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    How can I Transport a tandem on an 02' Volvo V70?

    We've had a tandem mountain bike for several years now but have only used it to crusie our own neighborhood. Well, we think it's time to start riding beach side and to begin using all the wonderful bike trails Florida has to offer. I've visited thuleracks.com but haven't a clue what I "need". Is anyone familiar with what we actually need to strap it to the roof and hit the highway. Is our wagon to small to even transport a tandem? Ideally, wifey and I would like to strap the tandem and our surfboards on the roof.

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    Go to the Thule web sit. It will ask you what kind of car you have and if you have a factory roof rack. When you answer the questions, it will tell you what parts you need. If you have a factory rack, you can usually re-use the part of the factory rack that is bolted into the roof. If you have no factory rack, and your car does not have a rain gutter, you will need the type of fee that sit on the roof and usually have a strap from the door. If you have rain gutters, they have feet that bolt to the rain gutter. You will need 4 feet and 2 crossbars. Then you will need a tandem-specific bike holder. I have a Bike Topper which is the same as the Thule one, except cheaper from Nashbar. Your car can carry a tandem, no problem.

    If you can leave posts on BikeForums, you can figure out Thule's web site.

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    If there will only be 2 passengers in the Volvo Wagon, why buy a rack?
    Fold seats down in the wagon. Load in tandem back wheel first and derailleur side up. You can keep both wheels on; just put some padding betweren bike and hatch, pull hatch down and secure with a bungee cord. Save $$!
    If taking surfboards put boards on top of/or under tandem?

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    If you want it on top, use a Volvo rack...please. They're made by Thule, fit all Thule accessories, fit the Volvo PERFECTLY and are cheaper as well. Can't go wrong. I bought mine from autowebaccessories.com and saved several hundred dollars off the Volvo dealer prices. Seems to me that the V70 does not have the built-in side rails, right? Well, check out the four small black metal fixtures on the corners of the roof kinda' hidden behind the molding. The Volvo rack hooks into these and does not even touch the paint. This'll get you the crossbars (which are the hard part to fit). After that, use any tandem rack that'll fit on a Thule and you're good to go.

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    The best solution I have found is a Thule fork mount with two trays (from an upright rack, they're longer and fit together well) joined together. I've since moved the rack to the back of a van (inside) for weather/security purposes, but still use the same setup.

    I helped a friend install a Sidewinder (Yakima) the other day. I like my solution better.



    PS. The trays overlap from about the stokers BB the the captains BB. The rear tray is shimmed up a bit for clearance in the captains BB area, and if a pedal turns it will hit the roof. Probably less of a problem with my roof than yours. The silver you see is actually the second fork mount rack, not what the tandem is on.

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    Perhaps this PDF file on the UK tandem club website can help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlendog
    The best solution I have found is a Thule fork mount with two trays (from an upright rack, they're longer and fit together well) joined together. I've since moved the rack to the back of a van (inside) for weather/security purposes, but still use the same setup.

    I helped a friend install a Sidewinder (Yakima) the other day. I like my solution better.



    PS. The trays overlap from about the stokers BB the the captains BB. The rear tray is shimmed up a bit for clearance in the captains BB area, and if a pedal turns it will hit the roof. Probably less of a problem with my roof than yours. The silver you see is actually the second fork mount rack, not what the tandem is on.
    turtlendog -- could you possibly take some more detailed/closeup photos of how you built your custom tandem transport? If you don't want to post them, just PM me and I'll give you my email addy. I appreciate it!

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    Nice Si -- I had one of those, an '86, loved every mile I drove in it.

    We've got an '01 V70XC that came with the Volvo roof rails (I think they're standard on the XC). I bought a set of Yakima "lowrider" towers that attach to the rails, and the rest of my Yakima rack attaches to the towers. The Volvo rails are quite long -- I'm sure you could mount a tandem up there. If you don't have rails, a Volvo dealer should be able to retrofit them for you.
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    We have a '99 V70XC with Yakima roof bars and a tandem rack (not sure of make/model) which I bought used on the 'net years ago. It works fine, but it's a hell of a job for one person to get our Cannondale up onto the roof, so I'm seriously thinking of getting the Yak Sidewinder.

