How do you transport your bike around

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How do you transport your bike around

Postby screemin187 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:22 pm

Apols if there is a thread on this already, can't see one

I have a work van but on occasion its not available at weekends. I drive a coupe car, only a 4 seater so no way of getting the bike in at any angle. Also not keen on putting a tow bar on it. Have seen a few boot lid contraptions, roof rack is out because of style of car, does anyone use one and have any feedback on what they are like or where is a good place to buy/browse for one. Naturally i want the bike to be safe, if possible carry two bikes actually and damage neither the bikes or the car

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby nicklouse » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:36 pm

get a tow bar with a removable hook.
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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby screemin187 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:41 pm

Yeah thought of that but garage looking £500 to fit detachable towbar to my model of car. Wondered where people bought those things which seem to hang onto the rear of the car somehow and if they are any good

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Oct 07, 2012 21:45 pm

boot.

What coupe is it?

I could get 2 bikes easily in my Hyundai Coupe..

I've seen a DH bike being put in the back of a 350z so believe a bike will fit in any car :lol:

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby oxocube1 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 22:38 pm

The Northern Monkey wrote:boot.


+1

I can fit 2 bikes with both wheels off and two people with equipment comfortably in my Skoda Felicia hatchback.

Have you tried across the footwell of the backseats? I have done that with my bike too. Had to turn the bars and remove the rear mech but it went in nicely especially as its long bike being a Specialized.

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby WindyG » Sun Oct 07, 2012 22:42 pm

Towbar mounted rack every time. I was quoted around £500 to fit one to my truck, instead I bought the bar and electrics for £140 and did it myself. Got a Buzzrack for a about £160, so did the whole job for £300

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby Giraffoto » Mon Oct 08, 2012 06:57 am

WindyG wrote:Towbar mounted rack every time. I was quoted around £500 to fit one to my truck, instead I bought the bar and electrics for £140 and did it myself. Got a Buzzrack for a about £160, so did the whole job for £300


Consider the DIY route, because the majority of cars now have all the holes/brackets already in place under the car and you just need to bolt the towbar in place. Also the electrics - there should be a takeoff in the wiring harness somewhere under the trim at the back. Have a look in the relevant Haynes manual
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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby bluechair84 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 07:27 am

I had a similar dilema when taking four of us down to the alps in my estate - the problem was that the bikes couldn't go inside. The toebar option was prohibitivly expensive, a roof box was going on top, so went for a Thule boot rack in the end with steel straps instead of nylon. It can't be removed with a knife. With a bike lock around the bikes and rack, it's a bit safer than a standard one; not that I'd ever leave the bikes unguarded outside of the car... Oh, and the reason I still use it when the estate will obviously swallow anything going is the dropouts on one of the bikes is pinch bolts and 6mm, a slow job to remove and it keeps the dirt out of the car.

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby njee20 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 09:25 am

Boot FTW, safest, and no effect on fuel consumption. You can get a bike in just about any car!

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby The Rookie » Mon Oct 08, 2012 09:44 am

What Coupe? Most cars will support a roof mounted bike rack, however it sin't the most economical way (fuel wise) to do it.

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby nicklouse » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:03 am

I have even seen convertibles with roof racks.
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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby waverider » Mon Oct 08, 2012 16:52 pm

WindyG wrote:Towbar mounted rack every time. I was quoted around £500 to fit one to my truck, instead I bought the bar and electrics for £140 and did it myself. Got a Buzzrack for a about £160, so did the whole job for £300



Ditto, got a tow bar with electrics from eBay, and the 2 bike rack from Rutland cycles. Think I came out about the same price too. Safe bike and safe car :D

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby bikaholic » Mon Oct 08, 2012 22:30 pm

With the wheels removed, handlebars turned and seatposts lowered, I can get 7 bikes (2 full suspension, 3 hardtail, 2 road bikes) into a BMW 3 series hatchback with the rear seats folded down and a couple of blankets to cover and protect the frames.

Zero cost, zero added aerodynamic drag - just a minor hassle at the beginning and at the end of the journey.

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby Silverbull » Tue Oct 09, 2012 05:57 am

Get a different car! Are you a biker or what? ;D

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby screemin187 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 09:06 am

Thanks for all the replies

It's an A5 Coupe. You have me wondering now if the bike actually would fit in the boot with the front wheel off, i just dismissed it straight away. I really didn't want to go down the towbar route and recently saw a few cars parked up at forests with frames to hold two bikes which seemed to clamp onto the boot some way. Seemed quite sturdy without any real looking threat to damaging the car

As mentioned the van is usually available. I think i'll do a bit of experimenting tonight with the car, ideally would like to get two bikes in there

Will let you know how i get on, thanks!

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby nicklouse » Tue Oct 09, 2012 09:07 am

if you take the wheels off and have hydro disc brakes dont forget to fit the pad spacer.
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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby bloghog » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:03 am

Tow bar mounted Thule rack for me, nice and secure. As posted above perhaps a removable tow hook type thing?

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby sanchez89 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 18:27 pm

bloghog wrote:Tow bar mounted Thule rack for me, nice and secure. As posted above perhaps a removable tow hook type thing?


the same. removable tow bar. no bumper cuts, the holder/electrics cannot be seen unless you get under car. top job, defo the best way. not the cheapest though
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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby Rushmore » Tue Oct 09, 2012 18:35 pm

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Re: How do you transport your bike around

Postby scale20 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 19:01 pm

Towbar mounted rack all the way!

The towbar option can be really expensive but in my experience they are much easier and fuel economy is better with them tucked away behind the car. Thule do a good range of towbar carriers, ones that lock and ones that dont. mine locks to the towbar and the bikes lock to the rack. The rack even tilts back so you have good access to the boot.

The bikes are kept away from the car too so you dont damage the paintwork. I have done that with both the roof and boot mounted ones.
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