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Ej Hurst
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My son rides a dirt jumping bike with tires too big to fit in the bus rack. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to make it fit? Thanks!
 
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Hey there, EJ!

Soooooo... Maybe a second bike? One with a bit higher gearing for road work and skinnier tires for the bus racks? I'll bet he'd dig a fixie.

HEY, WAIT A MINUTE- You've got a bus system on G.I? I'm impressed!
 
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If you have limited space, you could also switch wheels. Only the front wheel is used in our local mass transit light rail train, or regular commuter train, although on the bus you havev to have both wheels locked in.
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Thanks! I also wondered about letting the pressure down? And yes, we have a pilot bus project which is run by volunteers. We are trying to demonstrate that we have the ridership to be included in the regional transit system of nearby Nanaimo city. Here is a link to our G.E.R.T.I.E. - Gabriola Island Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express. http://gabriolacommunitybus.com/
Gertie was also the name a beloved wooden folk art statue that used to grace our ferry parking lot until she succumbed to a severe case of dry rot so the bus is named in her honour.
http://www.flyingshingle.com/cgi-bin/coranto/viewnews.cgi?id=20081215294863765820
 
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EJ, you do truly live in Paradise- more so than me, even! I am envious. As for the bike tires, yeah, you might try the pressure thing, but then he'd have to pump them back up every time. (That might get old quick.) A second bike is the easy answer, with a second set of wheels also right up there.

The flip side of the coin is to get a different bike rack for the bus if this is any sort of common problem/complaint.
 
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Go with the flow. I would take the train. They were upset when I would bring a bike on there and now they have signs that only Folding bikes were allowed. So I kept my eyes open for a 26" Folding bike. Now no one says anything. As far as spending a lot of money. The folding bike was like new, I got it for 40.00.
I always say. Ok dont tell me what I Can Not Do. Just tell me what I Can Do.( what is allowed) I will solve the problem.
Dont get too attached to that fat tire bike and Go with the Flow to get around. Its more rewarding.
I like the Idea of changing the wheels and tires on it when on the bus. Thats a Good Inexpensive Solution.

Good Luck
 
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Jeremiah's post above reminded me: We are allowed to bring folded folding bikes INSIDE our buses, rather than use the racks on the outside. That might be an option.
 
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