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    This How Bad I've Got It!

    So I sell my Pugsley in late winter 'cause I plan on picking up a sweet carbon Beargrease this fall. One thing I noticed with my Pugs (and other fat bikes) was that hauling it back & forth on a hitch rack exposed it to copious amounts of salt from road spray. The various aluminum bits like rotors, bolts and of course the painted steel frame were in pretty bad shape after 3 seasons.

    Here's where I may be losing it.......I can't "Bear" to see my carbon sled suffer the same fate and I and very close to trading my Accord coupe for a minivan so I can toss the bike into the van and save the horror of watching it's non carbon parts suffer needlessly.

    Am I nuts for giving up my gas saving Honda for a Grand Caravan just because I'm a Fathead? Discuss!
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    I now drive around in a van instead of a car. Enough said.
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    First mistake was selling the beater. Screw a caravan...get a Eurovan Camper or MB Sprinter.

    Either way if you use your bike then it should show it.
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    Plenty of cars have room for a fat bike..... I have a 3 series BMW saloon, take the wheels off throw them in the boot and the frame on the back seat. Touring 3er would be better and a Van would be 100 times easier however!!

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    Hubby has a truck. I have a minivan. The bikes ride in the van, all the time, no matter how muddy or snowy or sandy they get.
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    This is a major reason that I drive an old-school Chevy Caprice station wagon...

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    hitch rack in the summer, bike fits in the back seat with the front wheel removed when it gets sloppy

    bike is worth more than the car
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    Re: This How Bad I've Got It!

    Just keep it clean and lubricated and you should be fine.

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    I just had an awesome idea.

    Buy a curt hitch mount cargo basket, mount a roof rack bike tray to it, build an alum. frame around it, enclose it in fabric with a zipper door.

    BOOM!! Bike garage on the back of your accord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I just had an awesome idea.

    Buy a curt hitch mount cargo basket, mount a roof rack bike tray to it, build an alum. frame around it, enclose it in fabric with a zipper door.

    BOOM!! Bike garage on the back of your accord.
    Haha! All good points. I didn't really give enough info. The van would be my daily driver (yuck) and since my wife rides, we have a trail dog, we camp a lot, and my bikes are XL it seems like a minivan with it's seats stowed away is a pretty slick way to go. I just wish I had enough coin to keep the Accord for daily use. And...I don't want to remove the front wheel unless I have to, it's really nice to roll the bike into the vehicle and drive away.
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    This How Bad I've Got It!

    Hmm. I have a Civic. It's cheaper to rinse the bike off than to have a gas guzzler that costs nearly twice as much to fill up. But if you can afford it then go for it!
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    Well;

    I've been driving a mini van for years. Single, no family. 2 seats. Pickup truck with a permanent roof, but much better mileage. Hauls all my stuff. The only vehicle to have if you can only have one. Kind of a no brainer, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw2jr View Post
    Hmm. I have a Civic. It's cheaper to rinse the bike off than to have a gas guzzler that costs nearly twice as much to fill up. But if you can afford it then go for it!
    It's pretty tough to rinse off your bike when it's 20 degrees and the wind is howling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onepivot View Post
    It's pretty tough to rinse off your bike when it's 20 degrees and the wind is howling.
    I take mine to the car wash. The wand is always running at low pressure so it doesn't cost anything. Then I park it inside for a bit while it dries out.

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    Minivan, I have had a van for since I was 26 I am now 54 (not the same van). It does everything I need it to do, more practical than an SUV, half ton or car. I have considered all the above but always come back to the practicability of a van. Put stuff in it, put bikes in it, put people in it, sleep in it, in it. Lots of good used ones out there at good prices.
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    We've had 2 minivans (2002 and 2007 Odyssey Touring)...I would have kept the latter as my biking vehicle if it came with AWD. Sweet van, and good looking too. If biking is a big part of your life, then a van, wagon or SUV are a better choice than a sedan. A biking buddy of mine has a Eurovan and a Vanagon...can't be beat for biking....hauls the bikes out of the elements, and serves as a roomy, private, comfy place to change before/after riding.

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    How about a custom made canvas bag that goes over the bike and a couple of straps around it to hold it in place and to stop it flapping around.... also keeps prying eyes of your bike.

    I have thought about doing this for when im carrying 1 bike over a long distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    I now drive around in a van instead of a car. Enough said.
    Do you live in the van, down by the river?
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    get mud flaps for the car, problem solved

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    One does not necessarily need a large car to haul bike(s): here's a picture of my friend's Renault 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzybmx View Post
    How about a custom made canvas bag that goes over the bike and a couple of straps around it to hold it in place and to stop it flapping around....
    We just got some pretty nice canvas covers for the patio furniture. I'm sure the table or sofa sized cover would fit the bike on rack easily.

    If you're looking for custom work try a shop that deals with boat covers and canopy tops. My family always had custom jobs made for the boats back when I was a kid. Though if you're not near the water this could be fruitless.

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    Have a trim man build a giant bike bag that zips over your bike while on the rack. Make it out of water proof fabric and let the bag take all the abuse. Then hose that off in the spring. It could fit loose and bungee cords could snug it up. Or if your trim man is good, he'll make it big enough for 2 bikes and you've got yourself a Xmas gift.
    That's what I'm doing.
    I will post pics once done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlefin View Post
    First mistake was selling the beater. Screw a caravan...get a Eurovan Camper or MB Sprinter.

    Either way if you use your bike then it should show it.
    ^^^^^im in a eurovan^^^

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    The vinyl canvas bag thing is a good idea and the eurovan if you can get one. The one thing I forgot if you are looking for a different vehicle is the Honda Element, they are no longer made but there are used ones out there.
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    The Honda Element has the room to put your fat bike in without removing front wheel. The head room is unbelievable. Great vehicle if you are shopping for one. Not the most fuel efficient. But a Honda none the less. I love my Element and am sad they stopped producing them.
    Bring your bike when you take one for a test drive. AWD is great in winter.

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