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Rear bike carrier

Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:40 am

Has any of you guys got any recommendations for rear bike carrier for the i3

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Re: Rear bike carrier

Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:11 am

Unfortunately there aren't many options available for the i3 but a few are listed in this old post. Not sure if any more options are available now, I haven't searched in a while. I just fold my rears seats down, put a tarp in to protect the interior then put my bike in, front first, with the front tire removed. My Salsa 29'er mountain bike actually fits in well with the passenger seat moved forward a bit.


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Re: Rear bike carrier

Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:57 pm

This is what I like other than having the rear backing censers not turned off, but this could be as easy as BMW updating the i3 computer and using a BMW wiring harness.

This is the steel installed tow bar not the bike rack.

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Re: Rear bike carrier

Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:30 am

I bought this rack:
these straps to use at the top of the tailgate instead of the standard hooks (did not want to latch at the plastic spoiler):
and this suction cup lifter to re-engineer the top support:

I cut the suction cup handle in half, removed the top rubber pad, and used two pivoting hinges I had laying around to attach the handle halves on both sides of the top support arm so they can pivot and adjust to the curvature of the tailgate glass. This makes the whole rack very sturdy and fits well both our i3 and our Nissan Leaf.
2014 BMW i3 REx
2014 BMW i3 BEV - retired

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Re: Rear bike carrier

Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:07 pm

I use the trailer hitch with a 1upUSA rack for my bike on the i3. Bike rides on there tight, no issues.

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Re: Rear bike carrier

Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:42 am

I think this looks like a viable option indeed

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Re: Rear bike carrier

Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:00 am

The hassle with anything attached to the rear is how it interacts with the PDC sensors, and potentially blocks the rear-view camera. While it is not enforced much in the USA, in other markets (say the UK), fitting a bike carrier on the back that might block either the lights or license plate would require an auxiliary light/number plate hanging off the back to provide unobstructed lights and proof of registration. That would also require fitting a wiring harness for their use. That could get very expensive. I did that on my ICE, but on my i3, I carry mine in the rear. Safer, and not open for damage or theft in the process.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

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