SPARE WHEEL BIKE RACK. SPARE WHEEL
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Spare Wheel Bike Rack. Giro Bike Helmet.
Spare Wheel Bike Rack
- A spare tire is an additional tire (or tyre - see spelling differences) carried in a motor vehicle as a replacement for one that goes flat, a blowout, or other emergency.
- Motor caravans are supplied with a spare wheel as standard, but for caravans this is often an optional extra, although strongly recommended
- The stand that holds bicycles in place in the transition area so a competitor can quickly get on his / her bike.
Thule 916 - T2 - 2 (Modified) Bike Carrier with Trek Madone. The bike carrier can be mounted on the motor home when not towing or on the Jeep when towing. The design of the Jeep Wrangler creates a bit of a problem for bicycle transport. The tailgate swings out instead of lifting, so the bike rack needs more clearance than on other vehicles. Also, the spare tire is a rather large obstruction to deal with. Carrying a bicycle on the roof of the Wrangler was out of the question for me because of the plastic roof and the height of the vehicle.
My solution was to modify the design of the Thule 916 - T2 - 2 bicycle carrier. As designed, the carrier actually raises the track for the bike about 4" above the hitch receiver. I disassembled the carrier, discarded the pivot hardware, and had the two pieces of 2" square tubing welded together as shown so that the bike carrier is now 2" lower than the receiver, lowering it 6" from the Thule design. It is also more compact (all-be-it for one bike now) and less weight. It seems to be a good solution for safely carrying a bike on the Wrangler.
I prefer this type of bike carrier as the front wheel can stay on the bike, and the only attach points between the bike and the carrier are the tires, eliminating any chance of damage to the frame.
Just replaced the tires and saddle, and polished the wheels. I forgot just how smoothly this thing glides down the street, even with airless tire inserts!
Dad bought this bike in pieces for Kermit in the early 1950s and used it extensively -- partly as a newspaper delivery vehicle; it got handed down to me in the late 1960s, then dad and I used it in turns during the 1980s and '90s. Dad briefly had a small gas engine mounted on the cargo rack, but he wasn't very satisfied with the performance and took it off; I used it as a spare bike to commute to work for a couple years in the early 1990s, then it sat in storage for about 15 years.
In 2007 I stripped it down, had the fork and frame powder-coated and replaced just about every other part. I swapped the old BF Goodrich badge with a contemporary Schwinn to disguise age and deter theft -- the old badge is on display in my study. Kermit's fenders, tank and cargo rack are long gone, and the kickstand was recently amputated after the spring broke. Barring accident, this frame may outlive even my ancient cast iron Singer sewing machine. I don't ride it often, but it remains a family treasure.
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