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    New question here. Best Vehicle for Mountain Biker?

    So if you could have any vehicle to drive to your mountain bike destination what would it be?

    What vehicle says " I am owned by a biker" the best or "I support Biking"?

    Right now I own a wagon and apart from ripping a bunch of plastic off the bottom trying to get to a trail head, it has been a great bike carrying vehicle. I might be looking into another vehicle for next year but it needs to SCREAM out "I am a mountain biker"

    So what do you mountain bikers think?

    And please no Trolls? I am just asking for a vehicle name or description not an arguement or smack talking.

    Thanks!

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    The honda element is popular.

    I have a minivan and absolutely love it. Not very cool looking but so useful.

    Whatever you get, heated seats are freaking awesome after a cold ride

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    Honda Element is practical and useful and inexpensive to operate.
    But an old Forerunner with the interior sprayed with RhinoLiner prolly screams MTB! louder.

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    Any vehicle and Gas was not a priority, a van or Truck.
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    I really dig the Honda Element. I totaly for got to put that on my list. I like the dog version with the special mats and water bowls.

    I will remember to get heated seats on my next vehicle. I even find on warm days when my back is stiff that they help out. It is also fun on 100 degree days to turn them on high and not tell your buddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    Honda Element is practical and useful and inexpensive to operate.
    But an old Forerunner with the interior sprayed with RhinoLiner prolly screams MTB! louder.
    What about an old FJ or CJ? only problem with older vehicles are the seating and safty for the kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    What about an old FJ or CJ? only problem with older vehicles are the seating and safty for the kids?
    No, No, No... The answer for used vehicle would be XJ.
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    A diesel sprinter with a 4x4 conversion. End of story. Most of the other vehicles mentioned here scream "Hey I'm a fuggin wanker, look at me!" "I'm a mountain biker"? Not so much. But ya know what they say......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    What about an old FJ or CJ? only problem with older vehicles are the seating and safty for the kids?
    CJ you say? Love my '63 for getting to the trail, but not very practical in the winter...I'm topless.



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    Well, if we are going retro, I'd have to say a late 60's Bronco, or an International Scout. White 6-spoke wheels. JMO.

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    Unimog!
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    I would like this for Christmas, please.
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    I have to agree on the pickup truck

    Logover where did you get that pic of my friend Jeff and his truck at Wilsons?
    That is what our trucks look like most weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    CJ you say? Love my '63 for getting to the trail, but not very practical in the winter...I'm topless.




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    I like the Unimogs but they are on my Apocalypse vehicle list not my Bike vehicle list. I have seen a similar Jeep Wrangler modification that makes it very similar to the Unimogs as well.

    What do you all think about the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited? 2012 has the new V6. I am thinking it can hold 5 adults and 8 bikes - 4 on top and 4 on back and maybe 8 on top and 4 on back?

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    Toyota tacoma. Offered in 4 cylinder w/ 4WD... yota reliability. I have a v6 and love it. Truck bed is a game changer, no residual smells, stains, etc. Cant tell you how many times I've dropped muddy trow and ridden home about 75% cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    I have to agree on the pickup truck

    Logover where did you get that pic of my friend Jeff and his truck at Wilsons?
    That is what our trucks look like most weekends.
    I google ram 1500 MTB then clicked on Images. Had no idea who the guy was. Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule View Post
    Unimog!
    Unimog? That's nuttin'!

    You wanta be seen as a Mt. BIker?

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    a mountain bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Logover View Post
    I google ram 1500 MTB then clicked on Images. Had no idea who the guy was. Nice!
    That's awesome. Google Ram 1500 and what do you get? A Ford.

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    I vote for truck with cap...secure storage that can be hosed out. keeps the smells out of the cab.

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    What about one of these?
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    I have an Element and LOVE it for its biker-usability.

    Can slide a 29er in the back with one seat up, have a tailgate to sit on between laps, rubber floor that cleans up easy, etc.

