2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Three Dudes And Three Bikes
November 04, 2011
When my friend Blake and I, along with Blake's pal, Ari, pulled in for the start of the Mike Nosco Memorial charity bike ride in Newbury Park, California yesterday, the parking lot was dominated by pickups, SUVs, cars with bike racks and Sprinter vans.
And there we were, in a minivan. A couple guys came up to us while we were unloading, I think with the intent of making fun of us. I beat them to the punch, saying, "Yeah, that's right, three dudes in my wife's minivan." We all laughed, but then the guys noticed how easily three bikes and three people fit into the van.
I'm not gonna say our bungee cord method is pure genius...
But this is what we came up with at 5:30 in the morning, and it definitely kept the bikes stable and secure, despite some semi-aggressive cornering on my part.
And after 80 miles on our bicycles, with over 8100 feet of brutal climbing in the Santa Monica Mountains, the three of us were happy it was so easy to re-load all of our gear and bikes back into the van.
Minivan stigma be damned, these things just make a ton of sense. Fun to drive? Not really, but the Sienna is certainly no chore and is a very comfortable highway cruiser.
Utterly useful? That's an understatement.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 19,946 miles.