and charging will come from the vehicle power). I am also considering adding an electric actuator that will lift and lock the enclosure to the lower hitch mount (that will add around 15-20 pounds to the already heavy rack. Anyone have any input it would be greatly appreciated. Your pictures would be a plus. I am guessing that a custom build would be around 2,500.00 plus materials

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    Chrysler makes a very nice lockable bicycle enclosure, they call it a minivan. I love mine.
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    Have never seen or heard of such a thing.
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    Sportworks makes a nice rack that holds 2 bicycles in a cargo bay of an MCI coach.

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    How about a "cap" for your pickup's bed?

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    Ford Aerostar should fill the bill. If that's too family-man for you, get a german or swedish crossover and some dark rear tint.

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    i'd be shocked if you could find anything to meet a wish list like that. not saying that what your wishing for is odd- it's not- it is just so very particular. I think that you'll have to build it.

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    how long does It take to hook on the trailer , ?

    maybe buy a smaller one just for bike carrying.. ??

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    Hitch mounted carrier

    I have an SUV, van, a truck with a topper, a few hitch mounted carriers and two trailers.
    I was looking for quck and easy access to my bikes. I don't want to crawl around the van to retrieve the wheels and parts. I don't want to assemble the bikes everytime I ride the bike.
    I want to be riding in less than 30 seconds and just put the bike back. Call me OCD but that was what I looking for or looking to do.

    Really no one out there would want something like that? Besides costs why would one not?



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    I basically have a vehicle I use for the bikes. I wanted something nice to haul them around when I ride my bikes. I want to be able to ride every other day and not worry about the bikes if I make a stop in between the ride and the garage.

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    A road bike is (roughly) 6' long, 4' high and 2' wide. That's a pretty bulky item to enclose.

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    Retro

    I agree. I take it most people just though it in the truck or leave it on a rack?
    I have looked everywhere and have scene nothing like it. I wonder how many people would like something like that?

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    trade one van in and get a Dodge Sprinter, they are a stand up delivery van
    then you can fit bike transportation fittings into it.
    walk in un clip the mounting hardware, and set the bike on the ground.

    OR,

    Draw out what you want and hire a welder to make it.
    dimensioned drawings is the best way to communicate, in that case.

    If you have a lot of people wanting to know where you got that , afterwards,
    then you will have an idea about how many want one..

    A friend, here is a skilled welder, short of having a business and all that overhead.
    but likely you are a long ways away.

    somewhere in the past I saw a small trailer with a clam shell opening top,
    that was to allow the bike and wheel to be clipped in to what is basically
    a roof rack on the bed of the trailer.
    by side hinging the cover reaching in to remove the bike is made simple.

    It was years ago , I think in one of those Colorado posh bike catalogs.


    the Pro Teams support cars always use roof racks, their's are custom welded ,
    that is how they deal with fast spare bike/wheel changes



    Of course you could just ride the bike starting from your house and solve the transport thing that way.. dont forget your bike lock..

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    What about a trailer? pick your style: http://www.google.com/images?num=10&...w=1680&bih=895

    Or a Van, or a truck, but it's a bit awkward to drive a truck every day (and the fuel consumption is terrible)

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    Already have a van, truck, SUV and trailer!

    I was envisioning something custom to match the color/lines and finish of the vehicle.
    I have already planned on the fabrication and have the tools/resources to make it happen. I am thinking an aluminum frame and fberglass enclosure. I will be using oem taillights and the third brake lights. It will cost a small fortune but I thnk it will be well worth it.

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    What abount constructing a sliding platform for a van and bolting some upright racks (like those found on the front of busses) to it. It wouldn't need a full size van because the entire rack would be loaded from the rear of the van, I'm thinking of something about the size of a Ford Transit Connect.

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    http://www.letsgoaero.com/ProductDetail.asp?Pid=17

    these guys get close to what you are asking for. Have to remove the wheel though, so might not work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    http://www.letsgoaero.com/ProductDetail.asp?Pid=17

    these guys get close to what you are asking for. Have to remove the wheel though, so might not work.


