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  1. #1
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    Vehicle for transporting bike???

    I haven't been around for a while. My SO hadn't been feeling well since last July and finally towards the end of December was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. He passed away January 21. I am doing well and getting my life back in order. I really am looking forward to riding my bicycle again . . . 54 degrees in Minneapolis, MN today!

    I can get my bicycle in my 2013 Passat with the seats down but it is a pain even though I don't have to take the front wheel off. I don't want to use a bike rack anymore because I really don't have anyone to help me anymore to get it off and on the car hitch.

    I plan to sell my 2013 Passat (only has 25,500 miles on it) and his 2009 EOS. I decided that cross-overs are a little too small and want to purchase a compact SUV. I want to be able to travel a bit and haul my bicycle around in the vehicle. So what are you all driving? I have just started looking so any advice would be great! Thanks!!

    I would love to get rid of the car all together but my life style doesn't permit it. I like to spend time with my grandson and I need a vehicle to do that. My family is also scattered all over the Twin Cities as well. I don't do a lot of driving though. My Passat will be 4 years old in April and I will probably have 26k miles on it by then.

    Thanks in advance for suggestions!
    Last edited by kajero; 02-18-2017 at 10:02 PM.
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  2. #2
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    Welcome back, kajero. I'm sorry about your SO.

    I can't really help with your question -- I'm driving a 2007 Prius with 126k miles on it and hope to keep driving it for many more miles. And if I had to replace it tomorrow I'd get another Prius. I will say that I can get my bike into the car with both wheels on but prefer to remove the front wheel because it's easier that way. I put it in front wheel first; a friend who drives a VW station wagon finds it easier to put his bike in the car rear wheel first.

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  3. #3
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    So sorry for your loss, Kajero. Glad to see you back though.

    I could easily fit bikes in the back of my Subaru Forester, it was a nice size for a smaller SUV, the smaller Crosstrek is very nice too. And Subarus handle the snow like nobody's business.

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  4. #4
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    Glad you are back and sorry for your loss.
    Why don't you like putting the seats down and putting your bike in the back? I had a small BMW sedan for 10 years and I loved the fact that I could just open the hatch and shove my bike in. In fact, my rear seats were permanently down, as they are now in my Audi station wagon. My car is bigger than I wanted, but since I hardly drive at all (my office is 2.3 miles away), I am keeping it. My main concern is room for a bike and AWD. DH just got a Rav 4 Hybrid, AWD, but he has a bike rack he only puts on if it's more than one bike.
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  5. #5
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    Almost embarrassed to say it, but we drive a 2008 Toyota Highlander SUV. Definitely not me. I prefer smaller vehicles or even no vehicles at all, but my husband loves it and 4WD is very practical, up here. Also, can squeeze in any bike without needing to take off the wheels and still have room for groceries and so on.

  6. #6
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    Eh, people in my cycling group made fun of my little BMW. But when I pulled out my bike, wheels on, or drove through snow or ice, they shut up.
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  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Why don't you like putting the seats down and putting your bike in the back? .
    It's just hard to get the bike in. The car is a Sedan. I only put the bicycle in the car twice this summer. It seemed a lot easier the second time.
    Also, I have never picked the car out, he always did. I didn't care because I don't drive much and he liked to.

    I would also like to travel some. If I get tired I want to be able to pull off the road somewhere and take a snooze. I figured it would be easier to sleep in a small SUV.

    Kathy
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    Maybe I will go look at Prius. My spouse's son has a Prius and loves it. I don't need to do anything right away. It's just that I want to sell his car and don't really want to do it myself.
    kajero
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    I'm very sorry for your loss.

    We have a Honda Fit and you can put a bike in the back with the seats down- no problem. It's our second one, and very reliable, great gas mileage and quite a bit less expensive than a Prius if price is a factor.
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  10. #10
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    Kajero, my BMW was a sedan, too. But, it had a hatchback, so once you put the seats down and opened the trunk, the bike slid right in. It was no more difficult than the station wagon I have now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azfiddle View Post
    I'm very sorry for your loss.

    We have a Honda Fit and you can put a bike in the back with the seats down- no problem. It's our second one, and very reliable, great gas mileage and quite a bit less expensive than a Prius if price is a factor.
    I like the Fit, they are ubiquitous around here so I look at them often and think if we ever give up the truck, it might be a good way to go.

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  12. #12
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    We too have a CR-V and we can put our 2 bikes inside with the front wheels removed though. That is mostly used when we are on the road with our motorhome in tow. We do need to have the back seats down. So no room for any one else. Not even our dogs.

    If we are just using the CR-V we got an easier option and it was to purchase a Yakita hitch rack. Perfect for our carbon road bikes or our cyclocross. Not cheap, but it is very good, well built, comes with a lock. And putting them on or off the rack is so easy. So this maybe another option for those who are space limited.
    https://www.yakima.com/ca/holdup .

    This is our 2nd CRV. The first one we loved but someone in a BMW car rear-ended us while we were stopped in rush hour traffic. he was looking at his phone (texting) and never saw the car stopped in front of him. So our vehicule was a total loss and we needed another with towing capability for our motorhome. We tried various models and it was one of the only ones to have our bikes standing up without issues (front wheel removed of course).
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  13. #13
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    oops, duplicate post
    Last edited by kajero; 04-11-2017 at 05:34 PM.
    kajero
    2013 Trek FX 7.6 WSD
    2012 Specialized Ruby WSD
    2004 Schwinn (I think that is the year)

  14. #14
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    Thank you everyone for all the advice.

    I canít handle selling the car right now. I am thinking maybe i will just keep it. It is four years and only has 27k miles on it. If I sell it I will lose around half of what I paid for it. I am not sure I want to have car payments this year either.
    kajero
    2013 Trek FX 7.6 WSD
    2012 Specialized Ruby WSD
    2004 Schwinn (I think that is the year)

  15. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by kajero View Post
    I haven't been around for a while. My SO hadn't been feeling well since last July and finally towards the end of December was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. He passed away January 21. I am doing well and getting my life back in order. I really am looking forward to riding my bicycle again . . . 54 degrees in Minneapolis, MN today!

    I can get my bicycle in my 2013 Passat with the seats down but it is a pain even though I don't have to take the front wheel off. I don't want to use a bike rack anymore because I really don't have anyone to help me anymore to get it off and on the car hitch.

    I plan to sell my 2013 Passat (only has 25,500 miles on it) and his 2009 EOS. I decided that cross-overs are a little too small and want to purchase a compact SUV. I want to be able to travel a bit and haul my bicycle around in the vehicle. So what are you all driving? I have just started looking so any advice would be great! Thanks!!

    I would love to get rid of the car all together but my life style doesn't permit it. I like to spend time with my grandson and I need a vehicle to do that. My family is also scattered all over the Twin Cities as well. I don't do a lot of driving though. My Passat will be 4 years old in April and I will probably have 26k miles on it by then.

    Thanks in advance for suggestions!
    ... Sorry for your loss
    I drive what I get from Enterprise as a rental, and use zipcar a couple times a year -- or, I did 'til my brother handed down an inherited Toyota Avalon. Sounds like you drive a bit more than that (our bus system gets me to the local stuff).


    I got the car and ... just as when I had a Mazda hatchback... I have to make myself take it out (and I need to keep track -- don't know if it's been 2 or 4 weeks since the last rainy Monday!)

    I have been thinking that I might as well get something big and old that I could throw *anything* in. (Oh, my bikes are long.)

 

 

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