We have sometimes taken our pushbikes with us when we've gone away, putting them on top of everything in the back of the Cruiser. It is awkward getting them out again and I can't manage it at all. We've talked of buying a bike-rack to go on the back of his car and then I could use it when I get my van.
On Thursday as Hubby was lifting the bikes in he said that he would call into Pinjarra and get one. So we called into Auto1 to see what they had. They had a few sorts and we ended up buying one that goes onto the towball and will hold 3 bikes as there will probably be times when there is an extra person and bike with us. It cost over $100 but I'm not counting it as expenses for this trip as it was needed and will be used often.
Getting it outside and preparing to put in on the car he remembers that his towball is stuck and doesn't come off. But we are next door to a workshop so we get them to cut off the towball and we then put on the new one that he had to go in and buy. Looking at the rack though and reading a sticker on it I see that my bike, girls one so no crossbar, won't fit. It needs an extension bar. Back into Auto1 I go and ask about that but they said they had never come across that before and had no idea. They ring the bikerack people who don't sell them, I need a bike shop.
So we have a bikerack on but the bikes are still in on top of everything.
Coming into Perth we call into a shopping centre, we need a book of maps as well, no shop has that, but we find a bike shop that has the part we need. Another $44 and we are on our way again.
Anyway, it's still another job that Hubby needs to do, I cannot lift either of the bikes on or off. It is easier for him though than getting them in and out off the car.
Not sure if I will be able to use it with a van but as that will be lower I may be able to. I hope so, I do like my bike.