Bike Rack from Aptera Motors?

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Bike Rack from Aptera Motors?

  • Bike Rack from Aptera Motors?

  • Marco Landin

    Member
    May 13, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Hi! Are there plans for an Aptera-designed bike rack, attachable to the vehicle for carrying a couple of bicycles?

    • This discussion was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by  Marco Landin.
  • John Malcom

    Member
    May 13, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Not at this time.

    There may be a towing capability for a very small trailer (300 pound load) that could be used for transporting bikes. Depending on the size and configuration of a bike it may be transported in the cargo area. There are pictures of a bike in the back of an Aptera. And of course, I am sure there will be third party accessories which most likely will include a bike rack for Aptera

    • Curtis Cibinel

      Member
      May 13, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Even if all we have is the bolt holes for the future hitch it shouldn’t be difficult to put something together. If nothing is out by the time I get my Aptera you can count on my plans being made available. Carrying bikes outside the vehicle is a very important thing for me. If the hitch is available I’ll probably make a small utility trailer than can convert for either kayaks or bikes.

  • Paul Schultz

    Member
    May 13, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    If Aptera includes a category 1 hitch then many hitch-based bike racks would be an option. Aptera has indicated they planned on providing the light towing capability as mentioned above. That means an industry-standard hitch receiver that opens up all kinds of possibilities. A cat 1 hitch has a 1-1/4 inch receiver… perfect for a light bike rack. There would be no reason for Aptera to include a 2″ receiver as that would be overkill for the intended use and capacity max.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by  Paul Schultz.
    • John Malcom

      Member
      May 13, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      Good information from someone with experience to share with us on the forum

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    May 13, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been very happy since ditching my roof rack and using SeaSucker to carry recumbent… https://www.seasucker.com/

    • Vernon Michael Gardner

      Member
      May 14, 2022 at 12:59 am

      Kerbe, great idea, that can solve many problems for people that like to carry things.

      • kerbe2705

        Member
        May 14, 2022 at 9:26 am

        When your bike is nearly 7 feet long, you look for the path of least resistance… 🙂

  • Ray Holan

    Moderator
    May 14, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Marco, you might consider the option of one or more folding bikes. There are quite a few on the market now. Brompton is perhaps the best known brand, but is more of a city bike than road bike. An online search for folding bicycles will keep you entertained for hours. Good luck.

  • Philip Raymond

    Member
    May 15, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Doing one of the things I do best, bringing attention to the obvious, you could just load your bike(s) in the back hatch cargo area. It looks more than big enough, even for a couple of bikes.

    • Paul Schultz

      Member
      May 15, 2022 at 5:23 am

      That is fine for day trips but when traveling on a vacation the back hatch area may be packed with luggage, camping supplies, etc.

      • Bob Kirchner

        Member
        May 15, 2022 at 12:10 pm

        I fear you will find that carrying bike on a rack behind an Aptera will destroy its range.

        Aptera relies on aerodynamic efficiency for its range, and nothing has more aerodynamic drag than a bike rack. On most vehicles it’s tolerable because it’s in the vehicle’s slipstream, but Aptera has almost no slipstream, so it would be like pushing a bike rack alone though the air at 65 mph. It would probably have worse highway range than any other EV with a comparably sized battery.

        Still worth having a rack for shorter trips, though.

        • Curtis Cibinel

          Member
          May 15, 2022 at 12:28 pm

          Even if the aerodynamics was knocked down to 0.25 Cd (about average for a sedan – very likely impact of a bike would be far less) this is a 30% range loss at 60mph. At lower speeds the losses are lower. Aerodynamics matter but the weight is actually more critical to the unique efficiency advantages of Aptera.

          • Bob Kirchner

            Member
            May 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

            Working only with intuition and some experience with bikes and bike racks, I am very doubtful that a bike rack has a Cd as low as 0.25. It is a very complex shape sitting perpendicular to the air flow and creating maximum turbulence. I would predict the bike rack to have far more drag than the Aptera itself.

            It would be nice to be wrong, though.

  • Danny Mattijetz

    Member
    May 15, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    It seems to me many years ago that I loaded four bikes on my Datsun 1200 and took off for a long drive. Two bikes were on the back by the bumper, and two were on the roof. My typical mileage was close to 40 mpg, but when I figured that one out, it was much closer to 30 or less..

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