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What is a good vehicle to take you cycling?

Old 07-10-10, 07:07 PM
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What is a good vehicle to take you cycling?

As a former running vagabond with a VW bus, I've often ruminated on the application of that mode of conveyance to my current cycling vice....Believe me, the magic bus was only available, not practical, but it did serve as transport, hotel, storage container, tavern, and dressing room.

Added: bordello, per the wife. I had no idea she'd heard about that....

In that light, I've seen many a bike conveyance, from a LeCar to a 60K Audi wagon with 20K in bikes on top. (Your "bass boat" syndrome, more or less)

So, what do you use?

And, what do you think is a good solution?

For me, I use my car, period, with a rack on the back. Bikes go in the trunk, back seat, and on the rack if I have guests.

My favorite solution is the 1995-97 Honda Odyssey, the 4-cyl version.
Light, economical (mine got 28mpg), and roomy enough to act as the VW bus of yesteryear.

E tu?
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Old 07-10-10, 07:30 PM
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I knew I liked you for a reason. I used to cruise around in a '64 VW bus. I currently own a '67 Bug thats waiting for me to paint it, a '87 BMW 325is w/ a Yakima rack (thanks Iowegian) and my wifes '03 Subaru Legacy for "harvesting" unwanted bikes. I need to get rack attachments for the Legacy and a rack for the Bug....

Although for 96% of my bicycle excursions, my bike gets me there
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This is how we like to hit the road. The rack was custom made for the Miata and I've never seen another one like it. Rock solid and very easy to load.

That was after buying a state of the art Yakima roof system for mrs. raversons Camry. I didn't like that I couldn't put the bikes on the car in the garage the night before a road trip. Also she didn't like the noise it made and wanted me to take it off every time we weren't hauling bikes.
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93 Subaru Loyale 4wd wagon with Yakima racks, love this car! When the whole family needs to travle it's the 84 VW Vanagon (complete with Grateful Dead decals). The Vanagon is much loved, but very tired. It's on the Subaru EJ22 (2.2 litre) motor transplant list.

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It's hard to beat a minivan for convenience and functionality. Drop the two back seas and roll the bikes into the back without removing wheels, and always nice and dry.
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I love wagons. Just recently inherited the in-laws Subaru, picked up some used Yakimas off CL, and now I'm camping out on Ebay to snag the mounting brackets. I'm still not quite sure how I'll be getting the wife's 40lb Raleigh 3sp up onto the roof.
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This is how we like to hit the road. The rack was custom made for the Miata and I've never seen another one like it. Rock solid and very easy to load.

That was after buying a state of the art Yakima roof system for mrs. raversons Camry. I didn't like that I couldn't put the bikes on the car in the garage the night before a road trip. Also she didn't like the noise it made and wanted me to take it off every time we weren't hauling bikes.

Nice! I have a red '91 Miata. I often borrow a 2009 Subaru Outback to haul bikes. It's niiice.
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Any Dodge full sized 4WD Pickup.
Bike goes in the cab no problem
(along with a ton and a half of bricks in the bed, or anything else you can think of!)
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My bike rig is my XJ (Jeep Cherokee -'96.5) 4 bike Allen Hitch rack in the back, 4 bike Thule rack on top (usually stays in the garage) and I can fit about 4 more with the front wheels off and the back seat down in the back. And cruise comfortably with Renault-build technology and a loaner Buick engine that they unfortunately never got to production for GM (ha ) at 100 mph and 18 mpg (ouch.) But that's the sagwagon. And if you drop the back seats you can sleep in it. And if it snows 6 feet when you wake up, no need to worry. Switch to low and you are good to go. I suspect that a woodie Wagoneer would be an even better machine for this (it is bigger) but I haven't got my hands on one and their flimsy 4wd system scares me (btw, the WJ - that's Grand Cherokee for y'all- is not up to par for this - usefull space wise or buck for the bank as far as HP/weight is concerned, hemi and all)

As far as modern vehicles go, I'd like to see what a Kia Soul can do, just for kicks (and will be economical, but I would bet that it will not take me the places that the Jeep does)

As far as solo rides go, in good weather, I pop my bike's front wheel off, stash it in the trunk of my E36 vert and put the rest of the bike between the front and back seats. It about fits, but the Jeep is so much easier...

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Old 07-10-10, 08:26 PM
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I guess everyone can't have an 85 F-150 short bed flare side. I also have two diffeent racks if I have to use the car. When I had the Soccer Dad mini van it served as a do all though.
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...she didn't like the noise it made...
Did you try a fairing or a WindJammer?
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08 Honda Fit with a hitch mounted rack for when I head to the trails with my Niner. Most days it sits in the garage since I usually ride to work.
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Did you try a fairing or a WindJammer?
Yup, had the fairing, but it still whistled.
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That's a bummer. The WindJammer works surprisingly well on top of my Honda Odyssey.
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Moved with 3 Yakima rails atop my '68 SAAB 96 , bike trays connecting the rails, one set clamped to the trunk edge.

4 bikes and a 'Basket Case' with duffel bags of stuff , nostalgic in general, for cars with rain-gutters on the roof.

that was many years ago.. 55 was good , 50 mph better..
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'05 Honda CR-V w/ 4 Yakima trays on top and a Rhode Gear spare tire rack. I've hauled 10 bikes before with the seats folded down and 4 bikes in back. 4wd gets me to my xc ski destinations and I get up to 26 mpg.
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E36 m3 will get you there quickly and comfortably. I really need a roof or trunk rack for mine because fitting two bikes inside doesn't work.
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I got rid of the hitch rack and moved the bikes into the bed after this happened:


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Matches the Competition.

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Matches the Competition.

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And it's just as Drewed.
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All right, so it'll float upside down, but the motor can't reach the water

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A Saturn Vue. Reasonably economical, fits 5 people, fold the rear seat down and just lay a bike in.
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What I have works ok - a CX-7 with a hitch mounted on the rear for the bike rack. What I would ideally like to have though is a high-top Sprinter, customized in the spirit of a conversion van, but with a section for securing a few bicycles in a vertical orientation. Hard to beat a huge, plush, van with plenty of headroom that gets almost 30 mpg.
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Current Hauler...have yet to fill it to capacity

It will eventually get replaced with something like the new Ford Transit Connect.

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