Biking cars

motherhucker
motherhucker Posts: 239
edited May 2009 in MTB general
Hey guys, either im not very adept at using the search function on here or there just aren't any very good topics about it.

I'm 99% sure its the first of these but i haven't found anything after trawling through god knows how many pages of posts.

So if someone can link me to a decent thread about good cars for lugging the steeds around it would be much appreciated.

Regards, Dan
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  • realnumber 1
    realnumber 1 Posts: 675
    Totally depends what you want to do. Any big family barge is going to work well but at the same time I can happily get 2 bikes a good weeks worth of clobber and a passenger in my Clio with the back seat down.
  • motherhucker
    motherhucker Posts: 239
    Haha ive got a clio at the mo, just want something to easily transport the bikes with two/three passengers in the car. Not a big fan of bike racks, so just wondering what was out there. Cant be TOO huge either - actual size or engine size - as im only 19 and wont be able to afford the insurance!
  • P-Jay
    P-Jay Posts: 1,478
    I managed to get my Endruo and a big box of kit into the back of my Mum's Yaris yesterday but it wasn't pretty. Saying that it was far easier than trying to get it in the back of my Passat, gotta love hatchbacks.

    The ideal is a Van like a Transit. My mate has one just for shifting bikes. You can get a good couple of bikes in, all your kit, get changed in it everthing. Not great as a Car though.

    Other than a Van, it's pretty much any Car with a decent roof rack and a quality Thule (or the like) bike rack. Even bigish estates like Passat Estate and Vectra Estates etc are a pain to get a bike in the back off, especiall if it's covered in mud.
  • realnumber 1
    realnumber 1 Posts: 675
    Maybe an Astra estate or if you can take the size a Pug 406HDi estate or Mondeo or something?
  • grumsta
    grumsta Posts: 994
    I've been looking into getting something like a Citroen Berlingo. Seen this pic:

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  • rudedog
    rudedog Posts: 523
    any car with a towbar (allowing you to fit a towbar mounted bike carrier) will be ideal :D
  • ratty2k
    ratty2k Posts: 3,872
    Just bought a Transit connect, cheaper to tax and insure than my previous Fiat Doblo. Perfect and you can get variants with rear seats...
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  • Raymondavalon
    Raymondavalon Posts: 5,346
    I use an 02 4.0L V8 Land Rover Discovery for lugging bikes and friends around on weekends, the sole reason for buying this vehicle was for my love of MTB'ing and it is not my daily use car.
    It will take me anywhere, up hills, through mud, country lanes and some areas where a car just couldn't reach
    As for the fuel consumption, petrol is cheaper than diesel and if driven sensibly, the MPG isn't quite as bad as most people would believe

    The Disco allows me to fit 4 bikes on the roof using Thule Aero Bars with 591 bike carriers.
    At a push (and if needed) I could squeeze another 3 on the rear using a towball mounted carrier. I don/t have/need a towball carrier, but it's good to know it can be done
    I've also carried (clean) bikes inside the Discovery
    Most importantly I can carry myself plus 6 passengers safely complete with all the riding gear needed. It's a safe, comfortable ride that helps me wind down after a day in the saddle as it has plush leather, climate control, a decent factory fitted sound system and gives me and the passengers the luxury of personal space most family/compact cars could never offer.
  • phz
    phz Posts: 478
    edited May 2009
    renault laguna 2l turbo hatchback

    just me and my wife - 2 bikes and gear in the back with loads of room to spare (we do have a rack too so at a push could do 4 bikes - 1 in the boot with front wheel out and 3 on the rack - and 4 people plus gear) - 0-60 8 seconds and 140mph and will still do almost 40mpg on a motorway run

    does the job

    i guess what im saying is any 'family' hatchback (vectra / laguna / mondeo / etc) will do the job easy enough

    (i did however use to have a citroen 2CV and with the back seats out that would take 2 people and 2 bikes complete and upright in the back with camping gear and everything else as well ! )

    slainte :) rob
  • motherhucker
    motherhucker Posts: 239
    Cheers guys keep em comin' :wink:

