How To Transport Your E Bike | Getting To The Trails With An EMTB

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[Steve]People transport
their motorbikes by various means, either by car,
by van, by rack, by pick-up however, with an e-mounted
bike and that added weight can be a little bit more tricky. So, today then we’re
going to have a lot at the various ways of transporting your e-bike from A to B. Now, e-bikes are a great
way of getting out and about and going on some mega adventures but there could actually be
some trails on your doorstep which you don’t even know about. So, when we’re talking about transporting your e-mountain bike, maybe rather than getting to
a destination, maybe just go have a look in your backyard! Now, obviously, a lot of
people that drive cars and the most popular way
of transporting an e-bike is actually by using a rack! Now, racks come in all
shapes and sizes but before I go in to each of them I want to point out that
you need to be sure of the rating of each of those racks and they can cope with the weight you’re
going to be putting, uh on the back Obviously this varies from
country to country, as too does the whole business
of whether you should be having your battery fitted for the bike or disconnected from the bike. However, most people have
got a trusty old hachback and you can actually just
sling your e-bike in the back, so here’s my 1.6 FSI Golf, seats down in the back obviously. Now, some cars you can chuck
your bike in very easily, not the case on my Golf, so I’m taking the front wheel out, and what I do is I tow
the bike and I slot the axle back so you don’t lose it and this way I haven’t take-I haven’t
put the bike upside down, you got to watch that
it might actually damage the controls on your handle bar there. So, the way to do it is simply you grab the forks, grab
the seat tubes, you’ve got good weight distribution,
so that 20 kilo bike is now actually not as
heavy as it used to be. Now, you simply slot it in the back like that! And then, get your pad. You can use a bit of
cardboard, or a blanket and toss it on top, protect
the bike, wheel on top BOOM! Job done! One alternative way to carry
your e-mounted bike is by a tow bar mounted rack. Now these come in all shapes and sizes you can get one bike
carriers, two bike carriers, three bike carriers, four bike… The key thing to know here is to know the maximum system weight. So, including the bike and
the carrier can’t be more than 60 kilos on the back of your car on a tow bar mounted rack. They range in price from 100
pound up to 5 or 600 pounds. At Tool, they do an
incredible range of racks for your car, uh, these
ones we’re looking at now are mostly tow bar mounted
so this one is a velo compact 2 bike. As you can see, this rack
here actually can fold away so you get access to your
boot area. There’s one option. As you can see, this is a
maximum of 46 kilograms. If we move over here, we
actually have an e-bike, now this is the easy fold
which means when you take this rack off the car it
folds away by compacting. 60 kilo for this one, so
that’s a two bike rack there. Okay, lets move down here! We’ve got racks for devil bikes,
we’ve got racks with storage on them, and uh, this
is a super neat touch is this is a little ramp here
which means you can wheel your e-bike on to the back of your car. Really nice, really nice I mean these they don’t come cheap
obviously, they sell for about 400 pounds I think. Now, check this row the Wonder Way. Wonder Way here. This probably pops on to Volkswagen T-6s and this is designed to
carry two e-mounted bikes. So, if you’re a T-6 with two e-mount bikes this is probably what you want to get. Now, Russel here is taking
his specialized enduro off his roof rack on his Mercedes 200D, now a lot of people choose to
have roof racks on their cars simply because there’s parking
sensors and it is the most convenient way of transporting a bike. However, on an e-bike which
weighs upwards of 20 kilos getting that bike up on to
the roof on an expensive car is probably not the best option, so I probably move away from
this idea from the start. Russel, that looked dead
easy for your 13 kilo enduro, uh, now I guess you could take an e-mounted bike
on a roof bar erhm, now make sure if you do do that,
that the roof rack is actually certified for the weight
and you could possibly it depends on what country you live in, take your battery out
to try to transport it but that rule of law changes
from country to country. Now Rachel here recons
you can carry three normal mounted bikes on this rack. She’s got her 4000 pound enduro
on it and I’m just leaning on it thinking “Crikey! If
I chuck a 20 Kilo e-mounted bike on there, it’s going to flex like yeah you get what I
