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Old 04-24-12, 04:28 PM
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Carrying Bikes on Bikes

Does anyone have any good solutions for carrying bikes on bikes? I have an xtracycle, and sometimes I use it to take other bikes to or from work, or to or from a shop. Last time I did it it didnt work out very well.

this didnt work because the front wheel would shimmy



this didnt work because the rear wheel would shimmy



I ended up taking the front wheel off and fitting the whole thing on the back but that's not ideal.


so instead i've been thinking about mounting one of those roof rack trays on top of an old BOB Trailer that I never use for anything anymore. It'd be nice if I could fit bikes on it without having to take any wheels off.

That way I could also to it with various other bikes I have if i wanted to. Sometimes the xtracycle is overkill.

Has anyone done anything similar or have any other good ideas?
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Did you search the forums? I remember this has been discussed several times before. I remember bikes front fork atached to rear end of extracykel and towed almost like a trailer. Some atatch a roof rack on one (or both) wideloaders. If you do it on the bob trailer i guess you would have to make the towbar longer?I use your method of putting frontwheel in the bag. Strap the front wheel to the extra rack and also strap the frame to the rack so the towed bike is stiff all the way, no mowement in the headset.
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I like your plan. Though it can be done hauling a bike on my xtra isn't ideal.

Now if you had a Brompton...
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I used to just hold on to the handle of the second bike and pull it along in parallel
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I built a bracket plate that bolts to the rear of the Xtra and then use a pickup bed style front fork bracket attached to the plate. Kids bikes dont fit too well , but adult sized bikes are fine. In fact I rode my xtra with my wife's xtra in tow around the house one day. Probably looked goofy, but it rode just fine. Keep in mind this isnt a load bearing setup, so no riders on the towed bike!
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In regards to the picture of the bike with it's front wheel in the rear bag of an Xtracycle, why not bungies on the towbike, from each side of the handlebar to the seat post, to take some of the squirreliness out?
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Idea: Bike hauling trailer, attach roof rack style bike carrier to a trailer.

Thoughts? Any one done this? Mechanic at the LBS stated that the truck bed attachment doesn't work well as a towing mechanism because it does not allow the bike to pivot at the dropouts. Anyone have this experience know a good workaround? I like the trailer idea because you can haul multiple bikes, but its more $$$.
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I just towed a bike with my Big Dummy for the first time last week. I used a lot of bungie cords and it worked well. I put the front wheel in the bag and bungied the crap out of it.

If I had to do it often, I'd use one of the fork-mount things, but for occasional use, this seems fine.
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What about combining the two ideas? Taking the front wheel off and mounting the fork to the Xtracycle and then "tucking" the rear wheel into the B.O.B.?
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Mechanic at the LBS stated that the truck bed attachment doesn't work well as a towing mechanism because it does not allow the bike to pivot at the dropouts. Anyone have this experience know a good workaround?
Unless you are riding rough trails, you dont need alot of up/down articulation. Just dont crank down the fork attachment sooo much that it doesnt move. When I rode with mine, it did fine over curbs and potholes. I did find that you cant turn super sharp, but its because the towed bike will lean into the turn as well and the added weight throws off the balance.

If I remember to do it, I'll snap some pics tonight of our brackets.
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i completely forgot that i did this once:





it worked ok but the bike being towed (an internal 3 sp) kept throwing its chain. Ideally I think the best solution is getting the bike being carried completely off the ground, hence the bob trailer idea.
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i completely forgot that i did this once:





it worked ok but the bike being towed (an internal 3 sp) kept throwing its chain. Ideally I think the best solution is getting the bike being carried completely off the ground, hence the bob trailer idea.
How is that hub mounted to the Xtracycle?

As far as throwing the chain... I used a small bungie to hold one pedal upward. If the pedals rotated they would bump my taillight on the Big Dummy. This seems that it would prevent throwing the chain too.
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You could do something like the hub above, but use U-bolts to solidly attach the hub to the xtracycle. A friend of mine used that method for making a bike rack for his truck. He used quick-releases in the hubs. Worked really well.
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These are my two mounts. Just some plate steel, a couple u-bolts and a truck bed fork mount. The Thule one works a little better, but both do the job just fine.
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Here's my solution for my Trek Transport. I tried the Yakima Blockhead, but doesn't allow the fork to rotate for going over bumps. But bolting on an actual hub, the towed bike can go up or down independently as it follows uneven ground.

The process on Flikr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4539023...d091844b990886
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I was going to do the same thing, but for the rotation reasons you listed Roady, I didn't. Now I am thinking about mounting a hinge to a a Thule mount or finding a cheap hub to use.

Now I did notice Universal Cycles had a cheap Shimano Tiagra front hub with QR for $17. It is hard to beat that! Then I just have to mount it to the bike itself. I could get creative quite easily with that.
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Now that you've said that, I suppose you could mount the front hub directly to that rear most crossbar on the Transport using u-bolts. No need to mount the wooden platform. The only thing I would mention is make sure you keep the front hub high enough to avoid having the pedals of the towed bike bottom out. Good luck!
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