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Put the bike rack right through the back window of my wife's new minivan.

Old 07-05-12, 11:04 PM
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Put the bike rack right through the back window of my wife's new minivan.

On the way to her family reunion. Now I like sitting on the beach, drinking beers with the inlaws and hearing stories of crazy uncle Dave (back when he was still crazy cousin Dave) as much as the next guy but if it's gonna be a whole week, I gotta get out and ride every now and then.
So anyway, the rack doesn't fit the new van the way it fit the old one, so we were all loaded up and the family was packed and ready to go and waiting for me to tie the last knot so we could go. We stopped for gas on the way out of town and I opened the gate to check the hooks and when I shut it, I guess the pedal hit the glass or something. Anyway, there were little itty bitty bits of glass all over all the luggage and the beach toys and the gas station and my poor bike was dangling in an awkward way.
Two hours later we'd cleaned everything up, taped some plastic over the gaping hole and stuck the bike and the rack back in the basement and we were on our way.
Sorry, there will be no pictures of my shame. You're lucky to get this confession. Crazy uncle Ben has replaced crazy uncle Dave and I won't have a bike ride in a week (to escape the gossip), but the inlaws buy the beer and they really aren't bad company.
On top of that, there's no sales tax in Delaware so a new window is 8% cheaper.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:41 AM
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Bad thing about safety glass, which you found out, is that it doesn't take much of a hit to shatter the window, if the energy is concentrated in a small spot. I hope the rest of your vacation goes better.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:44 AM
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Ouch....drink lots of free beer to drown your sorrows.

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Old 07-06-12, 05:51 AM
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Whoa! I have slammed my tailgate on my minivan and hit pedals, ladders, and many oversized loads of whatever and never even thought the window would break. I'll be thinking twice now with your story.

Thats a big bummer though. Well now you have more time to sit, drink, relax..., and loose all the fitness you have gained this year.
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Old 07-06-12, 05:53 AM
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That is a bummer. Good news, though, though they don't have sales tax, they do have Craigs List in Delaware. Time to buy a bike, no?
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Old 07-06-12, 05:59 AM
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That's bad news when you're traveling. Don't feel bad though, I've found you can get a really long kayak into a minivan if you just shove it right through the windshield.
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Sorry you weren't able to take your bike!
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Old 07-06-12, 06:12 AM
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I've never been a fan of the strap on, one size fits all, car rack. I haven't broken any windows but I have had to monitor the bike back there almost the whole trip - the straps seem to work their way loose on the highway, the load shifts, the cranks and wheels spin if you don't secure them, etc. So now the bike goes in the car (toyota matrix) or it doesn't go. If I had to get a rack I would get the trailer hitch kind, after I got a trailer hitch!
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
That's bad news when you're traveling. Don't feel bad though, I've found you can get a really long kayak into a minivan if you just shove it right through the windshield.
+1! Always look on the bright side!
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Here's one to help you feel in good company - once on the way to the beach on I-40 I got passed by a sports car w/ rear bike rack, very fast. Looked like a preppy boy w/ attached girlfriend. After a few miles I saw a bike laying off the right shoulder, then a second later saw a car pulled off ahead w/ preppy boy walking back...
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Sorry to hear about your mishap. Last fall I drove into my garage, with my bike on the roof. Or I should say I tried to drive into the garage with my bike on the roof. Luckily my rack attachments were weaker than my Super V.

To most people it seems strange that I cared more about bike damage than the dents and scrapes on my car roof. I figure this group will understand.
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Old 07-06-12, 06:35 AM
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Ben,

Check with your insurance company. Most cover window breakage and often there is no deductible. Also, there are plenty of companies that come to you for the repair, because your Ins. Co. does not want you driving around missing a window.

The real bummer is no bike to ride along the flatlands of the Delaware/Maryland coast, speaking of which, photogravity loves to drive, and western MD is not that far away. Maybe he can bring a tandem for at least one day of riding.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post

Check with your insurance company. Most cover window breakage and often there is no deductible. Also, there are plenty of companies that come to you for the repair, because your Ins. Co. does not want you driving around missing a window.
+1 Sorry to learn of your mishap, but it shouldn't cost you anything except a little embarrassment if you have decent insurance. If it's any consolation, I have a friend who once backed her minivan into a closed garage door while trying to back out of the garage. I myself have backed my car into my other car, which was parked behind it in my driveway. Happily, no bikes were involved!
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check local cl maybe you will find a deal, then you can sell it to your inlaws and you won't have to bring it back
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Reminds me of when my '69 VW Bus burned to a crisp on the side on side of the road while we were on our way to NC's Outerbanks. "No honey, lets take the Bus" I said, "It'll be a lot more fun"....should have just gotten into her Honda an kept my mouth shut! But hey, the kids enjoyed the Fire Trucks and the ride in the Rollback.
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Sorry, there will be no pictures of my shame.

I am disappoint.
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I use the strap on bike rack on my minivan and I put thick socks over the pedals. I also run bungee straps through the wheels to keep them from moving. So far so good... Sorry about your misshap... That would be a pain.
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You'll have to console yourself with lots of softshell crabs and key lime pie between beers...
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This weekend I found two new low-end Schwinns in the middle of a busy street. Traffic was swerving madly. Across the street was a cute young mommy & child. The rack straps had busted and the bikes into traffic. I pulled them out of the street, but at least one of the bikes had a bent derailleur.
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Ugh that's a bummer! I hear you about the safety glass mess, too. Several years ago some miscreants threw a paver stone thru the hatch of my Saab; I was finding pieces of glass still 5 years later.
I was actually paranoid enough about losing a bike or breaking the window, that I switched over to hitch racks for both cars.

I think 23SkiDoo and GordoTrek have posted your best approach to handling the situation this week .
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Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
I've never been a fan of the strap on, one size fits all, car rack. I haven't broken any windows but I have had to monitor the bike back there almost the whole trip -
Yeah, that foam keeps compressing and you never get the slak out of the straps. They don't fit a lady's DL-1 either.
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To most people it seems strange that I cared more about bike damage than the dents and scrapes on my car roof. I figure this group will understand.
Makes perfect sense to me. My bike came out unscathed. Really, the whole van could have burned to the ground, just so long as the bike and the kids came out ok. Oh yeah, and the wife.
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Ben,
Check with your insurance company.
That'll be the first stop I make when we get home.
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Reminds me of when my '69 VW Bus burned to a crisp on the side on side of the road while we were on our way to NC's Outerbanks. "No honey, lets take the Bus" I said, "It'll be a lot more fun"....should have just gotten into her Honda an kept my mouth shut! But hey, the kids enjoyed the Fire Trucks and the ride in the Rollback.
Well, that's a memory. Way better to burn an Odyssey than a Microbus. I like my Hondas but they're replacable.
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You'll have to console yourself with lots of softshell crabs and key lime pie between beers...
I think I've gained ten pounds since we got here. Must mean I'm doing it right
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Now I will be far more careful when closing the rear door of the minivan.
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On the coldest day of the winter we went shopping for used minivans. The sales guy gives me a license plate with those little rubber tabs and says to open the glass and shut the window on it. After shattering the glass into a million little diamonds I go back in and asked the sales guy if he had one without a broken window. He did, but we ended up buying some place else, I still feel a little bad about that.
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Here's a pair of matching red Schwinns in Bethany for ya
http://delaware.craigslist.org/bik/3114397865.html

Also saw a Yakama hitch rack, ya know, since ya don't got a rear window and all .
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