As we head off this afternoon for a nearly 1,200 mile drive to the Outer Banks, we’re faced with an dilemma. You see, our tandem hauling vehicle is the Jeep. Actually, it’s not the best tandem hauling vehicle in the world, because we have to haul the bike crosswise on a standard bike rack. I’ve gotta be alert that I don’t get too close to something or I’ll shear off a front or rear wheel!
Regardless, since that’s the vehicle we normally haul the bike with, it would seem logical that we would take the Jeep on this trip. But it’s not our first choice. It’s not much fun out on the highway. It’s noisy. It beats you to death. It’s a high profile vehicle that can be a monster in the wind. And it gets almost 17 mpg if you get lucky enough to have a tail wind. If the wind is against you, forget it. You’re looking at 13 mpg.
Contrast that with the Prius, which is relatively quiet and comfortable to drive and can get over 50 mpg on the highway and it’s really a no-brainer. But, there is an issue……
How do you get that bike in that car?
Luckily, we’ve got it figured out. It takes some effort, but it can be done. First, you’ve gotta take off the rear rack.
Then, both wheels need to come off….
Pack them away nicely.
Strap the chain down so it doesn’t flop everywhere. On the way home, I may decide to just take it off, depending on how dirty it gets.
The last step is to bag up the rear derailleur and disk brake so they don’t get anything dirty.
Then, if you hold your tongue just right, mutter and curse with the right amount of fervor, and get lucky all it once, it fits!
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