Time to load up the car and go cycling

In Australia they encourage you to take public transport to your night out and drinkies. The other plan is as follows

  • Drive to your destination but leave your bike at home
  • Taxi or public transport home
  • Wake up in the morning with an alarm that says pickup up car.
  • Ride back to the car, load the bike in back and drive home sober

See the story on cars that love bikes below

Back your bike into the car. If it’s an ebike, always keep a wheel on the ground because they are heavy
Use blankets or scratch the duco

 

Research on Cars for Bikes

One of the reasons I got into cycling whilst living at the bottom of hill with no bike trails was “My Car”. I have a really old Honda Odyssey that is like a container box inside. unfortunately the old girl is needing to go to pasture soon so I have started looking for a new car which has one prerequisite. It must fit my ebike standing up and one other bike.

Why standing up ? If you try to push an ebike into a car horizontally, you will do your back in. If you try to put two bikes in horizontally, you will do your back in and wreck the bikes (cardboard and light bikes aside).

The dimensions of my ebike are 185 cm long and 110 high at the handlebars.

Amongst the few cars that offer good seating that fit these dimensions are Honda Odyssey Gen1, 2, 5, Kia Carnival, Volkswagen Caddy Van. Plus numerous uncomfortable vans.

Can you think of another ?

Here is a good page that will give you some ideas

Solution one: we bought a 2014 Subaru Forester for car reasons not bike carrying. It sucked compared to the old Odyssey for packing two bikes. So I bought a Brompton folding bike

 

I now have a Honda Odyssey Gen 5 with a lot on the clock to keep the price down. I took the double seat out completely. It is huge inside and fits two 29 inch bikes. There was two other recent possibilities. Kia Carnival and Volkswagen Caddy seven seater.  Moto of the story, take your bike with you when you go shopping for cars.  Nothing is more important than your bicycle.

Bike verses the machine

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