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Old 02-02-11, 12:46 PM
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Vehicle for Transport?

Hey guys,

I was wondering what vehicle you guys use for transporting your bikes to the trailhead, that's fuel efficient, and a teen dude wants to drive?

Defiantly used. I was looking at Ford Rangers?

Thanks,

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Old 02-02-11, 12:47 PM
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Pickup with motorcycle tiedowns; car with hitch-mount tray-style rack; car with strap-on strut-style rack -- just depends on the day and my mood.
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Use the only car I got. 95 Accord EX 4 door with a Thule 3 Bike Carrier.
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My '97 Subaru Outback Wagon works great. Fits two bikes in the back with ease plus I can put several on the roof with a rack. Not sure how defiant it is though.
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Originally Posted by Junior88 View Post
Defiantly used.
Many people are adamant about their choices, for sure.
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Old 02-02-11, 07:59 PM
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BMW M3, bike carrier. Bet I beat you to the trailhead
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Originally Posted by liquefied View Post
My '97 Subaru Outback Wagon works great. Fits two bikes in the back with ease plus I can put several on the roof with a rack. Not sure how defiant it is though.
Impreza Outback? I have one that is almost mint. Little old man-Sunday-etc. True, my dad. Dry garage.
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Honda Odyssey. Greatest vehicle of all time. Can fit up to 6 bikes (more if you take off wheels inside) and has a DVD player for long road trips so you can watch American Flyers, Breaking Away, and/or any other cycling movie (cycling movies only!).

As for what a "teen" would drive, "You get what you get and don't get upset." When I was a teen, I rode to the trailhead on my bike. None of this "drive my bike to a ride" baloney...

Kids are so soft these days...need a motor attachment for the bike too?

But honestly, despite the "soccer mom" comments I get, I don't regret selling my "hip" Lexus coupe for a Minivan. The mileage is actually comparable, if not better than the Lexus and I can fit more bikes/gear/friends when we travel to races.
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BMW M3, bike carrier. Bet I beat you to the trailhead
Lessee what happens when I hotlink to one of Pete's pics.
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Originally Posted by santiago View Post
Lessee what happens when I hotlink to one of Pete's pics.
That's odd - - I got this when I did that:



Must've let the TGMBG borrow it. At least they didn't weld the doors shut.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
Impreza Outback? I have one that is almost mint. Little old man-Sunday-etc. True, my dad. Dry garage.
Legacy. Impreza is too small.
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In case your Porsche is a convertible:


In case your vehicle has only two wheels:


Or my more practical and but definitely less sexy solution is a 2001 Subaru Legacy wagon. I've got Inno racks on top but also like that I can put two bikes in the back which makes things more secure so I can park the car for a time without feeling I need to constantly look out a window to check that nobody has ripped off part or all of my bike.

A pickup truck would be great if you don't mind the open bed (which, on the other hand, can really come in handy at times). With the ones with the half rear doors and fold up rear seat you might be able to keep a bike back there locked up in the truck cab if needed.
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The motorcycle bike rack is on my list of things to buy, right after I sell my bike & get an SV650 (should be a matter of weeks now). Until then, this is what it takes to get me to the trails:

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2005 Ford Escape, 2WD, 5 speed. Humble, but holds 2 bikes easily (front wheels off) inside and still plenty of room for gear. Driven modestly I get 30+mpg on the freeway and while it's no Jeep, it has decent ground clearance for rough unpaved roads. My only beef with it is its reverse gear, which has a higher ratio than first- so you can get into places you can't back out of, if you aren't careful.

Had a Jeep Cherokee before it that I really liked, but with the era of $5 gas coming and my need for something that hauls passengers as well as cargo, the Escape fits the bill nicely.

BTW I really like the Ford Transit Connect. Just wish it was sold with a 5 speed in this country.

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Honda Element. I can fit 4 bikes upright with front wheels on, but to do so I can only fit 2 people, me and a passenger. Or 2 bikes with three people, which still doesn't make sense.
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Do you keep it on standby for the medivac?


I'm sorry - - that was kinda mean, huh?
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The motorcycle bike rack is on my list of things to buy, right after I sell my bike & get an SV650 (should be a matter of weeks now). Until then, this is what it takes to get me to the trails:

I half expected a washtub and maybe Gran's rocking chair strapped on top too
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When I was living at home, a 1998 Toyota Sienna would hold six bikes with both wheels off or three full bikes, all the while with four usable seatbelts and loads of legroom. My wife's current Altima coupe is conceivably the worst mountain biking car one could buy.
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Legacy. Impreza is too small.
It is too small but it was free.
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