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Old 02-03-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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I bought the RV mostly so we had a vehicle to haul my wife's 8' bike and my tricycle: she started checking out bike paths across the country.

How many other bicyclists do we have here, and what do you ride?
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
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Well......... I've got a bike rack & two "economy" mountain bikes but.......

I've never taken them on the RV

We are planning to take them this year

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I bought a real nice mountain bike last year. It had full suspension (which is not worth the price), ultra-light aluminum frame and much more. Unfortunately, about 2 weeks before I moved this past summer, someone stole it from my back yard. Now, I'm back to my "economy" bike again.

There are a lot of trails throughout the US and Canada. A lot of old train tracks were pulled up and turned into biking trails. I've never really took by bike on any trip but did like using it to go to and from work and ride along some trails in the city I lived in.

One thing that I did not like was biking down a nice, peaceful trail when a few dirt bike or 4 wheelers would scream by. Of course, once they see a bicycle, they have to rev their engines, cut in close to you to show off and spin the rear tire as they go past. It's too bad there are bad apples that ruin thing for the good people.
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I had to give up the mountain bike due to a back injury, so we're more the paved trail types. Recumbent bikes are great - no back pain.

There's a bike path around Marietta Ga. Gail wants to hit around spring break, so we'll be heading that way.

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Any ideas about how I could mount this trike on the B? It's a bit too heavy for me to put on top.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:44 PM   #6
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Maybe vertically. One bike on each side of the rear.

Something like Wilton did here:

http://windsurf.mediaforte.com/roadtrek ... _rack.html

(minus the windsurfing gear)
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:04 PM   #7
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Nice link! Some good ideas there. I'd have to be careful not to block the hitch, though, so we could use it for towing.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:52 PM   #8
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We have 2 mountain bikes we take with us. I have a 3 bike rack that attaches to the hitch receiver. That seems to work well for the 2 bikes. It works even with the spare tire on. We have not towed anything behind so this works well. We prefer eaisier trails. Algongin Park in Ontario has a great 12 mile trail that is on an old railway right of way. Nice ride. They also have a mountain bike trail. The Pinery on Lake Huron in Ontario has a great trail as well.

I saw in a brochure for the safari Condo vans. They had a rack that held bikes and other gear. It may be somthing that attaches to the hitch and may fit any van. I would like to look at somthing like that. The brochure said it was a 15' 3'' aluminum storage pod with built in bike rack.
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Default Bikes and Bike Racks

My wife and I have a pair of el cheapo mountain bikes for rough trails and a pair of hybrid bikes with high pressure tires for use on paved trails. Just load up whichever type best suits our next trip.

We have a 2000 Roadtrek 190P with the rear door that swings out. Hence we had to get a bike rack that allowed the door to open. Our solution was to get 2 bike "Raxter" for the rear hitch. Very easy to load and unload. http://www.raxterracks.com/

For loading a trike and a long wheelbase bike on a vehicle, checkout the following Specialty rack. http://www.draftmaster.com/t.html
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:55 PM   #10
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That's a nice link for recumbent bikes, and would handle Gail's LWB nicely.
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I have 3 bikes and the wife has 1.
I got an Italian Casati racing bike, an Italian Giubilato racing frame that I converted into a hybrid and a old Nishiki road bike that I have used in the past for touring in Holland. The Nishiki is what I would carry camping equipment on and not be too worried if someone stole it.
The wife rides a Bianci Boardwalk Hybrid.
She has been after me to sell 2 of them but I just love my bikes too much to do that, after all I come from a cycling country.
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I know what you mean...I've been wanting a new bike, but Gail wants me to sell the old one first.

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Are you bringing any bikes with you to the B5 rally.
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:37 PM   #14
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Neat to hear from cyclists and RVers.
I have two road bikes, 1 mountain bike and 1 cross bike.( I have a very understanding wife!!)
I have a hitch mounted bike rack on my Pleasureway. It works well in the dry however in the rain the bikes get very wet and dirty. Does anyone know of a good cover to protect my bikes.
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We got the inexpensive Huffy bikes from Walmart (1 speed) for my wife and myself, plus my 6 year old has a small bike. We're not serious bikers but they are a lot of fun and very convenient transportation at most places you camp. I bought a bike carrier through Camping World that mounts on the roof access ladder on one of the back doors. Holds two adult bikes and has worked well so far. The advantage is that on our 1990 Ford Falcon you can still open the back doors to the van with the bikes attached.
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I'm a part time bicyclist - mountain biker actually. I own an "older" GIANT Iguana mountain bike. It has no suspension, which is how I like it. I try to get out on it as often as I can, but w/ 2 jobs, 3 kids (also part time), a house to pack up, and other interests, I don't get out on it much.

There are trails that are spread out over 2500 acres near my house, so I usually take my bike up there (15 minute drive) to ride. The trail system is on part of a land trustees group that maintains the trails for public use. The trails are for biking, walking, jogging, hiking, and horseback riding. They cover miles and miles of winding trails through fields, wooded areas, hills, valleys, streams, past horse farms, a small waterfall, etc. They contain a vertical difference of about 380 feet, so some of the routes are very painful (to my out-of-shape body anyway). But, it's fun, and enjoyable to get out in nature.

Just last year I started something new though: winter riding. I had always just ridden it in the nice weather, but w/ my schedule, I figured that I need to get out on it when I can. Which is during the winter sometimes, too. It wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be, either. I'd recommend it to anyone to try, at least once.

So, add one more to the biking group here!
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Does an electric bike (eGo) count? It rides in the trailer when it goes.

Max speed 25 mph. Max range before recharge 25 miles.

I tried to post a picture, but didn't make it.
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We took our bikes on a trip for the first time this month. I had a Swagman hitch mount bike carrier that I purchased to use on our Roadtrek but never did. It works just fine on the back of my Trail-lite. I added a hitch tightener to just about eliminate the wobble.





The bikes are in great shape but they hadn't been used in long time. I pumped up the tires a few nights before the trip and all seemed fine when I loaded the bikes for the trip. When we arrived at the campground we thought it would be nice to cycle around for a quick tour.

Well.......... the front tire on my bike was completely flat. The inner tube failed somewhere near the valve.

We took turns riding the other bike

I'm going to replace all the inner tubes and tires and definitely take the bikes again. I'll probably stuff the replaced good inner tubes in the RV somewhere so that I have a spare in case I ever get another flat tire.

It felt really good cruising around on the bike
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I should add that I got the Swagman 2" Hitch Stabilizer from Mountain Equipment Co-op for $15.50

http://www.mec.ca/Main/home.jsp

Also, I periodically turned on the rear view camera to make sure both bike were still attached to the RV.
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Bicycles are your "compact Gym" that you take with you. A great idea for all of us. I have 2 mtn. bikes that i will be taking in my "B" if I can find a bicycle rack for the front of the van. They used to be popular with truck campers years ago but I have not seen any recently. Has anyone seen one in their travels? thanks.
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