    There gotta be another thread about this so again, if anyone knows, please link

    Oh and Raymondavalon, If only i had the money to buy it in the first place, plus the money to insure it for a 19yr old, i'd consider it! :lol:
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    Cheap 4x4 makes a lot of sense, the luggage space in those can be enormous. But me, i think I'm going to get me a random ratty estate.
    Uncompromising extremist
  • cat_with_no_tail
    cat_with_no_tail Posts: 12,981
    Why not get a double cab Pick-up? Should be fairly cheap to insure. Something like a 2.5l Diesel wont be too thirsty either. Ok, so it's not as economical as a 1.2l Punto, but they are built to take a beating. Plenty of room for bikes, kit, tools, beer, tents, basically everything needed for a lads weekend away (speaking from experience).

    How much you looking to be spending?
  • MeddlE
    MeddlE Posts: 322
    Citroen Xsara Picasso, 3 bikes and 3 adults, no problem, all inside. Insurance group 7 for the 2.0HDi, 49mpg. MTB go upright if you remove the front wheels.
  • Subaru Outback here. With the seats folded it easily swallows two fully-assembled bikes.

    I've pretty much always owned estates - you get load-carrying capability without the increase in fuel consumption of a 4WD.
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  • dsmiff
    dsmiff Posts: 741
    I was looking at the citroen C8 / peugeot 807 remove the two rear seats and one from the middle row, this should allow you to put the bikes in without removing wheels and still carry 4 adults.

    Currently I have a Zafira and a Fiat Coupe. Zafira is just OK with bikes, but it's not that long. I'm looking to replace the Coupe with somthing a bit more praticical, I did fit two mountain bikes in once, but had to remove all the wheels first.
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  • ratty2k
    ratty2k Posts: 3,872
    Northwind wrote:
    . But me, i think I'm going to get me a random ratty estate.

    You aren't buying my mansion!?
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  • v23
    v23 Posts: 217
    You couldn't really go wrong with an old volvo estate. V70, 940, 740 etc. Massive and built like tanks.
  • bluechair84
    bluechair84 Posts: 4,352
    Just put my car in a thread a week ago, bought a Nissan Primera for £800 - four new tyres, just serviced, 10month MOT, 6month tax, just did the math and I'm getting 38mpg motorway, built in Sunderland so very cheap to repair as the parts are all here and it's Jap designed so it'll never go wrong anyway...
    Skipton%20ride%20%2817%29.jpg

    And I can get a full bike in the back. It's a big boot with a big hatch lid. I bought it because it'll swallow bikes whole, cheap to buy run, reliable, cheap to insure.... It's a 1.6 and it goes like the clappers too :)
  • dav1
    dav1 Posts: 1,298
    the ford KA has a surprising amount of room in the back for a bike. Wheels off and it just slipes in there without any issue whatsoever.
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  • cee
    cee Posts: 4,553
    I have said this somewhere here before....

    I have a toyota carina e.

    Regularly transport myself and 2 friends, plus the 3 bikes (all wheels off) in the car, with everyones gear.

    OK, so fitting the wheels in is a bit like playing kerplunk, but they go in.

    :D
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  • BigJimmyB
    BigJimmyB Posts: 1,302
    Citroen Berlingo
    Peugeot Partner
    Fiat Doblo
    Nissan Variant

    Small van with windoes really, once the seats are down.....

    I used a Peugeot Partner for 2 years - happily took 3 bikes (with front wheels off), plus 3 riders and all our gear for a weekend in Afan.
  • elPedro666
    elPedro666 Posts: 1,060
    Peugeot 405 estate, 1.9 GLX deisel, just sailed through another MOT, swallows all our camping gear (not travelling light either!) and bike kit for two of us without being a squeeze, does 40mpg if you're gentle (I believe a good one gets 50+!) and I've seen them go past 400k.

