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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 02-26-19, 02:35 AM
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When push comes to shove, an S2000 works for me as well:

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
It's been a while since we saw how people haul their bikes.

So, from hauling none to taking several to see the Wizard, show us how, how many, tell us where you take them, etc.

I think half of any bike event, be it a group ride, charity event, or swap, is just getting there with the goods.

Last time, @Ex-Pres won, hands down, by hauling his bike on his scooter.

Show a pic of your rack, your scheme, your vehicle, etc.

Describe Describe Describe.

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There are horses for courses. If you only carry one or two bikes occasionally the cheap tubular aluminum trunk rack is a very good choice. If you carry two or three bikes any distance you have a choice of a fancier trunk rack with less chance of damaging your frame on a longer trip. You can also use a trailer hitch rack with wheel wells if you have carbon fiber frames that might be damaged by top tube racks.

If you often go long distances and do things like stop for meals etc. the only choice is a roof rack with a means of locking the bike in. The disadvantages of this is that they really screw up your gas mileage.

If you have a pickup truck there are fork lock racks that expand between the bed sides. I really liked these when you could get the small pickups like the Ford Ranger but they stopped building these things for heavens knows why and the full sized pickups have gas mileage worse than a tour bus.
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Four bikes inside + 2 on a Thule Rack. My latest ( Nov 2018) Camper/Bike Hauler/ second vehicle. So far it has picked up a bike or two, delivered another and transported bikes and "stuff" to the winter CVBS (Canadian Vintage Bicycle Show)



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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
I use this. I just tie down the bars with the front wheels against the front of the bed.


Great minds think alike. I should have gotten the taller cap, perhaps.

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A homemade bed rack for two bikes, and a Saris four bike hitch rack if I need to carry more.
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I have 2 Mazda 5s and the van. Also have a Hollywood Sportrider that will go on any of them.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Great minds think alike. I should have gotten the taller cap, perhaps.

That's a good one right there. It probably gets better fuel economy than mine. But...nothing like a hearse mind you
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We have a 2004 Honda element with something like 278,000 miles on it. It's still going strong. It gets about 25 mpg, which seems pretty good for an old SUV. My wife bought it for hauling construction materials, as she is renovating the house. She sees it as a fuel guzzler, though, so she recently bought a 2007 Toyota Prius which gets about 46 mpg.

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Two bikes fit nicely in the back of a 2010 RAV4 using a couple of fork mounts attached to a board.
We like to have the bikes safely inside the vehicle.

A modern Trek with a vintage Fuji:






Same Trek with a hardtail MTB:

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I bought this back in '88, to haul my drag-bike to the tracks in NY and NJ mostly.
With the high top and 7-1/2" bed, and with padding and carpet for supporting fork tips, chainrings, etc, I can haul eight bikes vertically with about half of their wheels removed.

I start at the sides, lashing frame tubes toward the clamps that hold the cap/shell on the bed, then add bikes one at a time, wiggling them around until they mesh together narrowly, adding various pads between contact points.
The key to preventing damage is preventing movement, so the bikes get lashed together using about 30 toe straps, some doubled-up. On bikes with rear wheels in place I strap the brake lever to the bar and with the tire grabbing the padded carpet there is no fore-aft movement.
For swapmeets I have piled about ten or 11 bikes in there, wheels packed in there separately to capacity.

The old Isuzu I bought in '89 (as a 1988 leftover) has 172k miles now and has never suffered a failure of consequence. There have been vacuum leaks, an axle lubricant leak, and I once had to take the front brake rotors in for some corrective lathe-work, but it still has all (four plus four) original brake pads/shoes and the original clutch is still in the game. It's a 4-cylinder gasoline with feedback carburetor and five-speed, gets 28mpg at 65mph in steady freeway droning mode.
It was "totaled" in 1990 by a stop-sign runner, thankfully in view of a policeman. I was given $4400 in compensation but did the major left-side bodywork on the cheap in my driveway with some outside help. It's been nice having such a versatile and economical paid-for vehicle all of these years.


Arriving home with my "new" 1971 Gitane Super Corsa a few years back:


Me on the old H2 at Atco NJ in 1991:
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I thought this thread would be about bikes that haul stuff.

My weirdest setup was a trunk rack on my Fiero in college. The front straps wouldn't fit properly on the front edge of the engine lid, so I made a plastic covered steel cable with crimped loops that went from the left side of the rack, forward and underneath the narrow part of the engine lid, then back rearward to the right side of the rack, attached to rack with thumbscrews where the rack adjusted for trunk profile. Worked great.
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I’m a player, I have a 4 bike hitch mount on the back of my truck. Plenty more room in the bed and one more if I flip up the back seats.
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That's a good one right there. It probably gets better fuel economy than mine. But...nothing like a hearse mind you
You know, if @sloar comes to Coppi, and "Morticia" arrives, we are just too old to see what a bunch of Marines can do with a hearse, alcohol, some money, and a weekend..... I can almost feel the cuffs being placed on me... the vision makes me kind of shudder.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
You know, if @sloar comes to Coppi, and "Morticia" arrives, we are just too old to see what a bunch of Marines can do with a hearse, alcohol, some money, and a weekend..... I can almost feel the cuffs being placed on me... the vision makes me kind of shudder.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
I have 2 Mazda 5s and the van. Also have a Hollywood Sportrider that will go on any of them.
+1 on the Mazda5. Great for hauling bikes, like this 1982 Schwinn Voyageur S/P

