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

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


[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
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