Bike Hauler It Ain't - 2009 Ford Flex Limited Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Long Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex Limited: Bike Hauler It Ain't

July 09, 2010

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I bought a new bike last week. I did it for two reasons -- 1. It was my son's birthday and 2. I had our long-term 2009 Ford Flex, so I figured carrying the bike home would be a no-brainer.

Well, it was a no-brainer, but not a no-strainer, as I had to hoist the bike up, tip it over and slide it in. But then the pedal got caught on the folded third-row seat so I had to lift it again, slide it around and reposition the pedal, all while trying to avoid any scrapes or scuffs to the Flex's interior panels.

Sure, I could have dropped the third-row seats down to avoid catching the pedal on the back of them, but then the angle would have been more extreme between the third-row and second-row seat backs. Not sure that would have actually made getting the bike in/out any easier. Good thing it was a smaller bike with (if I remember correctly) 26-inch wheels versus the larger models the store had for adults.

I finally the got the bike loaded, but considering the shop was about a half-mile from my house I almost wished I'd just rode it home and walked back for the car. Bottom line, the Flex is great for people-moving and passable for small to medium cargo carrying. But bikes are best carried on dedicated bike racks or in the open bed of trucks.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 59,543 miles

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