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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
We have been Jeep family for years, both Cherokee's ('90 - '98) and Grand Cherokee's ('97 & '00). In every case they have had hitches, but accommodate a single bike in the back seat with the front wheel removed. If more bikes need to be transported, the Yakima hitch mount is used. It can be configured for two or four bikes.
I have often thought of a roof mount but don't go there due to the fear of clipping the bikes off the top when pulling into the garage!

We also use the Yakima rack for the tandem. A bit risky but so is riding a bike!

WP_20140308_007, on Flickr

Looks worse than it is due to the distance from the camera. Still within 8' max requirement.
You need a special vehicle for tandems.
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@GregU - nice vehicle! Brings back memories.
When I purchased the bike, I hauled it inside, but I was alone and the fork was over the console.
The bike with the rear tire on and the front off is about 85" The Grand Cherokee of this year is 73.2." So about 5" over on each side.
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You need a special vehicle for tandems.
Looks just like my '76. Baby diaper green/white top. Brown vinyl, and "updated" with JC Whitney assist fan for the defrost, nice stereo, and 6x9's under the rear seat. No A/C, and that pancake motor was so willing, couldn't kill it. The "magic bus" if there ever was.
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Originally Posted by GregU View Post
You need a special vehicle for tandems.
Well a special vehicle for a tandem might be nice, but it's really just a special rack that is needed. If you can put a roof rack on, you can get a tandem mount for the rack and it can go on pretty much any car (even though a VW bus does seem very appropriate!).

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Well a special vehicle for a tandem might be nice, but it's really just a special rack that is needed. If you can put a roof rack on, you can get a tandem mount for the rack and it can go on pretty much any car (even though a VW bus does seem very appropriate!).

Yeah, my dad has a similar rack for his car. I think his swings over his trunk (it also runs fore/aft), it's been a while since I have seen it.
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I once took a fully loaded touring tandem on the red line of the Boston T, from Davis all the way to Braintree (one stop short of the maximum distance possible on this line).

We got some weird looks. The escalators were the most challenging part, as it wouldn't fit in an elevator. But two fares (less than $2 each at that time) were all it cost us to traverse the entire city of Boston - and then some! About an hour after we entered through the turnstile handicapped gate, we were on the road to cape cod.
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
I bought this back in '88, to haul my drag-bike to the tracks in NY and NJ mostly.
With the high top and 7-1/2" bed, and with padding and carpet for supporting fork tips, chainrings, etc, I can haul eight bikes vertically with about half of their wheels removed.

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For swapmeets I have piled about ten or 11 bikes in there, wheels packed in there separately to capacity.

The old Isuzu I bought in '89 (as a 1988 leftover) has 172k miles now and has never suffered a failure of consequence. There have been vacuum leaks, an axle lubricant leak, and I once had to take the front brake rotors in for some corrective lathe-work, but it still has all (four plus four) original brake pads/shoes and the original clutch is still in the game. It's a 4-cylinder gasoline with feedback carburetor and five-speed, gets 28mpg at 65mph in steady freeway droning mode.
It was "totaled" in 1990 by a stop-sign runner, thankfully in view of a policeman. I was given $4400 in compensation but did the major left-side bodywork on the cheap in my driveway with some outside help. It's been nice having such a versatile and economical paid-for vehicle all of these years.


Arriving home with my "new" 1971 Gitane Super Corsa a few years back:


Me on the old H2 at Atco NJ in 1991:
Fast by Gast! (WNY native, helped a friend with a Suzuki 1100 drag bike BITD)
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Fast by Gast! (WNY native, helped a friend with a Suzuki 1100 drag bike BITD)
Good eye there Kevin.
Yes, it's a Paul Gast-built motor in that thing, 40mm FBG Lectrons, welded-up ports and maximal compression ratio.
Paul was extremely helpful in advising me as to certain tuning parameters such as gearing, ignition timing, etc, which helped to have a strong first season on that Kawasaki.
That was in spite of the fact that had I bought the bike used (in "street-race" trim) from a guy up in Newburgh (he'd put good money into it, but it still needed a lot of sorting and a stronger clutch for use at the track with the 7" slick).
Paul's shop also fabricated the aluminum wheelie bars and seat/tail weldment to my spec's, since I weighed under 140 (and the bike only 342lbs), saved quite a bit of weight!
FBG had already built Dave Schultz's record-setting H2 years before, so they were the go-to folks for anyone still wanting to have a go on a two-stroke.

I raced it at an NMRA meet up at the Leicester(?) track near Grand Island that first season. Paul was there and gave me a few words of advice on reducing my reaction time. I still remember him complimenting me on my new Isuzu minimalist transporter!
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