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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Bicycle rack on an 05 Elise

I am looking for some CONSTRUCTIVE comments on how to get this done. My 05 Elise is my daily driver and I would like to be able to attach/detach a bicycle rack for my other hot rod.

Has anyone ever done this? What about some type of trailer hitch?

I have a super-light carbon fiber racing bicycle that cannot weigh more than 20 pounds, including water and an extra set of wheels.

Please help!
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The only options I know of are:

1) custom engineered part mounting to the rollbar(drilling through clam)
Sorry, I don't remember where I saw it but it was over $500 iirc.

2) modify the BOE trailer hitch to accept a standard carrier

I've been looking at the second option, but haven't gotten around to planning it yet.

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This thread contains some interesting ideas:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f68/...97/#post972624
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Not sure if they still make them, but I think this may be what you are looking for?

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Just thought I would pass it along.

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Simplest solution might be the BOE trailer hitch and a small trailer. I know a bunch of guys use it to tow track wheels and tools, bike should be easy. Probably an overkill solution, but easy, and allows you to transport other stuff if you need it.
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What is the rack from Sleepe? Are those just suction? How does it attach in the front? You think that might be compatible with bicycles? Any issues with weight?

With the BOE trailer hitch, what do you think about a rack that attaches as though it was a trailer hitch? Could it support the weight? See any problems there?

(I live in an apartment and do not have extra parking space for a trailer.)

The unique rack at 1500 dollars?? Ouch!!

I was sent a PM with: OK I put a bicycle on my Elise - British Speed
It looks good on the front end, but the back wheel on the clam and just held down by bungies?! That looks like it is asking for trouble!
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The unique rack at 1500 dollars?? Ouch!!
Oh, hey, didn't realize they were that much.

I just know that they used to have an Ad in our Calendar, so I thought I would pass it on.

I have an Esprit, so I never looked to see how much they were.

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What is the rack from Sleepe? Are those just suction? How does it attach in the front? You think that might be compatible with bicycles? Any issues with weight?...
That rack is for the S1 Elise (not available in the US) - it doesn't work on the S2/Fed because the S2 has much thinner body panels which cannot support the weight directly.
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What is the rack from Sleepe? Are those just suction? How does it attach in the front? You think that might be compatible with bicycles? Any issues with weight?

With the BOE trailer hitch, what do you think about a rack that attaches as though it was a trailer hitch? Could it support the weight? See any problems there?

(I live in an apartment and do not have extra parking space for a trailer.)

The unique rack at 1500 dollars?? Ouch!!

I was sent a PM with: OK I put a bicycle on my Elise - British Speed
It looks good on the front end, but the back wheel on the clam and just held down by bungies?! That looks like it is asking for trouble!
The BOE system is more of a draw bar and I doubt it would like the weight of a trailer hitch mounted rack. I have seen the unique rack in person, and while it looked like it would work, there is no way it was worth doing to your car. Not to mention that at $1,500 you could just buy a cheap car to haul the bike around in.

I think that the system mounted behind the roll bar is the best idea. I would pursue something like that. If you are worried about the rear wheel on the clam you could look for some way to support it from a hard point in the area.

For another concept, search here and on google for "racks that suck". A member here, Graydon I believe, looked in to producing a design that he put together that used industrial suction cups. No one bought into the concept so he never made them, but it might be interesting to see how he did it.

Another potential option, though expensive, would be to buy an extra hard top and mount a rack to it. With some reinforcements that might work for a road bike. But I would proceed cautiously.
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Elise bike rack

These are pictures of my bike rack to solve the problem of transporting my bike.

Please let me know if you want more information.

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I would like more info. Thanks!

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Dana

I would like more info. Thanks!
It is very simple really. Some metal bits around the roll bar inside and out. I used the mounting pole and hardware from a Yakima rack and attached that to my Elise custom supports.

I have been using it about 10 times a month for over a year and have driven it with two bikes on the freeway with no issues.

I did not drill or make any permanent changes to the car.

To get into the trunk just remove the bike and push the front wheel holders up.

Less than $30.00 in hardware not including the Yakima rack hardware . But to machine the bits took time and patience.

On the fence if I should make and sell these or sell the plans for making them.

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Dana I don't have the time or patience to make this. If you make and sell, I will buy.

That being said, I like the no drilling and no permanent changes to the car.

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Failed to mention the looks you get when, with the top off, you stand up at a stoplight to get the water bottles off of your bike without getting out of the car.

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I don't see how it is mounted at the bottom, by the diffuser?

Also your car has LA county stickers, but location says FL. If you are in CA, would love to check it out in person

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I don't see how it is mounted at the bottom, by the diffuser?

Also your car has LA county stickers, but location says FL. If you are in CA, would love to check it out in person
Would like to get more orders as it would be easier to make 5 or 10 at a time rather than one.

I make the mounting hardware and you would need to acquire the Yakima or ?? bar hardware and bike hardware for one or two bikes. Would that work? I know exactly what Yakima hardware you would need. But there are other companies that might make the bar and bike mounting hardware that could work. If not Yakima I would need the other hardware to make the proper connections.

The rear tire hold down is using a bungee cord across the rear of the car. Then a smaller bungee cord for each rear wheel. Nothing else. Simple and easy.

Born and raised in CA the car purchased there as well. Now residing in Tampa, FL. Why yes I drove the car from CA to Tampa!

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Yeah I can acquire whatever your need me to acquire. Please keep me posted.

Nice, I am planning a trip from CA to Alaska in 2012 in my 260 Have done numerous 2500+ roadtrips in both cars.

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Yeah I can acquire whatever your need me to acquire. Please keep me posted.

Nice, I am planning a trip from CA to Alaska in 2012 in my 260 Have done numerous 2500+ roadtrips in both cars.
You could help me get the word out and see if there is more interest out there. Like I mentioned I would rather make 5 or 10 than just one.

That would be quite the road trip in a 260!

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Have you made this, yet? I am interested.
Any issues with your set up so far?
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