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Old 05-04-2017, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mountain bike storage in a G2

I am a prospective G2 owner.

I would like to be able to stow my bike (med. frame marin hardtail 29er) inside, standing up, without removing any more than the front wheel/seat.

Will it fit? I suspect I will have an issue with height.

I realize it will fit fine laying down, but that would require moving my tools/parts. I am a field engineer who would be using it for work.

I was able to do it with my '03 Focus ZX3.....after I yanked the rear seat out. BTW, a focus hatch, with the rear seats gone is gimormous!!!! It's like a damn pickup truck!

I would prefer to not do the same to a G2 as I like having at least one vehicle in the fleet that will get good mileage AND 40+ mpg. The focus will do one, driven carfully enough and the Odyssey will do the other.

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Old 05-04-2017, 12:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I seriously doubt it. I just barely got a red wagon in my wife's Insight. You might look at a Fit, the seat bottom cushion in that folds up, specifically to make loading a bike easy. Similar mileage, less complicated.
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Here's a YouTube video of a bike being loaded into the side of a Fit ( although it is a road bike, not a mountain one)

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My wife has a first gen (2007) fit. I can fit her recumbent tadpole trike in there without removing any wheels. I can also get my mountain bike in there at the same time standing up with the front wheel and seat off.

I also doubt it would work with the gen2 insight though.
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The Fit is an absolute marvel when it comes to swallowing gear. The only problem is finding good deals on them used. Also, I don't believe they have quite the mpg potential of the Insight.
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Key word: potential

My wife barely gets 38 mpg running around LA freeways with the A/C blasting.
If the IMA takes a dump there go the savings.
You would be surprised at how good a deal one can get on a brand new Honda.
Sometimes the spread just does not justify the savings, especially if American Honda is offering their .09% financing. Our Insight was absolutely free. Paid for with the fuel savings from the Odyssey she was driving. (Of course there was the hair shirt, tin can punishment of actually driving the Insight)
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My bike won't fit upright in the rear. But it is big and with handlebar extensions. A smaler sized frame might work, though the 29" size might mean a longer fork. I just tried with my 26" wheeled XL sized frame mtb and. It will only fit flat with the front tire off and both rear seat backs flat forward. Plenty of room for that.

I carry my bikes using a hitch rack. Very convenient, can put up to 4 of them back there, no problem.

I also have a roof rack for winter sports and for kayaking.

I recently looked prices on eBay for sold Insights - an '11 can be had for less than $6k. I think they are very reliable and economical cars, the oil burning issues notwithstanding on '12-13 models, I think.

MPG varies a lot. Go over 75mph on the highway and you get below 40mpg. Drive aggressively, and you get low 30s. Winter is worse than summer. But, ride gently with the majority of traffic in light traffic, I consistently beat 40mpg average. On easy highway trips 50mpg is achievable, same on suburban roads.

The Insight is closer to an economy car in terms of features and noise and handling, with mediocre power to match. As long as you approach it this way, you will be happy with one if you expect more from a car that sold new for $16k in base trim, you'd be disappointed.
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Why not use special tool for transporting bike?
Like this: https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...ride-_-1691276
For bike and kayak: https://youtu.be/R_iU--y3fTo
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Why not use special tool for transporting bike?
Like this: https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...ride-_-1691276
For bike and kayak: https://youtu.be/R_iU--y3fTo
I think the idea is to be able to have both tools for work and the bike for after. In other words, the bike needs to be locked inside. Laying down on top of toolboxes and spare parts is unworkable.
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This ^^^^.

Bike racks are fine if you are going out for the specific purpose of a bike ride. I would like to be able to have the bike stowed away, for extended periods, out of the weather and away from thieves.
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