Folding e-bike on a Thule bike rack ? (1 Viewer)

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Wife and I are wanting to get e-bikes, as our van is kept in storage and the bikes would either be put in the boot of the car to come home with us or stored inside the van, which is a Swift Escape 664 who's garage is to small to store the bikes. Question is, as the folding e-bikes don't have a cross bar how would I secure them onto the bike rack on the van. Has anyone done this ? The bike rack is already on my van, the bikes I am thinking to get are https://www.evanscycles.com/raleigh-stow-e-way-2019-electric-folding-bike-EV360599

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I’ve thought about this before and worry about security. I decided I would take the battery and front wheel off and make brackets up so I could actually bolt the front forks onto the rack and fasten the rear wheel down somehow.
 

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Is this a towbar mounted rack? Most of these, have tracks into which the cycle wheels sit, and then an arm comes accross from a rear bracket that you'd attach to the cross bar. But that arm is moveable so it may slide down the side of the rear bracket allowing it to reach to the seat tube?

If you are using one of the hanging type racks then that isn't going to work.
 
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I’ve thought about this before and worry about security. I decided I would take the battery and front wheel off and make brackets up so I could actually bolt the front forks onto the rack and fasten the rear wheel down somehow.

I have a Vanbitz Strikeback + Growler so would loop the wire through the bikes when on the rack. This might do the trick for me Amazon product ASIN B0020HRUN6
 
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Is this a towbar mounted rack? Most of these, have tracks into which the cycle wheels sit, and then an arm comes accross from a rear bracket that you'd attach to the cross bar. But that arm is moveable so it may slide down the side of the rear bracket allowing it to reach to the seat tube?

If you are using one of the hanging type racks then that isn't going to work.

Its a 2 bike affair that's secured on the back of the van and has tracks where the wheels sit.

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You should be able to secure the retaining bars to the seat uprights
Mount one bike left to right and the other right to left

Remove batteries and store inside ‘van

My concern would be lifting the weight onto a bulkhead-mounted rack
Im afraid that I certainly would not manage
 

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I have the removable bar (as shown above) for one of my bikes but I have to say although it works well I rarely use it. Instead I simply use the lockable claw on the rear saddle post of each bike.

I can lift each bike into position but it is MUCH easier with an assitant, so I take the weight of the bike without battery and my wife guides the front wheel into position while I concentrate on the rear wheel.

Besides locking each claw in place I also hang a fairly heavy Motor Cycle chain and padlock through both bikes and the rack just to openly demonstrate additional security to the casual theif.
 

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We have a Thule Lift V16 12v rack which lowers the rack to almost ground level making it easy to load & unload our two AS e-bikes. I remove batteries and saddles, fold the handle bars and pedals and they fix securely using the standard locking bars by attaching to the bike frames.

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We have a Thule Lift V16 12v rack which lowers the rack to almost ground level making it easy to load & unload our two AS e-bikes. I remove batteries and saddles, fold the handle bars and pedals and they fix securely using the standard locking bars by attaching to the bike frames.

Thanks all, at least I know it can be done, think I will order 2 and play about with suggestions above to get them on the rack.
 

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