    My only gripe is that at 5'9", getting my bike on the roof-mounted rack is a stretch. My former Element had a trailer hitch and rack, which was much better. will probably go that route again when I can stop buying bikes long enough to pay for the hitch
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    I've had an Element for almost 8 years, and there are two things that I love about it that will be difficult or impossible to duplicate in my next vehicle:
    -the tailgate - just an awesome place to sit and rest or stretch or change shoes
    -the non-carpet interior - so easy to clean, if i ever decide to clean it.

    Those two things are hard to find. A small pickup with a bed cover would come close, but wouldn't carry 4 people comfortably.

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    how is the element for back seat riders and toddler seats?

    Is it 5 passanger or 4?

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    4 passengers, sadly.

    Great for back seat riders. Tons of leg and head room. I have friends who insist on sitting in the back when they ride with me.

    It is a bit of a reach to buckle a kid in the back, but if you just put your knee on the floor, it ought to be pretty doable. You will have to try that out for yourself. I didn't buy it until my kids were bigger.

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    I read that the Element is being discontinued after this year.
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    So its sounds like from what I am reading that a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the clear winner. You can wash out the inside like a the Element, you can air it out like a truck and shuttle run bikes like a truck too, you can mount lots of bikes on top of it and behind it like the nissan xterra, it has better ground clearance the most SUVs, it is better looking then a transit, sprinter or NV1500 and you can customize it better then a Unimog. Did I miss anything?

    EDIR: Oh Yeah, you can fit 5 people in it and it has child seat attachments!

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    Seat attachments? The NV has ceiling a floor mounted hooks. Put the kids in a bungee swing. (JK)
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    This creams my twinky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    So its sounds like from what I am reading that a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the clear winner. ...Did I miss anything?
    Costs too much, gets 13 mpg, and will be in the shop half the time?

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    as a former disgruntled jeep owner (although cherokee) i will say that i will NEVER buy another vehicle from them again. i loved it but the reliability pales in comparison to a honda, toyota, etc. i used to take it to a jeep dealership that was in a complex w/ many other brands. the jeep service line was always backed up into the street. the foreign cars? typically one or two cars only. i had so many problems that the third dealership mentioned i should take it to another shop in town to help save some money.

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    Coming here soon. Euro versions have wlbs and roof options, fwd/rwd/awd and turbo diesel options. Oh, and a 6spd manual trans. We won't get all the good stuff, but these should be pretty cool for those with $.

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    Well...if we're going EuroTrash route, I want this one
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    Sadly, I really want one of these with a fully customized rear interior for tools/parts:



    Though...this belongs to a buddy of mine:

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-U-M View Post
    Seat attachments? The NV has ceiling a floor mounted hooks. Put the kids in a bungee swing. (JK)
    Like what the monster truck guys use! Brilliant! And the harnesses used should not be more difficult then their current seats? But how to help my littlelest one retain head control in this is another thing to look at.

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    I'll weigh-in more seriously this time. I have two Elements, a 2005 and a 2010.

    Mike is correct that 2011 is the last year for production.
    You cannot put a hose to the interior as there wires with plugs underneath.
    It has the LATCH system for child car seats.
    I'm 6'3" and have to wash the top by standing on the rear tire. I have no idea how people put bikes on a rack up there.
    If I remember correctly, a reputable magazine, Car and Driver perhaps, ranked the the Wrangler Unlimited dead last in an driving analysis. It was not tested off-road though.
    The Element is not quick or fast and will suck down the fuel when traveling more than 80 mph.
    When shod with studded snow tires, AWD, ABS, and traction control (which includes yaw control), it is unstoppable in the snow.
    Even with my heavy foot, I get no less than 21 mpg around town. Manual transmission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bandit350 View Post
    as a former disgruntled jeep owner (although cherokee) i will say that i will NEVER buy another vehicle from them again. i loved it but the reliability pales in comparison to a honda, toyota, etc. i used to take it to a jeep dealership that was in a complex w/ many other brands. the jeep service line was always backed up into the street. the foreign cars? typically one or two cars only. i had so many problems that the third dealership mentioned i should take it to another shop in town to help save some money.
    What year Jeep. i had a 99 wrangler and had absoluty no issues with it, except for when I flew it off a 20 foot cliff into some trees! Then when it was fixed I never had another issue. My friend however had a Similar year cherokee and had a lot of minor issues but nothing he couldnt fix in his garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joncmack View Post
    Sadly, I really want one of these with a fully customized rear interior for tools/parts:



    Though...this belongs to a buddy of mine:
    I pass by a ford dealer everyday on my way to work and this is one of the vehicles that got me thinking. But it really isnt a people carrier although I have seen it as a cab. Has anyone been in one with back seats. I think it woudl be awesome to have a tool chest built into the back. But the ground clearance looks really low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule View Post
    I'll weigh-in more seriously this time. I have two Elements, a 2005 and a 2010.

