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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-22-12, 07:41 PM   #1
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Anyone Haul Their Bikes Around In A Corvette?

I'm seriously thinking about buying a used Vette. I've dialed in on the C-4 (1984 to 1996) and the C-5 (1997 to 2004) models. I'd like to know if anyone else owns a Vette and if they've found a carrier that works with either of those models.
Today I went out looking at some Vettes. I started with the C-4s, looking at a 93 and a 94. There is no way anyone can lay a road bike down in the back of a C-4, the bike would have to be carried externally. The big advantage of the C-4 is the cost. Currently these cars can be had for around $6000 to $9000 for a good condition coupe. That's less than some really high end CF bikes. But it will only work if someone knows of a bike rack that will fit one.
The C-5 has a much bigger rear compartment. While I haven't tried putting a bike inside one, there's a good chance one will fit with the front wheel removed. Still, if someone has one and has figured out how to attach a bike rack, I'd like to know.
Thanks for sharing any information.
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A friend used to carry his bikes inside a C-5, road or mountain, by removing the front wheel. This wouldn't work with a Zo6, btw.
As a mechanic at a Chevrolet dealer, I suggest you stick with something 1997 or newer. If you must go older, (C-4), at least get the Opti-spark engine, (vin code P or S ), but even those are inferior to the '97 and newer engines. The Opti-spark distributor is expensive and a pain to service, but they run better than the previous design, (TPI).
The rest of the car is better in the C-5 flavor, too, imho.

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My bro-in-law uses a regular trunk rack on his C-4. You can also mount a trailer hitch to carry a bike rack.

Not my image & not his car...

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No advice on the bike hauling but definitely spring for a C5.
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nope. i have a hitch and a rack i custom made on my 2000 miata, though. kind of like a thule T2, only for one bike. and instead of clamping the wheel, it has a piece that slides down the seat tube. i can also fit my tricross in the passenger seat area of my miata if i remove the passenger seat, the bike seat, and both wheels off the bike. it just barely fits (56cm frame). a 58 wouldn't fit without removing the fork. probably a LOT bigger deal to remove the passenger seat from a corvette, though. there's not even an airbag wire in the miata.

i think i've seen pictures of a C5 pulling a trailer with autocross tires on it. i KNOW i've seen a C4 pulling a jet ski.

drawtite makes one.
these are for the c5. definitely worth getting the c5.
http://www.vetteweb.com/tech/vet_031...tch/index.html
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C4 - i'd steer clear of those. That would be a thread of its own.
C5/C6 - great cars. I can fit a bike in the back of my c6 no problem (never tried on my c5 but the hatch seems basically the same). I do take both wheels off but it's possible by just taking off the front under some circumstances.
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Carried mine for almost 20 years on a trunk mount Yakima on an MGB, a TR4 and a Fiat 124. I'm still using the rack on a Honda, and previously had it on a Toyota station wagon. I'm sure Yakima has something that would work.
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Who can afford a Corvette? I spent all my money on my bike
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C5, no question.

Get a hitch and mount the bike rack there. Been done many times.
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back when things was good i payed cash for a 87 vette i hardly even rolled up the windows in it it was so cheap to me a course it was a chevette.
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You can get a c4 for under 10k, Not that I or anyone should buy one of those. Unless you have a sweet mullet then hell yea buy one
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I'm fairly certain that my wife would divorce me if I attempted to carry a bike externally on her C6 convertible. She keeps it covered, in the garage, and wipes off any lint or fingerprints after uncovering. "Respect the vette!" is one of her mottos.
Mounting a hitch?! Pulling a jet ski?! Hahahaha... blasphemy!

That said, she did have me build a platform out of plywood and carpet to allow our two 60 lb dogs to ride in the passenger seat.
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I had both a c4 and a c5. All it took was test ride in a c5 back in 1998 to get me to buy one at the time. The c5 handles so much better. All you need to do is remove the front wheel and a bike fits in the rear.

You can also get a trailer hitch installed where the actual hitch comes off the mount so it doesn't mess up he appearance.

There's a guy on cycling forum with a ZO6 (supercharged) that built a way to carry two bikes inside.
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Thanks for all the EXCELLENT responses about the Corvette, bike racks and putting a bike inside a Vette.
I know the C-5 is more desirable than a C-4. BUT, I also have to take into account that when it comes to comparing the price of nice cars (eliminate all the "it needs _______ repaired and those that look like crap) the C-4 is about half the price of a C-5. C-4s are selling at an asking price of around $7,500 to $10,000 while nice C-5s are bringing $17,000 to $19,000. Yes there are cars selling for more, but there are lots of cars in the range listed here. Still, I'd prefer to get a C-5.
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C-4s are selling at an asking price of around $7,500 to $10,000 while nice C-5s are bringing $17,000 to $19,000.
17,000 to 19,000? I'm pretty sure that you can find a C-6 for 20,000 if you look hard enough.

I bought a well-equipped C-6 (6.0 L V8, 3LT, leather, HUD, F55) for 30k three years ago and it had to depreciate since then.

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Of course if you're carrying bikes on a vette you must get one of these http://www.probikekit.com/ca/kmc-x10...-10-speed.html
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custom car.....bike....custom car.....bike......huh, does not compute. why don't you alternate between fun car days and riding days. sounds like its more hassle then its worth if you are going to try and do both on the same day....besides. who wants to roll around in a vette with a bike on top. besides, you might scratch the leather. wooderson would not approve....
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Thanks for all the EXCELLENT responses about the Corvette, bike racks and putting a bike inside a Vette.
I know the C-5 is more desirable than a C-4. BUT, I also have to take into account that when it comes to comparing the price of nice cars (eliminate all the "it needs _______ repaired and those that look like crap) the C-4 is about half the price of a C-5. C-4s are selling at an asking price of around $7,500 to $10,000 while nice C-5s are bringing $17,000 to $19,000. Yes there are cars selling for more, but there are lots of cars in the range listed here. Still, I'd prefer to get a C-5.
I'd seriously hunt for a C5 if possible. First of all they look better and you'll get an LS engine. You won't have to deal with an optispark like on the C4s.

With it being a tough economy, cars are not selling for what they typically go for, there are alot of really good deals to be had if you can find the right seller
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You can also get a trailer hitch installed where the actual hitch comes off the mount so it doesn't mess up he appearance.
^^^THIS^^^

My sled is not a Vette...but it is a convertible.

I had a receiver installed, but the receiver end may be removed when I am not using the bike rack. That way the car's appearance is not spoiled.

If you go the receiver-hitch rack rack, I highly recommend the Thule T2.

Here is a picture of my set-up. The angle of the photo makes it look like the bike's wheel stick way out on both sides of the car. In fact, the wheels do not stick out any farther out than the sideview mirrors/

If you like, I can take pics to show you how the receiver is installed in order to make it removable.


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I could fit my 56CM Specialized Roubaix in the back of my C6 with the front wheel off. Would have to move the passenger seat most the way forward, but hauled it that way countless times before I sold the vette last year.
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