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looking at a new car, considering a mini van, can I get 2 bikes inside it ?

Old 01-26-12, 03:40 PM
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looking at a new car, considering a mini van, can I get 2 bikes inside it ?

Im thinking of a Chrysler Town and Country mini van with the stow and go seating, wonder if with the seats down I could get both our road bikes in it and still have luggage room ?
Wonder if anyone makes a 2 bike stand for inside a van like this ?
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Old 01-26-12, 03:50 PM
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You're gonna get hammered by the people here, fyi.

If you have quick release wheels and remove both wheels, you can get two bikes in the trunk of a Nissan Sentra. A huge minivan you'll be able to fit half a dozen bikes in the back.

It all depends on what you want to do to get the bikes in there, how fragile, what size, etc. But yes, you can fit them. Yes there probably is a rack system that will work (remove front wheels and clamp fork to said system).

The ultimate test is to bring the bikes to the dealership. That's what I did when I was looking at a (much smaller) new vehicle. If my bike fit, I'd buy the car. It did, I did.
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Truck with QR clamps holds everything fine. We got 5 bikes side by side using those in my friend's Nissan Titan. I can get 3 comfortably in my small frontier.
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are you kidding me? two bikes? we rent those things to drive to races in the spring and we can fit at least 5 or 6 bikes in one van, plus four people and a bunch of luggage. back row of seats down, both wheels off, and put the bikes upside down resting on the seat and handlebars. put bags in between the bikes (cover cassettes/chainrings/etc. with rags) to keep them from falling over and bumping into each other.

since you don't have as much stuff or as many bikes, you probably don't even need to take both wheels off or put them upside down.
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Rented a Grand Caravan for a road trip (in addition to many other vehicles this summer - we put about 6k road trippin' miles on over summer/fall). With the 3rd row folded flat, I was able to fit my bike, two pieces of carry-on size luggage, a stroller (folded, but not a tiny one), my 50 lb dog and her bed. Two bikes and luggage? Plenty of room.
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I have a Sedona and with the back seats out/down I can get at least six bikes in back. The nice thing is you can just put em in without removing the wheels. There's lot's of extra room around the bikes to stow gear. Mini vans are about the most broadly practical vehicles in existence.

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Here's my 2011 Nissan Murano with a 20" hybrid. Haven't tried removing the front wheel and rotating it 90 degrees. But I guess some people stack bikes like pancakes with blankets in between.

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I've stuffed my bike into my Mini Cooper. Geez OP, do a bit of homework yourself - go to the websites and take simple measurements of the interior dimensions.
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Ok try this; I prefere NOT to have my carbon fibre bikes thrown in on top of each other. I also prefere to haveroom fortravel luggage etc and be comfortable. Now a mini Cooper is not even comfortable to ride 2 people in imho....
Again im looking to have the bikes and gear and luggage all locked up nice and scratch or gouge free ! Im looking to see what others here have done as far as a van type inside bike rack etc

So..if you dont have a set up like that pls keep your comments to yourself ! To those of you who DO want to help with this decision, im all ears ! Thank you
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We have a Honda Odyssey and my folks have a T&C.

I highly suspect you will have NO PROBLEM getting your bikes in. Just take off the front wheels and roll them in.

But you might just want to get a regular car and a roof rack.
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I have a chevy astro van, 2 bikes wheels on standing up and bungie cord to something to hold them in place,luggage and a quarter cord of fire wood, oh and camping gear. I would say mini van is the best way to go and the town and country looks nice. I think we are going to check out Toyota van next time. Not great gas mileage however on the minivans.
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Bungies for sure to keep things from slopping around. Minivans generally get a lot better mileage than SUVs that hold a lot less - typical low to mid 20's on the hwy.
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yea if I can get in the 20's id be happy, I could use it to work out of and I wouldnt need a truck ! Again I would think there is a inside rack or holder that would hold them chocked upright. It would be nice having bikes and gear secure INSIDE protected away from eyes that may like to have them.
I put mine in the back seat of my Buick but with the front wheel off and its not real easy...The van idea seems much better, nice place to change after a ride or whatever...
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why would I have to take off the front tires ??
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I know a guy that fit 3 people, 3 mountain bikes and bags, half his apartment and trash from the 1980's into a mini-van. You'll be fine.
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So..if you dont have a set up like that pls keep your comments to yourself !
I love it when the kiddies get pissy and demanding - this makes you sound like you should be in the back seat of the minivan, not behind the wheel. You ask for info on an open forum, be prepared to filter some noise and be prepared to consider ideas that come from a direction that you hadn't previously thought of.
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easily with room to spare..
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The "open forum" was asking for HELP not little kiddies worthless comments, this was aimed at mpath. I am not getting "pissy" only saying if you have nothing POSITIVE to offer, go flame or stir the pot elsewhere.
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cfx, what do you use to hold the bikes upright ? What model van is this ? Did you need to remove the front tires, I would like to do it w/o removing the tires
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I love my minivan, but when you go to test drive one the first question they ask you is how many kids you have. Fitting 4 bikes plus extra gear and also 4 people going to races is no problem in this.
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Yes I remove the wheels..It two 4 foot lenghts of 2" x 6" bolted together...A huge steel eyebolt https://www.bolt-manufacturer.com/pic...d-eye-bolt.jpg that allows me to loop a 6' length of cable through the wheels, bike and eyebolt and secure it with a U lock...Bikes are held upright by these https://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CJEBEPMCMAA Weighs about 15lbs and does not slide..A single Bike will fit with wheels on through the side door and slide between the middle row and rear of the front seats nicely...Two bike requires the removal of the middle row seating and fall over... .. Van is a 98 dodge caravan..
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how about taking out the 3rd row seats and loading from the rear ?
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That year had a "lip" that hung bout 6" lower that the actual roof...You could lean the bike to the side and fit it in..Id do as carpediemracing suggested and bring the bike along..CLEAN It FIRST !!!
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The Honda Element can take 2 bikes with tons of room to spare.



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The "open forum" was asking for HELP not little kiddies worthless comments, this was aimed at mpath. I am not getting "pissy" only saying if you have nothing POSITIVE to offer, go flame or stir the pot elsewhere.
Yeah you got pissy. It couldn't be more obvious that a road bike can fit into all minivans, and even smaller vehicles. Even my 11 yo said, "Duh". Unless you have a Venge, Foil, or Zero Seven, never mind - they're all still just bikes. Mine goes on the roof rack of my SUV, wagon, or Mini, even though it can fit inside any of them. What a crybaby. Good luck in your search.

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