    Mike is correct that 2011 is the last year for production.
    You cannot put a hose to the interior as there wires with plugs underneath.
    It has the LATCH system for child car seats.
    I'm 6'3" and have to wash the top by standing on the rear tire. I have no idea how people put bikes on a rack up there.
    If I remember correctly, a reputable magazine, Car and Driver perhaps, ranked the the Wrangler Unlimited dead last in an auto analysis. It was not tested off-road though.
    The Element is not quick or fast and will suck down the fuel when traveling more than 80 mph.
    When shod with studded snow tires, AWD, ABS, and traction control (which includes yaw control), it is unstoppable in the snow.
    I think you might be right about the 2011 and older Jeep Unlimiteds but the verdict is still out on the 2012 which Car and Driver start out saying "No longer as horrifying on the pavement and just as capable on dirt. "

    2012 Jeep Wrangler - First Drive Review - Car Reviews - Car and Driver

    I grew up down the street from the Car and Driver guys and use to see them out in new cars on the windy back roads I use to take to school.

    I really like how the Element has so many seat arrangements. I have never seen a vehicle seats fold up to the sides like that... Very cool. Looks like you could do a lot to it just with one hand while holding a little one in the other which is a big plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    I think you might be right about the 2011 and older Jeep Unlimiteds but the verdict is still out on the 2012 which Car and Driver start out saying "No longer as horrifying on the pavement and just as capable on dirt. "

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    I grew up down the street from the Car and Driver guys and use to see them out in new cars on the windy back roads I use to take to school.

    I really like how the Element has so many seat arrangements. I have never seen a vehicle seats fold up to the sides like that... Very cool. Looks like you could do a lot to it just with one hand while holding a little one in the other which is a big plus.
    Flipping the seats up is a two-hand process. First, the seat has to be folded flat, which requires pushing the back down while pulling the release lever, then flipping it up and holding it there while hooking the seat to the overhead handle. I took them out of my 2005, which is a very easy process.

    The Wrangler had no way to go but up I suppose.
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    I think people buy Jeeps partly because of their marketing campaigns about roads less traveled, adventure, and exploring, etc. I know it is moving and all but beware of buying into the hype. As stated previously, what you get is a vehicle with poor mpg, terrible transmissions, and one that will be in the shop all the time.

    My vote would be a 4 door Tacoma with a cap. It will give you so much more flexibility than a wrangler. My neighbor has an 02ish Tacoma with right at 300K on it. He tows his boat with it on almost a weekly basis and beats it up getting to some remote hunting spots. Other than basic maintenance, he's replaced a clutch and a starter. That is it.

    My other votes would be for a four runner or an element. If you want to go topless the older four runners have a removable top.

    My dream mtb'ing vehicle would be a short wheelbase low roof sprinter van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssjohn View Post
    I think people buy Jeeps partly because of their marketing campaigns about roads less traveled, adventure, and exploring, etc. I know it is moving and all but beware of buying into the hype. As stated previously, what you get is a vehicle with poor mpg, terrible transmissions, and one that will be in the shop all the time.

    My vote would be a 4 door Tacoma with a cap. It will give you so much more flexibility than a wrangler. My neighbor has an 02ish Tacoma with right at 300K on it. He tows his boat with it on almost a weekly basis and beats it up getting to some remote hunting spots. Other than basic maintenance, he's replaced a clutch and a starter. That is it.

    My other votes would be for a four runner or an element. If you want to go topless the older four runners have a removable top.

    My dream mtb'ing vehicle would be a short wheelbase low roof sprinter van.

