We have decided to take a pair of true road bikes for longer rides on asphalt surfaces and a pair of folding bikes to be used around the campgrounds and on less than smooth riding surfaces. The challenge was in how to transport them.
We really didn't like the thought of the road bikes being exposed to the weather as we travel down the highways, so we decided that these would be carried inside the Fit. Although I'm still considering a couple of alternatives, the folding bikes will be carried on a hit mounted to the rear of the Fit. Because the Fit has a very low towing capacity, only 1 1/4" receivers are routinely encountered. I'm looking at a hitch made by Curt and a similar one made by Drawtite. In the end it will probably come down to which one is easier to install.
Back to the topic of today. An inside carrier for the road bikes. I did not think of this idea on my own, but have seen several variations on the internet. I finally chose a pair of front fork carriers made by Delta and
|Delta Front Fork Mount|
installed them on a piece of plywood. After trying to fit the bikes inside the compartment in various configurations I decided to mount the rear tires forward and angle both handlebars to make certain that no contact occurred with the rear glass.
|Rear Tires Behind Front Seats|
I constructed a PVC spacer which I placed between the rear bike racks, then will use a lightweight tie down in opposing directions connected to the rear seat hooks (not being used with the seats in the down position).
|Fork Mounts Secured to Plywood|
|Forks Turned to Prevent Rear Glass Contact|
A test of the mounted bikes proved successful. I am very happy with this project.
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