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Will the Giant XL 29er Mountain Bike Fit? - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited March 2016 in Honda
imageWill the Giant XL 29er Mountain Bike Fit? - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test

I'd been planning a mountain bike ride, but then I signed out our 2016 Honda Civic for the weekend and wondered if my Giant XL 29er could possibly fit.

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  • throwbackthrowback Posts: 445
    It's amazing how big these cars have become. I saw a '90(?) Civic the other day. it looked smaller than a Fit!
  • schen72schen72 Posts: 433
    If it was my personal car, I'd lay a blanket down to catch all the dirt from the bike.
  • Judging by the other "will the bike fit" posts, everyone else has carbon Santa Cruz's - Dan must have the lamest bike at Edmunds ;-) Of course I also ride an aluminum framed hardtail, so I guess I'm done throwing rocks and I'm gonna head back into my glass house now.
  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Posts: 860
    I appreciate the article, but honestly, you could probably just measure the bike and figure out whether it fits. Now that you have a month and a half worth of driving (equivalent), how about some more articles on the functions. For instance, the Honda Sensing suite claims to be pretty advanced. Are you guys using it? Is it helpful? Annoying? Scary? What about the Android Auto/Carplay. How is it? Does it work with your phones? Is it stable?
  • tom_in_mntom_in_mn Posts: 61
    I would never trust a measurement to tell me a bike fits, it's too odd of a shape and you have to be able to get it into place.
  • The hooks/catches on the back of the backseats can be a nice feature (as in the case), or a pain when you want to load something big and flat from Ikea. It's reverse of the norm, where the hooks are usually in the frame, with a recessed latch point in the backseat.
  • Although the bike fit I still think small cars are far more useful as hatchbacks. The Civic 2 door hatch in the 90's was small but could work as a moving van when needed. My roomie in college had one and it was amazing how much junk you could stuff in that little car.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I used to stuff all kinds of things into my Mini hatchback but if you do it very often, it takes its toll on the interior. You can do a fair amount of damage if you don't have someone helping you with the bike.
  • I would love to see this car parked next to an earlier generation civic to see how huge this car has become.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451

    I would love to see this car parked next to an earlier generation civic to see how huge this car has become.

    Bingo! That, more than anything, is the crux of this post.

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  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451

    Although the bike fit I still think small cars are far more useful as hatchbacks. The Civic 2 door hatch in the 90's was small but could work as a moving van when needed. My roomie in college had one and it was amazing how much junk you could stuff in that little car.

    Agreed. Later this year we'll see the "5-door" aka 4-door hatchback version of this Civic.

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  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451

    I appreciate the article, but honestly, you could probably just measure the bike and figure out whether it fits. Now that you have a month and a half worth of driving (equivalent), how about some more articles on the functions. For instance, the Honda Sensing suite claims to be pretty advanced. Are you guys using it? Is it helpful? Annoying? Scary? What about the Android Auto/Carplay. How is it? Does it work with your phones? Is it stable?

    Good questions, and more will surely come later. For now: mostly, sometimes, more than I'd like, I wouldn't go that far. Mostly good if you can learn to like Apple Maps, seems to, too early to make a firm conclusion.

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  • g_k1g_k1 Posts: 14
    Both Cinelli and Salsa make a dummy rear axle or clip that attaches to the left rear dropout to hold the chain in place when the rear wheel is removed. With that setup I could carry my 54cm Bianchi fixie in the passenger seat of my Elise, or (also upside-down) in the rear footwell of my '85 Audi 4000s Quattro (no rear seat fold-down).
  • sharpendsharpend Posts: 177
    edited March 2016
    Tip of the Day: Shift so the chain is on the biggest front chainring before transporting a bike inside a car. That way the sharp teeth of the chainring are not exposed to do damage to the interior.
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