    Have you ever seen the Top Gear episode about killing a Toyota pickup? End of discussion:

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    Yes I have seen those top gear episodes with the toyota truck. My friend had one exactly like that. I told him when he was ready to get rid of it to sell it to me but the wanker went and traded it in for his new toyota SUV.

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    I know this is kinda late to this thread but this is what I had, sorry I got rid of, and plan to do again after my Mazda5 dies. 2004 Tocoma with Rollin Lock bed cover and Thule Bars crossing the bed. With a 2' hitch allowed you to carry 7 bikes and people. Three over the bed and 4 on the hitch. Easy access to the gear in the back. Sorry for the bad picture, it's the only one I could find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    Are the hondas easy to work on yourself?
    Far easier than any GM product I've worked on...

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    My 1994 Toyota Pickup has 270,000 miles but still takes me (& bike) anywhere I need to go. As it's narrower than a standard truck, I can get through some pretty small spots~

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    [QUOTE=TNRabbit;8829643]My 1994 Toyota Pickup has 270,000 miles but still takes me (& bike) anywhere I need to go. As it's narrower than a standard truck, I can get through some pretty small spots~

    That looks exactly like the truck my friend traded in with out offering to sell it to me. That thing will probably out live you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    That looks exactly like the truck my friend traded in with out offering to sell it to me. That thing will probably out live you!
    I certainly hope so....but I'm shooting for a cool 500,000 miles~
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNRabbit View Post
    My 1994 Toyota Pickup has 270,000 miles but still takes me (& bike) anywhere I need to go. As it's narrower than a standard truck, I can get through some pretty small spots~
    Nice truck.

    I've got a similar 2000 model V6 ext. cab Toyota with about 135,000. It was one of the last ones you could get that was all manual (5spd, 4wd lever, hubs, seats, door locks). Less crap to break and there's no question whether the truck is in 4wd. Besides normal timing belt and water pump replacement, I've only had one other problem. Right rear axle seal went and messed up rear brakes. Love this truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjanes View Post
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    Thank you for posting the one and only correct answer to this question. I wondered how far I'd have to scroll to find it, but was not surprised at all to find it was Stephen.

    The only respectable way to get your bike to the group ride is to ride it there. If the group ride is too far, you either need to ride solo, move closer or work on your endurance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dobovedo View Post
    Thank you for posting the one and only correct answer to this question. I wondered how far I'd have to scroll to find it, but was not surprised at all to find it was Stephen.

    The only respectable way to get your bike to the group ride is to ride it there. If the group ride is too far, you either need to ride solo, move closer or work on your endurance.
    I guess you missed this part:

    "And please no Trolls? I am just asking for a vehicle name or description not an arguement or smack talking."

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    smack talk is something that you normally don't ASK for, it just comes with the territory!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule View Post
    I guess you missed this part:

    "And please no Trolls? I am just asking for a vehicle name or description not an arguement or smack talking."
    My sincerest apologies for having a bit of fun with somebody elses wiseacre response. I will honor your request with a more serious answer.

    I no longer own one, but my ex has a Honda Element, and I will cast another vote for that being an excellent vehicle for hauling bikes and bike related gear. I always thought they should have made a hybrid version. But I saw someone post a reply that they have been discontinued? If so, that's a shame. When my little Ford Focus hatchback finally bites the dust, I would have considered buying an Element. I would think that there will be a good used market for them for many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senor StrongBad View Post
    What year Jeep. i had a 99 wrangler and had absoluty no issues with it, except for when I flew it off a 20 foot cliff into some trees! Then when it was fixed I never had another issue. My friend however had a Similar year cherokee and had a lot of minor issues but nothing he couldnt fix in his garage.
    98 but friends have had similar problems w/ newer models, including the liberty and grand.

    our 4runner is about to hit 100k. zero problems. the only thing i'd replace it w/ is a slightly newer one (maybe a tacoma). i really like the 4th generation, specifically 2007-9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobovedo View Post
    My sincerest apologies for having a bit of fun with somebody elses wiseacre response. I will honor your request with a more serious answer.
    I suppose I owe you an apology as I didn't realize that it was humor directed at sjanes. He knows you, I don't. I hope there's no hard feelings.

