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Old 09-21-04, 08:53 PM
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Need advice on hauling bikes inside SUV

We are about to purchase a new vehicle. Probably a Nissan Murano. I've been looking at the Rhode Gear Truck Shuttle and the Traps Triple Track. I guess we'll secure it to the tie-downs inside the vehicle. We don't really like any of the vehicles on the market that have internal bike rack options except the BMW and it's too expensive. We're pretty set on hauling inside, not on top or behind. Any opinions out there?
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dude SUV's and bikes don't mix!
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Originally Posted by glomarduck
dude SUV's and bikes don't mix!
Be nice, a person is asking for an advice. Yes, they can mix.

I don't have a SUV and I don't know much about it but from what I have seen in this forum, one person (it was a female, so I assume it was a small frame bike) described how she keep her bike in her Honda CR-V(also small). Bascally, she bolted a bike mount like this
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...e.cfm?SKU=3702
on the floor. I guess, in her situation, the car didn't have enough room to keep the front wheel attached. I don't know if she tied the rest of the bike in some way but I think using the mount alone hold the bike securely for normal transport. This answer may not satisfy your question but still better than one above.

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Dude, SUVs and life on earth don't mix!
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We haul our bikes in our honda Crv. It's a similar setup mentioned in another post on this thread. My touring bike just fits-rear tire hits the back door & has to be turned to the side a bit. My specialized allez 51 cm fits perfect. My husbands 56 cm bike has to have the seat removed or lowered to fit inside, other than that it also fits fine. The downside is the front seats can't be moved very far back, so if you're tall it's rather cramped while driving.

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I sometimes haul my bikes inside my 1998 Jeep ZJ (Grand Cherokee for the Jeep-challenged). I just bungie it to the tiedowns. I have done this with both my MTB and RB. If pressed, I can carry upwards of 12 bikes total with my Jeep. Four on the roof rack, four in the hitch rack and four inside.
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Originally Posted by khuon
I sometimes haul my bikes inside my 1998 Jeep ZJ (Grand Cherokee for the Jeep-challenged). I just bungie it to the tiedowns. I have done this with both my MTB and RB. If pressed, I can carry upwards of 12 bikes total with my Jeep. Four on the roof rack, four in the hitch rack and four inside.
Have you thought about applying for a Guiness record?
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Old 09-22-04, 04:47 AM
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well here goes, I'm going to get beat up for this one. Oh by the way Bikes and SUV's mix extremely well. I carry 5 bikes upright in my ford excursion, I took 5 of the hollywood bike mounts the ones that lock the fork in place with the front wheel removed, I mounted them on an angle to a piece of 3/4" plywood 10" wide and long enough to span the full width of the truck, I cut a 2" hole on each end of the board that lines up with the tie downs in the floor of the truck and use a ratchet tie down to hold it solid. I've been carrying bikes inside the excursion most every weekend since i got it in 2001, they stay dry, there is room the the front wheels, riders and gear and if you think about it, the excursion burns far less fuel than the 3 honda civics it would thake to get us all to the rides no one is crowded and we can all converse along the way.
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Thanks for all the good advice so far. I've heard quite a few people with the board idea, but securing it to the sides was a new one--thanks! By the way, allgoo, a Murano is not a big gas-guzzling beast. It's more of a crossover vehicle--almost mini-van! Stop acting so self-righteous.
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Old 09-22-04, 12:21 PM
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...ford excursion...
AAAAACCKKKKKKKK. The worst of the worst. Why don't you just go for a ride around the neighborhood? Or if you like to ride somewhere else better, move to where you like to ride, or ride to your ride?
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I got a unit something like this

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
from Nashbar that I use in the back of my Explorer. This one is a little different. Apparently, the one I have is discontinued. Mine has rubber pads on the bottom to keep it from sliding around. It works fine and I don't use any tie downs. The only problem is when I have only one bike on one side. It tends to tip up some, occasionally touching the interior, but not even close to hard enough to cause damage.
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Old 09-22-04, 03:16 PM
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You folks need to learn what a station wagon is.
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If you have one of those nice huge vans or "SUV" vehicles with the tie-down points on the floor, the closed-cell foam blocks used to carry canoes or kayaks on car roofs can be placed under the bike, which is laid on its side, and then straps can be used to secure the bike to the tie-downs. The blocks are placed under the frame, in such a manner that the delicate bits are not under tension. Of course this only works if other cargo is not occupying the space. (BTW, I do not drive a monster SUV!)
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Here's how I secure my roadbike inside my SUV.



Here are two other roadbikes on the 2-place (expandable to four) hitch rack.

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Damn, quit being a bunch of self-righteous asses. SUVs have their place.
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Originally Posted by Xtrmyorick
Damn, quit being a bunch of self-righteous asses. SUVs have their place.
OOOOOHHH, I'm 'in over what you said...NOT!!!!

Y'all may need SUVs in Walla Walla , but the average Beaverton suburbanite definitely does not; nor does the average weekend rooftop recreational cyclist, for the most part...

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Old 09-23-04, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by randya
OOOOOHHH, I'm 'in over what you said...NOT!!!!

