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Does a Bike Fit in a Fit?

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CARS.COM — I’ve seen various pictures of a bike, with its rear wheel still attached, standing up in the cargo area of the Honda Fit. It looks convenient, but I’ve always wondered if that arrangement would work for me. I took our long-term 2015 Honda Fit for a couple weekends of bike racing to find out.

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The answer: No, it won’t — not unless I’m prepared to become much, much shorter or ride smaller bikes. And, while that specific way of carrying the bike won’t work, overall the Fit doesn’t really wow me when it comes to its bike-hauling abilities.

So what would it take? For starters, I want a fairly long cargo area (from the rear bumper to the front seats) so that, if possible, I don’t have to take a wheel off. Second, the cargo area needs to be fairly wide, so that when I lay my bike on its side, I won’t have to lower its seat.

The Fit’s cargo area isn’t very long or wide. Even with my front wheel removed and my bike laid on its side with the seats folded, it was pretty cramped, with the front of the bike pushed against the front seats and the rear wheel right at the edge of the cargo area. The cargo area was also just a touch too narrow for the bike; again the bike seat was wedged against the side of the cargo area.

Bikes aside, however, the Fit’s done a decent job hauling a lot of other types of cargo.

It’s served as a family car, an IKEA-trip-runner, a tailgater and a wedding-shower-gift-hauler. And just look at these guys — they seem so comfy and happy.

If the Fit was my daily-driver, I’d invest in a roof rack. Putting the bike up top frees the cargo area for my gear. In the end though, there are other jobs — and other, shorter bike riders with smaller bikes — that the Fit would fit. But it’s not the best choice for me and my bikes.

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Former assistant managing editor Bill Jackson manages the Research section, and he enjoys triathlons and cross-country skiing. Email Bill Jackson

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