    I saw that when I was looking for something. That is the closest thing I found out there. I asked several RV shops and they all told me it leaks a little after a few years in the hot sun. I appreciate all the help

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    [QUOTE=tek1;11538498]
    Wondering if some of you out there have made your own? if so how.

    I am thinking about an aluminum frame with fiberglass enclosure. I want the fiberglass enclosure to maintain the lines of my vehicle.

    The lines of your vehicle are the least of your worries.

    The safest place is usually inside of vehicle, all those add on carriers and whatever attract attention. Parking is difficult.

    Vans are great, as are pickups with a Fiberglass shell. I use one by ARE http://www.4are.com/ on my F150, it cost around $1100. Painted to match the truck. I use a Bed Rug http://www.bedrug.com/ inside. It covers the bed and walls in padded marine grade carpet. It's very sweet ... I use it camping too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tek1 View Post
    Wondering if some of you out there have made your own? if so how.

    I am thinking about an aluminum frame with fiberglass enclosure. I want the fiberglass enclosure to maintain the lines of my vehicle.
    The lines of your vehicle are the least of your worries.

    The safest place is usually inside of vehicle, all those add on carriers and whatever attract attention. Parking is difficult.

    Vans are great, as are pickups with a Fiberglass shell. I use one by ARE http://www.4are.com/ on my F150, it cost around $1100. Painted to match the truck. I use a Bed Rug http://www.bedrug.com/ inside. It covers the bed and walls in padded marine grade carpet. It's very sweet ... I use it camping too.

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    I really am not worried about attracking attention. You should see the vehicle as it already attracts enough attention. On a side note: I have a truck with a topper, a van and trailers already. I guess I already have my mind set on something like this so we are going to have it built and I will post some pics of it to see what you all think. We was talking and we might us an electric actuator to lift the top. I am out of my mind!


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    Quote Originally Posted by tek1 View Post
    Wondering if some of you out there have made your own? if so how.

    I am thinking about an aluminum frame with fiberglass enclosure. I want the fiberglass enclosure to maintain the lines of my vehicle.

    The lines of your vehicle are the least of your worries.

    The safest place is usually inside of vehicle, all those add on carriers and whatever attract attention. Parking is difficult.

    Vans are great, as are pickups with a Fiberglass shell. I use one by ARE http://www.4are.com/ on my F150, it cost around $1100. Painted to match the truck. I use a Bed Rug http://www.bedrug.com/ inside. It covers the bed and walls in padded marine grade carpet. It's very sweet ... I use it camping too.

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    I guess I refer to different term in "truck" - > here's what I call a truck

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    Ha! Ha!




    Quote Originally Posted by asi View Post
    i guess i refer to different term in "truck" - > here's what i call a truck

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    I think you're obsessing over the one idea of a carrier and not considering options. You say you have a pickup with a topper. For a road bike there is room under the topper to lay in place fully assembled on all but the most "boutique" style of trucks. To make access easier you could rig up a sliding insert that you grab and haul back and out with the bike laying in a few locator blocks to hold it in place. LIft it clear, set it down to one side, slide the flat carrier back under the topper and close the tailgate. Reverse for putting away. A slider of this sort is easily made using thin plywood for the deck and you could even add self adhesive strips of UHMW plastic as runners to the wood to make for easier sliding. The insert would be sized to fit closely front to back and between the wheel wells so it doesn't bang around. Blocks of wood with soft carpet facings in notches would provide saddles for the frame tubes to rest in for locking the bike in place against shifting.

    That's just one option. You also have an SUV which could likely be equipped with some sort of easily removed insert to do much the same thing.

