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Old 04-06-16, 10:24 PM
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How many of you drive around with your bike in you car?

Sounds like it's counter productive, but sometimes, when I'm far from home, rather than go home after work and get the bike, I'd rather have it with me and hit the trail on the way home.
I'm assuming these are other people like myself that do this?

Seems like it would be a pain, but it would help more to be honest.
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Old 04-06-16, 10:41 PM
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Old 04-06-16, 11:50 PM
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Not always, just about 90% of the time during cycling season. Winter, it's the skis in the back. I never know when I'll have a chance to ride an hour - could be lunch time, could be after work, could be both. Maybe a buddy will call and suggest a ride. No reason to not have the bike when the opportunity arises.

I do very little "planned" rides. Maybe try to organize a goup of 4 or 5 trusted and compatible friends for a group ride, texts circulate on Friday for a Saturday ride sort of thing.
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Old 04-07-16, 12:00 AM
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I can't say I never transport bicycles... but it is rare that I drive the bike(s) anywhere. I have during rainy days... driven a bike to the bike paths where I could ride a fast 25 miles and avoid bad weather. Or driven the wife and me to a nice shady bike path for a casual ride.

But normally I'll ride the 8 miles to get to a MUP... and then ride. Or I just ride one of my routes that is all streets and roads. Or I'll run errands and such which are all urban streets.
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Old 04-07-16, 04:07 AM
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We often drive the bicycles places. We live in a very hilly area with somewhat limited cycling options + we like to see new things and cycle in different areas.
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Old 04-07-16, 04:20 AM
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As soon as I grab my keys ,my bike hops into my truck and hangs his head out the window !
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Old 04-07-16, 04:37 AM
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How many of you drive around with your bike in your car?

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Sounds like it's counter productive, but sometimes, when I'm far from home, rather than go home after work and get the bike, I'd rather have it with me and hit the trail on the way home.

I'm assuming these are other people like myself that do this?

Seems like it would be a pain, but it would help more to be honest.
Nearly all my cycling, including long Saturday rides are as a commute from home to work, on acceptable and even desirable routes I would ride for recreation otherwise. Since my riding time is limited, to drive somewhere takes away riding time.

When I do have the occasion to drive to a ride, or on vacation, I keep my bikes enclosed inside the car for maximal protection, especially the carbon fiber bike; and that’s the honest truth.
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Old 04-07-16, 05:38 AM
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I keep my bike in the back of my van quite often.

This way, I have the option of riding at lunch on days when I've driven to work.
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Old 04-07-16, 06:01 AM
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I don't as a rule. When I have to, it's annoying because it doesn't quite fit so I have to take the nuts off the front wheel so I can move it back and decrease the length.

I really need a bike-rack...
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Old 04-07-16, 06:23 AM
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I keep at least 1 bike in my minivan sometimes 2.It gets worse! Shoes,helmet,gloves,water bottle,pump,tools,high vis jacket,sweatshirt,energy bars and tubes.I never have to pack up always ready to go.If I ride from home ,I just open the back door of the van and get ready.

I keep my bikes in the basement when not in the car. Lugging the bikes up and down a flight of steps is a pain.So the ground level storage is great.On the downside if someone steals my car I'm screwed.Thats why I drive a 14 year old van.
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Old 04-07-16, 07:53 AM
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When I had my Dodge Avenger, to put my bike in the back seat area meant I had to remove the front wheel in order to get it to fit. Not a big deal, but I just didn't like having to take the wheel off every time. Didn't want to keep the bike on a rack in fear it could get stolen. Now that I have a PT Cruiser, I can put the back seats down and lay the bike in the back cargo area. Will work out nicely for when I want to ride the trails near my work when I get off duty after my night shifts.

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Old 04-07-16, 07:54 AM
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During the summer I have a bike in the car almost 100% of the time.
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Old 04-07-16, 08:58 AM
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My bike doesn't fit in my car unless I take the wheels off and frankly I'm just too lazy.
And I certainly won't leave it on a trunk rack 24/7.
And either way, leaving your bike in your car in Houston is a surefire way to have your car broken into and your bike stolen. Happens so often.
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Old 04-07-16, 01:42 PM
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Counter productive? I usually always have 1 bike in the truck as long as it's warm weather. Plenty of places I like to go much further than I can bike to from my house, and I am not a big fan of the open road anyhow (lots of bike trails to choose from).

I have long hours at work plus an hour ride home. By the time I get all the way home it's late and I've sat for like 14 hours straight. If I am going to bike after work, I need to have the bike with me in the truck and I do it first thing when I get out, then drive home. So I'd say a good percentage of my rides originate from where my truck is parked.
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Old 04-07-16, 01:51 PM
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I often do rides far from home. I'm in the north end of LA and this year have already done rides in San Diego, Anaheim and Palm Springs. When we're traveling, I like to have the bikes locked up in the truck if we want to go in for dinner somewhere. This is my Lynskey in the back of my '05 Silverado.

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Old 04-07-16, 03:18 PM
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I don't as a rule. When I have to, it's annoying because it doesn't quite fit so I have to take the nuts off the front wheel so I can move it back and decrease the length.

I really need a bike-rack...
Have you thought of using a quick release on the front wheel?

I have a bike rack, but prefer to remove the front wheel and carry the bike in the car when I can because it's less work to do it that way. With a quick release on the front at least.
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Old 04-07-16, 03:49 PM
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Have you thought of using a quick release on the front wheel?

I have a bike rack, but prefer to remove the front wheel and carry the bike in the car when I can because it's less work to do it that way. With a quick release on the front at least.
Will those things fit on a 90s mountain bike?
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Old 04-07-16, 03:57 PM
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Wife's car has my MIFA folder in it now and as soon as the weather is better, DelSol will have a DownTube FS9 in the trunk and our extended cab pickup will have a Mercier MiniVelo in the back seat.
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I have a hitch rack and with the bike, it costs me ~3 mpg, so I put the bike and rack on the car only when I'm going some place to ride. It's a 5-minute job.
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Old 04-07-16, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Roadwanderer View Post
Will those things fit on a 90s mountain bike?
Not sure what you mean, quick release skewer replaces the bolt-on skewer, if there's room for one there should be room for the other.
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Old 04-07-16, 05:41 PM
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I keep a Dahon Mariner folding bike in my trunk, so I can grab a short ride here and there.
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I've done this under two circumstances: 1) Taking my car to the mechanic's. I leave the car there and ride the bike to my workplace. 2) While in grad school, I had a really bad car, so I kept a bike in it for when it wouldn't start.
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Old 04-07-16, 06:20 PM
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Not sure what you mean, quick release skewer replaces the bolt-on skewer, if there's room for one there should be room for the other.
That sounds like a yes to me. :-)
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Most of my rides originate from my house, I am lucky to have that convenience.
However I do keep a folding bike in the trunk for those impromptu rides. Also if I am traveling for work via car, i will usually take a bike with me. It is nice to break up a long drive with a bike ride.
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Old 04-07-16, 06:26 PM
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That sounds like a yes to me. :-)
99% Yes
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