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Old 06-10-04, 08:11 PM   #1
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What vehicle good for bicyclists?

I am looking to purchase a vehicle with room to carry bikes,gear,friends,family,pets to events,rides. I would appreciate your preferences, what you have, why you think it is a good "bike friendly" vehicle, help me narrow down my search. Thanks.
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Are you going to be using it for just getting to places that have roads or are you going to also want to load up the MTB and head into the middle of nowhere too?

For the former, I'd suggest a minivan or station wagon or even one of those small SUVs. I personally like the Saturn VUE and you can get one with a built-in internal bike rack too. Other good contenders include the Honda Element and of course I have a soft spot for Volvo station wagons.

For the latter, then it depends on how much gear and people you want to carry and how rugged you need it to be to get you to where you want to go. True offroaders are getting harder to find these days. I myself have a Jeep ZJ and can carry three bikes (one inside and two on the hitch rack) along with three people and full gear in relative comfort even while going offroad. I could add the two-bike extension on the hitch rack and carry four people and four bikes. The Nissan Xterra seems well suited for outdoor excursions into the wild too.
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A compact or mid-size station wagon. Use a roof rack, as the vehicle is low enough to attach the bike or bikes to without a step stool or ladder. Plenty of room for family, pets, and stuff. They also drive like a car, not a truck, and get better fuel mileage.
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Something to get bike and boards to the beach, canoe and MTB to river, road bikes to races with two kids(11 and 15) and wife.
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Do you have a price range that you want to stay within to help narrow things down a bit?
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Something to get bike and boards to the beach, canoe and MTB to river, road bikes to races with two kids(11 and 15) and wife.
I'm thinking you fit in the former category then. I'd suggest station wagon, minivan or small/light SUV. Contrary to popular opinion, something like the Saturn VUE gets pretty decent mileage all things considered. Another good pick would be a Subaru station wagon which has mileage on par with the VUE. The Element also has comparable mileage. All seem to fall in the mid to high 20s for composite mileage.
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Get a 4dr pick-up.

And an Exxon card.
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If you don't mind used and a bit fuel inefficient, get an 87 marcury grand marquis wagon. For having a 5.0L it gets decent fuel economy (it was a modified version of the 5.0 truck engine)...I got about 30 on the highway with overdrive, but got jack for city, possibly 12. It can seat 6 with reaosnable comfort, has plenty of room in the back for bags...even more if you gut the +2 seating in the cargo area into another storage area, and you can easily fit a rack on top...I bet if you find a way to make sideways mounts you could probably get really funky with it.

When I was in highschool, I had one, and I always had the car packed...the rear was gutted for soda *cough beer not soda cough cough*, and could hold 5+ cases easy, jsut to give an idea of how much room is in one of those cars.

Another great was the thing had a traction control in the rear, and had a pneumatic load balancing system standard....the more weight you put in the rear, to a limit, and the rear suspension would get more pressure to keep it up at the proper ride height.

The car was also luxed out....leather interior, power everything...it was definately not a kid's car...but man I loved that thing.
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Honda Element!
Those are so roomy inside. Plenty of room for bikes, fairly cheap and good mpg's.

The Mazda 3 wagon is awesome too.
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i have a 4 dr pickup and a small SUV. I can take my bikes everywhere. The pick-up can carry almost anything, from bikes, motorcycles(dirtbikes), etc. The SUV can carry one bike, front wheel off, w/o folding a seat. It can carry 3 bikes, front wheels off, w/ the rear seat folded.

So I guess anything with a high enough roof would suffice, assuming you want to carry it inside.
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The UNIMOG should fulfil all your needs.

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you mean this?


OHG!!! I think I need one of those.. If only I had the $$$$$.
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I am looking to purchase a vehicle with room to carry bikes,gear,friends,family,pets to events,rides. I would appreciate your preferences, what you have, why you think it is a good "bike friendly" vehicle, help me narrow down my search. Thanks.
Mini vans are the most convenient IMO but I can't stand driving vans all the time. Any 4 door car that you can mount a roof rack on would be my pick. Just make sure the roof line is low enough for easy loading and unloading of gear (not an issue with most cars). I have a newer Nissan Altima with with Yakima roof rack, perfect for carrying 2-3 bikes with gear and riders.
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I am looking to purchase a vehicle with room to carry bikes,gear,friends,family,pets to events,rides. I would appreciate your preferences, what you have, why you think it is a good "bike friendly" vehicle, help me narrow down my search.

New or Used?

I bought a used Ford Excursion - room for everything. I took my family of 3 plus brothers family of 5, plus a dog along with all the luggage, kayaks on roof rack, bikes on trailer hitch and pulled a popup camper. Sure I only got 10 miles a gallon but considering we would have had to drive 2 cars otherwise it wasn't bad. I get about 14 mpg on the highway without pulling a trailer. Bikes can go inside or out or on top. Seating for 8 and with 3rd row seat removed and 2nd row folded flat you can fit 4x8 sheets of plywood inside with the rear doors closed. The best versitile vehicle I have ever owned and got it for less than a new Ford Explorer. You can get regular ones for about $15k now and limited for just a bit more.

The V-10 engine I have can pull up to 10,000lbs - more than enough for my camper or boat trailer.

Feul Economy - For what I can haul and the price I paid, even paying a bit more at the pump it was still worth it. Never buy new - used vehicles are almost being given away these days.

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While I like unimogs.. especially the new ones with the Vari-Pilot, I think I'd rather have a Pinzgauer.

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Of course you could always get one of those Montague Paratrooper folding bikes which will mount to the side of your new Stryker assault vehicle nicely...

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Another vote for the Element. It's reasonably priced, gets decent mileag, and can haul a lot of gear. Stay away from the XTerra. For as big as it is outside, it doesn't have all that much room for gear on the inside. Not as much as you'd think anyway.
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Volvo wagon with a Yakima or Thule roof rack. If you need to drive in bad weather, get the AWD version.
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another vote for the volvo wagon. they are roomy so everybody sits without leg cramps, they have lots of cargo space in the back...oh and they also have a bike rack option which swings down from the roof so you can attach the bike at ground level. then you just swing it up and it locks into place. i really want to see one in real life. looks neat in the catalouge though.
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I have an Audi A4 wagon. It's a great car, fits the dog in the wayback and the bikes on the roofrack. The 1.8L turbo motor gets decent mileage and excellent acceleration and has AWD so it handles brilliantly in the rain and snow.

I wouldn't mind a wagon that was a bit bigger but the fullsize Volvo and MBnz are superspendy. That new Subaru Outback is pretty good looking; I may have to check that out.
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If price is an issue, one can always get a used Volvo wagon. They are popular with the surfers out here.
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