    Yes you could produce a big monster carrier of this sort but as you've already found out no one is willing to make such a beast because there are so few vehicles that could carry it without becoming a danger to the driver or becoming rediculously large a lump on the back with the related vision issues and clearance issues for going over curbs at driveways. Also most owners are OK with washing the bikes now and then and don't worry about a bit of road dust. Now if your bike is a carbon frame bike then you're right to worry about rock chips and the like. But for that a custom sewn Lycra or similar stetchy upper side cover pulled on over the bars, saddle and wheels after the bike is mounted up would provide a trampoline like surface to guard against any rocks that bounce over the vehicle and endanger the bike. And it would be a far more universal solution, fit more closly to the shape of the bike so there's less rear vision blockage and a LOT cheaper and easier to handle. And as for any risk of rocks off your own rear wheels that's easy. Fit the vehicle with mud flaps if it doesn't already have them. You'll be doing your bikes a favour as well as other cars following you.
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    I am not worried about the costs. I really am not worried about the bikes, rock chips or dust. I really want something custom (I spent over 10k on a paint job for my SUV). I want something and I was figuring many on here would be helpfull in the ideas and concept. Seems like people just go for the cheap and easy route. I know many of you spend more than 5-6k on your bikes out there. With many having 4-5 bikes they ride all the time.

    As far as not being able to look out the back window, I already use cameras.... I really don't care what's behind me as I already have pasted them up

    Safety
    I was going to add a wireless camera to the rack itself. The rack would have it's own lighting matching the vehicle. We are guessing the unloaded weight with out the electric actuator will weight in at around 90-100 pounds. The carrier would likely stay on the vehicle all the time as I use it solely for transporting the bikes. I normally use a trailer when I ride with friends or need to bring 3 or more bikes. Thanks for all the replies, just wanted to stay positive.


    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    I think you're obsessing over the one idea of a carrier and not considering options. You say you have a pickup with a topper. For a road bike there is room under the topper to lay in place fully assembled on all but the most "boutique" style of trucks. To make access easier you could rig up a sliding insert that you grab and haul back and out with the bike laying in a few locator blocks to hold it in place. LIft it clear, set it down to one side, slide the flat carrier back under the topper and close the tailgate. Reverse for putting away. A slider of this sort is easily made using thin plywood for the deck and you could even add self adhesive strips of UHMW plastic as runners to the wood to make for easier sliding. The insert would be sized to fit closely front to back and between the wheel wells so it doesn't bang around. Blocks of wood with soft carpet facings in notches would provide saddles for the frame tubes to rest in for locking the bike in place against shifting.

    That's just one option. You also have an SUV which could likely be equipped with some sort of easily removed insert to do much the same thing.

    Yes you could produce a big monster carrier of this sort but as you've already found out no one is willing to make such a beast because there are so few vehicles that could carry it without becoming a danger to the driver or becoming rediculously large a lump on the back with the related vision issues and clearance issues for going over curbs at driveways. Also most owners are OK with washing the bikes now and then and don't worry about a bit of road dust. Now if your bike is a carbon frame bike then you're right to worry about rock chips and the like. But for that a custom sewn Lycra or similar stetchy upper side cover pulled on over the bars, saddle and wheels after the bike is mounted up would provide a trampoline like surface to guard against any rocks that bounce over the vehicle and endanger the bike. And it would be a far more universal solution, fit more closly to the shape of the bike so there's less rear vision blockage and a LOT cheaper and easier to handle. And as for any risk of rocks off your own rear wheels that's easy. Fit the vehicle with mud flaps if it doesn't already have them. You'll be doing your bikes a favour as well as other cars following you.

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    Get one of these:

    http://www.amazon.com/Folding-Hitch-.../dp/B002MAO034

    and bolt 2-4 of these to it:
    http://www.bikesomewhere.com/bikesom.../330/30039?g=1

    A cable lock for the front wheels passed thru the hitch loops adds more security. A tarp makes it water resistant.

    Every few years someone dumps their nest egg on a trip to Interbike to showcase an amazing new enclosed hitch rack or similar security product. Maybe it's your turn.

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