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Best vehicle for a cyclist

Old 10-16-17, 09:04 AM
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Best vehicle for a cyclist

IMO the best vehicle for a cyclist to own is a smaller Pickup. Years ago in an old Ford pickup ad, they said if you have more than one vehicle, why have two cars. I think that is good advice especially for cyclist, since with a pickup there is plenty of room in the bed for one or more bikes, depending what you ride.

Further if you have a crew cab pickup, they are pretty much a do all machine. Mine can carry 5 people inside, and then you have the bed for what ever you want to carry. Mileage of my 4 cyl Colorado is not bad either, 20 mpg in town, and about 28 on the highway.
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Old 10-16-17, 09:06 AM
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I find by far the best vehicle for a cyclist is a bicycle. (As long as it isn't a recumbent.)
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Old 10-16-17, 09:09 AM
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I tend towards @wgscott's approach; the best vehicle for a cyclist is a SPARE bicycle. Keeps you going when the original bike needs work.
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Old 10-16-17, 09:21 AM
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As one who is regularly in parking decks in a city, I can most assuredly say the best vehicle is not a truck, especially one of a size that I can actually use it as a truck.

Crew cab plus full size bed becomes unwieldy in a hurry, I did it for a while in a single cab old school truck (i.e., today's compact trucks...).
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Old 10-16-17, 09:31 AM
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I have a 2011 2wd single cab short bed V8 Silverado. Takes me about 60 seconds or less to strap my bike down like this.

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Old 10-16-17, 09:39 AM
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Had a little nissan truck and replaced it with a minivan which was much better. Hauled more in it than 95% truck owner ever do, it could seat 7, and was comfy to drive. Also have a miata though and wanted something that gets decent mileage as in mid 30s so a ford focus hatchback replaced the minivan. I can rent a truck for peanuts for those extremely rare times I actually need one, haven't needed one since I sold my van 5 years ago. Can shove a lot into the back of a hatchback.

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Old 10-16-17, 09:45 AM
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I liked the 747-400 that got me across the Atlantic in a day.
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Old 10-16-17, 09:45 AM
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Just as there's no such thing as a single best bicycle for everybody;
there won't be any single vehicle that will work for every cyclist.
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Old 10-16-17, 09:50 AM
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Hard to beat the utility of a pickup if you use it. A single bike is pretty easy to transport though, so there are cheaper options if that's your priority. Living in rural suburbia I have no issues with the size and pretty much either hauling or towing something every weekend. With 3 young kids (can't be left home alone) going to Lowes or HD on the weekends was pretty much a chore pre pickup. Go with wife and kids and scout everything out, come back alone with car seats unloaded and to retrieve.
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Old 10-16-17, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
... there's no such thing as a single best (x) for everybody
But this is a rydabent trolling post!
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Old 10-16-17, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
But this is a rydabent trolling post!
You think? The post, as an expression of opinion, is sort of out of the blue but it doesn't smell trolleriferous to me. Probably should have started like: "Aren't pickups great as a cycling support vehicle" instead of "best vehicle for a cyclist is a truck".

I do have a pickup and appreciate the ease it provides for transporting my bikes and especially the tadpole trike. The big reason for the truck is transporting other stuff like gravel, lumber, mulch, concrete blocks, etc. If I weren't so darn handy about yard work and home repair, I probably would not have the pickup.
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Old 10-16-17, 10:35 AM
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If your bikes broken or you don't have a bike why don't you use the rental bikes around towns/cities?
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I have a Honda element and it's tough to beat when it comes to bicycles. With the rear seats folded up it will easily swallow a couple adult-sized bikes standing up. Even more with front wheels and pedals removed. My record with the rear seats out is eleven road bikes "tetrised" inside. The rubber floors, plastic side panels and waterproof fabric on the front seats make it ideal for mountain bikers that get dirty. They drive decent, are cheap to operate, reliable, and have a quirk factor that you don't get with a mini van. Too bad they quit making them and nice used ones are tough to find.
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Old 10-16-17, 11:06 AM
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Minivan.
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Old 10-16-17, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
But this is a rydabent trolling post!
Yeah. Wouldn't it be nice if they showed just a little originality?
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Old 10-16-17, 11:47 AM
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big juicy van

enclosed

could build racks in it
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Old 10-16-17, 11:54 AM
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I like my F250 for cycling duty. If I need some lockable space for bikes, or more seating, I just throw a couple minivans in the in back.
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Now that I no longer have my Toyota Sienna (aka Toyota Emasculator™) minivan, I realize I did not fully appreciate being able to have 3 bikes in the back, two more on the top, and five seats still available. It had the main advantages of a pickup truck, but protected the bikes inside from theft and bad weather, and without the need for NRA stickers and a gun rack.
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Old 10-16-17, 12:15 PM
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We went through this already.
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Old 10-16-17, 12:34 PM
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"Hey well I'm the friendly stranger in the black sedan won't you hop inside my car
I got pictures got candy I am a lovable man I'd like to take you to the nearest star
I'm your vehicle baby
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go"
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SUV with a class III hitch.
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Old 10-16-17, 01:44 PM
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I had three Toyota P/Us with racks in the back. When I started commuting 95 miles a day I sold the last one and bought a Prius. I can fit my bike in the back if I remove the front wheel and fold the seat down. I don't like it as much as the trucks but it gets 53 MPG.
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Old 10-16-17, 01:58 PM
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Truck or car won't get you from the Americas to Europe for cycling. So I'd think a Gulfstream or other trans-Atlantic capable jet of some flavor. Or if I wasn't in a hurry to get there, a 34' to 48' sailboat. My vote is on the sailboat. I've had my share of flying, sailing I can't get enough of.
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Old 10-16-17, 02:20 PM
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I can fit both my road bikes in the back of my subaru outback with out taking the wheels off. Not at the same time of course.
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