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Old 10-02-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Carrying a valuable bicycle

Not wanting to transport our valuable custom fit tandem bicycle out in the open, we opted for the inside of our pickup with topper. What we have is a regular fork mount Yakima designed for pickups. But instead of putting it forward atop the truck sides as designed this is mounted aft at floor level. The tandem requires a long bed. With 2 bikes inside there'e still plenty of space for equipment.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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That's what I've always done with my bikes. I carry them either in the vehicle of in the AS. They'd be tempting to thieves.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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That's how I carry my bike, too. I mounted quick-release brackets on a piece of wood. It's kind of a pain to get in and out, especially if I have to get it over other stuff, but I like having it out of the rain and locked.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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We carry ours inside our AS. Paid mucho bucks for triathlon bikes to be put on a rack on the front of the truck. Could put them in the back of the truck on a rack as shown, but we carry our kayaks or canoes on the top rack and the generator and other outdoor equipment in the covered area. Had to build one for our extra long bed F350.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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Vintage Bicycle

We carry our Dahon folding bicycles in the bed of our tow truck (Ford F-250). We use a bicycle cable lock to chain them to the hitch when we are not using them. We don't travel with this one, but I thought you vintage bicycle fans would like to see my restored 1948 Western Flyer Super.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:48 AM   #6
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Love the vintage bikes. I'll be placing mine on the back when I get to that point. Thanks to all the postings they are life savers.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:00 AM   #7
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I carry an electric bike worth quite a few bucks. To safeguard it in transit, I carry it on a Swagman bike rack, like the one shown below:

The curved portion on the vertical post clamps down on the bikes, and can be locked into place with a padlock. Then I supplement that lock with a cable lock, that is snaked through both bike tires and the frame, and through one of the safety chain padeyes welded onto my recever. They're not getting my bike without a cutting torch.

I live in a metro area known for its crime rate; paranoia is merely pre-emptive self-defense.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:55 AM   #8
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Speaking of vintage bikes, this perfect '64 Schwinn Varsity matches the Bambi II. For short outings such as this trip to a Tin Can Tourist rally we didn't take the pickup with topper to transport the bike.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:05 AM   #9
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That's how I carry my bike, too. I mounted quick-release brackets on a piece of wood. It's kind of a pain to get in and out, especially if I have to get it over other stuff, but I like having it out of the rain and locked.
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Is bike theft really that big of a concern at campgrounds?..

There are plenty of semi-valuables that are ripe for the picking at campgrounds already and we have never had a problem so far. knock on wood!

Basically I see campgrounds as an "honor system" of be respectful of other peoples stuff.

... Plus only bike people know what high end bikes are worth.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #11
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If I had a truck I would carry them like that, but I have locking mounts on the roof of the TV. Don't want my custom mountain bike walking off...
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Is bike theft really that big of a concern at campgrounds?..

There are plenty of semi-valuables that are ripe for the picking at campgrounds already and we have never had a problem so far. knock on wood!

Basically I see campgrounds as an "honor system" of be respectful of other peoples stuff.

... Plus only bike people know what high end bikes are worth.
Theft at campgrounds are not my biggest concern, although I always keep the bikes locked when we are at a campground. If theft was the big concern, I have external bike racks that are more secure than the lock on my truck canopy door. My biggest concern is wear and tear from exposure to weather and road conditions. If you look at my profile picture, you can see how we used to carry our bikes. We took a trip to Californian a couple years ago. On the way back in the mountains in Utah we encountered snow. It was warm enough that there was a lot of liquid water, magnesium chloride, and salt flying around in the air. When we got home the bikes were absolutely trashed. They were not expensive bikes. They were ones we bought to take camping. However, they were messed up so badly that we cleaned them up as best we could and donated them to a charity. Since I bike for exercise and fun and put many more miles on a bike than most who take them camping, I decided I would find a way to protect my good bikes and take them with me. So I got a canopy for the truck and carry them in there.

Your remark about only bike people knowing good bikes is not at all correct unless you consider bike thieves to be bike people. Yes there are kids who steal bikes and may not know what they are stealing. However we live in Boulder County, Colorado and it is a very bike active area. There are plenty of thieves who know what type of bike will bring the most money.

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Old 10-05-2012, 11:14 AM   #13
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Is bike theft really that big of a concern at campgrounds?..

There are plenty of semi-valuables that are ripe for the picking at campgrounds already and we have never had a problem so far. knock on wood!

Basically I see campgrounds as an "honor system" of be respectful of other peoples stuff.

... Plus only bike people know what high end bikes are worth.
I guess that means it would be comforting to think that whoever stole the valuable bike didn't know how much it was worth.

Not to me, anyway.
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I carry an electric bike worth quite a few bucks. To safeguard it in transit, I carry it on a Swagman bike rack, like the one shown below:

The curved portion on the vertical post clamps down on the bikes, and can be locked into place with a padlock. Then I supplement that lock with a cable lock, that is snaked through both bike tires and the frame, and through one of the safety chain padeyes welded onto my recever. They're not getting my bike without a cutting torch.

I live in a metro area known for its crime rate; paranoia is merely pre-emptive self-defense.
I have the same one and had it loaded with two bikes and 1600 miles with no issues. I recommended it as well.
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