Ramp for loading Lectric XP

JandJ5053

New Member
I just got a shipping notice for my two bikes, order #4904, scheduled to arrive on 10-2! Very excited! It's been very helpful to read all the great posts from other contributors on this forum!
That said, does anyone have experience using a folding ramp, like a dog ramp, for loading their bike into an SUV or Truck? My friend bought an XP and is worried about being able to lift it into the back of her Honda CRV.
 

damonjohn

Active Member
I'm not saying she's out of luck, but there are issues.

1. When the bike rolls backward, the pedals rotate and when the bike is folded and the pedals rotate, ugliness ensues. The pedal hits the frame and eats paint and won't go any further. Pulling the bike up a ramp by the handle is relatively easy. Down the ramp means handle first/wheels last. If she isn't strong enough to lift the bike into the CRV, I don't think she's going to like that.

2. I did a quick search for bike ramps and the ones I looked at were narrower than the 20" or so that the bike requires.


Maybe the tote idea from the Lectric XP thread helps here. She could put the bike in the tote and drag it up/down the ramp. Awkward but probably do-able.

A good alternative might be a bike rack. With one of those she'd only have to lift one wheel at a time.
 
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JandJ5053

New Member
I'm not saying she's out of luck, but there are issues.

1. When the bike rolls backward, the pedals rotate and when the bike is folded and the pedals rotate, ugliness ensues. The pedal hits the frame and eats paints and won't go any further. Pulling the bike up a ramp by the handle is relatively easy. Down the ramp means handle first/wheels last. If she isn't strong enough to lift the bike into the CRV, I don't think she's going to like that.

2. I did a quick search for bike ramps and the ones I looked at were narrower than the 20" or so that the bike requires.


Maybe the tote idea from the Lectric XP thread helps here. She could put the bike in the tote and drag it up/down the ramp. Awkward but probably do-able.

A good alternative might be a bike rack. With one of those she'd only have to lift one wheel at a time.
Thanks for your input! I think we'll have a better idea when we get our bikes on Wednesday. My wife and I have two coming and our friend ordered hers at the same time, she's just a little nervous about the logistics of transporting her bike. She was originally thinking of a dog ramp but we were not exactly sure of the track of the folded bike wheels or if it would roll freely enough to roll it up and down a ramp. We'll see and I'll report! Thanks again!
 

Lemonsquaah

New Member
Thanks for your input! I think we'll have a better idea when we get our bikes on Wednesday. My wife and I have two coming and our friend ordered hers at the same time, she's just a little nervous about the logistics of transporting her bike. She was originally thinking of a dog ramp but we were not exactly sure of the track of the folded bike wheels or if it would roll freely enough to roll it up and down a ramp. We'll see and I'll report! Thanks again!
How did it go? I have the same concerns about lifting the bike. I don't have any physical issues per se, but I'm just not super strong and I'm concerned about my ability to hoist the folded bikes into my SUV. Was your friend able to handle lifting the bike on her own without a ramp? Do you have any tips or tricks to make it easier?
 

JandJ5053

New Member
How did it go? I have the same concerns about lifting the bike. I don't have any physical issues per se, but I'm just not super strong and I'm concerned about my ability to hoist the folded bikes into my SUV. Was your friend able to handle lifting the bike on her own without a ramp? Do you have any tips or tricks to make it easier?
Hi! My friend is successfully using her ramp to load her bike. She keeps the bike unfolded and just lowers the handle bars to clear the top of the door frame. Once in her SUV she secures it with a tie down strap. She tried bungee cords but they wouldn't keep the bike upright. This is the ramp she got:


All the best, let me know how it goes for you!