was going to say but so these are called trunk
racks and they range from 25 pounds up to, what would
you call this Rachel huh? 150 quid? [Rachel] I think more like 150, 180. [Steve] Would you carry an e-bike on there? [Rachel] I have but I wouldn’t
want to go a long distance in that. [Steve] I’m a bit weary about these racks for e-mounted bikes but you can try it! [Steve] Another option for transport could be the venerable pick up truck. No weight limit, huge amount
of carrying potential. It really is a good idea to
not leave your bikes unlocked. A great product for carrying
bikes in a pick up truck is a tailgate pad, available
for over 100 pounds to protect your truck. Now, of course, the ultimate
form of transporting your e-mounted bike has got to be a van. I mean, vans come in all shapes and sizes. The great thing is you can
chuck your bike in there and get changed at the same time. Carl Jennings! [Carl] How you doing, Steve? [Steve] Now he has got
a nice van, now Carl obviously the first
part is a horse blanket! Do you call them horse blankets? [Carl] I put it in the back
and if you need it, you can put it on it and stop the
bike from marking sort of if it moves about in the van. [Steve] Yeah So this is a– [Carl] This is the best we’ve got [Steve] Yeah, so this is a
horse blanket it protects your bike from scratches
and being jumbled around in the back of the van. Carl, can you show us how you transport your mounted bike in a van. [Carl] Sure. Yep, yep I
mean generally when you’ve got tires, you want to put it in the bag [Steve] Okay, lets get the bag on there [Carl] You put the bag on first [Steve] Bag on first ooh right! [Carl] The thing with the bags is is is two man is better than one and you just wheel in,
so if you open up that that’ll just wheel right in. [Steve] I’ve never
actually seen one of these, I’ve never seen one of these oh my god! [Carl] And that just pulls up there [Steve] Brandon! We need
to get some of these! Blankets! Bike blankets! Pony blankets! [Carl] Now normally, we go petals off normally when we put them in so [Steve] So petals off normally! I think that is fine, that’ll be fine. [Carl] Zip it up like that. [Steve] Now that has got
to be the ultimate way no scratches, bruv what’s next? [Carl] Next thing is ya
just basically in she goes put the front wheel in to the corner but it can be a bit in if
you’ve got lots of bikes to put in, you can twist the barrels just undo the thing and put
the bags flat and you’ll get about seven or eight
e-bikes up to ten normally. [Steve] I don’t think most
people own eight to ten bikes! [Carl] Welp, if there’s
a few of you, and then generally, its just [Steve] One bungee?! [Carl] One bungee! One bungee will do it! [Steve] No! [Carl] I like to use two
normally, but one bungee’ll do it [Steve] One bungee [Carl] One bungee one here, and what I like
to do, just to make sure probably because of crapped out e-van, I like to put one around here. [Steve] Oh geeze you
planned for twenty years! [Carl] I did, I am a kid! [Laughter Emitting From Steve] [Steve] Look at that a little
light, a little nice bit of light in there lad, perfect interview suh-sah-[Steve Gives Up On Using Words] [Steve] Of course you’ve got to have about well, I actually spent about
two grand on my van but you can spend whatever you
spend on a van these days. 60 grand?! [Carl] It can be, my camper is a bit uh *special*, but um, yeah
it depends on your budget All you need- all you need is a van. [Steve] All you need
is a van. There you go. Wise words from Carl Jennings! [Steve] So, there you go! Transporting an e-mounted bike! Not as straight forward
as a normal mounted bike still, there’s lots of
ways to get around it. Now, I want to point out that there’s two other ways to transport one would be a motorcycle carrier
which is a tow bar mounted system and they come in
at about 80-90 pounds so that’s just actually
quite a cheap way of carrying your e-mounted bike around, or, you could, I suppose,
have a trailer as well but I think that’s probably a little bit excessive and two, items which you
should always take when you’re transporting your e-mounted bike one is the key for your battery, if you’ve got a key mounted battery and also, a bit of cardboard
or a blanket to protect the bike from any scratches well, actually to hide it
if you leave your bike in a car park or anywhere during the day time. That’s it! If you know in
car charging or alternative forms of charging your e-mounted bike I’ll do a video on that Meantime, lets take a sort
on how you guys transport your e-mounted bikes give us a thumbs up if you like the video,
and hit the globe to see more e-mounted bike content!


