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Old 12-14-20, 05:47 PM
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Best way to load unload (1) bike in auto

I have a dilemna, i think i found the perfect way to load and unload my precious cycle into my vehicle. But i cant ignore the damage and potential future damage that this is causing to my vehicle and cycle.

Are there ANY solutions to properly store a bicycle through my auto's trunk and then through the back seat of my vehicle? ANY? besides putting materials (cardboard and old clothing) together and hoping that nothing is going to go wrong...
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Do you have the option of choosing a different bike? A single speed with easily detached front wheel might make the whole job easier, since there's less stuff to get hung up. That's what I do when I need to take a bike somewhere. Folding bike, even better.

A lot of people in my locale seem to have an inexpensive bike carrier, permanently on their car. For instance, people who work downtown do a "park and ride" to avoid downtown parking fees.
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If you're doing it the way I think you are, never lay it on the right side, so you don't tweak the RD, and keep any chain grime from your chainrings away from the upholstery.
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Old 12-14-20, 06:14 PM
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I’ve had a number of vehicles (6) that let me lay down the bike without taking the front wheel off (rear seats folded down). I put down an old blanket and lay the bike on the non-driveline side. Never had issues,
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Originally Posted by JimnCO View Post
I have a dilemma, I think I found the perfect way to load and unload my precious cycle into my vehicle. But I cant ignore the damage and potential future damage that this is causing to my vehicle and cycle.

Are there ANY solutions to properly store a bicycle through my auto's trunk and then through the back seat of my vehicle? ANY? besides putting materials (cardboard and old clothing) together and hoping that nothing is going to go wrong...
What is your perfect way?

What make, model, and year of car do you have?
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Old 12-14-20, 06:41 PM
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What's so hard?



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I'd take a trials riding class and make short work of it.
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Old 12-14-20, 06:56 PM
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exacly as GlennR has it.... but, i add a layer of tarpaulin or old towels... for those rainy/wet days.
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I remove the front wheel, turn the bar toward the drive side, grab the top tube with my right hand, with my arm between the bar and the head tube,. then grab the down tube with my left hand, lift the bike while turning it sideways and carefully insert into the trunk. I push the fork toward the drivers side and tuck the front wheel in on the other side of the trunk. Easy Peasy.

Always lay it on the non-drive side, always make sure you don't hit the rear derailleur on anything going in or coming out.
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Fiat 500e

I can get two adults and a Cervelo R3 (61cm) into a Fiat 500e.....
And we are NOT talking small adults!

Just don't slam the trunk shut, gently does it.

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Lay down a heavy duty movers blanket and just slid the bike in on that and toss a second over over the bike for protection.
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Originally Posted by JimnCO View Post
I have a dilemna, i think i found the perfect way to load and unload my precious cycle into my vehicle. But i cant ignore the damage and potential future damage that this is causing to my vehicle and cycle.

Are there ANY solutions to properly store a bicycle through my auto's trunk and then through the back seat of my vehicle? ANY? besides putting materials (cardboard and old clothing) together and hoping that nothing is going to go wrong...
If you've found the "perfect way," why do you need help?
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Old 12-14-20, 09:07 PM
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You guys are all so gullible.
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Originally Posted by sarhog View Post
You guys are all so gullible.
Do you know “Gullible” is slang, and not found in the dictionary!

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Much easier to get an external rack; should be able to fit one to most cars.
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If you're potentially damaging your car and/or bike, then it's definitely an "imperfect" method of loading.

Minivans with the rear and middle seat removed IS the perfect way to load a bike, and without having to remove the front wheel.
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Do you know “Gullible” is slang, and not found in the dictionary!

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Fail.
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You guys are all so gullible.
The fishing around here is as easy as hunting in a zoo.
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You mean to tell me I've saved the original shipping box and all the styrofoam and layers of cardboard and zip ties all these years, just for naught?

Just when I'd gotten the re-assembly at the trail head each time down to under 45 minutes...
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
What's so hard?
Now try that with a max sized MTB frame and tires, takes a little more finesse to get it in. Im looking for a solution to the same, seems like everyone just has a mcgyver solution which is fine, im looking to see what works best for my situation. Now i use your technique, but a 29er/ 24 inch frame is no fun to get it in....

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Originally Posted by Code54 View Post
Lay down a heavy duty movers blanket and just slid the bike in on that and toss a second over over the bike for protection.
No we are talking... now this technique is exactly what I'm looking for.

1. what issues or enhancements would you opt in for this technique?
2. materials, would you opt in for a hard bottom piece that is easily "slidable"?
3. do you have photos you can show us?
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huh

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You guys are all so gullible.
care to elaborate, what do you mean?
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You mean to tell me I've saved the original shipping box and all the styrofoam and layers of cardboard and zip ties all these years, just for naught?

Just when I'd gotten the re-assembly at the trail head each time down to under 45 minutes...
lol
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Now try that with a max sized MTB frame and tires
The only MTB that's not scratched is one that's not ridden.

What vehicle do you have? Compact car or SUV?
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What's so hard?
Now try that with a max sized MTB frame and tires, takes a little more finesse to get it in. Im looking for a solution to the same, seems like everyone just has a mcgyver solution which is fine, im looking to see what works best for my situation. Now i use your technique, but a 29er/ 24 inch frame is no fun to get it in....
2 weeks ago, I loaded two 29ers into the back of my wife's Subaru Crosstrek, because I had a visitor over and we wanted to travel to an mtb destination, an my everyday Mini Cooper can't handle that, since the roof rack is only setup to accommodate one road bike with the wheel off, and one mtb. The front wheels had to come off of both, and I had to put a big old blanket between the two, they fit well, but it wasn't "easy".

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