How Can You Transport a Tandem In A Ford Freestar?

If you are as good at woodwork as Bill, then you build a rack like this:

Photographs taken and provided by Bill S

Bill [who I posted on earlier] & Bill are cyclists I met via the Internet. This Bill has also built a rack for his Ford Windstar. He and his wife are currently cycling in Florida.

He says:

Jim, my friend, BK, wanted me to send you some pictures of the bike rack I made for my Ford Freestar and Windstar. If you have any questions just let me know. My rack does not do any permanent changes to the vehicle and yet it locates the bike in the furthest most rear position. I am able to mount my tandem behind the driver seat and still have clearance to the drivers seat. The brake levers on the handle bar just clear the rear window by about .38 inches. The rack comes out by just loosening a wooden bolt with my hand and sliding the plug inboard. It holds my two bikes very sturdy.

The Lights Are Out

Well, at least 2 of them. I placed my NiteRider Flight and Lumotec Oval Plus light on the outside [in front] of the fairing to preclude reflection of the lights by the fairing. These 2 lights are the front lights of my tier 1 and tier 2 lights of my 3-tier lighting system. For now, I will leave the tier 3 lights [powered by the LightSpin Dynamo] where they are mounted [inside/behind the fairing]. If I were to move this pair, I’d purchase another pair of t-brackets from Zzip Designs and reverse mount them, placing the lights left and right of upper fairing mounting point.

I used items [a seat post and stem] that were laying around as opposed to purchasing a lighting mount. If I were to purchase one, it would likely be the prototype Easy Racers light mount from TerraCycle [at the bottom of the page].

I will not be able to test ride the mods tonight. A special friend has invited me to dinner.

Initial Fairing Night Riding Impressions

First, the fairing really reduces the “wind chill factor.” When I sat up to peer over the faring, my face was really chilled, reclined–it was comfortable.

Although I seem [street lights are on] to be able to see the road OK, the reflection off the fairing is more that I’d like. I will now look to see how I might mount my lights in front of the fairing. I like the bike’s lines as they are; but, I prefer no fairing reflections.

For Karl: As best I can determine, the reflectors work adequately behind the fairing. I drive my vehicle toward the bike. The reflectors seemed to glow. The car lights also light up the bike. I then place a reflector in front of the fairing. The reflection seemed the same. Finally, I took flash photos of all the reflectors. They seemed to reflect equally.

I will continue to ride and evaluate as I prepare for a possible tour to Richmond, Virginia and return to Fayetteville–435 miles round trip.