Bike Mount Question ?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Borderc, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Borderc

    Borderc New Member

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    Hey Guys I am a student in the Industrial Design program at Auburn University and have just gotten into the sport of mountain biking. This semester I am taking and open design studio and have chosen to design a new type of bike rack for trucks. I have put together a few questions and topics to aid my design. If you don't mind taking a few minutes and discussing these topics I would greatly appreciate it.

    Don't feel obligated to respond to all the topics or questions any information will help.



    Which would you prefer a quick release mount or a permanent mount to the body of the truck. Why or why not

    What are you thoughts on having to take the wheel off vs. leaving the wheel on.

    Bed mount vs. Hitch mount style carriers.

    When loading a bike in the back of a truck what problems might you face or do you face?

    Are there any security concerns of leaving mounted bike and unattended?

    If a piece has to remain on the bike frame during the ride is this a negative (will not interfere with rider during ride and will be light weight and small)?

    Thanks for your time
     
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  2. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    Which would you prefer a quick release mount or a permanent mount to the body of the truck. Why or why not? I prefer a quick release so that it can be removed when not in use. An added bike carrier can effect the aerodynamics of a vehicle which wastes fuel.

    What are you thoughts on having to take the wheel off vs. leaving the wheel on. I prefer to leave the wheel on. It is a pain in the rear to have to disassemble the bike to mount ir and reassemble it upon reaching my destination.

    Bed mount vs. Hitch mount style carriers.

    When loading a bike in the back of a truck what problems might you face or do you face? The only problem that I have encountered is that, when going solo, I have to lean the bike against the inside of the bed when I am climbing in. There is a big potential for scratching the finish.

    Are there any security concerns of leaving mounted bike and unattended? I have a good locking system, but I am not comfortable leaving it out overnight.

    If a piece has to remain on the bike frame during the ride is this a negative (will not interfere with rider during ride and will be light weight and small) It would be a negative for me, although I cannot really see why it would be.
     
  3. Yojimbo_

    Yojimbo_ Well-Known Member

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    Same responses as above for me.
     
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