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Old 09-28-05, 08:08 AM   #1
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Giving Your Bike A Ride (Lift)

How do you folks transport your two wheels in your four wheels? I'm currently in posession of two bikes, a road bike and an MTB. I will soon need to drag them on journeys of around 20 miles or so. In the short term I won't stick anything on my car and in the long term I'd rather not do anything to my car.

Does anyone just take the front wheel off and let it stick out the boot? I'm sure dirt becomes a big issue too.

Any thoughts?

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Old 09-28-05, 08:22 AM   #2
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I have a VW Golf so I used to simply fold the rear seat and like you said pull the front wheel and stick it in there. This has the limitation of not being able to carry more than 2 people in the car though and we wanted to be able to go as a family to different biking locations. I got a Thule roof rack. Unless you have a van or don't need to move other people there aren't too many ways around getting some sort of rack for the car.
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Old 09-28-05, 08:30 AM   #3
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What is a boot?
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Old 09-28-05, 10:05 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Ranger
What is a boot?
Real english for what we call the trunk.
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Old 09-28-05, 10:32 AM   #5
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If you want something that's relatively easy to take on/off, get a trunk rack. Otherwise, you can just load them in the back seat with the tires off. I've done this in a Chevy Aveo (the only car where you can touch all 6 windows of the car in the driver's seat), so you should be able to fit them in your car.
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Old 09-28-05, 11:45 AM   #6
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I am currently using the Nashbar 3 Bike Hitch rack, but I now have to look for something different. I have a Trek 4300 for myself and recently picked up a Sun EZ3-USX trike for my wife. There is a hitch mount for the trike at, but it is $510! I've found a hitch rack is easier than a roof rack, plus it adds value to the car.

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Old 09-28-05, 01:20 PM   #7
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I have a '95 Honda Odyssey, and I can put one bike in the van with the rear seat folded down. I have a fork mount bolted to a board across the floor that fits between the wheel wells, and I put the bike in rearward between the second row. If I need the back seat, or carry more then one bike, I have a Grabber rear rack on the rear hatch.
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