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I bought this folding CCM carrier for our regular bikes. I didn’t trust it for our e-bikes so I replaced all the folding parts with heavy wall tubing. It is rock solid now.
Disclaimer: You may need to address Plate and lighting issues with this setup!
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* This post was edited 07/30/21 08:49am by GMH *

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GMH wrote:

I bought this folding CCM carrier for our regular bikes. I didn’t trust it for our e-bikes so I replaced all the folding parts with heavy wall tubing. It is rock solid now.
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That would get you a ticket around here. First, and most importantly of all, you are blocking the turn signals !! Second, you are blocking the headlights. Third, you are blocking the front license plate. Forth, you could be interfering with the operation of the air bag system (might not get a ticket for that part though) .

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I’m aware! I don’t travel at night and the signal lights are still visible…somewhat. The bikes are the last thing to get loaded before I leave the city and I drive extremely defensively in traffic, so I am more worried about a ticket than an accident. If I do get one I will have to re-think things. I have thought of relocating the plate. I added a warning to my post for anyone who may consider this option.

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GMH wrote:

I’m aware! I don’t travel at night and the signal lights are still visible…somewhat. The bikes are the last thing to get loaded before I leave the city and I drive extremely defensively in traffic, so I am more worried about a ticket than an accident. If I do get one I will have to re-think things. I have thought of relocating the plate. I added a warning to my post for anyone who may consider this option.


In oregon your ok for the headlights as long as your driving in the daytime. nighttime would get you into trouble. I looked at this option for my motorcycle on a front rack. Headlights and turn signals would have been ok, but the top of the bike interfered to much with my forward vision so I dropped the idea. My truck also has turn signals visible on the rear view mirrors from the front or back, not sure if that would suffice for turn signal visibility.


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ktmrfs wrote:

GMH wrote:

I’m aware! I don’t travel at night and the signal lights are still visible…somewhat. The bikes are the last thing to get loaded before I leave the city and I drive extremely defensively in traffic, so I am more worried about a ticket than an accident. If I do get one I will have to re-think things. I have thought of relocating the plate. I added a warning to my post for anyone who may consider this option.


In oregon your ok for the headlights as long as your driving in the daytime. nighttime would get you into trouble. I looked at this option for my motorcycle on a front rack. Headlights and turn signals would have been ok, but the top of the bike interfered to much with my forward vision so I dropped the idea. My truck also has turn signals visible on the rear view mirrors from the front or back, not sure if that would suffice for turn signal visibility.


Aren't headlights required in rain and fog?


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ktmrfs wrote:

GMH wrote:

I’m aware! I don’t travel at night and the signal lights are still visible…somewhat. The bikes are the last thing to get loaded before I leave the city and I drive extremely defensively in traffic, so I am more worried about a ticket than an accident. If I do get one I will have to re-think things. I have thought of relocating the plate. I added a warning to my post for anyone who may consider this option.


In oregon your ok for the headlights as long as your driving in the daytime. nighttime would get you into trouble. I looked at this option for my motorcycle on a front rack. Headlights and turn signals would have been ok, but the top of the bike interfered to much with my forward vision so I dropped the idea. My truck also has turn signals visible on the rear view mirrors from the front or back, not sure if that would suffice for turn signal visibility.


Aren't headlights required in rain and fog?


depends on the state. Not required in oregon. headlights required to be on from 1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise and when you can't see cars 1000ft in front of you. So you could be required to use headlights during heavy fog or heavy rain.

On two of my cars, headlights do come on automatically when the wipers are on or in intermittent mode.

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Just a little reminder to electric bike riders: Be careful on these things! While camping last weekend, I went for a ride with my grand daughter and crashed.
Riding on an asphalt path on a hillside, my front wheel drifted off the edge of the pavement and hit the dirt. I lost traction and went flying. Lucky I didn't break anything but got banged up. At 74 yrs old, I don't recover as fast and didn't walk too well for a couple of days. It was my own fault. I was going faster than I should have and didn't have the ability to control this nearly 100 lbs bike when I lost traction. I was lucky I'm not in the hospital right now.

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Just a little reminder to electric bike riders: Be careful on these things! While camping last weekend, I went for a ride with my grand daughter and crashed.
Riding on an asphalt path on a hillside, my front wheel drifted off the edge of the pavement and hit the dirt. I lost traction and went flying. Lucky I didn't break anything but got banged up. At 74 yrs old, I don't recover as fast and didn't walk too well for a couple of days. It was my own fault. I was going faster than I should have and didn't have the ability to control this nearly 100 lbs bike when I lost traction. I was lucky I'm not in the hospital right now.


yes, on the e bikes it's easy to go faster than you would on a regular bike. Not sure about a 100lb ebike, ours are a typical "heavy" e bike at 52lbs each. And have hydraulic disk brakes. those hydraulic disks work much faster and more controllable than the mechanical disk brakes my regular bike had.

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ktmrfs - I guess I was exaggerating a bit at 100lbs, it's actually 65 lbs. When I crashed, I was on my back under the bike and it felt like over 100 lbs. trying to get out from under it! I think trying to hold on, I actually hit the twist throttle and launched it as I went down. Not a fun ride.

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I think trying to hold on, I actually hit the twist throttle and launched it as I went down. Not a fun ride.


Back when I was about 10, kids my age in the neighborhood where getting new bikes. Dad decided to teach me to ride his motorcycle around the big yard. A better thrill than new bike.
1 thing he drilled into my head; "It will not work if you are going to hit something, but if you see you are going to fall, open the throttle. Most times, power is more likely to pull you up than brakes, you get a 2nd chance to control it. And if you don't pull it out, you go down in glory!"

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