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Three’s company with the 2009 Honda Fit

One of the most searched phrases that brings folks to LowCadence.com is “Honda Fit Bicycle“.  It would appear that lots of people like their Honda Fits and want to be able to stick their bikes in the back.  I’ve done it and you can as well.

However, what happens when you want to take more people in your car AND your bike — or maybe three bikes and three people?  That is when you need a bike rack.  Here is some video of how I do it.  Using this arrangement, you can carry three bikes (two on top and one inside) along with the driver and two passengers.

Of course, you could load more bikes by adding a third to the top.  The problem is, you wouldn’t have room for a fourth rider!  With three bikes on top, you could also leave the bike out of the inside and give yourself some more room inside.

I was happy to find the Yakima generic rack system fits well on my car.  So, whether you are looking to store your bike inside or outside the Honda Fit, it is a perfect fit.

One more reason for cyclists to love the Honda Fit

Thursday night is the POA Cycling Team’s first POA Cycling Summer Series race.  It is also the night of the beautiful redhead’s play rehearsal.  I’ve got to find something to do with the Things Three.

The Honda Fit comes to the rescue!  I really try to avoid driving the Suburban if I can help it.  It seems like a lot of truck just to haul a bicycle around.  My Honda Fit is set up just perfect for carrying my bike.

Unfortunately, add three kids to the mix and you have a space problem… or so you would think.  Tonight I went out to try an idea.  What if I could put the kids in the back seat and then load the bike in the back compartment?

Three peas in a pod... and a bicycle too!

Three peas in a pod... and a bicycle too!

It turns out that it works just great.  I even have some space left for the rest of my gear.  Now, I can head over to help set up for the event and drop the kids off with their grandparents on the way.  Hopefully, they’ll all be able to come over to the old Greenville Braves stadium for the race at 6 PM.

At least there is plenty of room in that back seat!  This might be the ticket for them to come up to Marion when they pick me up after I finish the Assault On Mount Mitchell.

Three kids & a bike in the back... Mom & Dad in the front

Three kids & a bike in the back... Mom & Dad in the front

Once again, I can’t say enough about my 2009 Honda Fit.  I used it going down the Charleston for the criterium races this weekend and it made a great platform for all the things I needed.  One of the best advantages?  I could park in places larger vehicles couldn’t.

The Low Cadence Honda Fit bike mount system

It is funny how certain posts that I wouldn’t imagine would be that popular end up being some of the most widely read and the ones I get the most contacts about.  This was the case with my post and video about the bicycle mount I built for my 2009 Honda Fit.  So, here is an explanation about how I built it.

First, you need to measure the floor space in the back of your Fit.  For my 2009 Fit, there is a special floor rail system for adding aftermarket accessory holders.  I measured the floor space between those rails and from the back of the rear seats to back door.  Once I had my measurements, I went to a hardware store and got a board about an eighth of an inch thick.  I cut it according to the dimensions I had measured and then moved to the next step.  Click on the images to see a larger version.

The 2009 Honda Fit bike accessory

The 2009 Honda Fit bike accessory

That next step was to place the board in the back of the car, place my bike in the back without its front wheel, and then mark on the board where the fork rested.  I did this by connecting the fork mount to the fork and drawing a line around where it rested. I actually had two fork mounts and it is possible to put two bikes there, but for now I only have one.

Attach the fork mount to the platform.

Attach the fork mount to the platform

I then removed the board and marked the holes where the fork mount would be attached.  For my $14 Hollywood mount, I needed three bolts and nuts.  After marking the holes, I painted the board flat black and then attached the mount to the board with the bolts.  I made sure the heads were on the bottom and the nuts on the top.  This allowed the board to lay as flat as possible.

Make sure the bolt heads are on the bottom

Make sure the bolt heads are on the bottom

I’m sure an engineer would tell me I need some washers or something, but I felt pretty secure with having the three bolts holding the fork down and the large board makes for a very stable base for the system.  I have been able to take my bike around without having any bungee cords or ties holding it down.  The platform is really quite stable and holds the bike firmly.

