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Old 02-12-18, 04:07 PM
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Bus rack

Has any1 tried to put a 20" FB on the bus like this?

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Old 02-12-18, 04:59 PM
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I've seen bmx bikes on them with 20" wheels. Supposedly they are adjustable.
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Old 02-13-18, 08:01 AM
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In my experience, at least on my local busses, the hooks that go over the front wheel are just a little too long. They aren't so long that they can't sit on the front wheel, but they have very little tension. I had one bike that had a front rack, and I could put the hook into the front rack. My current bike has no front rack, but i can get the hook around the headtube, just above the fork.
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Old 02-13-18, 09:59 AM
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You just need the top of the front wheel bare, that is what the spring hold down uses to grip the bike...
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You just need the top of the front wheel bare, that is what the spring hold down uses to grip the bike...
On my local busses, the spring is almost without tension when the hook is resting on a 20" wheel. One bump and it's gone. You either need to secure the hook a little higher, somewhere, so the spring has more tension, or you need secure that hook to the top of the wheel somehow.
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Mine seems to have a BMX bike on it often Sunset Empire Transportation District ? NW Connector
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Yes, Iíve done it many times. The buses here say on their website that the minimum wheel size is 20 inches. Same looking rack too. The ďarmĒ clamps down on my front fender, but not overly tight so it works fine.

The only item Iíve learned that is different from a bigger wheel is to put my derailleur on the smallest cog. This makes just enough space for the rail of the rack to fit in between. No issues if you have an IGH though.

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Oh yeah...deraileurs could get bent if your careful.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Has any1 tried to put a 20" FB on the bus like this?

Yes. I have 2 of those racks and the buses here also have those racks. They do work with 20inch Dahons.

You need mainly to watch the derailleur not hitting the back. You can help this by adjusting to the outside cog.

One of my racks I have modified to be a behind a bike hauler (2 bikes) and occassional display rack. If using that way I sometimes elevate the rear wheel with a block of foam or a small strap.

On Buses it just works generally. Internal Hubs do have their value in situations like this and throwing your bike into the back of a car. No deraulleur hangers to bend etc.
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Check with your local bus company; many of them permit folding bikes to be brought inside as long at they are folded.
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Check with your local bus company; many of them permit folding bikes to be brought inside as long at they are folded.
Agree. Still, if the rack is free it works well out front.
Beauty of a folding bike is you can take it one way or another if you have a cover anyway.
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Some of the bus services around here allow you to bring your bike on board only if it is folded and in a bag. I have trouble remembering which bus line has which rules, so I just use the front rack, which is easier anyway. Of course if the rack was full, I'd try and talk my way on to the bus regardless of the rule.
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