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Old 02-06-12, 02:23 PM   #1
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Honda Fit holds a full-size tandem with only the front wheel removed!

I can post pictures if it would be helpful, but we've removed the roof rack (too big a mileage hit and noisy) and now haul our tandem inside our Honda Fit (first gen, but should work with all years).

The bike goes from the glove box to the back window and the stoker rides behind the driver in the car. For our tandem (Cannondale RT2000 size L/S, I think), only the front wheels needs to be removed. Others have had to loosen or remove handlebars, rear wheel, etc., but none of that was necessary for us. Loading is actually quite easy as well, but is best done with two people. We also put a sheet down on the seat to keep things clean.

We think this is a great solution and a perfect way to travel with a tandem and still get over 30 mpg! Of course, your mileage may vary!
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And the stoker is used to riding behind the captain!
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To help the search engines: the Fit is known as the Honda Jazz in Europe.
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Well, you asked, so yes! Pictures would be great!

We have a Pontiac Vibe. It's similar in shape to the Fit / Jazz, but somewhat bigger. Like you, with the tandem on the roof, our mileage goes from about 31mpg highway to 25mpg. We did get rid of most of the noise by using an air foil (right name?) ahead of the front roof rack bar.

Pictures would help me imagine how our tandem might go in our Vibe.

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Old 02-08-12, 06:02 AM   #5
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I can post pictures if it would be helpful, but we've removed the roof rack (too big a mileage hit and noisy) and now haul our tandem inside our Honda Fit (first gen, but should work with all years).

The bike goes from the glove box to the back window and the stoker rides behind the driver in the car. For our tandem (Cannondale RT2000 size L/S, I think), only the front wheels needs to be removed. Others have had to loosen or remove handlebars, rear wheel, etc., but none of that was necessary for us. Loading is actually quite easy as well, but is best done with two people. We also put a sheet down on the seat to keep things clean.

We think this is a great solution and a perfect way to travel with a tandem and still get over 30 mpg! Of course, your mileage may vary!
That's awesome! Who woulda thunk it? We are able to fit our tandem (front wheel off) into our Honda Element. The back wheel goes up between the two front seats. We can still carry three people and one more road bike inside with plenty of room for gear. Hondas are great!

Rick
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