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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

You have discovered why you commonly find MTB'ers driving small vans or old cheap estate cars. I'm driving a 10yr old Hyundai with a boot full of mud and a boot lip covered in chainring/pedal scars. ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

Personally, I'm using a Decathlon "Bike Transport Cover" (with cupboard made supports for the rear derailleur and the fork). A sturdier bag will be required to an ebike though - the keyword ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

Personally I buy my bikes to use, not for their ornamental aesthetics, so my answer may reflect my attitude to cosmetic damage. Being a MTB bike used on trails, you also have to consider your ...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

I'd say the most important thing is you need a hatchback. This is not good: This is better If you take the wheels and saddle off, pretty much any car of the second type will fit one bike. If the car ...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

If carrying the bike(s) outside the car: the only criterion (for the car) should be the presence of a trailer hook. Non-trailer hooks solutions are not super convenient, especially if you want to use ...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

The bikes are far better loaded behind the car Until you back into something or you get rear-ended... Don't be so quick to dismiss roof racks if you're serious about hauling more than 2 bikes. Good ...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

I'm going to say that there is nothing car manufactures do to cater specifically for carrying bikes around. At best maybe a few optional accessories to support carting bikes and even then, they are ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

Depends how much other stuff you need to move at the same time, or how many passengers. Initially, wash your bike a day before you need to pack the car. This gives it time to dry. Ideally you'd load ...
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Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?

I highly recommend that you put a piece of wide Duct Tape on the CLEAN glass where the bike rack rubber/suction cups will contact. This prevents dirt from getting under the rubber/suction cups and ...
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Mini-van for bicycle

The first thing is to consider how big the bike is and how much effort you're prepared to put into prepping the bike for transport. A compact road bike with no mudguards* will fit in a small ...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

The main question to consider is what else is the car being used for, and how often does it carry bikes? Its rare for people to only use a car to carry bikes, and not wise to make lots of compromises ...
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How should I transport my electric kick scooter (e-scooter)?

Presumably your scooter looks like this and has measurements similar. Image is from https://www.electriq.co.uk/p/e-sc1/electriq-esc1 and illustrates a 25 km/h "kick" scooter with 8 Ah ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

A low cost way I have used for my MTN bike is just a $5 tarp which I attach to the passenger windows and leave it on the floor towards the trunk. Great way to ensure 1) You don't scratch the interior ...
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Mini-van for bicycle

If its just yourself and one road bike, it will fit into the back a majority of hatch back style cars. With the seats folded down and front wheel off, you would be surprised how much space even a ...
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Hitch mounted bike rack swaying

Manufacturers recommend a strap to stabilize a (class 1) hitch-mounted bike rack so it doesn't bounce or sway. For example see Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories, and especially the ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

You could use a strap-on bike rack which attaches to the rear door using nylon straps with plastic coated metal hooks. They tend to like to press on the back window which is scary but apparently OK.
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

A cheap part of a solution could be a rubber boot liner - it prevents stuff in boot from scratching the car, and you can easily pull it out and wash away the water or mud. Something like this: https://...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

Short term, low effort suggestion. Get a pack of very thick socks. Put them on the bike's pedals, handlebar ends/ brake levers. And something you can wrap around the chainring, or get a chainring ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

I could get a trailer hitch but would rather avoid doing so as I only need to transport 1 bike at a time. So get a one-bike hitch rack, no? https://yakima.com/products/singlespeed This answer was ...
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Are there any recumbent tricycles that can be transported with a normal car?

From my experience, a single trike can usually be easily transported inside (European) station wagons or minivans, like e.g. the Renault Espace, at least if you fold down (a part of) the rear seat of ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

The cargo area of your car will anyway scratch over time. No need to worry. There can be any number of reasons why the value of your car goes down, not only scratches in plastics around the cargo area,...
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What is the correct kind of hitch receiver that works with my bike rack?

As Daniel R Hicks writes, any sturdy 2" receiver hitch should work, ** as long as it fits your car **. Hitches are usually specific for one or a few car models. Hitches are designated according ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

My other half races bikes, and top-end bikes are very delicate things. To transport them he has a special frame inside the car. His is German, but if you google it ("In-car bike rack", "...
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What criteria should a cyclist consider when shopping for a car, partly to transport bikes to trails?

Pick up truck: Pros: Flexibility, can carry many bikes of different shapes and sizes. Easy to clean after carrying dirty bikes Bikes are partially protected against collisions. No need for costly ...
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How do I safely transport a very heavy e-bike in my car?

As someone into tandem biking, I have seen roof racks you can use with a very heavy single-person bike. They work by having a rotating element for the fork skewer, so you only lift half the bike at a ...
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Is it possible to transport many (up to 12) bikes using some sort of auto-trailer?

Check out huckwagons. Might be exactly what you wanted. http://huckwagons.com/#trailers-section
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How to thank motorists?

I show the palm facing the driver. This also means "stop" but yes, please do not drive on me while I am using your courtesy now (is Switzerland some drivers are so careful they give you ...
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