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What's the best way to transport a bike?(5 posts)

What's the best way to transport a bike?posty
Jul 24, 2001 3:57 AM
Interested in a car rack or case to carry a bike on a family road trip. What's the safest/best roof rack, or should I pack it in a case and keep it in the car?
re: What's the best way to transport a bike?Len J
Jul 24, 2001 4:16 AM
Can't say what the safest is, only what I use. I use a Yakima fork mount roof rack that I find is pretty effective. It's lockable and it holds the bike very secure. 2 things to get used to though, 1.)Bugs. At 60 mph you will get as many bugs splatted on your bike as on your windshield. I got a front cover for the bike for when I am traveling long distance. 2.)Clearance. It is easy to forget that the Bike is on the roof. This can be a problem when pulling into garages, fast food drive-thru's, low clearance overpasses etc. (Obviously it depends on how high your vehicle is). I keep my sunroof shade open so I'm always conscious of the fact that I have a bike on the roof. It's easy to forget, especially after a long ride.
I've never "cleared off my roof" by driving under a low overhead, but I've heard of it enough to stay alert.

my .02
re: What's the best way to transport a bike?jtolleson
Jul 24, 2001 5:40 PM
Roof racks (Yakima or Thule) are stable and secure and lockable. No need to put your bike in the vehicle, especially when it really chews up luggage space. They ain't cheap, but for a reason, and the resell on them is excellent if you later change your mind (or vehicle).

Cases are for airplanes. No need to dismantle a bike for a car trip.
re: What's the best way to transport a bike?grzy mnky
Jul 24, 2001 6:10 PM
It's hard to argue with a case for security. Put it on the outside of a car and you can smash it all sorts of ways, get it covered with grime, and then get it stolen while you stop to take a leak. But cases are bulky and require some futzing, then there's storing the case when you get where you're going, then repacking the bike. I toss mine in the trunk and no one knows it's even there.
re: What's the best way to transport a bike?Made in Taiwan
Jul 24, 2001 8:21 PM
If the trip is less then 80 miles, leave on the bike without your family about 4-5 hours earlier. Put regular cloth in car with family. that's what i do, but if the trip is more than say..120 miles then i'd stick the bike in the trunk and put wife and kids on the yakima.