Got the Hauler all set up...

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by HandsomeRyan, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. HandsomeRyan

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    So I got the tandem hauler all set up...

    2003 Mazda Protege5 (nice and small for whipping through DC traffic, manual trans)
    Vintage (12+ years old) Yakima roof rack given to me by my dad.
    Rocky Mounts tandem rail just picked up on craigslist.

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  2. TxCyclist

    TxCyclist Administrator Staff Member Admin Staff

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    I have been thinking about getting a rack for my wife's Honda. Right now I just throw the bike in the pickup.

    How long does it take to get the bike loaded?
     

  3. HandsomeRyan

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    For the single bike on the Yakima rail, it takes about 30 seconds.

    For the tandem, maybe a minute. The fork mount swivels so you clamp in the fork than swing the back tire up into the channel.

    For low-roof'd vehicles a roof rack is a great (if somewhat expensive) method for transport.
     
  4. Industry_Hack

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    Looks like you did a good job.
     
  6. Industry_Hack

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    By the way, have you tried setting your timing 180 degrees out? It didn't work for us, but for more evenly-matched teams, it's supposed to be pretty smooth.
     
  7. HandsomeRyan

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    I've never heard of 180° out of synch...? I've thought about moving the captains pedals 90° ahead of the stokers but having them synched at the same place is working fine and since all we ride are short distances on the greenway it hasn't been a big deal to ride it old-school.

    After mounting/dismounting the tandem a few times I like the rack pretty well. If you drive a tall vehicle I'm not sure how the swiveling into place would work since the front chain ring is pretty close to the side of my car and I don't think there are many cars out there that sit considerably lower than mine (i guess some tandems [road type] are longer though).

    I'm quite happy having a car again and now the ability to easily transport my bike(s) or the tandem. :D:thumbsup: