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Just curious. I'm between bikes while GG gets production ramped up. On occasion, I'll put mine inside on a fork mount with the front wheel removed. Mostly post ride if I'm stopping for food as I'm paranoid about leaving it out on a hitch. Any MTB riders here tried that yet? Just when I eyeballed it at the auto show, the roof looked slightly lower than my current rig.
 

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Just curious. I'm between bikes while GG gets production ramped up. On occasion, I'll put mine inside on a fork mount with the front wheel removed. Mostly post ride if I'm stopping for food as I'm paranoid about leaving it out on a hitch. Any MTB riders here tried that yet? Just when I eyeballed it at the auto show, the roof looked slightly lower than my current rig.
I was testing this scenario yesterday. I purchased a pair of fork mounts and attached it to a 3/4" plywood with carriage bolts. There is about 31" of height clearance at the hatch and at the seat (folded down - cargo area slants upward). I have to remove the seat & seat post on my mountain bike. With my wife's hybrid bike, I have to remove the seat & seat post and front handlebar with stem. I can fit two bikes across. It will be tight trying to fit a third bike by staggering (pushed back further between the first two)?

Have to purchase some hardware to finish up the fork mount set up and lashing straps to keep the bikes from moving.
 

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I use to do that when I had my 2014 pilot and just throw a heavy moving blanket in between the bikes to prevent damage and scratching but some times those sharp corners would nick my interior and not to mention the mud I would track in the car from finishing a run on the trails.I just got a trailer hitch and secured my bikes with long plastic covered cable locks and chains to the bottom of the trailer hitch it self.
 

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Do the rear seats fold up? In my 1st gen ridgeline I would fold up the seat and a bike fit right in
No, the seats have to be down. With two bikes, you could probably put the bikes on an angle to allow the single seat to stay upright. Don't know if it would work with three bikes.
 

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Today's completed DIY project for bike mounts inside the cargo area....
  • 43-3/4" long x 8" wide board (used 1/2" plywood on-hand). 44" is the wide of the cargo tray and cargo cover.
  • (2X) front wheel fork mount (used Hollywood brand).
  • (4X) 1/4" x 1-1/4" carriage bolt & nut (bolt length appropriate for board thickness).
  • (2X - set of 4) anti-skid surface pad (use appropriate screw length for board thickness).
  • Fork mounts are placed 14" on-center from the left & right edge, leaving 16" on-center between the fork mounts.
  • Will be using the hole in the fork mounts to secure it to the tie-downs in the cargo area.
  • Total hardware cost: $45
Top view...

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Bottom view...

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DudeCS,Can you show us what the bikes looks like mounted in the car please....
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Showing only one bike mounted in the cargo area. Rear seats are down.

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The idea is to strap the bike mounts down to the tie-downs in the rear and the rear of the bikes to the tie-downs in the front. The bungee cords do not work well (just for demonstration). I'll be purchase a set of lashing straps.

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The board with the bike mounts is place over the fold of the cargo tray and cargo cover. For me, that provides sufficient clearance for the tailgate to close.

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I have a rack mounted on the rear wheel that clears the headliner by 1 or 2 inches. The seat and seat post have been removed. I marked my seat post with electrical tape for resetting the correct height easily. For my wife's hybrid, I have to remove the handlebar.

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This view from the Rear-Left passenger door shows the space between the driver's seat and rear of the bike (lots of clearance).

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DudeCS, Thanks ..I was wondering how it was going to look and it looks pretty good,I don't think I could get away with this set up with my large frame 29r.This is how a lot of guys set up their pick up trucks.I know you are trying to find a way of strapping that board with the mounts down so it doesn't move and if you don't mind a little help I think I found a way...You would have to replace the board with a wider one that follows the whole rear contour into the left and right cuby space then you don't have to strap it down, the side contours will hold the whole thing in place and stop it from moving in any direction while you are driving.I would use a large piece of cardboard to ruff out a template copy it over to your new plywood ,use a jig saw for the cut, round and sand the edges and done...I used one of your pics so you can get a better idea of what I just said...
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Request granted!

Showing only one bike mounted in the cargo area. Rear seats are down.

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The idea is to strap the bike mounts down to the tie-downs in the rear and the rear of the bikes to the tie-downs in the front. The bungee cords do not work well (just for demonstration). I'll be purchase a set of lashing straps.

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The board with the bike mounts is place over the fold of the cargo tray and cargo cover. For me, that provides sufficient clearance for the tailgate to close.

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I have a rack mounted on the rear wheel that clears the headliner by 1 or 2 inches. The seat and seat post have been removed. I marked my seat post with electrical tape for resetting the correct height easily. For my wife's hybrid, I have to remove the handlebar.

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This view from the Rear-Left passenger door shows the space between the driver's seat and rear of the bike (lots of clearance).

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Well done! Check this link out might help with your strap issue. You saved yourself 120 bucks with your own prototype. Can you create a template for 3D printing? The link might be helpful to others who have road bikes of where to drill the holes.
https://www.bernardiparts.com/Images/Install/2006_Pilot_BikeAttachment(interior)_AII30480.pdf
 

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Or you can use the rubber rear cargo mat as a template and just use cardboard to complete the cuby spaces...
 

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@izzym , thanks for the feedback. For now, I'm will strap the bikes down at the top of the bike frame versus the board (like strapping a motorcycle). That should be more secure than my initial thoughts. We'll using the bike mount only on an occasional basis.
 

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Well done! Check this link out might help with your strap issue. You saved yourself 120 bucks with your own prototype. Can you create a template for 3D printing? The link might be helpful to others who have road bikes of where to drill the holes.
https://www.bernardiparts.com/Images/Install/2006_Pilot_BikeAttachment(interior)_AII30480.pdf
Ha-ha, didn't realize that they had an accessory for this. The idea of drilling into the cargo cover or cargo tray is not very appealing.

The placement of the fork mounts may be different for each situation. The important dimensions and required hardware have been listed above for mine.
 
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