When you want to haul with your van

jcanavera

Member
So far I find it very interesting that the local bike shops here in the St. Louis metro area are clueless about what you can use to secure your bikes inside your van. They all seem to tell me that I need to cludge something up to keep the bikes stable. For those looking here is what I have found. Will run me about $310 or as little as $260 via Ebay for the components.

https://www.saris.com/product/traps-triple

You need the appropriate carrier base, trap fork mounts, and wheel mounts. This looks like the best case carrier. As best as I can determine I can set this system up without drilling any holes in the van for mounting any equipment. I think the biggest issue is understanding the dimensions of your front wheel fork. Where is that information located or how do you determine this. Here is the component that the fork attaches to once you remove the front wheel.

https://www.saris.com/search/trapfork mounts

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TaraBara

Member
LOL.... if you think it's hard to find a reasonably priced bike rack for inside a van try finding a reasonably priced hitch mount ebike rack. I found one on Amazon it set me back $250. I really like it though but there really isn't a lot of options for heavy bikes.
 

rich c

Well-Known Member
I haul in a Ford Transit Connect cargo van. I put the eBike back tires between the seat back and B pillar. Then a strap through a roof beam and around the head tube. Very minimal investment in two straps.
 

Ron49

New Member
Pricey, but I'd think you could use the trays from a 1Up-USA rack the in back of the van. https://www.1up-usa.com/product/roof-rack/. They will hold the bikes securely in place if they'll fit back there - if interested give them a call as I've seen these things used in a lot of applications (outside rails of a pickup truck bed, for example) and they can tell you if/how it could work.
 

jcanavera

Member
Here's a picture of the Saris rack holding two bikes on a recent trip. On this one I left the RadCity home and brought my vintage Raleigh Sprite. The only fly in the ointment was that the fork ends on the Raleigh are a smaller diameter than the fork mount trap supplied by Saris. After determining that there was not a smaller diameter trap rod available, I went over to my local Lowes and bought a slightly smaller diameter bolt that would fit into the Saris trap and support the smaller diameter fork ends of my Raleigh. I did lose the quick disconnect feature in doing this and do have to wrench the bolts on the post. However it works wonderfully and the bike stayed locked in place during transit. I also ran one tie down strap from the rear frame to the seat next to the bikes. This ensured that the bikes could not slide the truck bed rack which is sitting on a carpeted surface. The rack also has a gripping surface that resists the tendency of the rack to slide around. If I had no carpet I probably would have drilled holes to permanently mount the rack. But this is a passenger van, and has a third seat that I remove when I carrying the bikes.
 

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Highway550

Member
I haul ebikes in a Ford Transit Connect and secure the bike(s) with a floor mount wheel platform and then a few bungee cords.
I can get two bikes in when the with a couch setup and one bike in when the the couch is folded down into a bed.

This works well when the weather is bad and the bike(s) keep dry. I also have a Thule EasyFold XT 2 that is used.

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opimax

Well-Known Member
I have a Metris I want to do this with a ramp and keep both wheels on the bikes. I want to open the back door, roll the bike up and clamp into place , need to hold 2 bikes. I have not found anyone or anything home I’ll take my money...
 

Browneye

Active Member
There are some hoop-doopb options for motorcycles in vans and trailers - slot rails and chocks, etc., so look there. Not your LBS realm.
Links on request.
 

6zfshdb

Well-Known Member
For around $250, I made a frame using PVC pipe and 2 Thule Sidearm roof racks. It slides out for easy bike loading and is sized it to fit perfectly so no tie downs are necessary. I use it in the bed of my pickup but the same principle would work for a van.

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If vertical clearance is a problem, you can remove the front wheel and use the axle brackets mentioned above.

Be aware that the rear van doors could restrict side access to the rack if they don't swing open far enough.
 

Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
I haul ebikes in a Ford Transit Connect and secure the bike(s) with a floor mount wheel platform and then a few bungee cords.
I can get two bikes in when the with a couch setup and one bike in when the the couch is folded down into a bed.

This works well when the weather is bad and the bike(s) keep dry. I also have a Thule EasyFold XT 2 that is used.
Very nice blog about your E-bike adventure. Looks like you had a great time traveling this year.
If you would like to try something very cool? here is something that might enhance your riding experience even more.


This is an internal geared hub that is built for E-bikes and compatible with Di2 shifting. So, you can keep absolutely straight chain-line and get electronic shifting.