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    I'm wondering if there are any station wagons that have load area long enough so that push bikes can be put in the back without having to drop the rear seats, and of course that the tail gate can shit propoerly.

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    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    CX Wagon?

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    bikes are huge... a berlingo or kangoo would do it. The height and length of a pushbike almost requires the removal of at least the front wheels. An CX safari has quite a large load area, I doubt you'd fit a mountain bike in without removing one of the wheels though.
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    wot shane said. Riding buddy of mine has a VW Caddy, and that parks two or three mountain bikes in the back standing up.

    Any wagon will require the seats and the bike to be laid down, so you're only getting one in there.

    Plenty of good bike rack options out there. If its only one bike and not that often, just pull the wheels off and shove it in the boot. One or two bikes can go on the roof (short distance solution only IMO due to the drag) or on a tow bar rack. I wouldn't choose a car just for its bike capacity.

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    Dieter bragged last year at Grand Display that his CX Safari takes his bicycle with wheels on! It looked like a standard road bike.

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    The 308sw is the best modern car I've found for lugging bikes - either road or MTB. I've made up a board with some fork clamps that fits the floor, and can easily fit two bikes without dismantling beyond removal of the front wheels (and my TT bike has an aero cockpit and the seat up very high).

    Being clamped down means there's no chance of the bikes rattling around and getting damaged, even when driving quickly!

    With the individually removable back seats, I usually remove one and leave it at home - even with two bikes and a lot of gear in there it is an easy fit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 120L View Post
    that the tail gate can shit propoerly.
    I suggest more fibre in it's diet.

    Are you talking about having the bikes standing up in the back, or is laying down OK? All of the RWD Pug wagons could do this with ease. I regularly put my bike in the back of both my 504 and 505 wagon, with the rear row of seats folded of course (there are three rows of seats in the Familiales).
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    Thanks for the all your posts

    Considering cost of purchase and praticality of ownership it looks like the 504/505 Wagons are my best bet.

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    Hi Alan,

    I own a CX Safari, am a keen mountain biker and have no troubles fitting two bikes in the back. My friends all have to take off their front wheels and my bike is the biggest by far (Specialized bighit downhill MTB) and it still fits...with another on top!!

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