I do not yet have a proper bike rack.
By removing the front wheel, I can in fact fit two bikes into my subcompact hatchback, one on top of the other, both laying on their side. In my wagon, I don't have to remove the front wheel.
Broadly, how delicate are bikes? Is it exceptionally easy to make a rim out of true by wrangling it on its side into a vehicle, or is this a perfectly legitimate way to transport my bike? Presuming of course, that they are not trophies, and a single scratch in the paint won't blacken my day.