Ramp to roll bike into car suggestions?

shezoom

Member
Anybody have a home made or other easy ramp to roll the bike into the back of my car? I have a mini clubman 2012
 

myers830

Member
I suggest looking for a cheap fold-up doggie ramp on Amazon. Its nice because you can take it with you and unload the bike easily. Home made ones are usually rigid and yes you can load the bike...but once you leave your home, then what? Having a portable ramp makes the most sense.
 

6zfshdb

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I made this one from a piece of 3" Schedule 40 PVC pipe which I split in half lengthwise. I nested the two halves and bolted them together for strength. This one is 5' long to get my bike onto a pickup bed rack but you can make it any length you wish. A hinge could be added to allow the ramp to fold if necessary.

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I cut a 3" PVC tee in half and bolted it to one end to keep the ramp from twisting. I added 4 lag bolts to the tee ends to keep the ramp from sliding on smooth ground.

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The total cost was $14 including the bolts.
 

Reformvette

Active Member
I made this one from a piece of 3" Schedule 40 PVC pipe which I split in half lengthwise. I nested the two halves and bolted them together for strength. This one is 5' long to get my bike onto a pickup bed rack but you can make it any length you wish. A hinge could be added to allow the ramp to fold if necessary.

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I cut a 3" PVC tee in half and bolted it to one end to keep the ramp from twisting. I added 4 lag bolts to the tee ends to keep the ramp from sliding on smooth ground.

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The total cost was $14 including the bolts.
That is a great ramp you designed. Thanks for the idea.
 

Handlebars

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Canada
I made this one from a piece of 3" Schedule 40 PVC pipe which I split in half lengthwise. I nested the two halves and bolted them together for strength. This one is 5' long to get my bike onto a pickup bed rack but you can make it any length you wish. A hinge could be added to allow the ramp to fold if necessary.

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I cut a 3" PVC tee in half and bolted it to one end to keep the ramp from twisting. I added 4 lag bolts to the tee ends to keep the ramp from sliding on smooth ground.

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The total cost was $14 including the bolts.
Genius. I think it might work to help get the bike into a vertical bike stand. What kind of stays are we seeing there, that hold the bike once it's onto the platform?
 

6zfshdb

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Genius. I think it might work to help get the bike into a vertical bike stand. What kind of stays are we seeing there, that hold the bike once it's onto the platform?




I use a pair of Thule Sidearm roof racks to hold the bikes in place on the PVC pipe "bed". Almost any type of roof rack will work, even for bikes with fenders.
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In my case, the ramp attaches to a piece of 4" PVC pipe which is part of the rack. I used a bolt on the ramp which fits into a hole in the rack. I cut a small piece of pipe which is used as a "collar" to make it easy to line up the bolt & hole. The ramp lines up with the tray on the Thule rack and the bikes roll easily into place.

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PVC pipe is very useful for a great variety of projects. It can be cut, shaped, glued & bolted into almost any imaginable configuration.
 

Handlebars

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Region
Canada
I use a pair of Thule Sidearm roof racks to hold the bikes in place on the PVC pipe "bed". Almost any type of roof rack will work, even for bikes with fenders.
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In my case, the ramp attaches to a piece of 4" PVC pipe which is part of the rack. I used a bolt on the ramp which fits into a hole in the rack. I cut a small piece of pipe which is used as a "collar" to make it easy to line up the bolt & hole. The ramp lines up with the tray on the Thule rack and the bikes roll easily into place.

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PVC pipe is very useful for a great variety of projects. It can be cut, shaped, glued & bolted into almost any imaginable configuration.
Have you tried PVC bending using hot sand poured inside?