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    What SUV do you tote your bikes in???

    My lady friend is going to be purchasing a new SUV sometime before the snow flies. Right now we carry our bikes on the roof top. I'm wondering what SUV's have enough room to carry bikes upright inside. Do any of you carry two bikes in the back of your vehicles? If so what kind do you drive?

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    I doubt many SUVs can fit bikes upright in the back.
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    My 2012 4 runner can. If the front of the bike faces the rear I have to take off the saddle on a size 58 with a decent amount of seatpost. My GF's size 54 has no problems at all. I feel comfortable any size 56 would fit. Size 60 and up would require saddle out most likely.

    From measuring, if I flip it around and face the front of the bike forward, I belive the 58 will fit with the saddle still on.

    Front tire does come off, and it attaches to a 2x4 with fork mounts on it. 2x4 is held into the vehicle with turnbuckles attached to factory anchor points in the vehicle.

    I can fit two bikes back there, and all the luggage I want, plus spare wheels, etc.

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    I have a 2007 Honda Pilot, and also have a couple of fork mounts screwed into a 1X4, which was cut to fit tightly across the interior width and can be easily pulled out. Just like the previous post, I have a relatively tall bike so have to either remove or lower the seatpost (takes about 20 seconds), my GF's smaller bike fits easily. Facing rearward. Front wheels removed and sitting on the side. Could fit at least one more fork mount if I needed to. Pic follows, lots of room for stuff...

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    I used to put my 56 tarmac in a suburban with the seat on and the front wheel off. I have had 4 bikes and luggage in the suburban.

    I now drive a flex. With the back seats folded down, I can fit my wife's xsmall mountain bike with seat, without front wheel. I have not tried her road bike. I have to take the seats off of my bikes. Two bikes and luggage in the Flex is not a problem. Any more and it would be tight.

    I have a 1x6 with fork mounts bolted to it that lays across the back of the car.

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    AWD Toyota Sienna Limited. You don't have to take the wheels off, AND it fits 4 comfortably at the same time. AND it's got AWD for those Denver winters.

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    Chevy Traverse. I could probably get my bike upright in if I took the front wheel off, but it will fit on its side laid down in the back easily.

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    Honda Element fits two with room left over.

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    SUV's are out. Van's are in.


    Van's have more interior space than SUV's and are typically available in 1/4 ton, 1/2 ton and 1 ton versions. 2WD or 4WD, or diesel or even Natural Gas.

    SUV's are just heavy cars with limited interior space.

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    I have Honda Fit that I can fit my single bike in laying flat with front wheel off. But I've seen internet pics where people were able to fit 2 bikes upright with fork mounts.
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    I'd go with a mini-van or a pickup truck, personally.
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    I can fit four road bikes in the back seat of my Ram Mega-Cab and I still have the whole box for anything else...

    Here's two in the back seat woth loads of room to spare;
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    Quote Originally Posted by CALE262 View Post
    I can fit four road bikes in the back seat of my Ram Mega-Cab and I still have the whole box for anything else...

    Here's two in the back seat woth loads of room to spare;
    Very cool.

    An alternative is get a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount bike rack. I drive a Honda CR-V. Costs $316 to get a class 3 trailer hitch installed aftermarket, and about the same to buy a Hollywood bike rack: the one low to the ground so I don't hurt my back trying to hoist it up on a conventional rack. I'm very happy with it.

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    Full size Chevy Suburban - I can fit three bikes fairly easily.

    I usually use the fork mount board toward the rear (bikes facing rearward), and it works great w/ two bikes. But because of the shape of the rear of my Suburban, facing forward works better w/ three.
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    We can fit two bikes upright (front wheels off) in the back of our 2013 CR-V. I bought some particle board and delta fork mounts and made a "custom" rack so that the bikes stay upright once they are in the car. Strangely enough, the same two bikes do not fit into the back of a MB R320 CDI up right despite having much larger interior volume. I am guessing the MB designers were not cyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
    What kind of vehicle is this?

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    Of the small SUVs/crossovers I looked at recently, the Honda CR-V came the closest to rolling in a bike upright, with vertical clearance of 36" and space from rear door to front seat of about 68". I also looked at the Toyota Rav 4, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox, in declining order of vertical clearance.

    Mini vans are bigger.

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    Capped 8ft bed king cab Dodge/Cummins turbo diesel. Lots o room for lots o bikes.
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    I can roll my motorcycle through the back door, a little bicycle ain't going to bother me much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worknomore View Post
    Capped 8ft bed king cab Dodge/Cummins turbo diesel. Lots o room for lots o bikes.
    Yeah, the OP's lady friend is gonna want to drive that instead of a SUV alright...
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    There are so many ways to carry bikes on any vehicle...i wouldn't base your vehicle decisions on being able to fit a bike inside upright. Consider what you are planning to use it for the other 90% of the time.

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    '03 Honda civic

    That picture with the folding seats is a Honda element. Great rig.
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