63 Comments

SW H · October 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm

I've got a 4Runner but still use a two-bike hitch carrier. 99 percent of the time though I ride to the trails from my home, about 2 miles to the trailhead.

Mark Collingwood · October 7, 2019 at 3:47 pm

If i'm by myself Steve it's in the back of my car, if i'm with my brother then it's in his van.

Jack Tupper · October 7, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Both wheels off, into 2 wheel bags and under a blanket. Fits into a small hatchback and muddy wheels kept away from the interior.

Lee Bridgwater · October 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm

In the back of a dustcart

Jay Gee · October 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Putting the axle in will also help keep the threads nice and clean. Good idea 👍

James Turnell · October 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Let's not forget the most important question of why you're wearing your helmet, walking in a car park.

Electric Mountain Bike Network · October 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm

How do you get your E-Mountain Bike to the trails or bike park?

reda houjeiri · October 7, 2019 at 4:01 pm

or you can have a minivan witch is cheap

Welsh Gallivanter · October 7, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Volvo v70 straight in the back with the wheels on, tarp down to keep the car clean, old wool blanket to protect the bike.

Beckie Eastham-Buckley · October 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Never thought about using my trailer, thanks for that idea. Otherwise it’s in the back of car with wheel covers.

A design for life · October 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Take the wheels off put in boot like shown bike racks hurt fuel consumption.

bob bobby · October 7, 2019 at 4:27 pm

My little Vauxhall combi takes two ebikes, one either way and does 50mpg on the motorway.
Sweet.

mymodel6 · October 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Inno Multi-fork – INA 392.

cjh600 · October 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

I've got a Thule Raceway 2, bought originally for 2 non-electric bikes. I take the battery out and, on a long journey, wrap the vulnerable parts in tarpaulin and secure with some velcro straps. I go down to France and Spain and, as yet, no problems

ScoobySteve555 · October 7, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Also don't forget a lot of smaller cars have a maximum weight pressure on their towbar so they are not allowed a rack more then 50 kilos.

Cannondale2019 · October 7, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Digging for material here.

Hammy H · October 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

I keep mine in the car but I carry my trials bike on one of these , ideal for the ebike too .
http://www.davecooper.co.uk/bike-racks/motorcycle-racks

SuperVHSchannel · October 7, 2019 at 5:41 pm

I'd rather my kids got into drugs than E bikes.

GAVIN LEIGHTON · October 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Just how many of the suggested racks can actually support the weight of an E-Bike is more the point, and often its 2 bikes unless you're Billy no mates.

James Holian · October 7, 2019 at 5:52 pm

I don't drive, so I ride my ebike to the trails, for this reason I own 3 Powertube batteries. I then charge them up in the pub before the ride home (helps if you're friendly with the landlord ;).

Simon Kelly · October 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

If mine goes in the car then it gets tied down. My dads best friend was killed when some one hit the back of his van (it was in the 1980s pre-partition era) and unsecured tools hit him in the back of the head..

I have my old (heavy) bike on the roof rack, I wish I'd speced the car with a tow-bar (silly money to retro fit). Main issue i see the future is with 2 kids where do all the kids/bikes go?

