Transporting muddy bike in a decent car – help with an idea?
I’ve recently been given a company car and need to treat it a whole lot better than my trusty old banger. I had dragged the forks down the roof lining, and snagged it a couple of times with chainrings etc.
I am thinking that a big drawstring bag in a light to medium canvas would be perfect. Just pop the wheels off, compress the reverb and put it in the bag before chucking it in the boot. The trouble is I can’t find a suitable bag.
Do I need to dust off my appalling sewing skills, or can someone point me in the direction of somewhere I can buy something?
A jute sack would be a second choice, but I prefer the idea of something a bit lighter than can just be pulled over the bike and done up.Posted 3 years ago
The bag would get very dirty very quickly wouldn’t it?!
The inside would, yes, but if I always put it on the same way around, the bits that would touch the roof lining accidentally would be pretty clean, I think.
Also, when putting the bike in the car after a night ride in the dark doesn’t always lend itself to accuracy…….Posted 3 years agodeadkennySubscriber
+1 Hatchbag. Proper hard wearing boot liner fitted for your car. Every now and again I take it out and empty half a forest, but otherwise the car is fine (scratched up a bit though from before I used a liner, but fine since).
I used sheets and stuff before, but they shift around and the mud gets everywhere. Doesn’t protect the sides from scratching unless you can set up covers for the sides that stay in place. A proper fitted liner is much nicer though.Posted 3 years agoalibongo001Subscriber
I have used a double duvet cover lots!
They are really good, choose a thicker material if you can so you don’t get soak through!
Also put it in backwards so it lays on the left hand side, that way the chainset is off the floor to reduce oily stains and the forks dont have have far to go in the car to snag on stuff.
Easier with 2 people, one to guide the back, one to push!Posted 3 years ago
If I ever get out on a Wednesday night again, I’ll show you
Ha ha, I’m in a fairly similar boat. The aforementioned company car is attached to a promotion. The downside is that I’m probably going to be missing out on Wednesday nights a lot more. If I can get the person I’ve recruited to replace me up to speed quick, I might be making most Wednesdays by June/July time. Until then it’ll probably be a max of once or twice a month if I’m lucky……
I’m going with taking the wheels off, sliding the bike into an old king sized duvet cover, lifting it into the boot then putting the wheels in the cover as well. Should do the biz I think. Those boot liners look good, but it’s the muddying and scuffing of the ceiling and sides that bothers me the most.
Hoovering the boot from time to time is not an issue, trying to scrub mud off of the ‘dirt-attracta’ fabric that seems to be used for most car roof linings is what I want to avoid.Posted 3 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Tarpaulin is what I use. For better protection than I bother with you could Use the eyelets and some ties or pongos (bungees) to door handles, head rests etc to hold in place. I am assuming estate or hatch with seats down and bike on side Wheels in our out as dictated by car ssize.
I have had my car 7 years 90% of my bike carrying is inside and its not ruined yet.
I did similar with my company car before that although the lighter interior picked up a few marks that needed the odds dose of autoglym shampoo!Posted 3 years agoDickBartonMember
Buy a tarp from local diy store – something like a 5mx4m, open up boot and fold seats down…put tarp in middle and then spread it out – mark where folders are and then gaffa tape them (it keeps the shape needed for your car and also allows you to make it cover the sides and windows). I’ve also got a couple of bungees to keep the tarp up against the headrests (as mentioned further up the list) – means the sides of the car remain covered and any moisture (mud/water) is caught and remains in the tarp and not in the car).
Put bike in and off you go – tarp is waterproof and easy enough to whip out and clean/dry – keeps the inside of car spotless (apart from roof as that isn’t covered but I’m assuming you’d be careful enough when inserting/removing).
Total cost – about £15 (5x4m tarp, bungees and gaffa), total effort time – about 10 minutes.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Enormous heavy duty tarp (not a cheap crinkly one, a proper old school one- you need the weight to stop it moving around) , line the sides of the car as well as you can. Once you’ve done that, the roof’s easy because you don’t need to think about anything else.
Also, consider making the bike smaller than it needs to be just to fit- I can fit whole bikes in the back of mine but if I want to be really sure exactly where they’re going, I take a wheel off, much more managable.Posted 3 years agoajantomMember
….or a portable washer – Mobi or similar?Posted 3 years ago
I have no rear access (oh matron!) and this has solved my woes.
Quick blast with the washer after a ride, wipe down and light oil, and into the car on an old bed sheet. Takes all of 10-15 minutes, and means clean car and clean house when I get home.globaltiMember
Cleaning the bike straight after the ride is miserable because you’ll be damp and you’ll get chilled then the bike will drip mucky water. When I mountain biked I used to line the Passat estate with an old fitted sheet – it slips over the tops of the folded seat backs then over the corners of the spare wheel cover/floor panel and stretches perfectly. Chuck in the bike and any mud that gets on the upholstery would dry and could be vacuumed off next time I cleaned the car.
Coming back from night rides filthy dirty and soaked then having to clean the bike, my kit and change in a freezing garage was a major element in my growing disenchantment with mountain biking. At least on the road you get back clean and dry (usually) straight to the door and only have to wash the bike down after wet conditions.Posted 3 years ago
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