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cars (NOT SUV's) which can hold a bike(34 posts)

cars (NOT SUV's) which can hold a bikeblownpupil
Mar 20, 2003 5:36 PM
I'm not into roof racks or rear-mounted racks. What cars can entirely fit a bike, ideally WITHOUT removing the bike's front wheel. Sorry, no SUV's.

I have a Saab 9-3 five-door which easily lets me toss in a 57cm road bike with wheels on. Rear seat folded down of course.
Any others? (Cooper MINI?)
My Honda Civic hatchback can...Lon Norder
Mar 20, 2003 6:03 PM
rear wheel in first, turn front wheel up. 2 bikes requires you to remove the front wheels.
well to start with...gotta be hatch back...Frith
Mar 20, 2003 6:06 PM
-If you want something that goes (and i do mean goes!) and loves the winter... consider the 5 door version of subaru's wrx.
-vw gti would also fit into this category.
-I've heard ok things about the mazda protege 5
and ford focus which appear for all intents and purposes to be roughly the same car. decent price tags... these two are probably better bets for just tossing the bike in because they're a little bigger.
-If you have the bucks the audi all-road and to a lesser extent volvo x-country are two station wagon type cars that are also pretty luxery and playing with an SUV identity crisis. But talk about the best of all worlds.
-or go with the mini...get used to taking the wheel off your bike and save yourself a million dollars in fuel. Oh and look pretty cool doing it.
1979 Chevy Caprice wagonSTEELYeyed
Mar 20, 2003 6:10 PM
You would probably have to remove both wheels to get it in a Mini, those things are so tiny.
Geo Metro hatchback. Mine holds 2 bikes + with wheels off. (nm)Ken of Fresno
Mar 20, 2003 6:24 PM
1969 Alfa Romeo Guilia SpyderIwannapodiumgirl
Mar 20, 2003 6:31 PM
Fits everything, including a chest of drawers and my girlfriends mattress... two qualifications:
1. not both at the same time.
2. roof DOWN
"and my girlfriends mattress..."Ahimsa
Mar 20, 2003 6:36 PM
Your girlfriend really needs to get an apartment.

Ahimsa - we were moving it there man...Iwannapodiumgirl
Mar 20, 2003 9:26 PM
but I will pay your comment.

have a good weeked

1989 Chry. LeBaron ConvertibleLeroy
Mar 20, 2003 7:23 PM
With the top up I have to remove the front wheel; with the top down, no problem
We have a winner!Spoke Wrench
Mar 20, 2003 7:44 PM
I had a customer who brought me an absolute POS Schwinn Twinn tandem in his Porsche 911 with the top down of course. I figured that someone who would do a thing like that should see a psychiatrist, but he is a psychiatrist.
not a mini cooperbianchi boy
Mar 20, 2003 7:54 PM
I guy showed up at a group ride the other day in Mini Cooper, and he had to take both wheels off to fit it inside.

A bike fits pretty easily inside a Chrysler PT Cruiser with the back seat folded down, but you still might have to remove the front wheel. Subaru Forester is pretty comparable in size.

If you're mainly opposed to SUVs for the gas mileage, some of the smaller ones (Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Saturn) get pretty decent mileage (25+ mpg) and will easily hold a bike with wheels and seats folded down.
2001 Celica . . .gollum
Mar 20, 2003 9:10 PM
can hold 2 bikes with the rear seats folded down and front wheels removed.
My 56 fits fully in the trunk of my Avalon...shmoo
Mar 20, 2003 9:35 PM
...barely, but with the front wheel removed. It took some experimenting to figure out just how to "fold" it in there. The Avvy does not have fold-down rear seats. I'm not sure a 58 would fit. Other than that, any midsize sedan with fold-down seats should allow one or even two bikes without front wheels. I could put two in my Mazda 626, but I didn't like to since they had to go in one on top of the other, and by the time I got to my destination, I would have one of those twisted wire puzzles in my trunk. I've never been good with those.
Volvo wagons (nm)SmogRider
Mar 20, 2003 11:42 PM
re: cars (NOT SUV's) which can hold a bikemoabbiker
Mar 21, 2003 12:55 AM
Nissan NX2000, or NX1600 (same design, just different, smaller, engine). Holds 1 bike with both tires ON into the hatch -- front seat usable. Can hold 2 bikes with both their front tires off easily as well, and although I never tried it, a third bike with front wheel off could probably fit too, though I'd stick some padding between the frames. Oh, and it gets 30+ mpg and does 0-60 in 7 seconds flat. Great car!
re: cars (NOT SUV's) which can hold a bikec722061
Mar 21, 2003 6:19 AM
I have Honda Accord 2 doors year 2000 with fold down rear seats. I can fit a 54cm road bike in easily with front wheel removed. I still have plenty of trunk space for other stuff.
re: VW GTI....teoteoteo
Mar 21, 2003 5:08 AM
Have a 2000 GTI 1.8 T that I love to drive. I can fit the road bike (56) with the front wheel off and with room to spare. I have to fold the rear seats down of course.
So you ride a Huffy?filtersweep
Mar 21, 2003 5:16 AM
Most bikes have QR skewers these days... rather than having the front wheel bolted on ;)
ford taurustarwheel
Mar 21, 2003 5:26 AM
My wife's Taurus has the largest trunk of any mid-sized car I have seen. It's like a cavern, and will easily hold a bike. We can actually fit more stuff in the Taurus trunk than we could in the back end of the Honda Accord wagon it replaced. We've actually had a lot less trouble with the Taurus than we did with the Honda, despite their reputation, and it's more comfortable and roomier.
civic coupeJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 6:25 AM
fold down rear seats and will hold 57" with rear wheel in. however, i prefer to take both wheels off and put frame in back seat and wheels behind seats in floor.

