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I don't. My bike is my hauler.
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Public transportation, or never.
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Nothing special, it fits in the car/truck/van.
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I just use a rack on the back.
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I just flop them on top.
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Multiple mounts for multiple bikes. I'm a player.
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I have to tow to go.
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Non-mainstream. Plane or motorbike or scooter.
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Old 02-19-19, 03:24 PM
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a 1970 for my 1970
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Two go in the back of the car. Not need to bother the rear passengers. Just pop the wheels out. I keep the towels in the car permanently. One never knows, do one?





On longer trips we like to take four bikes, as well as a bunch of luggage, tools and spare parts, so then two others go on the collapsible tow hitch rack:

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a 1970 for my 1970
Ooh, a two-tone long bed flareside! I don't think I've ever seen one "in the wild" this far north. I dunno which I'm more addicted to, old bike pr0n or old truck pr0n.....

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Around the local area I use a 1-UP USA hitch rack. Every now and then though I'll cram one or two into 69W for a long trip - it's a really tight fit.


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Around the local area I use a 1-UP USA hitch rack. Every now and then though I'll cram one or two into 69W for a long trip - it's a really tight fit.


Are the bikes for riding over to the cafe' for your $100 hamburgers? Nice looking plane.
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Are the bikes for riding over to the cafe' for your $100 hamburgers? Nice looking plane.
Thanks! I only put forth the effort for +150mi trips like @speedevil's Bourbon & Tobacco ride last year, still I'll often just drive. It's a serious PITA getting one or two full size bikes broken down, stowed and then reassembled at the other end. Much cursing is involved. I have a Dahon folder that works better for the hamburger and camping trips.

The pic above is from two bikes I built for my sister and nephew a few years back, on my way to Atlanta to both deliver them and (much more importantly) gorge on my bother-in-law's Thanksgiving spread.
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A few years back I was doing a city wide garage sale event and had quite a few purchases in my Dodge Gran Caravan. As I was calling it a day and heading out of town I happened upon a sale with several bikes. I ended up buying 13 bikes and fitted them all in the van along with my other purchases from the day.
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My philosophy is: If you don't get on the bike once you leave your house, it's not a bike ride.
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I donít mind putting bikes in the back seat. The kids are not as clean.
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a 1970 for my 1970
classic step side
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Just flop them on top.

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Just flop them on top.

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I use lots of options to haul bikes..the latest is below. A cargo trailer work in progress that will be a two-kayak & 4-bike hauler..as well as a camper with heat/AC, 12V high efficiency fridge..and lots of other stuff. The trailer solves the travel security and exposed to weather issues related to bikes.






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I have had two bikes in the Prius. We stacked them. I think we could have gotten another couple of bikes in there, but I have never needed to haul more bikes than people. I had 4 bikes on the back of my previous prius and 4 riders inside, but I think I killed the transmission on that trip
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If I am just going a few miles to the meeting place for a group ride, and I am by myself, I'll put it in the bed of the truck. Otherwise I use a hitch mount rack. For long trips I like to carry them inside the vehicle if possible, for weather and theft protection.
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Usually in the truck camper or rear rack if wife is hauling stuff to the kids, probably 7-8,000 miles a year with vast majority visiting the kids. I lust after a rear class 3 hitch rear rack I saw at an event this year. All aluminum with ratcheting wheel locking channels that slide up to lock in the wheels with quick releases, super sturdy, super tight hold on the bike, no doubt $$$, can't find anywhere from shops or the net.
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My bikes have always gone in the car. KB
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Yep, there is a folding bicycle in the back.

Bought it just north of Portland, hauled to Eugene for probably 200 miles one-way.
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So do they charge you to use that ferry even with a bicycle?

Kinda crappy they charge at all. The ferry across the Wisconsin River in Merrimac has always been free; the state considers it part of State Hwy 113. It does shut down for the winter, however.
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So do they charge you to use that ferry even with a bicycle?

