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Old 11-09-2006, 09:35 AM   #1
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We want to purchase bicycles for exploring and fitness that are easy to ride. We have found some around the $300 range, crossroads/hybrid. Any other suggestions? Also does anyone carry their bikes in the back of a truck camper shell? I am worried about height clearance of the bikes going inside the camper because i want them upright on a bike rack.
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Old 11-09-2006, 10:15 AM   #2
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We want to purchase bicycles for exploring and fitness that are easy to ride. We have found some around the $300 range, crossroads/hybrid. Any other suggestions? Also does anyone carry their bikes in the back of a truck camper shell? I am worried about height clearance of the bikes going inside the camper because i want them upright on a bike rack.
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I couldn't believe my response back to you just totally vanished! Poof! Now I see what happened. It is on the Casita forum! Jokes on me! Now, please be advised I am not going to repeat my answer here. Guess you will just have to switch channels! lol!!
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:23 PM   #3
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I like my Trex cross over bike. I do not have a shell top but i do have racks over the bed for carrying my solar panel and kayak. The trex is just under 48 inches when set up for me.
If you use the quick take off handle bar it drops to 38 1/2. hope this was of some help
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:47 PM   #4
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:56 PM   #5
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Cool post dude ! That is the exact same bike I ordered, a quality machine. You can see it in person this summer at Bullards Beach. Ahem, yes, you can look for free, but you can't have it !
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:14 PM   #7
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My Solution - Standard Bikes

Bike rack over the propane tank. Easy load and out of the way.


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Old 11-09-2006, 01:18 PM   #8
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Cool post dude ! That is the exact same bike I ordered, a quality machine. You can see it in person this summer at Bullards Beach. Ahem, yes, you can look for free, but you can't have it !
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Old 11-09-2006, 02:24 PM   #9
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The Escape Trailer does a 'bike ready' receiver hitch on the back bumper of the camper - so it would accomodate an upright bike rack that fits into a receiver.
Maybe you could do something like that?

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Old 11-09-2006, 02:33 PM   #10
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I've gone with the folding bike route as well; I have a Bike Friday folder and my wife has a Giant Halfway. They're really convenient and easy to take along. The problem with bike racks on the rear of the trailer is that every pound of bike and rack on the back could unload as much as a pound of tongue weight (depending on the axle placement relative to the hitch and bumper). It is safe to say that it definately unloads some percentage of tongue weight.

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Old 11-09-2006, 07:04 PM   #11
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Swagman 3 bike carrier. Buy a longer ball mount and it works fine. We were worried about clearance, but have not had any problems in the windy mountain roads all the way through Colorado. It mounts directly on the ball mount and swings down (away from the truck) if you want access to your tailgate or camper shell. We just reach around it.
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Old 11-09-2006, 08:02 PM   #12
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[quote]The Escape Trailer does a 'bike ready' receiver hitch on the back bumper of the camper - so it would accomodate an upright bike rack that fits into a receiver.
Maybe you could do something like that?

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Our 2002 Casita has a bike-ready receiver hitch on the back bumper, also. When we head down to the Keys, we're going to have bikes there. We have to buy another bike, and the bike rack. We're always jealous when we see other campers cruising about the campground on their bikes, so we're going to take care of that.
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Old 11-09-2006, 11:06 PM   #13
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Mike, have you published instructions on how to make that bike rack?

The only problem with your bike rack is that I would have to take the camper along to ride my bike! Thinking about the folding variety, but my husband wouldn't want a pretend bike. Your kind of rack seems to be the right choice for us.

We have mounted his bike in the back of the mini van. Removed the middle seat and put a board on the rear seat with the fork hold down. It works but takes up space in the van. I'm looking at the Dahon CIAO P5 for myself. To me very pricy (around $590). Only a 5 speed but I'm not athletic anyway. I've a feeling it might fit a small person a bit better, need to find someone who sells Dahon. Currently I use my son's discarded bike, but I need something more girly.

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Old 11-09-2006, 11:42 PM   #14
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Roger, Your wife doesn't happen to be 5'1" does she? Would like to know how that Giant Halfway adjusts for a short person. It weighs 3 pounds more, has a couple more gears than the one I am looking at but maybe it would be better. Also $100 less. Not sure if some of the folding bikes have handle bars that go down. I have this vision of me having my arms up above my shoulders! The Halfway appears to be adjustable.

Did you buy that in the midwest? Know of a place to see them?

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