    MTBR is one of my favorite places to lose a little time and become dismayed when I see what appears to be vitriol spewed by some internet "tough-guy" empowered by the anonymity afforded by the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule View Post
    I'll weigh-in more seriously this time. I have two Elements, a 2005 and a 2010.

    Mike is correct that 2011 is the last year for production.
    You cannot put a hose to the interior as there wires with plugs underneath.
    It has the LATCH system for child car seats.
    I'm 6'3" and have to wash the top by standing on the rear tire. I have no idea how people put bikes on a rack up there.
    If I remember correctly, a reputable magazine, Car and Driver perhaps, ranked the the Wrangler Unlimited dead last in an driving analysis. It was not tested off-road though.
    The Element is not quick or fast and will suck down the fuel when traveling more than 80 mph.
    When shod with studded snow tires, AWD, ABS, and traction control (which includes yaw control), it is unstoppable in the snow.
    Even with my heavy foot, I get no less than 21 mpg around town. Manual transmission.
    I will add to this Element commentary:

    I have a 2008.

    Two car seats (one front and one rear facing) in it.

    The rear facing is a bit of a challenge because of where the door sits relative to the seat.

    Front facing is almost perfect because at 5'10" the height of the seat does not require me to bend down like I would for a car.

    The LATCH system is in all passenger vehicles starting with 2000 I believe and is a dream compared to the old way of doing it.

    Lots of leg room in the rear or space for diaper bags and toys.

    Room enough behind the seats to take both wheels off the bike and put the frame, wheels and other stuff back there so I can drop the kids off at daycare with my bike too.

    When I don't have the kids in the car the LATCH system makes it easy to pop the car seats out and then I put the seats up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBIkid View Post
    I have an Element and LOVE it for its biker-usability.

    Can slide a 29er in the back with one seat up, have a tailgate to sit on between laps, rubber floor that cleans up easy, etc.

    My only gripe is that at 5'9", getting my bike on the roof-mounted rack is a stretch. My former Element had a trailer hitch and rack, which was much better. will probably go that route again when I can stop buying bikes long enough to pay for the hitch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lule View Post
    I suppose I owe you an apology as I didn't realize that it was humor directed at sjanes. He knows you, I don't. I hope there's no hard feelings.

    MTBR is one of my favorite places to lose a little time and become dismayed when I see what appears to be vitriol spewed by some internet "tough-guy" empowered by the anonymity afforded by the internet.

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    No apologies necessary and no hard feelings whatsoever. I was kinda confused tho as I thought the humor was obvious. 'sall good.

    For what it's worth, I have the luxury of living directly on the edge of Bent Creek, so I hop on the bike and ride a total of one (1) whopping mile to any group outing that meets there. This does not a tough-guy make.

    My close proximity has some drawbacks though, as I tend to spend 99.9% of my time in Bent Creek (or up and over the gap into Mills River), and don't venture out into other areas of Pisgah very often. So I skip a lot of the other group rides. I know I'm missin' out on a lot of great riding, but I just hate putting my bike into a car when there's trails right there outside my windows.

    Speaking of putting my bike into a car, I mentioned having a Ford Focus hatchback. This too does not a tough-guy make, nor does it "scream biker", as I believe the OP phrased it. But it does get better gas mileage than any of them Jeeps, SUVs and tonka truck type things! When I do actually venture to other parts of Pisgah or DuPont, I put my MTB in the hatch instead of on a bike rack. I took out the back seats so I can get two mountain bikes or three road bikes in there and have tool box, pump, emergency supplies and other stuff stowed away behind the front seats. It's actually a great setup in a relatively small package. (as long as I don't want to go anywhere with more than one other person!)
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    I am surprised that there were not a bunch of Subaru recommendations. Also where are the volvo fans out there?

    I have driven a Toyota Highlander and a Lexus RX a bunch and found the experience to be entirely Adequate and comfortable, more like a car then a truck. Are the larger SUV's and Trucks from Toyota similar in driving experience to these or do they have a very different feel? Personally I like a more truck feel then I do a car feel. and if it is a car I like a tight sporty feel (think VW's) then I do a camery/civic feel.

