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    Do the racks work well with 20" wheels?

    Also, stupid question: When arriving to your stop, how do you make the driver aware that he has to wait for you to take your bike off the rack?

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    I don't know about 20" wheels. Before you get off the bus remind the driver you need to grab your bike. The Salem buses have a sign to remind you to tell the driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oronzous View Post
    Do the racks work well with 20" wheels?

    Also, stupid question: When arriving to your stop, how do you make the driver aware that he has to wait for you to take your bike off the rack?
    I don't believe the rack will work with 20 inch wheels. If you watch my video, you'll notice the arm that locks around the front wheel is designed for a 700 or 26 inch wheel. It would not wrap around a 20 inch wheel strong enough or not at all.

    Telling the driver to wait for me to take the bike off is easy. I just tell him to "Please wait while I take my bike off" and then step in front of the bus. It takes me less than 10 seconds to remove the bike. In fact, if there are other passegers boarding after you get off, he may not have to wait for you at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oronzous View Post
    Do the racks work well with 20" wheels?
    Yes. I've put my 20-inch wheel bike in them. Our local transit agency's rules say the wheels must be 20 inches or larger. Be careful with your rear derailleur if you have one, though. With the smaller wheel diameter it can get pinched between the wheel and the bike rack, and could possibly be bent.

    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I've often seen two bicycles on a bus... probably meaning a third bicycle rider would have to wait for the next bus....The big problem with the bike racks is that it doesn't scale too well....
    Here they will let another two bikes inside the bus when the rack is full (which happens fairly often), as long as the bus isn't too crowded. This is left up to the driver's discretion. But you're right, as bike-bus travel becomes more popular, the system will no longer work unless buses run every few minutes. I think they will eventually have to design new buses with more bike capacity on the inside of the bus and bike-friendly doors.
    Last edited by ro-monster; 08-28-14 at 08:18 PM.

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    I just saw that my bus company is now replacing the double racks with triples. Demand is intense on some routes.


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    I'm sorry but I fail to understand what you mean by "it doesn't scale too well".

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    Do the racks work well with 20" wheels?
    BMX bikes get along fine . hook pulls down of the to of a Bare Front tire. racks over the front wheel complicate things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Student Biker View Post
    I'm sorry but I fail to understand what you mean by "it doesn't scale too well".
    In other words, the scale being two bikes per bus does not look good in the future as demand will become greater.

    I find myself using the bike rack each weekend. The lightrail is great but I discovered it gets packed on the weekends. As a result, I often have to give up my seat frequently.

    The bus is different because the bike on the rack gets in on ones way so I can keep my seat!
    Last edited by Dahon.Steve; 08-30-14 at 07:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro-monster View Post
    Yes. I've put my 20-inch wheel bike in them.
    This is good news. I'm glad you corrected me!

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