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Old 07-27-09, 08:19 PM
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Road Bike inside BMW coupe

I am looking for a new car and I can't easily get to a BMW dealer. Do any of you know if a road bike (with front wheel removed) fits inside a BMW coupe (328i)?

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Old 07-27-09, 09:10 PM
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Aesthetically, no.
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Old 07-27-09, 11:48 PM
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The bimmer's trunk opening is fairly good size. If the seats fold down, should be ok. Best to check with bmw owners at www.bimmerforums.com etc....
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Old 07-27-09, 11:54 PM
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I have a 2004 BMW M3; rear seats fold down, bike fits in the trunk just fine with front wheel removed. I have a very large bike (62 cm); it's a tight fit, but it works.

If it works for mine, ought to work even better on the new models.
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Old 07-28-09, 01:18 AM
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I'm not too familiar with the durability of bike parts, but reading this thread I am led to believe it is safe to put a bike down on its side temporarily for transportation, even though it would be resting on a pedal? That's not going to cause any damage or warping or anything?
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Old 07-28-09, 01:47 AM
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Don't set it down on the derailleur side.
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Old 07-28-09, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by gepilling View Post
I'm not too familiar with the durability of bike parts, but reading this thread I am led to believe it is safe to put a bike down on its side temporarily for transportation, even though it would be resting on a pedal? That's not going to cause any damage or warping or anything?
It can also be safer to lie the bike down on its side (the non-derailleur side) than to leave it standing up some place where it might fall or get knocked around. For example, if you're on a group ride and you all take a break at a location where there aren't safe place to lean or store bikes, just lie your bike down on its side. Better to do that sometimes than to take a risk it will fall.

For transportation, just lie the bike down and then check to see that it's secure and nothing will get worn our damaged if it wiggles around a bit while you're driving.
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Old 07-28-09, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by ilmooz View Post
Aesthetically, no.

You're right - my bike is embarrassed to be seen in a BMW. I blindfold the bike first so it doesn't know what kind of car I own.
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Originally Posted by Walkos View Post
I am looking for a new car and I can't easily get to a BMW dealer. Do any of you know if a road bike (with front wheel removed) fits inside a BMW coupe (328i)?

Thanks.
I had a 1998 328i sedan, and I used to routinely put a road bike in the back seat, but it required removing both wheels. I turned the frame upside down with the wheels off, and put it in so the saddle and 'bars were in the footwell, AND the drive side was not resting on the upholstery. One way was to lean the frame back on the wheels.

Sometimes I could get a second bike in at the same time.

No fenders permitted.
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Old 07-28-09, 12:37 PM
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As a previous poster mentioned, it should fit if the rear seats fold down.

My friend fit my Moto into the trunk of his Jetta with his rear seats folded down and he didn't even take any wheels off. I think the Bimmer has a bigger cabin than a 98 Jetta.
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Thanks for answering my question.
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Old 07-28-09, 07:32 PM
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Thanks everyone
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Try the trunk if the rear seats fold down. I can fit my 54cm Madone in the back of a Cayman if I take off both wheels.
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Old 07-30-09, 07:51 AM
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The only proviso I'd make about lying a bike down in a car is to not leave a carbon bike that way in a hot car. I don't see an issue with other materials. Get a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet to protect the upholstery from the drive train.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:37 AM
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What's the difference between a porcupine, a BMW, and a roadie?

Seriously, I think it would be fine going through the trunk with the seats folded down, but just going in the back seat will be a hassle with only the front wheel off. Take off both wheels, and it's definitely doable if you adequately protect the seats from grease and gouges.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:55 AM
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A member of my regular group drives a new 135 coupe with the M package. It has folding rears seats. He easily gets his road bike in the trunk with the front wheel removed. He can get it in the trunk faster than I can strap my bike to my Saris Bones rack. Hope that helps.
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Old 07-30-09, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by gepilling View Post
I'm not too familiar with the durability of bike parts, but reading this thread I am led to believe it is safe to put a bike down on its side temporarily for transportation, even though it would be resting on a pedal? That's not going to cause any damage or warping or anything?
The biggest concern is chain lube on the upholstery. A cheap, effective solution is a canvas drop cloth from a paint store.
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