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Old 03-04-13, 11:15 AM   #1
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Will my bike fit in my car?

Sorry, I wasn't sure the best place to put this, my apologies if it is misplaced. I ordered a new bike from Public Bikes in the SF Bay area last week, here are the specs (I got it for only $250, woo hoo! ). Since I am only a couple hours away, I am considering a drive up to the Bay Area to pick up my bike from their store. My concern is that the bike may not fit in my trunk. If I remove the front wheel, and the left pedal will the bike fit in my 2012 Kia Forte's trunk? I wish I had more information to provide on the dimensions of the bike. Any hints? Pitfalls?
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Old 03-04-13, 11:36 AM   #2
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If it doesn't it's easy enough to remove the rear wheel as well and then it would almost certainly fit. That's what I do when transporting my 60 cm road bike in my trunk so I don't have to bother folding down the car's rear seat. I wouldn't remove either pedal.
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I can fit a 54cm road bike in the back seat of my Subaru Impreza Wagon by taking just the front wheel off. It's tight, but it fits. I can also drop the seats and lay it down in the back, being a wagon nothing is in the way... AND my seats stay clean (they are black/medium grey so dirt doesnt show anyway).

I would think the Forte should hold the bike. Do your seats fold down? That sometimes helps.

A truck rack might help, if you don't have one, maybe you can borrow one?
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Old 03-04-13, 12:00 PM   #4
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I do have the 60/40 seats, so they will fold down. I am not sure if the trunk opening between the trunk and the back seat is wide enough, but I would imagine I could have the bike place take off the handlebars and I could pop the front wheel off. I could do the rear wheel, but I always have trouble getting a rear wheel back on. This is only a 7-speed so it hopefully won't be as complicated with my old 21-speed commuter. The drive up to Oakland is still better than paying the $135 to have it shipped to me.

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I've got all of you beat. I've moved my 58cm road bike inside my 2013 smart. If a bike fits there, it'll fit anywhere.
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I've got all of you beat. I've moved my 58cm road bike inside my 2013 smart. If a bike fits there, it'll fit anywhere.
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Impressive about the road bike and your Smart Car. I think it will work, I would just hate to get up there and then look like a doofus trying to shove the bike, myself and the gf back in my car.

Although compared to my old Spectra my Forte surprises me more and more. I moved from Texas to CA a few months ago and was astonished how much stuff fit in my trunk and backseat. Two kennels, with 2 dogs and a cat, a 32 inch flat screen, an air mattress and 2 suitcases and at least 5 or 6 boxes.
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i've always found the most difficult part to get into the trunk of our 2008 civic is the handlebars... haven't tried with the drops yet, but a wide flatbar was a total pain in the butt.

otherwise, front wheel off, slide it in.
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I brought back my 29er Trek Sawyer from Miami and picked up a 82 Schwinn Road Bike I had bought off Ebay in Tampa in a Chevy Cruise with the seats laid down and just the front wheels off. Glad I had an old blanket to lay between them & was no problem.
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I've got all of you beat. I've moved my 58cm road bike inside my 2013 smart. If a bike fits there, it'll fit anywhere.
Took a boxed up bike to FedEx on my regular bike. Put rope and straps around it and wore it on my back.

And when an eBay bike got damaged in shipment,I put it on my shoulder portage-style and carried it a mile and a half to the nearest bike shop.
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Any type of bike fits in my 2011 Civic 4door. Hybrid, Mountain, or CX. Fold down seat. Take off front wheel and seat/post, slide in rear wheel first with drive side up and turn handlebars in line with frame. Not a problem!
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You could always buy a Walgoose, use it for 'test fitting' purposes, and then return it
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