    Oh, and it cost me £140 :lol:
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  • OwenB
    OwenB Posts: 606
    dsmiff wrote:
    I was looking at the citroen C8 / peugeot 807 remove the two rear seats and one from the middle row, this should allow you to put the bikes in without removing wheels and still carry 4 adults.

    Currently I have a Zafira and a Fiat Coupe. Zafira is just OK with bikes, but it's not that long. I'm looking to replace the Coupe with somthing a bit more praticical, I did fit two mountain bikes in once, but had to remove all the wheels first.

    I've got a C8, I still have to take the front wheels off but can get three bikes in and three passengers easily. it's a bit of a squeeze fitting in the fourth passenger but it can be done.
  • dezmtber
    dezmtber Posts: 74
    i used to lug about in a 406lx estate 1.9td
    they are insurance group 10 was about £600 to insure with two years no claims.
    i carried 5 bike 5 people from stoke-on-trent to chicksands 140 miles most weekends it was good on fuel and space.

    3 bikes on the bike rack 2 in the boot with sub box and are riding kit
    they have proper space for 3 in the back seats with a proper middle seat belt.
    and you can pick em up for under a grand :)

    what more can you ask for
    also look at mondeo estates, citreon estates, and passat estaes :)
    sometimes its a good thing to not use your brain.
  • dezmtber
    dezmtber Posts: 74
    or buy a hatch back fit roof rails and a three bike rack and you can take 5 people and 5 bikes + gear in the boot. i do this with a pug 306 :)

    306 2.0 hdi. as powerfull as a 1.6 16v
    but its insurance group 5 :)
    sometimes its a good thing to not use your brain.
  • stumpyjon
    stumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    I've just ordered a Volkswagen Touran. Loads of space and or seats. It's a seven seater or with the back seats flat and I mean flat the boot is huge. Plus it's supposed to do 53 mpg combined urban and extra urban. Quite a few older ones around and as it's more people carrier than sports car the insurance group isn't too high.
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  • Agoogy
    Agoogy Posts: 66
    No-one else has mentioned it .... you'll know why when I do.... you're all phillestines! its a design classic, takes up less road space as an Escort, acres of glass, economical, cheap to buy, individual..and one day I guarantee...cool...yes COOL...

    I give you...

    the Fiat Mutipla!

    take out a seat and you can stand a fully aseembled bike in the back and STILL seat 5!
    take out all rear seats - fit 3 bikes and 3 people!
    change the alloys and tint the glass and jobs a good'un.

    Me?.... I own a tuned Vauxhall Signum 3.0 V6 DTi.. bike goes in the back on a rug... but if I was going to get seruious with biking and camping and out door life, it'd be a Mutipla or if budget went far enough a subtley pimped Volkswagen Transporter...
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  • cee
    cee Posts: 4,553
    Agoogy wrote:

    take out a seat and you can stand a fully aseembled bike in

    a mate of mine had a mini cooper.....he used to take out the front passenger seat to fit his bike in :D
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  • Agoogy
    Agoogy Posts: 66
    cee wrote:
    Agoogy wrote:

    take out a seat and you can stand a fully assembled bike in

    a mate of mine had a mini cooper.....he used to take out the front passenger seat to fit his bike in :D

    Now THAT is commitment!.....and a damn fine car...
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  • dsmiff
    dsmiff Posts: 741
    OwenB wrote:
    dsmiff wrote:
    I was looking at the citroen C8 / peugeot 807 remove the two rear seats and one from the middle row, this should allow you to put the bikes in without removing wheels and still carry 4 adults.

    Currently I have a Zafira and a Fiat Coupe. Zafira is just OK with bikes, but it's not that long. I'm looking to replace the Coupe with somthing a bit more praticical, I did fit two mountain bikes in once, but had to remove all the wheels first.

    I've got a C8, I still have to take the front wheels off but can get three bikes in and three passengers easily. it's a bit of a squeeze fitting in the fourth passenger but it can be done.

    Thanks for that, what sort of mileage are you getting, I was looking at the 2.0 and 2.2 hdi's.

    I take it you have removed the two rear most seats?
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