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2 bikes in a sedan?

Old 04-25-21, 07:48 AM
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2 bikes in a sedan?

Hi guys,

Need some pics of how people fit in 2 road bikes in a sedan. I know plenty do it, but could not find any threads with a search. Would be grateful. Thanks
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Old 04-25-21, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
Hi guys,

Need some pics of how people fit in 2 road bikes in a sedan. I know plenty do it, but could not find any threads with a search. Would be grateful. Thanks
I don't have any pics, but I can tell you that you can put 2 road bikes in the back seat/trunk area of a Nissan Stanza or Toyota Corolla, really easy.

Fold forward the seat backs of the rear seats, remove the front wheels of both bikes. Lay the first bike in the trunk, drive side up and rear wheel forward, close to the driver's seat back. It may help to shift the bike to the left (driver's side) as you do this. A piece of cardboard on top of the first bike before the next one goes inside is a good idea, prevents scratches. The second bike goes in front fork first, drive side up, closer to the passenger side of the car. Turn the handlebars as needed to fit but don't force anything. Another piece of cardboard on top of the drive train, then add the front wheels wherever it makes sense to do so.

It may help for a second person to lift and guide to bikes as they enter the passenger area from the trunk.
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Old 04-25-21, 09:22 AM
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Key (IMO) is to remember to bring some cardboard or a moving blanket to reduce chances of scratching from contact between the two.
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Old 04-25-21, 09:25 AM
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take off the wheels and seatposts and it should be totally doable.
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Some cars have a big hole between the trunk and the passenger compartment (eg, Jetta) but some don't (eg, Civic).

​​​​​It's easier in Jetta than a civic.

Smaller bikes are a bit easier.

I take off the front wheels and have the rear wheels towards the front. I don't have to do anything with the seats.

I use boxes to separate the bikes.
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No pics, but this is how I've always done it:

Bike #1 is standing up in the foot wells behind the front seat and in front of the back seat (i.e., you load it in through the rear doors) with its front wheel removed; wheel sits on the back seat.
Bike #2 is lying down in the trunk with both wheels removed. Wheels are lying down on top of the frame.
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I had a 2003 Volkswagen Passat sedan that could easily fit 2 bikes. One went into the trunk with both wheels removed and the other went into the rear seat with the front wheel removed. I twice went on a 1 week vacation with a friend and we also had room for all luggage needed for a 1 week cycling vacation
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
No pics, but this is how I've always done it:

Bike #1 is standing up in the foot wells behind the front seat and in front of the back seat (i.e., you load it in through the rear doors) with its front wheel removed; wheel sits on the back seat.
Bike #2 is lying down in the trunk with both wheels removed. Wheels are lying down on top of the frame.
This is how I did it when we had a sedan. Worked with MTBs too.
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Old 04-26-21, 10:25 AM
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If I take both wheels off I can get one bike in the trunk with the rear seat up. That leaves plenty of room for a second bike int he back seat with both wheels removed. Just use a sheet to protect the seat fabric from the chain.

I have a Subaru Impreza which is a compact car.
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I'm just gonna throw this in: having once been rear-ended hard -- hard enough to total our car and send me and my wife to the hospital -- I shudder to think of how much worse it would've been if there'd been a bike coming at us from the back of the vehicle.

I like my Thule hitch-mounted rack.
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I'm just gonna throw this in: having once been rear-ended hard -- hard enough to total our car and send me and my wife to the hospital -- I shudder to think of how much worse it would've been if there'd been a bike coming at us from the back of the vehicle.

I like my Thule hitch-mounted rack.
Harder than this?


I walked away.
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Old 04-26-21, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Harder than this?
Yeah, just a little harder than that.

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Old 04-26-21, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Yeah, just a little harder than that.

You win?

glad you're both OK.
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Old 04-26-21, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
You win?

glad you're both OK.
Ha. Not a contest I want to win!

Yeah, basically okay, all these years later. Though sometimes my neck still sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies: snap, crackle, and pop.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Ha. Not a contest I want to win!

Yeah, basically okay, all these years later. Though sometimes my neck still sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies: snap, crackle, and pop.
For gods sake guys, we just want to know if the bikes were ok!
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Old 05-01-21, 04:38 PM
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Not road bikes, but I've gotten 3 in this way with the wheels all in the back seat. The car is a Honda Accord.

The photo was just a test fit, I used towels between them and fastened them with the seat belts for the road trip.

Wrap a rag around the chainstay or the chain will make a lot of noise.
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Old 05-01-21, 05:19 PM
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Cars to Tote Bikes, in these modern times?
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Old 05-01-21, 08:36 PM
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Well, it depends which bike's and what car... trunk of the bmw fits one bike back seat easily fits one bike two is possible. Mazda Miata not so much... but a Honda f\Fit works pretty well since the rear seat folds down.
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Old 06-21-21, 03:02 AM
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Thank guys. Getting my car today. We had a loooong lockdown in India, and things just slowly are opening up again. Lemme use your ideas, and post some pics.
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I've been bailed out a cpl times. once the bike went in the back seat & another time in went in the trunk. 2 diff. fairly sizable 4 door sedans. front wheel comes off, of course. no recollection about seat posts & pedals but those would be easy to remove

fwiw - Dawn dish soap can remove bike grease from car upholstery
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