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cyclists' choice of cars(24 posts)

cyclists' choice of carselviento
Aug 3, 2003 1:40 PM
Hey, I am buying a car after not driving for a long time. Looking at a MBZ SLK which is a hardtop convertible, but i am wondering if it's impossible or difficult to carry a bike that way?

Anybody with the same experience?

Also do people generally go for roof rack, or rear rack, or simply put the bike in the trunk? Thanks.
re: cyclists' choice of carsCalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 3, 2003 2:13 PM
A Hummer would be a much better choice. You can take your whole team to races, and that would be far more beneficial to car pool that way than an entire team of six taking six cars. It has plenty of room for the bikes and gear. Hummer is the way to go. Okay, start the flames. These are awesome vehicles. Our church could use one to take food to the needy.
re: cyclists' choice of carsKvonnah
Aug 3, 2003 2:21 PM
A team of six cars would STILL use less fuel and release less emissions. BOYCOTT HUMMERS (except the x rated ones! :-)
re: cyclists' choice of carsCalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 3, 2003 3:11 PM
Let's do the math. Let's say a Hummer gets 10mpg and the race is 60 miles away. That is 6 gallons of fuel to get to the race, and another 6 to get home. Let's say all 6 cars used by the team members get an average of 30 mpg. That means each car uses 2 gallons of gas to get to the race. 2 gallons for all 6 cars equals 12 gallons to get to the race. Where are the savings in driving the cars? Why is it that SUVs are the only vehicles that are large that get picked on. What about mini vans, pick up trucks, and full size vans? Anyway, are you sure you wish to make the last statement?
I thought the hummer only seats 5. nmjtlmd
Aug 3, 2003 5:43 PM
calm DOWN Ron!Kvonnah
Aug 3, 2003 8:31 PM
So the logic is, 1 hummer = the fuel consumption of THREE cars! Boy do I have egg on MY face.

I began cycling as a commuter for many reasons aside from health, environmental reasons where the biggest. NOTHING says "eff the planet!" like driving one of those useless beasts.
calm DOWN Ron!CalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 4:50 AM
That wasn't what your statement was. I made the fact that when you car pool using a hummer you save gas. I became a cyclist for one reason, myself. Who cares about anything else. It is what I enjoy. I produce more greenhouse gasses (co2) because I breathe more while I am cycling. I guess that is selfish of me, isn't it. In the Bible it states that the earth will take care of itself, and we should be careful about finding causes that the bottom line is that the religion they seek is one that worships the earth.
calm DOWN Ron!Duc9
Aug 4, 2003 8:50 AM
What percent of the miles that you drive the hummer are you car pooling with at least 3 other people? To even suggest you can save gas with a hummer is a joke.
re: cyclists' choice of carscoifmo
Aug 4, 2003 8:15 AM
Have you actually been IN a Hummer (either model)? For a truck that big they're astonishingly short on useful interiour volume.

In the H2, a 90-lb. (!) spare tire takes up most of the back end, and in the monster H1 there is a GIANT engine hump in the middle; I believe it actually has only 4 seats.

There are all sorts of big vehicles to haul your bike team in, but Hummers ain't them.
Aug 3, 2003 2:32 PM
You're not going to put a bike in the trunk of an SLK. Not sure you could even fit one wheel.

I'd check the Yakima or Thule web sites to see if they have applications for any car you are considering. That should tell you.

Just don't go putting the top down while the roof rack is on. ;-)

I am sure that the Saris Bones rack will work fine.94Nole
Aug 3, 2003 3:06 PM
It is a trunk mount and is easy to put on and take off. Don't have an SLK but it works great on my Miata.
not sure if those are safe for the paintkenyee
Aug 3, 2003 3:12 PM
A friend had one and it scuffed up his trunk paint pretty badly. I'm not sure I'd use one on a new car...
not sure if those are safe for the paint (on the bike)B2
Aug 3, 2003 3:35 PM
Actually I've never used a Saris rack, but I have used trailer hitch racks that clamp the top tube of your bike. When you carry just one bike it works OK, but multiple bikes clanging around doesn't do much for the paint job (on your bike).

Yakima Steelhead is the way to go IMHO - you just need a roof to mount it to.

scuffed up trunk hoodPaulCL
Aug 3, 2003 5:23 PM
The saris bones scuffed up my trunk hood the first time I used it - and on a brand new car! Now I put a couple of old rags under the pads.

That takes care of the scuff problem on my Lamborghini. For the Ferrari 350, I just have the bike carried by my butler in the limo behind me. The Ferrari's have such small trunks that they won't accept bike racks?? Go figure?? And a family car to boot??

Subaru Forestermazobob
Aug 3, 2003 6:00 PM
lance and I love ours!
Your bike will fit in the back
No rack needed
uhhh....Lance drives a Suburbankenyee
Aug 3, 2003 6:50 PM
no lie...he calls it a "Texas Cadillac". I stumbled on the story a while back in Mobile Entertainment magazine where they covered the sound system in it...

Close enoughAtombomber
Aug 3, 2003 8:15 PM
The names share enough letters to confuse certain people.

In one of the recentish editions of Velonews, an artical about Lance described how he showed up at a fall cyclocross race in his Suburban.
Close enoughCalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 5:01 AM
I guess that makes Lance one of those evil SUV owners who are knowingly destroying the environment with their larger than life vehicles that get on the road and run us bicycles off the road. Knowing that, how could the rest of you actually support him for a sixth TDF. It would be nice to see him pull up in a Hummer this year. I would imagine the support for Lance would go down, wouldn't it?
uhhh....Lance drives a SuburbanFtHoodMtBkr
Aug 3, 2003 9:02 PM
yupper--article at:

Subie pays em a bucket load and he drives a chevy.
I like my outback tho--it holds all my repair and camping gear for my ntbike excursions.

now known as ArmySlowRdr but this board insists on allowing me to post only under my former handle.
The size of hisAtombomber
Aug 4, 2003 9:15 AM
entourage makes the Suburban a more logical choice. 3 kids, dog, wife, mechanic, massage/physiotherapist, a couple bikes... Try to fit all that into a Subaru.
Subaru ForesterCalmedDownRonPruitt
Aug 4, 2003 4:56 AM
Look at the brain on Bob! He actually has the arrogance to speak for Lance. Hey Bob, the only pictures I have ever seen Lance with a vehicle, it is usually a large pickup truck or a large SUV. Lance isn't a driver of a Suburu, he only plays one on tv...
re: cyclists' choice of carskanekikapu
Aug 3, 2003 7:12 PM

its not the lance thing but i like the subaru WRX wagon, AWD, very good handling, strong engine and pretty sporty... n yea, the price is right too...

got even more cash? well then the audi's and the volvo then, nice and cool cars
Figure out what the car will be primarily used for.Atombomber
Aug 3, 2003 8:26 PM
I work as a general contractor/carpenter, so a vehicle large and sturdy enough for tools and materials is required. During the winter, I work as a ski technical rep, so having four wheel drive is a must. I drive a lot, so efficiency is also needed. I also own (too?) many bikes, so being able to carry them in or out is needed.

My present vehicle is a 1987 Toyota Landcruiser with a 5spd 6cyl diesel engine. I presently have it set to carry 5 bikes on top, but could easily carry 8 with more racks. I have a removable rack which attaches to the front bumper to carry 2 more, and the hitch reciever could carry another 3. As good as this vehicle has been, I am upgrading to something more current, but the choices aren't great. Either going for a 1 ton Ford or Dodge diesel pickup, since the current version of what I have is not available in the North American market.
REAL cyclists don't own cars. nmDropped
Aug 4, 2003 6:46 AM