Y'all may need SUVs in Walla Walla , but the average Beaverton suburbanite definitely does not; nor does the average weekend rooftop recreational cyclist, for the most part...
Did I say everyone needs an SUV? No. But to condemn anyone who owns one is pure crap. Especially coming from people who complain about motorists thinking every cyclist out there breaks every rule of the road. It's hypocrisy. Yeah, some people who have SUVs don't need them, but to say that nobody needs one? That's bull.
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Originally Posted by Xtrmyorick
Did I say everyone needs an SUV? No. But to condemn anyone who owns one is pure crap. Especially coming from people who complain about motorists thinking every cyclist out there breaks every rule of the road. It's hypocrisy. Yeah, some people who have SUVs don't need them, but to say that nobody needs one? That's bull.
Oh that's just a taste of this attitude. There are quite a few around here that would have everyone commuting to wherever they need to go on bikes, or would tolerate everyone driving a hybrid around. It's what they do. I actually envy them to some extent, that they are able to live where this is possible for them. However I build shadow boxes. I have to haul lots of rough cut lumber to the shop, and I have to haul finished and crated shadow boxes, sometimes up to 4 feet long and weighing 30 lbs., often with delicate contents, to the post office. We visit relatives 100 miles away on a fairly frequent basis, where the only safe way on bicycles would be more like 130+, and while I wouldn't be afraid to do it in decent weather, the kids make it difficult, and we couldn't do it very often because of the time it would take to make the trip. We like to ride there though, and carrying 4 bikes, 4 people, a dog, and luggage in the Corolla would be...difficult at best.

It shall forever be my shame that I both ride a bicycle and drive an SUV. Not.
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Everyone has the right to destroy the enviornment because of their "personal" needs. And man, there's just no way you can transport 4 bikes, junk, the golden retriever, and token wife the 30 miles to the local MTB/Road spot without getting them dirty in a 4/6 cylinder vehile! It takes at least a 5+ litre V8! Oh, and I support fossil fuels...that global warming "theory" is complete crap!

SUV...hehehe.

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Originally Posted by Lufty
Everyone has the right to destroy the enviornment because of their "personal" needs. And man, there's just no way you can transport 4 bikes, junk, the golden retriever, and token wife the 30 miles to the local MTB/Road spot without getting them dirty in a 4/6 cylinder vehile! It takes at least a 5+ litre V8! Oh, and I support fossil fuels...that global warming "theory" is complete crap!

SUV...hehehe.

My SUV has a 3.5 liter V-6. Next stupid assumption?

I suppose that you live in a building that has had no impact on the environment, meaning the environment was not harmed for it to be built there, it uses no fossil fuels or electricity for heating, cooling, coffee making, internet access, etc., and whatever it was built from was found on the spot, that no trees were cut down for materials, no earth was dug up to make bricks, and that the materials were not transported by means of an internal combustion engine of any kind. You work, shop, and find recreation within walking/riding distance, and consume only locally grown foods bought at the farmer's market, thus avoiding all the evil environmental impact of a "big box" grocery store. Your employer or your own business does not rely on any fossil fuels to do/make/transport/sell whatever it is that they do/make/transport or sell.

Sounds extreme, doesn't it? I envy that Utopian life, but then there's the real world, and in that world, in my tiny corner of it, I need an SUV. Unless of course I know I don't need to move anything on a particular day, then I ride my bike the 10 miles to the shop.

I'm not even going to visit the global warming issue. I just can't get all that excited over a .6 degree C rise over the last 140 years, indicated by one of the four methods used.
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Someone asked for constructive advice but what was it they were presented with? Isn't it amazing the amount of energy we as a population are willing to expend on bringing down others?
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I just put the back seats down and lay the bike on its non-drive side. No need to even tie it down or remove the front wheel. Don't waste your time arguing with socialists.
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Originally Posted by tbobby
I just put the back seats down and lay the bike on its non-drive side. No need to even tie it down or remove the front wheel.
That may work well for one bike but probably not for two or more. Although I forget if the original poster has that as a criteria or not.
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Originally Posted by twahl
My SUV has a 3.5 liter V-6. Next stupid assumption?

I suppose that you live in a building that has had no impact on the environment, meaning the environment was not harmed for it to be built there, it uses no fossil fuels or electricity for heating, cooling, coffee making, internet access, etc., and whatever it was built from was found on the spot, that no trees were cut down for materials, no earth was dug up to make bricks, and that the materials were not transported by means of an internal combustion engine of any kind. You work, shop, and find recreation within walking/riding distance, and consume only locally grown foods bought at the farmer's market, thus avoiding all the evil environmental impact of a "big box" grocery store. Your employer or your own business does not rely on any fossil fuels to do/make/transport/sell whatever it is that they do/make/transport or sell.

Sounds extreme, doesn't it? I envy that Utopian life, but then there's the real world, and in that world, in my tiny corner of it, I need an SUV. Unless of course I know I don't need to move anything on a particular day, then I ride my bike the 10 miles to the shop...
I wasn't specifically pointing that to you twahl...you listed a perfectly legitimate reason for needing a medium duty vehicle for your job. There are others out there tho, with HUGE vehicles, no trailer hitch, and no reason to own such a vehicle(farm work, hauling, etc). Nice to hear you got a V6 man...

As far as you argument of living enviornments, sure we all live in areas/homes that damage the enviornment...that's still no reason to use de-greasers, bleaches, solvents, etc when there are alternatives that cost less. Same goes for the "big box" grocery stores...we shop 4 all our produce at a local CSA(Comunity Supported Agriculture) Farm which is all organic, tastes better, is better for you(no pesticides) and is cheaper/better for the enviornment. All our meats come from a local butcher(cheaper, range raised animals, etc.), or from companies who support free-range non-factory farming agricultural practices(Rocky Farms for example). As far as busines is concerned, sure, the computers here are manufactored using many heavy metals/petrolium products/etc. be we have a CPU recycling program, and do our best to purchase products from companies who do things legally, and enviornmentally friendly...and it IS the World...not some Utopia, right here in USA.

Sorry to all for the thread hi-jack...

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Originally Posted by khuon
That may work well for one bike but probably not for two or more. Although I forget if the original poster has that as a criteria or not.
Yep, there is only room for one bike and not much more room for anything else.
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