Yes I'm still a little concerned about putting the pressure on the back - The back seats actually go into the floor and its only one bike and I could easily take off the front wheel. Yes I can do this thanks for your post!!!!
The padding will help if the bike rack is rubbing, but not if there is pressure. It sounds like you are mounting a trunk rack to the back of your van (I tried that on an SUV once--didn't work). You will do better finding something that is compatible with your van, or a hitch rack as previously mentioned. I wouldn't keep that kind of pressure on the back panel.
Also, you said that the bike fits inside, but you have to deal with seats--are you putting it inside the van with the front wheel still attached? I can put my bike in the back of my SUV with the wheel on and the seats down, but if I take off the front wheel, it fits in the back without having to put seats down.
I hope you enjoy rediscovering cycling. And just take it slow to ease through the inevitable aches and pains. It'll be worth it!
Edited by: DRC2205 at: 3/30/2008 (21:17)
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When it warms up get out there and find some others that want to ride too. I think biking is going to be great for your knees. The knees may talk to you at first so increase your mileage as you get stronger.
Hey thanks that's a great idea I will go for it and try it there's always those swimming noodles- that would make a great padding also. Now I'm just waiting for the weather to stay nice - I am presently freezing its only 29 degree's outside!!!! I'm still motivated...thanks again!!!
Welcome. You will find, I think, that everyone on this list has had one challenge or another to overcome. Like you, I have some knee problems that keep me from running too far or too long...
Also, I drive a small pickup truck - when I started biking again a few years ago I carried my bike in the back of the truck, but it kept getting beat up. So I bought a bike rack that mounts into the hitch receiver on the truck. If your van is equipped with one, it may help your problem. Otherwise take a good look at the websites for Yakima or Thule to see what's available for your particular van model...
I'm over 40 and haven't been on my bike for 10 years or so. I loved biking as a teen. I have to go this alone for now. My husband runs 5 miles a day and seriously hates biking. (You know what they say opposites attract) I bought myself a bike carrier that attaches to the back of my van. Unfortunately it presses into the back hatch door and I'm afraid of the damage it will do. Any ideas here?? I'm not strong enough to lift my bike up on top of my van. I'm only 5'4" Unfortunately this has stopped me time and again from taking off for the bike trails. I have enough room inside my van but find it a pain to put the seats up and back down for my daughter to sit in. I'm determined this Spring to get going no matter what. The drivers here in New Jersey are not the safest. Maybe I need to upgrade my bike carrier?? I live near Princeton and there are beautiful bike trails along the canals. I'm really love the scenic routes. I'm also having the battle of the sore knees thats why Im trying so hard to lose the weight without causing further damage. Thanks for listening.
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