Just joined and new to biking...

dynamic

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
I anxiously await for the LBS to build my wife's and my Priority Currents. I spent quite a bit of time lurking and comparing options before we made that decision. Now we are trying to figure out how to haul an eight year old and a two year old on our bike adventures. Also practical stuff like how to move heavy ebikes around when you only have sedans with no hitch.
I am also shopping for possibly one more "regular" bike. I imagine it will also be a priority, as the belt drive really sold me. But open to other things.
Hi everyone!
 

WIVado

Active Member
Region
USA
City
Southwest Wisconsin
From my experience, hauling bikes around inside a car gets old quickly, unless we’re talking something with the room of a station wagon or van.

I would research having a hitch installed and using a hitch-mounted carrier. I used a roof-mounted carrier (prior to ebikes) and much prefer the hitch carrier. And even with the battery removed (if it’s removable) the bike may be too heavy for a roof-style rack.
 

dynamic

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
From my experience, hauling bikes around inside a car gets old quickly, unless we’re talking something with the room of a station wagon or van.

I would research having a hitch installed and using a hitch-mounted carrier. I used a roof-mounted carrier (prior to ebikes) and much prefer the hitch carrier. And even with the battery removed (if it’s removable) the bike may be too heavy for a roof-style rack.
For now, biking is from home only. If we stick with biking this year, the plan is to make a honda ridgeline one of our two cars next year. Then just get a gate pad and tie downs. hitch + ebike racks for 4 bikes became too much to deal with in the short term.
 

dynamic

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
So, bikemap for iOS is currently winning. It’s simple, has the most logical waypoint creation and search. It also tracks heart rate via apple watch.

It tracks elevation but not grade. And the route optimizers do nothing for my use case.

So, as long as I am willing to manually plan my route by adding waypoints to avoid certain roads, this is the easiest application so far.

Still trying more as I can.
 

6zfshdb

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Northeast Pennsylvania
Welcome to the forum! You've come to the right place to ask your questions.
You might want to play around with the search option in the upper right of the screen. There are numerous threads on hitches & racks and sub forums devoted to almost any bike make.

A Ridgeline would indeed be a good vehicle choice. It would easily handle a 4 bike hitch rack. In the mean time, I would not resort to using trunk or hatch mount racks. Most are not designed to handle heavy bikes. A roof rack is a possibility but unless you lift weights, getting the bikes up there could be a challenge.

Unless you carry your bikes in the bed of a pickup, a hitch style rack is the most flexible option. Pricey, yes, but they can be moved from vehicle to vehicle as the need arises. Many have ramp options to make loading easier.