I posted a few years ago when I was trying to find a good bike. Well a looooong time went by since then but I finally found one!
My boyfriend took me to a bike shop and this is what we came up with for me. $500 clams too!! Whew!!
This picture is from the day I brought it home. Since then I added a bell, moved the lock cable to under the seat and have a GPS mount on the handlebars for my Garmin (out of my car)..
So, last week we wanted to go to a big park to ride and picnic. I assumed my bike would fit IN my trunk since I have a huge 1992 Buick Roadmaster. Nope.
I took the front wheel off and MOST of the bike fit in the trunk with just one handle of the handlebars poking out. I used bungee cords to hold the trunk down.
Then I drove 20 miles to my boyfriend's house to pick him up. He has a Raleigh bike of some kind. Lots of gears, I think like 21 or so..
Well what came next really freaked me out, we had to put his bike in my back seat!! I put a large towel on the seat but I was still freaking out because 1. the seats are real leather and 2. because this was my mom's car, I inherited it after she passed away last year. We were careful and nothing was damaged but I do NOT like doing this at all!
So what I need to get is a bike carrier. The car does not have a trailer hitch and I can't afford to have one put on it. Those sort of bike carriers are just way out of my budget.
I have been looking at carriers on Amazon but I'm afraid to buy one and it be junk.
I looked at carriers at the bike store and they were $200 !!! That's too much. I don't need to carry bikes across country, just like 30 miles round trip once a month. His bike is easy as it's a man's bike but I know I will have to get an adapter to go on mine. Again, I don't want to buy junk but I can't afford a whole lot either. Most of the ones I looked at, I don't trust because they have springs or rubber bands inside to hold tension. I found one that looks legit, it uses a lock like the seat uses, I think it would be safe. I also don't want one that will scuff & scratch up my bike!
Here's the bike carrier I'm looking at and the adapter.
What do you guys think about this carrier and adapter? Are they any good? They are barely within my budget and I mean just barely! I would like to spend less than $100 for both gadgets. $250 at the bike shop for their stuff is just waaay too much, I took a big hit on the $500 bike (+tax and a few accessories).. Or, if these aren't up to par, can you recommend something else that is quality but within my $100 budget?
Oh, and one last dumb question, why don't bikes have fenders anymore? I kind of wish mine did but, oh well. Just wondering if fenders are a yesteryear thing or is it that corporations just don't offer them to maximize their profits?