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Transporting eBikes

If you live near bike paths, then this post may hold little interest. For others, it can be a challenge to transport your ebike somewhere safe, scenic, and worth riding. There may be more options than you realise.

A common lament among senior riders is how to get their bikes to the interesting rides. Did you know that you can transport a bike on most trains and ferries. On some routes, it is wise to phone beforehand because certain peak-hour services may simply not be able to accommodate a bike. When using trains, pick the front or rear carriage as you will not be blocking passenger thoroughfares. The ferries that I have used had bike racks or a luggage space suitable for a bike.

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Another option is to invest in a bike carrier. Electric bikes are heavy so are best mounted on a tow-bar. There are several types of carriers but make sure they can handle the weight of the bike or bikes you want to load. A major consideration for me was to have one that had a loading ramp and with good security locks.

I have been very impressed with the Thule Velospace XT.

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The entire rack is only 18kgs and locks onto the tow-bar ball with a single lever action, which is then lockable. I simply click the loading ramp into place and wheel the bike up the ramp. No lifting, no straining.

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Once the bike is on, attach the bracing arm and tighten. Then tighten the strap on each wheel: solid as a rock. One more really cool feature is the foot-pushed plate that allows you to tilt a fully-loaded carrier 45 degrees away from your car so you can access the boot space. Now thats smart.

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I had my tow bar and Thule Rack installed by Artarmon Roof Rack World and their expert service was impeccable; the manager Paul could not have been more helpful. So start planning some of the rides that are here on ebikerdiary.com.

RRW

 

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