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Just bought my first ridiculously expensive bike and happen to be in the market for a used vehicle. I'd like to be able to put my 29er upright in the back of a hatchback / suv / whatever. No bike racks. Any ideas?
 

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Well first off- where are the bike pics???

Perhaps a Dodge Sprinter...should be tall enough?
 

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Honda Element, Honda Pilot....maybe a new Subaru Forester and Outback Sport.

I'd go with the Subarus if you would benefit from AWD in your climate. :thumbsup:
 

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Dodge sprinter is nice and big. Ford has a new vehicle, the Transit. A little smaller than the sprinter. Both of those are certainly spacious but they've got a bit of the UPS-truck about them. I've got a Honda Element that I love. I do have to take the front wheel off of my bikes, but it is nice to be able to fit them inside. I've also had three bikes/riders in my Element -- granted, with pedals off and it's stuffed, but it's possible.
 

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My Cherokee sans back seat:
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I can fit 3 bikes and gear on the inside. With one bike, I have enough room to sleep. And they're pretty easy to find used
 

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93 Jeep Grand Cherokee and with the seat folded down it fits my xl niner with front wheel
and seatpost off. I also bought a rocky mount and screwed it to the back seat so when it
is folded down my bike is held in place and not bouncing around. Of course my bikes
are worth more than my Jeep but isn't that the way it is supposed to be?
 

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I've actually been strapping a Yugo to the back of my bike for when I need to go through the drive thru at Culver's. I'd love to have a Sprinter! I don't mind taking the front wheel off, so wagons and hatchback that are tall would be great. My current truck gets 6 mpg and I now have a 50 mile round trip commute so low gas mileage is a plus.
 

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A trailer hitch bike rack is the way to go, so easy to use. Just don't leave your bike unattended on it. Look for cars or light trucks with a receiver on the bumper.
 

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Dodge Ram 2500 diesel, bike fits in the back seat no problem and 1000K per tank not sure what that is in miles, maybe 50 or so:thumbsup:
 

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Trucks are good

I have a Ford F250 with the Power Stroke diesel engine. The 8ft bed is more than accommodating. I ride a Specialized 29er single speed to work so I'm not overly concerned about fuel economy however the truck gets 20mpg out on the highway.
Steel Freak.

Opinions on some of the other recommended vehicles, I had a Dodge Ram 3500 CTD (diesel) Awesome truck very reliable, The sprinter POS (I worked in a DOdge dealer on these and on Mercedes 13 yrs) Skip the sprinter, Suburus are kinda small IMHO, These days I work on Nissan Vehicles and am Impressed with the Xterra, Pathfinder, Frontier and Titan. All of these are outstanding vehicles, not the best MPG but you should be riding your bike anyway.
Steel Freak:crazy: :crazy:
 

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KTECH said:
Dodge Ram 2500 diesel, bike fits in the back seat no problem and 1000K per tank not sure what that is in miles, maybe 50 or so:thumbsup:
Heck yeah! +2 on the diesel! I've got a Fat Boy rack in this, easily holds 4 bikes in the rack, plus more gear if necessary. Oh, and can put a cubic yard of dirt in the back in case I ever make my own pump track :arf: (or landscape the yard). With some secret electronics and other goodies, the 700+ foot pounds or torque is fun too :ihih:

 

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On the cheap? Toyota Previa minivan. No cool factor, but the seats come out or fold against the walls to make a cargo van. Throw a mattress in the back, and it's a great camper. Runs forever/bulletproof engine. And I get close to 30mpg on the highway.
 

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voodoochild said:
I've got a Honda Element that I love. I do have to take the front wheel off of my bikes, but it is nice to be able to fit them inside. I've also had three bikes/riders in my Element -- granted, with pedals off and it's stuffed, but it's possible.
WTF...I have large to extra large 29ers.& road bikes....you do not have to take off the front wheels. I have had 3 in the back without removing a thing. The element rocks. I ride and it takes me 2 min until I am driving out or there. The Fords do look nice too.
 

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Heck yeah! +2 on the diesel!
+3 on the diesel it just screams obnoxious Texans when we pull up in our F-350 Super-Duty power stroke crew cab dually and, It is ironic having to avoid being run over by one of these behemoths on our Saturday morning training road rides in the country by hungover ******** and then driving one home later.



bonus points for having a Texas Secede or God Bless John Wayne decal on the back bumper.



 

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I bought a 2009 Element in September. Yakima hitch rack out back and Yakima Control Towers on top. Can hold 2-bikes inside comfortably. Rubber floors wipe right out. Came from a long line of Toyotas before - Tacoma, 4-Runner, and SR-5. Would also give the yodas 5-stars, and almost bought another Taco in lieu of the toaster.
 
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