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I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby wun911 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:58 pm

How do you guys carry a mountain bike in an MX5 (NB8B)??

Is there a special bike rack that I can buy can somone point me out to it please.
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby bensale » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:06 am

This worked for me. Just some clever positioning and a vest to tie the bike to the brace bar. Without a passenger it'd be even easier.
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Jeo » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:18 am

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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby mxfive95 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:21 am

No bike racks out there for us but i was thinking of designing a foldable roof rack system that can be stored in the boot, it would mount to the hardtop frankenstien bolts at the back and the front soft top latch's, then all you need is an off the shelf roof rack for bikes...
could be expensive though! or you could do what Ben does 8)
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby zephyrus17 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:44 am

That white one just looks so cute. It's like Thomas the Engine that could. But I have to say, that's one well polished car. And the front is SO low! The cambers here would definitely get it.

Would it be possible to just lay the bike on top of the boot?
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Guran » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:26 am

You can get a tow bar that bolts onto the tow hook positions, and then fit a regular bike rack. I'd not put more than one bike on it though.
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Caffeine » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:56 am

Guran wrote:You can get a tow bar that bolts onto the tow hook positions, and then fit a regular bike rack. I'd not put more than one bike on it though.


Yep, my car was the guinea pig for the towbar design and installation. I've regularly carried two mountain bikes without a problem (although the front wheel on mine hung low enough to touch the road on speedhumps, fixed by storing the front wheel on the 'parcel shelf')

I use a Thule 970 Xpress bike rack, folds up well and truly small enough for the MX5 boot...
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby emexv » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:12 pm

bensale wrote:This worked for me. Just some clever positioning and a vest to tie the bike to the brace bar. Without a passenger it'd be even easier.


Ben, I think that rack is only available for NA's :lol: :lol:
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Uncle Arthur » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:13 pm

WUN - got rollbar???

This is an option.....

(using a Saris dropout bracket costing $45)

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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby bruce » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:24 pm

You would have to secure the back wheel else it will slide around.
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Uncle Arthur » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:36 pm

bruce wrote:You would have to secure the back wheel else it will slide around.


And I do so it doesn't.
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby fastfreddygassit » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:22 pm

Uncle Arthur wrote:Note - my current bike is actually a Cervelo.


Ya can't help yourself can you?? Just rub it in for the rest of us plebs...
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Uncle Arthur » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:14 pm

Cervelo Soloist "Team" to be more revealing - aluminium aero frame, in the anodized silver grey finish, with carbon forks and seat post. Normal easton Velomax for everyday, and Easton EA90 Aeros as my wheels for triathlon race days and "bling Fridays" :D

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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Crapweasel » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:12 pm

Wun, that's just going to add weight! :mrgreen:
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Re: I want to carry a bike on my mx5

Postby Speedyblue » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:15 pm

[quote="Caffeine"]I've regularly carried two mountain bikes without a problem (although the front wheel on mine hung low enough to touch the road on speedhumps, fixed by storing the front wheel on the 'parcel shelf')
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I fitted a towbar for a bike rack also. The front wheel was prone to hitting the ground on gutters and speed bumps, but that was a downhill hardtail, which has a big angle on the top tube. Road bikes may be different.
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