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  • RegG
    Member Since: 22 Jul 2020
    Location: East Midlands
    Posts: 13
    United Kingdom 

    Carrying bikes inside a D5......

    I will be taking delivery of a D5 next Monday and am wondering if any members of the Forum have any innovative ways of carrying road or hybrid bicycles inside the car. I will be towing a caravan so mounting a rack on the tow bar is not an option nor do I want to lift them onto roof carriers.

    When I had my D4, I was able to carry two road bikes inside using a bike rack onto which the front forks clamped (wheels out of course!). This left plenty of room for the caravan awning, bags etc. Ok, the rear seats were folded down so only two of us could travel but that is not a problem.

    Would be great to hear of any solutions/methods any member has used.

    2020 Discovery Landmark 3.0 SDV6, Portofino Blue
  • Darras
    Member Since: 16 May 2020
    Location: Newcastle
    Posts: 29
    United Kingdom 

    Not just bung them in the caravan? Very Happy
  • al cope
    Member Since: 02 Jan 2019
    Location: Oldbury
    Posts: 203
    United Kingdom 
    2018 Discovery Sd4 (240) HSE Corris Grey

    dont put them in the 'van, can cause too much damage.

    I have had 2 adult bikes in the back of my D5, but had to lay them on their side one on top of the other - not the solution I think you wanted.

    The issue with the D5 is the tailgate opening height isnt as high as the D4, The loadbed is longer though. It sort of messes up what you can and cant carry.

    On my D4 I had the witter 4 bike towbar mounted bikerack, which meant I could carry the bikes and tow at the same time, but my D5 came with the electric deployable towbar which means I cant use this method. I cant be arsed to chnage the towbar for a fixed one that would then allow me to use the witter rack again.

    Al

    whey hey - D5 HSE 2Ltr in Corris with black roof, black & dynamic packs & 22" black alloys, a bit of a change after 2 D3's and 2 D4's Smile
  • RegG
    Member Since: 22 Jul 2020
    Location: East Midlands
    Posts: 13
    United Kingdom 

    al cope wrote:
    dont put them in the 'van, can cause too much damage.

    I have had 2 adult bikes in the back of my D5, but had to lay them on their side one on top of the other - not the solution I think you wanted.

    The issue with the D5 is the tailgate opening height isnt as high as the D4, The loadbed is longer though. It sort of messes up what you can and cant carry.

    On my D4 I had the witter 4 bike towbar mounted bikerack, which meant I could carry the bikes and tow at the same time, but my D5 came with the electric deployable towbar which means I cant use this method. I cant be arsed to chnage the towbar for a fixed one that would then allow me to use the witter rack again.

    Al


    I don't want to put them in the van as I am concerned about damage to the seats etc.

    I used a Minoura bike rack in the D4 which requires the front wheels to be removed from the bikes and attached to the bike rack. This worked well and I am hoping I may be able to do the same with the D5 (which I collected today!!!). Will have to see what I can do.

    2020 Discovery Landmark 3.0 SDV6, Portofino Blue
  • SteveH
    Member Since: 14 Nov 2019
    Location: Kent
    Posts: 5
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Yulong White

    Is this any good... haven't tried it myself...

    https://www.bikeinside.de/en/

    2019 SDV6 HSE Lux
  • RegG
    Member Since: 22 Jul 2020
    Location: East Midlands
    Posts: 13
    United Kingdom 

    SteveH wrote:
    Is this any good... haven't tried it myself...

    https://www.bikeinside.de/en/


    This looks quite useful. Seems to be similar to the one I had in my D4. Will look into it in more detail but not sure they have a UK supplier.

    2020 Discovery Landmark 3.0 SDV6, Portofino Blue
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