Small van costs £30ish to rent for 24hrs. I'd look at that option if I was traveling with a friend

Roger Baines · October 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm

I have a Nissan eNV 200 electric van. I’ve fitted a ground mounted bike parking device to the bulkhead so it’s just a matter of wheeling the bikes in and stuffing a wheel into the slots. This is invariably enough to hold them securely but if you are a belt and braces person then a couple of ratchet straps complete the job. A few hooks keep helmets, rucksack and jackets neat and tidy.

web0z · October 7, 2019 at 6:47 pm

Got my bike rack from Halfords on a deal plus a discount code= muchoes cheapness 😊

Pașca Alexandru · October 7, 2019 at 6:56 pm

Bike or ebike, there is just one way for me: riding it.

If some say ebikes are cheating, traveling with the bike on a car… I call that cheating.

Johan Hellström · October 7, 2019 at 6:59 pm

What product was for the t6? I have been searching for wonderway as well as Thules homepage but cant find it.

Zygfryd Homonto · October 7, 2019 at 7:01 pm

Covering registration plate was unnecessary

Barry Corney · October 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

Open the gate, hello Cairngorms….!

mark daniel · October 7, 2019 at 7:33 pm

Luckily i have a van,dead easy,4 ebikes in no effort

TheMangoMuncher · October 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm

What does iraq have to do with e bikes?

tobye hillier · October 7, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Old rubber yoga mat is great to drop on the ground out the back of the car, I find. Just remember to block the brake pads with a piece of cardboard if you're taking the wheels off

tobye hillier · October 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Lads! What about a Fiat Doblo with the wheelchair taillift? That'd be the job… Just ride the bike into it 😀

Eran Rotman · October 7, 2019 at 8:13 pm

Why a trunk rack isn't sufficient?
A 3 bike would mostly have max of 45 kg which is far enough for 1 ebike on its own.
I use one, carrying 1 ebike without the battery (which sits comfortably on the backseat).

morris donald · October 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm

I did mine the easy way I went to harbor freight got a motorcycle carrier for $50 put it on there put my e-bike on there and it was perfect. Motorcycle carriers up to carry you know three 400lb put that my trailer hitch strap it down Bam ready to go

Aidan Wills · October 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm

Sick golf you have there bro

Chris Woodward · October 7, 2019 at 8:55 pm

i bought a tow bar mounted rack (Altera) love the damn thing makes is so easy.. giant recommend that the battery is removed when transporting the bike, not sure what others recommend..

Glyn Parry · October 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

I use a thule 598 proride roof carrier for both my Ebike and my analogue bike and it works great.

Benjamin Thurston · October 7, 2019 at 9:22 pm

I also have a Tow Bar rack from Atera. Very good and e bike specific. Carries up to 4 bikes with extension, 2 of which can be e bikes if you car allows the weight.
Expensive, but I would recommend it!

Lee Trusselle · October 7, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Why not do a viewers feature on the embn show of how e riders transport there ebikes

Adrian Cowper · October 7, 2019 at 10:15 pm

Im normally a fan of the channel but find this one a little bit dumbed down. Do we really need to be shown how to but a bike in a branded cover and clumsily into a large van.
It all seems very basic

Aleksandar Gospić · October 8, 2019 at 12:22 am

Both wheels off and into the trunk or front wheel off if I'm using caravan car. I have 3 Thule roof racks for standard bikes but did not dare/bother to test if it can handle an ebike. Those grab the down tube so I'm not sure if clamp can spread enough and properly grab such a wide down tube like it is on my Scott 😁

Revo Runner · October 8, 2019 at 12:52 am

Leave your car at home and ride your emtb to the bike park, that's what I do!😀👍

IppatsuMan71 · October 8, 2019 at 1:00 am

I take the front wheel off, then just put it in the trunk of my Focus RS. It fits like a glove 🙂

Terri Swig · October 8, 2019 at 1:20 am

one UP

Planes and Bikes · October 8, 2019 at 1:22 am

I was putting the bikes on the pickup truck tailgate. But the eMTB are too heavy. So I bought a 1UpUSA SuperDuty rack instead. END of discussion – best rack by far. Very elegant and easy and rated for much more weight than an eMTB (75 lbs per bike). 1-4 bike options. Nothing touches the frame.

