When going on solo expeditions, I like the peace of mind of bringing a bicycle as backup transportation. I have a great trailer hitch bike rack
, but for a variety of reasons, I'd ideally prefer to carry the bike inside the van (theft, road dirt, turning around on narrow trails, and driving through dense brush).
I have an RB50, and have been trying to find a way to carry my mountain bike inside without it getting in the way too much. The best solution I've found so far is to remove the wheels and seat, and place the frame in the gap behind the rear seat if I slide the rear mattress to the back of the van:
I would slide the mattress forward and place the bike between the mattress and the rear doors, but the block on the right gets in the way. (What's inside that block?
My other thought is to add some hooks below the power penthouse top slide rails and mount the bike hanging, pressed against the passenger-side wall of the van, in the rear with the front forks of the bike hanging over the rear seat back.
I've also looked into folding bikes
(including folding mountain bikes
), but when folded these bikes are still not an ideal size for Sportsmobile storage -- they would fill the entire rear under-mattress storage area in my RB50.
I was wondering if anyone else has tried to do something like this, and has maybe come up with some better ideas...(?)