Last 2 years we have been sailing around with 2 folding bicycles in their cartons on a bed
, considering how to store these. This spring I solved
the puzzle; I think in an elegant way which is maybe interesting for others. See the pictures.
The bikes are Dahon Curve 3-gear models, which are around 9 kg. They are almost fully aluminium and stainless steel
except for the luggage carriers and minor parts.
Each bicycle goes to the starboard side of an engine room; the red bicycle in the port hull
, the white in the starboard hull
Out of oak wood, multiplex and tropical wood I have made supports. For each bike:
- One block with a hole in it (at a funny
angle) to support the saddle pin. Bolted to the fibreglass polyester part that supports the engine. In the fibreglass I put rivet nuts 6 mm. Much better than screws, which will be pulled through at some inconvenient moment.
- One wood construction glued to the hull. It is a kind of box that accomodates the pedal with a very good fit. On port this small box is simply glued to the hull; on starboard there are distance pieces, required to keep the bikes free from the exhaust
- A small wooden bar, pushing the rear wheel
to starboard against the hull. This piece is also bolted to the engine support polyester part with rivet nuts.
The wooden pieces are painted with bilge paint
, two layers.
We have sailed with it and it works perfectly. The bikes are completely stable. If they would ever fly out it is easy to add self-sticking velcro to the pedal supports.
On the rim of the engine room I have make a protective rim (rubber with metal inside) to prevent chipping the gelcoat
when taking the bikes in or out.
This stuff costs below 3 euro/meter. I have also mounted it on the sunshade next to the mast
. Here we had some chipping due to shoes when stepping on the roof.
Advantage of the bicycle mounting system is that it is very small:
- Almost no weight
- Not blocking when you work on the engine. The most protruding part, on starboard, can even be removed with screws.
- No permanent boat-damaging construction
Next I will try to figure out whether there is still space for the outboard