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    Bend's Cascade East Transit - can accommodate mountain bikes?

    I will be without a car for great stretches of time this spring, and as I live over near St. Charles hospital, I was wondering about the feasibility of taking public transit to the west side of town, then biking to Phil's TH.

    I'm sure I'll get some snarky comments as to why don't I bike the whole way? I plan on that at times, but other times I'll take the bus.

    My question is, can those chintzy looking bike racks on the front of Bend's buses accommodate mountain bike tires? Are they fairly secure? I've not taken any public transportation since the early 90's.

    Here is a rudimentary drawing of how the bike racks work

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    Has anyone transported their expensive bike on a Bend bus before?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I have no idea really - but I am 95% confident they would fit a MTB.

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    I know nothing about the Bend buses but the drawing looks the same as the bike racks on the Tri Met buses in Portland. I have been transporting my bikes (mountain & road) on TRI Met buses for years without any problems.

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    Bend's Cascade East Transit - can accommodate mountain bikes?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    I will be without a car for great stretches of time this spring, and as I live over near St. Charles hospital, I was wondering about the feasibility of taking public transit to the west side of town, then biking to Phil's TH.

    I'm sure I'll get some snarky comments as to why don't I bike the whole way? I plan on that at times, but other times I'll take the bus.

    My question is, can those chintzy looking bike racks on the front of Bend's buses accommodate mountain bike tires? Are they fairly secure? I've not taken any public transportation since the early 90's.

    Here is a rudimentary drawing of how the bike racks work

    Name:  Bike_rack_crop.jpg
Views: 136
Size:  6.7 KB

    Has anyone transported their expensive bike on a Bend bus before?

    Thanks in advance.
    I have used that type of bus rack for years in several different cities. Mtbs fit fine. Very secure. Just make sure to fit the tire hook all the way back to the fork.
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    We have that system here in Eugene on the LTD. I used to frequently take the 91 bus out to the McKenzie watershed with it (1+ hr each way) with my big fat tired AM bikes and had no worry. Seems a little wobbly, but it holds. However, sit in the front so you can watch your bike so no one jacks it while you're dozing off.

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    Thanks for the replies!

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