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Bicycle on Sailboat

Hey, I usually do shopping by bicycle,
so likely will have to have a bicycle on board.

Am wondering if anyone here also keeps or has kept bicycle on board, what kind is it and any other suggestions.
Also how and where do you store your bicycle(s)?
I read on another forum that aluminum alloy folding bicycles are best.


Though I'd really like to have 26 inch wheels, if at all possible,
has anyone managed to keep a full size bike?

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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

i have a small frame lady 21 speed mountain bike. 26 inch wheels. i dismantle it and keep it in forepeak until i need to use it.
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if you can remove the wheels.. bicycles do not take up much space. I would consider a padded bag if you want to keep it from getting banged up
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

Had one when I was in the USA mainly up and down the ICW also the Bahamas. A full size cheap used mountain bike which lived tied to the mizzen shrouds.

I kept it oiled and it lasted for two years.
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

My wife and I are avid mountain bikers and I am devising a way to bring our bikes with us when we go cruising. I will design and sew a protective bag for storage and transport to shore. We have a couple of spaces where they can be stored below.

If you just want a commuter bike then a folding model will serve you well.

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Tim, I wonder if you might be wise to include space for desiccants in your bag.

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I will be taking my mountain bike with me when I go to florida this winter. Frame is CF, so no worries about weight or corrosion there. Just need to keep the rest well lubed
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Mad, what about brake lines, gears, derailer, etc? All stainless and titanium?

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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

We have 20" folders. They do OK.

In restrospect, I wish I'd have looked into buying a 26" mountain bike and figured a way to quickly pop off the handle bars for storage. They can't be easily slid off the stem with all the brake & shifter cables. The stem would have to have a quick release of some sort. Then add folding pedals and the bike becomes slim to make it easier to store. Put it in a sunbrella bag and store it on the rail if there's no room below.
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Re: Bicycle on Sailboat

I had S&S couplers put into my road/cross bike so it could fit into a suitcase (26"x26"x10") it takes about 20 minutes to fold up completely but you can split it very easily w/o putting it in a suitcase. Kind of expensive but worth it if you ever take the bike on a plane. I guess I can't post a link but if you google sandsmachine and look on youtube you can see what I am talking about.
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