Ꭵ PHlL · October 8, 2019 at 5:07 am

In the back of the car is great however my main issue is I can no longer take the family out with me… Oh wait turns out there’s no actually problem with that solution after all 😂

De Slash · October 8, 2019 at 6:21 am

Thank you, some brilliant solutions for transportation.

Craig Ricker · October 8, 2019 at 8:09 am

ISI Carrier

Ian Letford · October 8, 2019 at 8:15 am

Will only fit VW T6's without a rear spoiler.

Kevin Stanley · October 8, 2019 at 9:21 am

When I bought my e-bike I factored in the additional costs of transporting it. My previous bike was roof mounted but there was no way I was going down that route for my e-bike. Bit the bullet and had a towbar fiited and bought a Thule 2 bike carrier. In the Czech Republic there is a bit of a rigmarole in getting an add-on number plate to fit on the carrier but once obtained saves hassle. Not too problematic fitting it and, so far, seems to work well. I like the idea of that Thule ramp but it's way overpriced for what it is. If taking the battery off I always put a cover over the battery contacts. My experience of rear carriers is that my bike gets quite mucky during inclement weather particularly from spray.

Kurt McCann · October 8, 2019 at 10:30 am

Pick up truck

The Gee-tah Guy · October 8, 2019 at 1:26 pm

I have an old 4-door Toyota sedan (saloon) and a 70lb (31.75Kg) fat Ebike. I have a Thule 3 bike car carrier that I've slightly modified to hold my behemoth bike. I do remove the battery and both wheels which I put in the trunk to transport. I use extra foam and zip ties to cushion and lock the bike to the rack. Oddly, the bike carrier manufacturers list their racks to carry, for instance, two 30lb. (13.61Kg) bicycles, but it will not carry one 60lb. (27.22Kg) bicycles. I guess it's because the weight must be spread out. i was forced to ignore this as my bike weighs as much as three road bikes. The only carriers robust enough to carry my bike legally on the road are ones that mount via a trailer hitch.

Squirrelsqueezer · October 8, 2019 at 2:29 pm

In the van, man. 🤣

Emmet foster · October 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm

its an ebike you can just ride to the trails

richie smith · October 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm

I can get my 170 travel e bike in the back of my fiat panda. Both wheels have to come off though.

derek harper · October 9, 2019 at 6:49 am

Mmmm Steve watch that front brake lever!!!! You Havnt put a pad spacer block in….

derek harper · October 9, 2019 at 6:52 am

I have a 2018 Mazda MX5 and have a custom hidden vertical towbar receiver / hitch fitted. Use a Yakima 2 up rack. Fits ebikes perfect and rated for 2 bikes each 60lbs (27kgs). Car is fine with hitch, rack and single ebike :). Looks pretty crazy tho

Garry Pycroft · October 9, 2019 at 2:33 pm

I was told that here in France if you transport your bike on a rack on the back of the car WITH the battery still fitted it's 1 point on your license and a fine.

Suciu Paul · October 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Nice episode EMBN!

I carry my ebikes on two Thule UpRide on top of my car. I do get a worse fuel consumption
but at least I know the bikes are safe from the idiot driving behind me who keeps his eyes on his smartphone.

Rick Hylton · October 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm

You missed one Steves Bones – https://www.bikeinside.de/en/

BUROPTIMISTE Renaud Savignard · October 14, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Racks on a small trailer

Pibbles 'n Bits · October 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Best way to transport an ebike is to get a spare battery and just ride the bike.

PS4 Custom Gamer · October 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm

I love a good rack

allplayer24 · October 16, 2019 at 11:05 pm

We have 2 fat tire hardtail ebikes n just a good ol fox racing truck diaper does it for us. The bikes are 70 lbs each and i found a lot of bike racks wont support 140lbs or 2 fat tire ebikes plus in minnesota we need the truck to get to certian places in the snow and i found that even during drifting the bikes stay in place

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