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TomNansMPV
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:14 am    Post subject: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

Has anyone come up with a way to carry bikes inside the MPV? Are there any aftermarket attachments available?

I've cycled for many years and recently became active in the sport again. I used to have a Yakima system that I used on my old Nissan Stanza.

I don't really want to get into external roof or hatch systems again, as they are expensive and I never really did like the idea of externally carrying the bikes, anyway.

I do have a way of transporting one bike by removing the front wheel, putting the rear wheel between the center row seats, and using bungy cords from the handlebars down to the rear seat lugs. (see photo)

This is very stable and is kind to the bike AND the PeeVee's interior. The problem is what about TWO bikes?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

How about removing 1 or both the middle row seats? I'm sure you could squeeze 3 MTBs in. 2 in the same direction as in your photo and 1 in between them in the other direction. Just put a piece of foam or heavy towl/blanket on the sides.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

metalfab:

Yes, that would work, I think.

I did find a company called Delta that makes a product that is made for vans and SUV's. It is an expandable bar that fits between the sides of the vehicle and the front fork holders bolt to it. Actually, it's exactly what I've been looking for but it costs $120! For anyone else interested. here is the URL:

http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=35#

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

TomNansMPV wrote:
metalfab:

Yes, that would work, I think.

I did find a company called Delta that makes a product that is made for vans and SUV's. It is an expandable bar that fits between the sides of the vehicle and the front fork holders bolt to it. Actually, it's exactly what I've been looking for but it costs $120! For anyone else interested. here is the URL:

http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=35#

Tom


If you lived near me I could make something like that for you at no charge, other than labour Wink All the material I'd get from work for free. Just need a piece of SCH40 pipe weld on a couple of attachments for the ends and weld 2 quick release hubs for the forks, done Wink, might cost $50

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:20 am    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

I do a lot of that as I kind of repair/rebuild bikes as a side hobby. I don't even bother taking off the front wheel when I haul one around. Just slide it inbetween the two middle seats. Except I usually have the fork in between the seats and not the rear wheel; just to keep the chain away from the fabric.

You can either use one of those long rubbercords and basically wrap it aroudn the downtube and hook the ends to one of the hooks on the floor or the middle seat attachment point, or just use some cushy foam to squish the frame in between the two seats.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

TomNansMPV wrote:
metalfab:

Yes, that would work, I think.

I did find a company called Delta that makes a product that is made for vans and SUV's. It is an expandable bar that fits between the sides of the vehicle and the front fork holders bolt to it. Actually, it's exactly what I've been looking for but it costs $120! For anyone else interested. here is the URL:

http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=35#

Tom

They sell the hitch for $17 each. Why not buy those and fabricate the bar from some 2x3 wood?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

Garandman wrote:
TomNansMPV wrote:
metalfab:

Yes, that would work, I think.

I did find a company called Delta that makes a product that is made for vans and SUV's. It is an expandable bar that fits between the sides of the vehicle and the front fork holders bolt to it. Actually, it's exactly what I've been looking for but it costs $120! For anyone else interested. here is the URL:

http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=35#

Tom

They sell the hitch for $17 each. Why not buy those and fabricate the bar from some 2x3 wood?


Cause wood sucks! ...never say wood to a person in the metal industry. WinkLaughing

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

metalfab wrote:
Garandman wrote:
TomNansMPV wrote:
metalfab:

Yes, that would work, I think.

I did find a company called Delta that makes a product that is made for vans and SUV's. It is an expandable bar that fits between the sides of the vehicle and the front fork holders bolt to it. Actually, it's exactly what I've been looking for but it costs $120! For anyone else interested. here is the URL:

http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=35#

Tom

They sell the hitch for $17 each. Why not buy those and fabricate the bar from some 2x3 wood?


Cause wood sucks! ...never say wood to a person in the metal industry. WinkLaughing

Is someone trying to start a splinter group?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

edrubins wrote:

Is someone trying to start a splinter group?


Wooden you know, a pun is branching out already.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:42 am    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

"Wooden you know, a pun is branching out already," he said through steely eyes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

For you Canucks out there, Crappy Tire has SportRack fork mounts (on sale last week, check with your store manager). Bolt these to either a hunk of wood or a length of pipe - hell, plastic will work, too. Same idea as the Delta product.

I debated doing this, but I hate removing seats and my bike just gets way too dirty. I know my MPV is a van, but it ain't my dad's old van. I'd like to maintain it's inner beauty, too! So I went to Wally World and picked up a Sport Rack for the hatch. It'll do.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

As (kinda) suggested earlier, you could easily just buy two of the fork holders, and bolt them to a board, or something metal, if you like. If you bolt them at an angle, so the bars are turned, you can mount them closer together without the handlebars hitting. If you get the angle right, you could probably fit two bikes and only have to take out one of the middle row seats.

FWIW, I have a trailer hitch and a sportworks rack, essentially the one you see on the front of buses. It's really nice, but it was really expensive, and Sportworks got bought by Thule, I think. Also the rack itself weighs a ton, and if I get rear-ended, the bikes are toast, so there's ups and downs.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

I usually put my bike in between the seats as shown in the photo.

I do have a roof rack but prefer the hitch mount to minimize mileage drop.

"...and if I get rear-ended, the bikes are toast, so there's ups and downs."
It would probably a cheaper fix to replace the hitch mount adn fix the bike compared to the cost of replacing bumper covers, taillights, hatch etc., etc. if someone hits you. Plus it would be on their bill so you could get a new bike out of the deal. Just make sure all your lights are working.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Hauling Bikes...INSIDE the MPV Reply with quote

sea&xc wrote:
It would probably a cheaper fix to replace the hitch mount adn fix the bike compared to the cost of replacing bumper covers, taillights, hatch etc., etc. if someone hits you. Plus it would be on their bill so you could get a new bike out of the deal. Just make sure all your lights are working.


Tough to say. My bike rack costs $369 now, and my bikes are each worth $900-$2000!! Mind you, I didn't pay that kind of money for them, I got them at times when I worked in bike shops, but to replace them now would cost me a bundle!

Here's two of the fleet on the back of the MPV today. This is the Sportworks rack that's now produced by Thule. I love this rack, but it's too damned expensive!






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