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Old 02-13-07, 08:50 PM   #1
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Vehicle for biking question

I'm looking for a differant car/truck and I'm curious which vechile is most used to haul your bike/bikes on. Usually the lower the car the easier it is if your using a roof rack. Pickups are easy with no topper on back cause usually the bike won't stand up in back with a topper on. Just curious which car/truck is most used for biking and the easiest to use or load? I don't like the rear mount bike racks cause you don't know who is going to rear end you...
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Old 02-13-07, 09:34 PM   #2
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I have a jeep Cherokee, I love it, Im on my 3rd one. Its not too tall, not too big, can carry a crap load of stuff, it has a SOLID FRONT AXLE! not that IFS crap. The 4.0L rund forever, and the aw4 automatic transmission is prettymuch bombproof too. Mileage isnt too bad all things considered. I dont have any pics with the Yakima rack on it though...
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Take out the center or rear seat and insert bike. You could install a rack inside but I just lash it down with a bungee or two.



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Old 02-13-07, 11:13 PM   #4
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04 Chrysler Pacifica FWD, 1 or 2 bikes fit inside with room left over for gear & passengers. Very comfortable ride & better mileage than I expected. Not a recent pic but season appropriate.
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Old 02-13-07, 11:16 PM   #5
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you can't go wrong with a subaru impreza wagon. The fact that its a small car means you can easily throw the bike on the roof rack , and the fact that its a wagon lets you throw it in the back when the weather is bad or you have to park in a bad neighborhood. And full time all wheel drive is the greatest thing ever, especially in areas where snow can cover the roads for a third of the year.
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It can carry a crap load of stuff. I dont have any pics with the Yakima rack on it though...
It always cracks me up to see a SUV with a roof rack. "It can carry a crap load of stuff, IF I have most of it strapped to the roof."

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I don't like the rear mount bike racks cause you don't know who is going to rear end you...
I've seen several people on this forum admit to driving their roof-racked bikes into the garage roof, but zero who were rear-ended. Statistically seems safer for your bikes to not roof rack them, but this may not be applicable to you.

We need more details, like how many people and bikes you need to take with you on a normal drive. For two adults and two bikes, any sedan is fine. You could take four adults and four bikes without much luggage if you have a good rack.

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Old 02-14-07, 12:06 AM   #7
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Old 02-14-07, 12:29 AM   #8
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It always cracks me up to see a SUV with a roof rack. "It can carry a crap load of stuff, IF I have most of it strapped to the roof."
I can carry as much as the mini-van posted above.
I have 4wd
Its extremely reliable and dependable
I don't have a garage so thats not an issue
the only things that go on top are the bikes... Why you hating?

It always cracks me up to see people hating on SUVs just because they are SUVs. My small SUV is great.

What do you drive Steve?
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Old 02-14-07, 04:36 AM   #9
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I don't like to keep my bikes on the outside of my vehicle because of theft. They are mounted on a front fork clamp inside with a lock on them (can't be too careful). This way I can go onto resturants, stay at hotels and stop for a hike without worrying about someone touching my babies.
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Any Subaru - I drive an Outback wagon. If you're tall, roof racking is not a problem, if you're not that tall, the Impreza is lower. Any PU is easy, too.
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Any Subaru - I drive an Outback wagon. If you're tall, roof racking is not a problem, if you're not that tall, the Impreza is lower. Any PU is easy, too.
How's the back seat in the Outback? I'm looking at that as a possibility for my next car, but with two growing kids (8 and 12), I don't want to get kicked in the back of the seat all the time....

Right now, I drive one of these - and it works with a Saris Bones rack, but I think I might be looking for a wagon/crossover next time.

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If the planet matters, get a vehicle that gets good gas mileage. I just bought a '95 BMW 318TI that has a 4 cyl. engine and gets 25 mpg in town and over 30 mpg on the interstate. (Those are "real world" numbers, not EPA silliness.) It's a hatchback so it accomodates a couple road bikes nicely. I'm very happy with it.
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Old 02-14-07, 08:28 AM   #13
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I don't know what vehicle is most used, but my setup is very easy and inexpensive.



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How many bikes are you hauling? Really, just about any vehicle is fine for a couple bikes. Just put an appropriate rack on the back and you are fine. If you want to spend more, get a roof rack.
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[QUOTE=sestivers]It always cracks me up to see a SUV with a roof rack. "It can carry a crap load of stuff, IF I have most of it strapped to the roof."


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A neighbor of a friend tried to make a roof rack for a motorcycle on his SUV. He had a ramp to drive the bike up on top of the roof. I am not sure how far he got but he sounds like a real candidate for a Darwin award,
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Hey Mariner Fan, where did you get those fork holders for your truck? I usually just throw mine in the back on it's side, but it's starting to get scratched up.
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Wow, I don't belive you consider 25 mpg good milage for a car, unless it is pritty big. My dads old work van would get about 20 mpg when towing a 20 foot trailer. Roof racks are good but they do use alot of extra fuel, should only really be used when the car is full.
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I have a jeep Cherokee, I love it, Im on my 3rd one. Its not too tall, not too big, can carry a crap load of stuff, it has a SOLID FRONT AXLE! not that IFS crap. The 4.0L rund forever, and the aw4 automatic transmission is prettymuch bombproof too.

If it will run forever, why are you on your 3rd one?
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Hey Mariner Fan, where did you get those fork holders for your truck? I usually just throw mine in the back on it's side, but it's starting to get scratched up.
It's a Thule 821. You can pick them up for less than 20 bucks. I mounted them with stainless steel bolts. Most people will mount these to a tool box (if you have one) or to a wood board. I wanted mine permanant and drilled into the front of the bed. This works very easy for putting your bike in the back of the truck and if I want to lock it I use a cable lock through the hole in the mount.

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Just don't forget the front wheel! I did that once.
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1st one got totaled, then I upgraded
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I'm in the same market.

I'm looking for a car that will carry my tandem on the inside, allow my wife and me to use the front seats, yet be short enough to fit comfortably inside our garage.

Most mini-vans are about 10" too long. They'll just barely fit with the front bumper against the back wall. I'm afraid that parking like that every day will push the wall into my shop space. Park a little too far back, on the other hand, and the garage door will scrape the back of the car.

So far the only two cars I've encountered that will meet my criteria are the short version of the Dodge/Plymouth minivan (with the rear seat removed) and the Honda Element. Anybody have another idea?
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Wow, I don't belive you consider 25 mpg good milage for a car, unless it is pritty big. My dads old work van would get about 20 mpg when towing a 20 foot trailer. Roof racks are good but they do use alot of extra fuel, should only really be used when the car is full.
Are we talking diesel? I'm having a hard time believing an "old work van" pulling a 20' trailer would get that kind of mileage. Specifics? Like brand of van, year, etc. ? I'm really curious.

Here in the U.S. everbody "needs" an SUV, minivan or extended cab pick-up. Even a lot of our environment loving cyclist breathren, who are always whining about car drivers, end up driving huge polluting vehicles. Go figure.

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