    I am more of a Jeremy Clarkson kind of guy then a Captin Slow although I find myself agreeing with Richard Hamond the most when it comes to car choices.

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    To each his own, but we love our Element. When shopping around, we also looked at the Volvo XC70, sweet ride, just didn't want to pay the much, and Subaru, really wanted a WRX, again didn't want to pay that much and it didn't have lots of room. We opted for the 4WD Element as the payment was affordable and we had to consider hauling two Golden Retreivers at the same. No regrets at all.

    I would like to have a truck though for the easy of shuttling though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterdogs View Post
    To each his own, but we love our Element. When shopping around, we also looked at the Volvo XC70, sweet ride, just didn't want to pay the much, and Subaru, really wanted a WRX, again didn't want to pay that much and it didn't have lots of room. We opted for the 4WD Element as the payment was affordable and we had to consider hauling two Golden Retreivers at the same. No regrets at all.

    I would like to have a truck though for the easy of shuttling though.
    The Element is definatly on the top of my short list to test drive. I think I will also check out some of the Toyota offerings like the 4runner.

    I almost bought a XC70 a couple years back but the seats were very hard and a little tight on my back. My brother who is a little smaller loves his xc70 though.

    I went to the Subaru dealership way back in the day to buy a WRX but after a test drive and getting in and out of it, it really did not fit. The support beam that runs between the front and rear seats got in my way getting in and out of the vehicle. I ended up buying a Turbo VW instead, which ended up in the shop every other week until the warrenty ran out and I sold it. I was however very impressed with the forester and might revisit that again.

    I think I might also through on my fanciest Polo shirt and a Tie (clip on) and hit up a mercedes dealership and take one of those G-Class SUV's for a spin. That one is on my "When I become a Dictator" list.

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    I went through this process over the summer. I mount the bike fork mount and wanted it inside a truck bed. Between a Tacoma and Frontier, I went for the Frontier because it was ~$3k cheaper and I know a few who have them with no problems. I got the Pro-4X and am not concerned with getting up any roads. Crew cab was forced to allow a rear facing car seat. There's a roof rack and 2" hitch, so I can always put bikes there too.

    I put a slim line UWS box (12") in and mounted fork mounts to the face of the box. Open the tailgate, flip the bed extender over and I use a short piece of webbing to keep the rear wheel from dancing all over the place. The lockable truck box holds all my biking stuff - tools, helmet, pump, shoes, whatever. Best part, the inside of my truck doesn't stink. During the summer I put a milk crate under the box to hold extremely sweaty stuff. Also, I can drive into parking garages with the bike in back and I don't worry about a hitch rack sticking out.

    I had an Avalanche before, which was nice, but I get 3mpg better and have an easier time parking now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDU Goldfish View Post
    I went through this process over the summer. I mount the bike fork mount and wanted it inside a truck bed. Between a Tacoma and Frontier, I went for the Frontier because it was ~$3k cheaper and I know a few who have them with no problems. I got the Pro-4X and am not concerned with getting up any roads. Crew cab was forced to allow a rear facing car seat. There's a roof rack and 2" hitch, so I can always put bikes there too.

    I put a slim line UWS box (12") in and mounted fork mounts to the face of the box. Open the tailgate, flip the bed extender over and I use a short piece of webbing to keep the rear wheel from dancing all over the place. The lockable truck box holds all my biking stuff - tools, helmet, pump, shoes, whatever. Best part, the inside of my truck doesn't stink. During the summer I put a milk crate under the box to hold extremely sweaty stuff. Also, I can drive into parking garages with the bike in back and I don't worry about a hitch rack sticking out.

    I had an Avalanche before, which was nice, but I get 3mpg better and have an easier time parking now.
    That's awesome! Do you have any details about your setup?

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    [QUOTE=brado1;8825194]A ShortBus

    Yes to a Short Bus because then I can wear my helmet and drive and no one will think anything about it.
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    I have been very pleased with my Toyota Tacoma. Decent mileage and does great getting to the trail and in the snow. I ride solo a lot so it works for me, but might be small if you have kids or are always hauling other riders.

