darelldd
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Re: Bike Rack

Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:27 pm

So far I have been folding down the rear seats and throwing the bike in the back. Kind of a pain.
This is super easy in a Prius. I didn't think a bike would fit in the back of the Leaf at all. Certainly not with the front wheel on? I'd love to see a picture if you've got it. Seriously this cargo aspect was one of my main concerns with the leaf. I carry bikes on the roof, on the back and on a trailer... but want to carry them INSIDE whenever possible for several (obvious) reasons.

Here's with one and two bikes in the Prius - complete 56 cm road bikes with everything attached. Passenger seats are also all the way back on their rails. Oh... to have a full electric Prius!
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Re: Bike Rack

Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:09 pm

darelldd wrote:
I didn't think a bike would fit in the back of the Leaf at all. Certainly not with the front wheel on?
A 56cm won't fit (at least not easily) without removing the wheels. But, any halfway decent bike has quick release levers on the wheels so it isn't too bad. I carried my 56 road bike almost every day for 2 months in the back. I folded down the left rear seat, and the fork would sit on the right rear seat (seat back in between fork and cranks). Takes a minute or less, but I'm still glad to finally have the roof rack. The biggest reason for this is that it is inevitable that you will get some bike grease on that white interior sooner or later. I laid out a big blanket every time, but you know how it is when you are in a hurry or you are tired from a hard ride. :?
Now, the big issue is remembering that the bike is on top before I drive in to the garage. :o Can't someone invent some system that won't let the garage door open all the way or something when you have a bike on top?
If you really want some pictures of the bike in the back, I can go snap some.

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Re: Bike Rack

Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:48 am

dyhopper wrote:Now, the big issue is remembering that the bike is on top before I drive in to the garage. :o Can't someone invent some system that won't let the garage door open all the way or something when you have a bike on top?
A low tech solution would be to cover the button you use to open the garage with tape or posit it note when the bike is on the roof. You could even draw a little bicycle picture on it ;)

As far as the bike in the back of the Leaf is concerned my SO has been putting her 51 road bike inside without issue with both back seats folded down and the wheel still on the bike without the bike hitting the front seats but it is a really tight fit. I have not tried with my 58 road bike but i suspect the front wheel will hit the front passenger seat unless I move the front passenger seat forward or remove the front wheel on the bike. I don't think I would attempt to get both bikes back there at the same time without removing the front wheels on both and I think it would still be a tight fit.
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Re: Bike Rack

Sat May 14, 2011 6:08 pm

Hey folks, I have developed a quick release bike rack hitch for the Leaf (with input and help from a couple of guys here) that I debuted today at the Bay Area Leaf meeting. I'll try and add some pics soon, and will also start a new thread about it. My goal is to make it available to all.

My initial testing has found minimal impact at modest speed. My 30 mile RT commute is about 1/2 freeway where I was driving ~60 and my miles/kWh dropped from my usual 3.8 to ~3.2. I took some detailed notes in some pre-rack tests and I'll compare to after soon.

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Re: Bike Rack

Sat May 14, 2011 6:46 pm

Electric4Me wrote:Hey folks, I have developed a quick release bike rack hitch for the Leaf (with input and help from a couple of guys here) that I debuted today at the Bay Area Leaf meeting. I'll try and add some pics soon, and will also start a new thread about it. My goal is to make it available to all.

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As one of the observers at its unveiling today I can say that what Bill has built is pretty darn cool.

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Re: Bike Rack

Sun May 15, 2011 4:09 pm

Well, come on then, where are the bloody pictures! I want to see. Any idea on estimated cost and when they might be available?

I'd really love to get a hitch receiver installed on the Leaf. I have a 2" hitch type bike/ski rack that I use on my SUV and the back of my tent trailer. I'd rather just be able to use that on the Leaf as well, but I don't think my lease would allow me to cut through the rear bumper and weld on a 2" receiver... ;)

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Re: Bike Rack

Sun May 15, 2011 4:31 pm

Excellent! I was planning on going that route so am really interested in learning and seeing what you've come up with.
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Re: Bike Rack

Sun May 15, 2011 7:05 pm

blorg wrote:Well, come on then, where are the bloody pictures! I want to see.)
I've got pictures of the gathering plus a video of Bill demoing his bike hitch on my web site:
http://crimdom.net/photos/2011/bay-leaf ... index.html

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Re: Bike Rack

Sun May 15, 2011 7:52 pm

Sorry I don't have any photos to share, but I recently put my road bicycle (56cm Cannondale R-800) in the back of our LEAF without folding down the seats. All I had to do was remove both wheels (they are quick release) and use an old bedsheet to protect the trunk from grease and scratches. Of course, I had to remove the SL cargo cover. I'd personally only bother with a bike rack if I wanted to carry more than one bicycle or save the trunk for other stuff.
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Re: Bike Rack

Sun May 15, 2011 9:22 pm

Very cool! Would definitely be interested in learning more..
Looks like the bike carrier itself is a Swagman (?), nearly the same as what we have for the back of our trailer.

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