it works, but it's not pretty, and it's not easy. i'm ~6'2" ~200 # and don't fit so well in the back seat of a 2-dr civic (to secure the frame).

my 50 cm bike fits into my '91 CRX..._rt_
Mar 21, 2003 6:26 AM
front wheel off.

why don't you want to remove the front wheel? just curious.

your 50 cm bike would probably fit in my backpack. LOL! :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 6:36 AM
LOL! you should see the 13" mtb! :) (nm)_rt_
Mar 21, 2003 7:56 AM
Possible reasons for not wanting to remove front wheel...Fez
Mar 21, 2003 6:53 AM
1. Laziness. Just take out and ride. When finished riding, just put it back in.

2. Removed front wheel sometimes is not secure and jumps around, depending on where you have to put it and how roomy the car is.

3. Front fork has lawyer tabs so it takes more effort to install and remove.

Interesting thing about lawyer tabs. I had a brand new Reynolds Ouzo Comp fork that did not have them, and I also had a brand new Reynolds Ouzo Pro that did have them.
Put it in the trunkjohnnybegood
Mar 21, 2003 7:45 AM
I have sucessfully put my bike into the trunks of the following vehicles: 1987 Toyota Camry, 1999 Nissan Maxima, 2003 Inifini G35. Just take off both front and rear wheels, lay the frame in with the fork against the inside of one wheel well and the dropouts against the other. Cover with a blanket and lay the wheels on top. Or, put the wheels into the passenger compartment. On my 59 cm frames I need to loosen up and drop the seatpost. Needless to say its much easier to put it into my wife's mini-van by just removing the front wheel and clipping the forks into the "fork-lock-thingy" I purchased from Performance and screwed onto a piece of wood. So I only carry it in the trunk when it's absolutely necessary, but it will fit in a pinch!
that's a whole lotta laziness! ;-)_rt_
Mar 21, 2003 8:01 AM
it takes me about 30 seconds to put the front wheel on & tighten the skewer.....i can understand not wanting to remove the rear wheel. that's a bit of a pain in the backside, but the front? hmmmm.

agree with #2, there's nothing more annoying than having the front wheel rattling around somewhere in the car, but as long as you find a way to secure it, you're golden.

Gut-less CutlassSkidoo
Mar 21, 2003 7:33 AM
Calais- big American cars with America-sized trunks rock!
another option: seatbag that can hold a cartarwheel
Mar 21, 2003 7:55 AM
LOL! one across the starboard bow! whooosh! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 7:59 AM
Mar 21, 2003 8:55 AM
I drive a Subaru Impreza WRX wagon. I do have a rack for the top. It's a fork mount Thule. When the weather becomes inclement, I put it inside with the seats folded down. The whole bike fits without removing either wheel. I couldn't ask for more. A kick ass car and able to take my bike with me!
Do you think this could do it?Mel Erickson
Mar 21, 2003 10:05 AM

The lines between SUVs and regular cars are getting pretty blurred. Whats a Volvo XC 90 or a Honda Element? How about a Subaru WRX wagon or a Porsche Cayenne? Maybe a Volkswagen Passat 4Motion or the upcoming Ford Freestyle? Help, my head is spinning!!!!!!!
re: cars (NOT SUV's) which can hold a bikeraboboy
Mar 21, 2003 11:34 AM
VW Passat wagon. sh@t-ton of room when the seats are down, and fine german engineering to boot.
Subaru Forrester.look271
Mar 21, 2003 11:43 AM
Yes, I know some call it an SUV, but it's really just a boxy wagon with attitude! 2 bikes, 58 and 56, with both wheels on. (Back seats down, of course.)
Volvo V70chbarr
Apr 2, 2003 6:38 AM
I got a 2001 Volvo V70 last year for this very reason. Laying down the back seats, I can fit any bike with no disassembly of the bike. If I take the front wheels off, I can fit my wife's hybrid in addtion to my road bike (hybrid sitting upright, my road bike kinda leaned over (her's is a 15 inch frame; I have a 56 cm)). A coulple of bungee cords hold the bikes in place (hooking in to the tie down hooks built into the car).

Volvo actually makes an internal bike rack for the car--it is designed to lock the front wheel in a piece, though it also displays it with the saddles off the bike. I've found that my method works OK.

The V70 is also a nice car in its own right. It runs quite well, and has the most comfortable seats I've ever sat in (car, office, living room, or other). Plenty of neat storage compartments, too.

It is a bit pricey, but, if you can find a used one, especially a lease return (like mine), you can find a good deal.