Thanks for the offer of the bike bag Bobley T: I have been looking at the Thule bar and other similar options, but after measuring up I don't think any of them are going to fit. I thinking at the moment about taking the front wheel out and then trying to make something up that goes on the rock and roll bed to protect it and then using a stand to clamp the back wheel in place.I can do but I've got a sliding seat so if there's more than 1 inside the van then the seat comes forward and the bikes go in the boot with 1 wheel off. If they had to go in the middle then I think I'd end up with a bike box or bag (I do have a bag if you're stuck, I live just around the corner from you) and I think I'll be buying a bike box to take the boys road bike on holiday at half term...
I did also have a little Thule bar to bolt to the floor into which the front forks slot but I never used it.
If I'm down at the Bowl (MK) this weekend I'll have a quick look in the other team members T5s (and Vitos) and see what they use. I know one bloke has a full width shelf across the back and puts the bikes in sideways with 1 wheel off.
Usually though I put all my bikes on the rack on the back. By far the best way as they get filthy - last Friday at Cannock was a bit of an exception as it was bone dry...
I have a 4 bike version that I used to use in the van so I may see if I can adapt that in some way. Thanks Sailing4000 T:Im not sure about a full conversion, but swe use one of these, a 4 rack for stability with 2 bikes, standing in the back and a few straps to add a little support around the forks. Does the job no problem!
No Probs.. FYI the tubing can easily be cut using a junior hack saw, to cut to any variation or length, i cut out the two middle wheel supports to make way for sleeping stuff T:I have a 4 bike version that I used to use in the van so I may see if I can adapt that in some way. Thanks Sailing4000 T:
Apologies for delay - didn't have any up-close pics so took some more. It's just bits of wood (think I used ply this time): flat top on an angled base. Bt of trial and error getting the angle 'right' to best suit our bikes as different head angles on the bikes affects if they sit fully upright in the rack or not! Screwed to the van floor and covered in carpet.
I like the look of that setup Ally. Mine is swb and I can get my 29er (small) in if I put the back wheel in the gap behind the drivers seat an have the bike diagonally. The back wheel of my road bike fits in the gap between the front seats so a setup like this may be possible or something similar T:Easy: http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showpost.php?p=2753688&postcount=85
That's a size XL 29er hence a fairly long bike - but I've got another couple of 29ers which both have even longer wheelbases and both fit in fine, they just poke thru between the seats a teeny bit. LWB T5, RIB with longer-than-normal rearmost section (15cm longer than standard). Not sure how/if it could be done with a SWB...