Help wth carrying bikes

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 20:29
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When we go away the 4 kids like to take a bike each, I could use one of those towbar mounted ones but then I can't open the back doors on the cruiser,

the other option is to make a carrying rack and mount it to the top of our trailer that way the bikes travel standing upright with the 4 of them side by side which looks like it will create a wind drag issue.

Any thoughts on these ideas and how have other's tackled the bike carrying issue

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Reply By: Roughasguts - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 20:36

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 20:36
I bought the kids scooters they pack nice and flat take up little room and don't weigh much. Taking the bikes and seeing how little the kids used them made me think there a waste of time, space and weight. The scooters get used just as much anyhow.

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 21:30

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 21:30
Some of those bike racks fold down flat, they have a hinge point, the second bike rack we bought certainly does and they are great if you aren't towing anything.
I don't think many women would be able to manage the lifting but most blokes should.

If you need to take a box trailer then you you need to make that carrying rack which is what my brother in law has done when he goes camping.

Depending on the length of your trailer draw bar, you can also weld a fitting to the front of your box trailer and mount the carry rack facing forward (at the front of your box trailer over the draw bar). You'll need to evaluate whether your draw bar is long enough & strong enough to handle the extra weight and depending on where you mount the bracket, strengthen the mounting area.

Good fun investigating.

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Reply By: Michaeljp - Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 01:51

Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 01:51
Google up, "ISI bike carriers". They are the best and by far the strongest made on the market. A bloke in melbourne makes them.
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Reply By: Livin On The Road - Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 at 18:36

Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 at 18:36
I wish I had a good solution.

We have tried an extended tongue on the tow bar to have a bike-rack there. As you said, it causes too much issue with not being able to open doors, and there are the additional issues of Dad not wanting to take them down because it's so fiddly to get them up and down, as well as wanting to swap back to a standard tongue because of safety.

Putting them on top of the car caused such a huge difference to mileage that we just stopped doing it. Also, it meant that we weren't using them because of the hassle of lifting them up and down.

Now, we leave the bikes in the caravan while we are travelling. It means that we have to get them in and out every time we stop and move. I don't think that there is a great option when carting around bikes for four kids.

If you think of one, I'd love to know.
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Reply By: Trev6 - Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 at 20:29

Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 at 20:29
Thanks All for the input, there doesn't seem to be an ideal setup for all situations, I am tossing up between the towbar carrier and making a rack on top of the trailer either way they have their good and bad points . I might even end up with both, who knows.

The way I would like to go is get an off road type trailer with a hitch receiver on the back of it to mount the bike carrier onto, that costs a lot more $$$$ than the other options though.

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