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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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Hauling Bikes Update....

Old 02-19-19, 10:57 AM
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Hauling Bikes Update....

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.

Pics help save words.
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I much prefer locking mine in the rear hatchback. On my car it only works for one bike. When I do SAG support, or need to carry another, I use a $15 Rhode Gear rack from Goodwill. The rack is fine, but I prefer inside, locked up and out of sight.
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I have roof racks but rarely use them. The reason being my Honda Odyssey easily carries one bike with the rear seat folded into the floor and the front wheel resting between the two middle row seats. With a little finagling I can fit two bikes. And with one of the middle row seats removed (takes less than a minute) I can fit three bikes inside the van.
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Two Thule racks, one with two mounts on the Volvo 240, the other rack has one mount and a cartop 'hamburger for the Passat Wagon. I can fit 4 bikes in the Volvo and 3 in the VW. A real player.
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How do you haul your bikes?

Ideally, I don't. My bike is my hauler. So I voted choice #1 .

Second choice, public transportation. So I voted choice #2 .

Third choice, I mooch a ride from someone else who's doing the same ride; in which case I go with whatever they do. So I voted choice #4 .

Fourth choice, I borrow my wife's car, and the bike actually fits inside it. It actually fits two bikes. If I expect two passengers, I have a rack for the back... but things get complicated. So I voted choice #3 .

Hey, it makes sense to me, dig?
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After a year of sticking my bicycle in the backseat of my car I no longer could stand scratching the leather and doors. I went out and bought a Thule 2 bike holder and installed the hitch myself. Ill add pics later.

A lot cleaner and cooler.




I hope you got a big trunk cuz I'm putting my bike in it
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5 in the back, 6 with pedals removed


Room for 2 humans, tandem kayak on top and backpacking gear as well.

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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

'03 Windstar. The Windstars also had a Thule on top as did Ruby the '01 Manitoba


Since Morticia is a '97 there are no real rain gutters on this design so no options for a roof rack.


I may have to look for a trailer hitch.


Despite what you might think the back is not quite a spacious as you may think. It isn't quite tall enough for simple front wheel off transport but I'll think of something before the Coppi Erotica ride
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Did someone say Bikestar or Windstar?
Iíll salute that.
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I can fit one in the back seat, one in the trunk, and three on my Saris carrier mounted on the trunk of my Cadillac CTS.
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With our cars the Porsche Boxster, the Honda S2000 and the Tiger, we do not own a vehicle where I can carry a bike inside. We do have bike racks for the first two vehicles. Considering bike attachments for the Malone kayak trailer so we can have bike-n-paddle vacations.
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I bought a couple of cheap fork racks on eBay and screwed them to a board. Bad idea because the board and bikes would flex and flexing wasn't good for the dropouts and they leaned which slightly bent the dropouts.

Saw two heavy duty steel racks locally and got them for $30. Screwed to a length of 2 x 10 they are now really heavy and don't move. I add a bungie cord through the rear wheel(s) "just in case", (and a theft cable and lock). I can have three bikes in my truck bed side by side with pedals and no scratches or if I'm going to a swap meet, pedals off and a rack at either end of truck for six bikes.


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Have roof racks for both cars, and a truck for hauling in the bed. If I'm only hauling one bike, it usually goes in the back of the wagon.

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^^^^ Oh, wouldn't it be rich, to contact Yakima and Thule (and, for old times' sake, Saris) and inquire about roof clips for a '97 Lincoln with a raised hearse roof......

Actually, some kind of custom slider to work with all those rollers would be cool.

I stopped using rear racks over 35 years ago, after I stopped for a yellow-to-red traffic light on Davison in Detroit, and the guy behind me thought it was still okay to go through. Bent multiple tubes of the frame, creased the rims, and nearly every other component. Bent the rims so bad that the spoke tension actually bent the high-flange hub flanges inward. Since then, they've been on the roof or inside (part of why I've only driven hatchbacks, wagons or pickups with toppers since 1982). Most recently, it's a pickup, when there's distance (had a couple repairs to pick up from YJ recently), and strapped to a bike trailer when it's close enough.

"The award" goes to a guy we met out in the Driftless area, Alan, who, with his wife, is nearly off-grid on a farm outside Gays Mills. We met last summer for a prairie walk. He biked from the park in Gays to the prairie, but brought the bike down from his farm strapped to the top of his brush hog behind his old tractor.
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Just last summer, started to use a Sea Sucker and really like it. Not a permanent solution but more of a convenience to use with alternate vehicles, very compact to take along as back-up if the car is full.