    The Europeans like to ride, but sometimes they skip the trail altogether and go straight to the bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigCreekRider View Post
    I have been very pleased with my Toyota Tacoma. Decent mileage and does great getting to the trail and in the snow. I ride solo a lot so it works for me, but might be small if you have kids or are always hauling other riders.

    The Europeans like to ride, but sometimes they skip the trail altogether and go straight to the bar.
    Yeah, we've got a pubcrawler in austin too...looks like a trip

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    Some local mtnbiker should nab this, great price and with a rack on the back/top would be an awesome trailhead vechicle.

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    [QUOTE=OffCamber;8829470]I know this is kinda late to this thread but this is what I had, sorry I got rid of, and plan to do again after my Mazda5 dies. 2004 Tocoma with Rollin Lock bed cover and Thule Bars crossing the bed. With a 2' hitch allowed you to carry 7 bikes and people. Three over the bed and 4 on the hitch. Easy access to the gear in the back. Sorry for the bad picture, it's the only one I could find.


    i also have an 04 tacoma and was wondering how you bike rack is mounted to the trucks bed rails?

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    Thule TB60, Tracker Kit, 430 Tracker II foot pack and load bars. I bolted Thule TB60 track top to the Rollin-Lock cover and then attached the Tracker Kit to it. You could mount the TB60 bed rails and then buy the Tracker kit, foot pack and bars. If your looking into a cover also, Pace Edwards has one that ha the rails built in already. At the time they didn't make one that fit the 04 Tacoma. The nice part about the 430 footpack is that it's has a quick release, so you can lift the rack off with the trays attached if you need to load your truck with something else. Bet system going IMO. Can wait to be back in a truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OffCamber View Post
    Thule TB60, Tracker Kit, 430 Tracker II foot pack and load bars. I bolted Thule TB60 track top to the Rollin-Lock cover and then attached the Tracker Kit to it. You could mount the TB60 bed rails and then buy the Tracker kit, foot pack and bars. If your looking into a cover also, Pace Edwards has one that ha the rails built in already. At the time they didn't make one that fit the 04 Tacoma. The nice part about the 430 footpack is that it's has a quick release, so you can lift the rack off with the trays attached if you need to load your truck with something else. Bet system going IMO. Can wait to be back in a truck.
    This will get ya started.

    Also, I could make it through most Drive-though with the bike over the bed
    thanks for the information my Tacoma is an extended cab with a toolbox and a tire carrier so there is no chance of me having a cover but i will probably just bolt the track to the bed rails. Do you know what else can be mounted to the track system besides the bars? and my truck has a 3" lift so im not sure on how well id be able to go through them


    here is how much room i dont have in the bed so i may pull off the tire carrier to make room for the thule track syestem to go on the bed rails and with my tool box the longest track i can have is there 42" one.
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    also too (offcamber) what kind of bike racks do you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specializedforlife View Post
    also too (offcamber) what kind of bike racks do you have.
    The ones in the picture are Sportworks but Thule bought the rights to them. The Thule version is call Sidearms but most other tray versions will fit the load bars also. I'm sure the rails will hold other stuff, they're made to go on truck toppers and Thule probably has some different types of attachments. I just haven't looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OffCamber View Post
    The ones in the picture are Sportworks but Thule bought the rights to them. The Thule version is call Sidearms but most other tray versions will fit the load bars also. I'm sure the rails will hold other stuff, they're made to go on truck toppers and Thule probably has some different types of attachments. I just haven't looked.
    o ok well thanks for the help.

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    I drive a Honda CRV and it does the job pretty well. But i hope you wont be taking it on any off roading, that might be a problem. But hey that's what you have your bike for right?

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    I love my Xterra because the back seats fold flat like a truck bed. I think tricked out Tacomas are the baddest set up out there though. That will be my next if this one ever dies!

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    had the external bike rack. You have to buy a chain to lock to your cars rack, etc. kind of a pain. Also seen 2 friends run in to ceilings with their roof rack.

    Dodge grand caravan. rear and middle seats fold in to floor. I can fit 3 riders, 3 26" bikes with wheels on easily. still has plenty of space for peripheals. Just get a drop cloth and/or 5 gallon lidded bucket of water + brush to clean up after ride.

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