    The tandem will fit into the car with the seats down, but there is a danger of exhaust fumes being sucked into the car if the rear hatch is open. Better to remove the front wheel and close the hatch if you don't want to die from CO poisoning!!

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    I've got a Audi A6 wagon which is probably about the same size. My tandem is a Rans Screamer recumbent - which is pretty long. I'm thrilled with the "Tandem Topper". Been using it for nearly 3 years. You can find info at www.atoc.com.

    It mounts to almost any rack system. I use mine on a Yakama rack. Usually people mount the Topper so it extends off the rear of the car. Because the rear hatch would hit it, I mounted mine so the fork mount is at the rear and the rack extends off the front of the car. Works fine that way.

    Because the Topper is a pivoting rack, it makes it very easy to use. It's actually easier for one person to put a tandem on the rack than it is to rack up a single rider bike.
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    i appreciate all of the great insight this forum provided. i ended up buying the following:

    volvo load bars...$127 from http://volvo.autowebaccessories.com/
    yakima sidewinder...$325 from www.rackoutfitters.com
    yakima wheel fork...$30 also from www.rackoutfitters.com
    yakima sks security system also from www.rackoutfitters.com

    rackoutfitters shipping was free because the order was so high...at least more than i thought i'd be spending.

    i found that the yakima sks locks also fit the volvo load bars. this makes it easier because now i can use the same key for the volvo load bars as well as for all the yakima stuff.

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    I have a Thule rear (for the trunk of a BMW 330 coupe, or tailgate in your case) mount rack that I use for the tandem; they costs about $100 now I think. Much easier to load than a roof mount. Roof mount racks have a reasonably high frequency of accidents associated with them. But of course people think it looks cool having a roof rack. Not to worry: I have one to transport my race-bike shipping box.

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    I agree. Most tandems fit just fine on a trunk rack, and Thule/Saris/etc. all make models that work great. These can be considerably less hassle than a roof rack and naturally aren't as expensive.

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    Have you considered a hitch mount transport? We remove our wheels and the tandem frame sits accross the back of our truck. Our hitch will tilt downward so that I can open the rear door without removing the tandem frame. You wouldn't have to lift anything over your head, and if the weather is bad it doesn't drain onto the vehicle.

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    Buy a tow bar, hook it to the stoker's seat post on your tendem and hook that to front of the Volvo. Remember to put the Volvo in neutral!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodcycl
    turtlendog -- could you possibly take some more detailed/closeup photos of how you built your custom tandem transport? If you don't want to post them, just PM me and I'll give you my email addy. I appreciate it!

    Brian
    Brian,

    Sorry I didn't see this until the other day. Here's the best detailed photo that shows the inginuity portion of the rack. The shim (engineered to exacting specifications) is a rolled up sock.

    The rack now lives in the back of a dedicated bike-hauler van.

    The trays are from a Thule upright bike hauler as are the wheel straps that are holding the trays together. Upright trays are longer than fork mount trays, and fit together better than the fork mount trays I had. The straps are relaxed in the photo and tail of the tray lifted to show more detail.


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    We purchased a Burley Tandem and a Sportworks tandem rack for our Yakima roof system. The rack is wonderful! No need to take off the front wheel. The rack is easy to take on and off the roof as well(though a bit bulky). Getting the Bike on the roof is a snap. I recently called Sportworks to get some spare parts and found out that they sold their consumer line to Thule. I proceeded to call thule and it was a dream!!! I am 99% sure the rack will work with Thule. I purchased my rack at Fraser Cycle in Fraser Michigan http://fraserbicycle.com (ask for Ron). I am sure they could give you the model #.
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