Slide platform into the floor mounts

Slide platform into the floor mounts

You then just slide the platform into the back of the car.  You can keep it there with the seats up or down, or you can easily remove it.  One of the things I plan to do is cover the platform with some black industrial carpet.  I’ve found some at Home Depot that looks very much like the Honda’s carpet.  A rubber mat might also be a good idea.

Ta da! It fits perfectly!

Ta da! It fits perfectly!

I find that when I put my bike in, I have to angle the rear wheel towards the outside of the front seats.  I have an aftermarket armrest with a storage compartment.  That takes just enough space from between the two front seats to keep from being able to put the rear wheel there.  I know that before I added the arm console, I could put my bike in straight back and not impede my arm movement.

The floor rails also have a hook for securing the bike(s)

The floor rails also have a hook for securing the bike(s)

Of course, there are other ways to secure your bike if you want to.  In the upper right corner of the above photo, you can see a hook for the aftermarket cargo net.  It also works as a good connector for your bungee cord or whatever else you want to use to secure your bike.  In the picture, you can also see the floor rails that I mentioned earlier.

I intentionally didn’t give any exact measurements (other than the thickness of the board) because you need to measure twice and cut once!  Just in case your model doesn’t match mine, I don’t want to get blamed for your frustrations.  Really, once you have the measurements, it is pretty straight forward.

This system appealed to me because 1) the larger base makes the entire system more stable, 2) using the wider, but thinner board gives me maximum height for placing the bike in the car, and 3) once I get the carpet on the platform, a person would think I had attached the fork mount to the floor — it just looks cool.

Two fit Canadians in a Fit

Saturday I went to pick up my Tarmac from Sunshine Cycle Shop.  While I was there, I met Craig and Greg.  These were two guys from Canada who were camping out at Table Rock and spending the week riding their bikes.  I sure hope the weather improves for them!

I was putting some air in the tires when I heard someone say, “Who has the Honda Fit?”  My heart dropped.  I was just certain that someone had run into the little car in the parking lot.  Mike pointed them to me.

Craig approached me and said that there was something cool I might like to see.  It turns out he had built a platform for holding bikes in the back of his 2007 Fit.  What do you know? I had done the same thing.

We compared notes about the two cars and then went outside into the rain to check out his design.  It was slightly different than mine.  He used a frame made of several pieces of wood while I used a single large board as a platform.  Looking at the bikes in the back (surrounded by loads of gear) the result was the same.

Two bikes and gear in a 2007 Honda Fit

Two bikes and gear in a 2007 Honda Fit

I feel stupid that I didn’t get a picture of the guys to go along with this pic.  It is cool to think that they drove all the way from Canada to spend some time riding their bikes in our lovely hills.  Enjoy it, guys!

A different kind of bike Fit

Well, this weekend, I will be heading up to River Falls for the last Saturday race of the 2009 Greenville Spring Training Series. I’ll be taking my bike with me because I plan to race it. The weather will be nice and my finger is feeling much better, so I am pretty confident about giving it a go.

I thought I would use today’s post to show you how I get there. I have a 58cm Specialized Tarmac Pro and have the choice of carrying it in a Chevrolet Suburban or Honda Fit. With what it costs to go racing now days, I figure I need to save where I can. I’m taking the Fit.

People who have seen the video ask me why I don’t put my bike in there in “tall mode.” This seating configuration is where you flip the bottom of the back seats up exposing an area behind the front seats that goes from the floor to the ceiling. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me.

It does work for a smaller bike. However, my Tarmac is just a little too long. My bike fits just fine height wise. It is just too long to fit across. Besides, I like having the larger space to work with when trying to load the bike.

Beyond the bike configuration, I really like my 2009 Honda Fit. It is fun to drive and good on gas. It has some pretty good options for an entry level Honda and it looks pretty cool.

Can you put racks on it? Yes, manufacturers of roof racks do have systems that work on the 2009 model. However, if you are looking for a hitch mounted rack, you are out of luck. At this time there are no hitch options that I am aware of — outside of fabricating your own!

The Fit is Go! and I am gone.

UPDATE: If you would like to see a close up view of the system, you can take a look at this post.