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Join Date: Dec 2006
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I know this is an old thread, but as I am searching for an answer to my bike hauling problem, I cam across this thread. Part of the reason we bought the matrix was so that when I do races that are far away, I don't have to take the Tacoma crewcab and use so much gas. I am a little over 6'1" and I ride a 56 Cervelo P3C or 58 Soloist, depending on what I am doing.
Anyway, my first plan was to lay the back seats flat, remove the headrests, turn the bars sideways and drop the forks down into the gap between the front seats and folded seats. That didnt work. My seat was too high. Oh, yeah, I wanted to get the bike in without removing the seat, but I ended up having to take the seat off anyway.
I removed the seat and just slid it in backward and turned the bars. I had it backed up t the front seat and it fit, barely, but it fit. In this manner, I could do the same on the other side with my girlfriends bike and leave the middle for luggage, etc...
My take on bikes and racks are that I don't want my $5000 bike to be my rear bumper or lose the mpg on top of the car.
If anyone wants a pic, I will take one.
BTW, my other idea , and I might do this down the road, is to remove the spare tire panel, slide my bike in front first, and drop the rear tire into that crevice. That way, I might avoid removing my seat.
If you have a mtn bike, and not a 29'r, you might be able to just do a bike board.