Kinda crappy they charge at all. The ferry across the Wisconsin River in Merrimac has always been free; the state considers it part of State Hwy 113. It does shut down for the winter, however.
Yeah, I think it was about $1 to cross with the bike.

I hadn't actually wanted to catch the ferry.

As part of the Willamette Valley riding north, it is about 130 to 200 miles of mostly flat riding parallel to the Willamette river, but only a few places where one really has to cross the river. But the Oregon Willamette Valley Scenic Bike Route comes within 1 mile of two ferries, and I hadn't actually made the side-trip to see the ferry in my half dozen trips north/south. I really didn't want to see the ferry crossing the river just for me. It is rather rural, and I can't imagine the ferries hardly pay for themselves (other than saving the cost of building a bridge).
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I have a homemade rack that fits in the bed of our Toyota Tacoma and clamps the fork ends for two bikes. I also have a Thule hitch carrier that will accommodate four more. In a pinch I could probably move ten bikes, but have not needed to do that.
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I have a plan for transporting my bikes with my new ride but won't be a user friendly as the Windstars were

00 Ford Windstar. Both my Windstars were setup like this, two bikes and just one rear seat. Bike Tite holders by Bovine. '99 MegaPro XL Ti and '09 Phantom Uno both sold
I have the same type of home-brew set-up in my 4Runner. Usually have to pull the seats/seat posts out on larger bikes (57cm+) due to headroom.
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Iím able to fit two bikes without wheels in the back seat of the Kia Optima. I made a cover and use a strip of carpet runner to protect upholstery, which sees more frequent use when the dog travels back there (no bikes then). A pair of Pedroís chain keepers are extremely handy with the bikes and I always put the chain on the big ring so the teeth (of the ring, not the dog!) donít poke through.

https://www.rei.com/product/724951/p...in-keeper-tool



The trunk is large enough to hold a third bike, assuming no rack or fenders.
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My main bike hauling device is a Saris Bones 2 rack on the back of my Mini Cooper. But for fun, I included a couple pics where I had to haul multiple bikes for bike tours I've done with friends. Three bikes+racks on a Saris Bones 3 hitched to the back of a Subaru Impreza. And three bikes+racks+panniers in the back of a rental van, secured with seat belts that took us forever to figure out how to detach.
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Some nice racks here (and I say that purely tongue in cheek). I liked the one @gugie showed, but I have limited storage space until I buy another house.

@Bianchigirll, Morticia takes the cake. That is trouble waiting to happen, and uber-cool. A friend of mine has an ambulance, and it's extremely versatile, but of course, butt-ugly.

I'm most interested in the interior schemes people have found. My Ford Escape can fit two bikes, carefully, using front fork locks, but it's a delicate operation, and a 58cm bike won't fit in there. I may pick up a Saris Bones (used) for a bit quicker operation using the Escape.

Recently I bought a truck, pretty much just to haul bikes (manual 6-sp, 2.5L 4-cyl was hard to find), and put a cap on the rear. As such, I'm looking at the interior schemes shown here. My goal is 8 bikes in the bed, on some kind of sliding rack, but I'll probably settle for 6, 3 facing each direction. As the truck will only be used about 5-6 times a year, I'll figure out something that isn't too expensive. I'll be "camping" in the truck at least at Thunder Ridge and The Hilly Hundred, so I've got to work that out, as well.

I do use the covers from www.bikebag.com, pretty handy if you're putting a bike in a back seat, covers the entire chain without disassembling anything.

@ldmataya talked me into a Saris hitch rack, and I like it. I went on the lower end, though, no tilt and only 2 bikes, but it holds my Y-Foil just fine.

Here are some questions:
1. I notice my Ford Escape gets filthy on the back, long before the rest of the vehicle. Has anyone had a problem with the bikes getting all nastified while being hauled on the back of a vehicle?

2. How about hitches on trucks, same thing with dirt? Do I need to get monster truck flaps?

3. Do you leave the racks on your cars all the time? Off/on as needed?
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