But, my primary reason was to haul the tandem and also muddy dirty MTB with through axle.

The Chinese made versions are the same and far less expensive. I have the Sea Sucker brand but acquired the China made through axle adapters.

At first use, I did have some apprehension but its proven to work very well. Now my only concerns is not having theft prevention for the bike and the sucker itself. I remove it at the trailhead parking lot. 'Sucks'
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
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

'03 Windstar. The Windstars also had a Thule on top as did Ruby the '01 Manitoba


Since Morticia is a '97 there are no real rain gutters on this design so no options for a roof rack.


I may have to look for a trailer hitch.


Despite what you might think the back is not quite a spacious as you may think. It isn't quite tall enough for simple front wheel off transport but I'll think of something before the Coppi Erotica ride
no you didn't way cool..... next it Bianchi Buster theme

you can add racks to the top if you are willing to go permanent

https://explore.yakima.com/custom-in...724#metalfixed

https://explore.yakima.com/custom-in...724#metaltrack
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no you didn't way cool..... next it Bianchi Buster theme

you can add racks to the top if you are willing to go permanent
Yes I did and I love it. The permanent solution is an idea, however it would require a lot of work removing and reinstalling that rear interior
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I said on top, although the language kinda suggests laid on the roof on a piece of cardboard and tied on with twine. It's not quite like that. Although there is rope involved.

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Originally Posted by wildwood View Post

room for 2 humans, tandem kayak on top and backpacking gear as well.

wow
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With our cars the Porsche Boxster, the Honda S2000 and the Tiger, we do not own a vehicle where I can carry a bike inside. We do have bike racks for the first two vehicles. Considering bike attachments for the Malone kayak trailer so we can have bike-n-paddle vacations.
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Gays Mills. The town moved by FEMA? Apparently some didn't move and were flooded again last summer?


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^^^^ Oh, wouldn't it be rich, to contact Yakima and Thule (and, for old times' sake, Saris) and inquire about roof clips for a '97 Lincoln with a raised hearse roof......

Actually, some kind of custom slider to work with all those rollers would be cool.

I stopped using rear racks over 35 years ago, after I stopped for a yellow-to-red traffic light on Davison in Detroit, and the guy behind me thought it was still okay to go through. Bent multiple tubes of the frame, creased the rims, and nearly every other component. Bent the rims so bad that the spoke tension actually bent the high-flange hub flanges inward. Since then, they've been on the roof or inside (part of why I've only driven hatchbacks, wagons or pickups with toppers since 1982). Most recently, it's a pickup, when there's distance (had a couple repairs to pick up from YJ recently), and strapped to a bike trailer when it's close enough.

"The award" goes to a guy we met out in the Driftless area, Alan, who, with his wife, is nearly off-grid on a farm outside Gays Mills. We met last summer for a prairie walk. He biked from the park in Gays to the prairie, but brought the bike down from his farm strapped to the top of his brush hog behind his old tractor.
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I'd love to get a bike trailer and put my bikes on there.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

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

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unfortunately, the scooter got totalled by a jeep in a rear-ender. I just came out of it with a broken ankle, and the wife nixed a motorized 2 wheel replacement.
With wheels off, I've traveled to events with 3 bikes in both an old Buick, and a Passat. The Passat would handle one complete with the rear seat down, my other cars don't have that option so front wheel has to come off for a solo carry.

i used a double roof rack on the Passat for a while. Even without bikes, it knocked down my mpg by over 10%. The bikes really didn't make a difference, amazingly. My trunk rack doesn't affect mpg nearly as much, plus the bikes don't really even get wet driving thru rain. Which surprised me.

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Gays Mills. The town moved by FEMA? Apparently some didn't move and were flooded again last summer?
True, and true. The new "village" has no soul; it looks like a suburban micro-subdivision on a hill. The food co-op stayed in the charming old downtown, primarily because they built high enough to survive BOTH floods in the '00s. Didn't survive the '18 flood, though, and they're now renting in the new village. Meeting this weekend to decide their fate; we won't be able to attend. They're the "little co-op that could"; bucking the economics and staying small but successful for 40 years. Until now...

Wish I'd taken a photo of Alan's bike on that brush hog. He had it strapped on vertically, like it was on a roof rack.

@Bianchigirll -- don't poke any holes () in that lugubrious limo! Beyond the interior work, it'd probably be a nightmare getting a tight leak-free fit on that vinyl roof. I wonder if they even recommend a bolt-through solution for a vinyl-roof vehicle; they probably get VERY few inquiries about such.

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