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Old 12-16-2018, 11:14 AM   #1
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Iím planning a build on a very short shorty. Iím considering carrying my my mountain bike on a hitch mount rack, locked in place, with a waterproof cover.

Has anybody had people mess with bikes carried outside? Itís not the most expensive bike ever, but I donít need people messing with my stuff.

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Old 12-16-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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I have seen a number of folks that have the receiver mount bike racks. Some had a receiver installed in the front to accommodate the rack.

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Old 12-16-2018, 01:06 PM   #3
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I have driven around the country for just over a year with my bike on a hitch mount behind the bus. I do have it chained to the bumper - but I have never had anyone try to steal it.

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Old 12-16-2018, 01:50 PM   #4
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I used to carry my bikes on the back of ,my Jeep wrangler on a hitch mounted rack... and people would try to steal them... one time someone tried to take the whole rack out of the receiver.. my cameras and alarm went off so they ran... I carry my bicycle inside my bus when i travel...
if you are goingto mainly wilderness areas i think you'll have better luck than if you end up in cities.. im a city dweller so my bies were likely more vulnerable..

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Old 12-16-2018, 05:35 PM   #5
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I have bikes (road, gravel, mountain) that are expensive enough that I don't want to lose or abuse them. Two ride in the Jeep (the garage), one rides in the bus. I often know which of them I will/will not be using and will leave one of them somewhere when traveling.

Several years ago, I researched a quality cover for a rack and couldn't find anything I liked - maybe better exist now.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:19 PM   #6
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I was considering a similar situation. I have commuter and mountain bikes both look more expensive than they are, and one has emotional significance (I already recovered that one after it was stolen off the front of a trimet bus in Portland)

I am now leaning towards a full gear locker and a slightly longer bus to support it. I have a friend who has had the entire hitch, rack and two bikes stolen off a vehicle, and several who have had locks or racks cut and bikes stolen during daylight hours.

Things to consider: bike thieves are visual predators. If it looks expensive and vulnerable, they will take it. If they cant even see it under a cover, they may walk right on by. If you go with a rack, cover it for sure. If you live in your bus, you will likely park in a city at some point, you can move the bike inside if you leave it unattended, but the in/out can get tiresome. If you use it as a getaway vehicle, trailheads, parks, beach parking lots and campgrounds are common targets for thieves. If you hang out around the I-5 corridor, Iíd say the rack is not recommended, we got pros out here
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Old 03-08-2019, 12:06 AM   #7
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I have my bed up high in the rear so that I can store the bikes underneath. They load through the wheelchair door. Out of sight-out of mind-out of dust. In my rebuild, I hope to mount the fork mount racks on a slide out tray.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:52 AM   #8
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Like the others, I strongly prefer to keep my bikes inside. I started shopping cutaway shorties initially for that function. In the current quick 'n dirty build the bikes just roll up a ramp into the rear straight into their spots. Had to do it this way instead of trays because my parents are using it for a while with their ebikes and it's just less risky.
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Like the others, I strongly prefer to keep my bikes inside. I started shopping cutaway shorties initially for that function. In the current quick 'n dirty build the bikes just roll up a ramp into the rear straight into their spots. Had to do it this way instead of trays because my parents are using it for a while with their ebikes and it's just less risky.
What do you use to hold them in place?
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:49 AM   #10
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I like the idea of mounting bikes vertically against the rear of the bus, on either side of the rear door. Seems like you could extend some kind of metal rod or beam off the roof, or cantilever one out from under a roof rack, and hang a bunch of bikes up there.
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