Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
I purchased folding bikes and they can go inside the trailer with an accessory bag.
Yup, folding bikes. We're serious cyclists. For example, on July 4th I rode my trike 82 miles on Minneapolis/Hennepin County's trail system while Terry took care of our year-old grandson. For us, forty miles is a nice start.
The quality of folding bikes has changed quite a bit over the years. The old folding bikes were good for perhaps 10 miles before you cramped up from the poor ergonomics. Many of our friends ride Bromptons, but for us their lack of handlebar adjustment is a no-go. Terry has a Tern e-bike, she either rides in Eco or off, that we had purchased to ride in Europe this summer (of course that was cancelled). Her Tern is extremely adjustable to provide great ergonomics. When folded it's about 150% the size of a Brompton, but comfort trumps size.
Terry's Tern easily fits in the back seat area of our F-150. You could probably put 8-10 Bromptons on the floor in a 5.0 TA.
Tern makes versions of their folding bikes for just about everyone, except hard-core MTB riding. Terry's Tern will handle a full set of touring panniers, front and back. Schwalbe's 2.15 Big Apple or Big Ben makes a 20" tire ride sweet with very little efficiency loss. If you're a fast road biker, you'd be surprised what Tern has to offer. Today's folders have come a long way!
OTOH, if you just want to carry bikes for shorter rides, and don't want the investment, the above information is worthless.
A standard bike or two should fit in the back of an extended cab pickup. When leaving Terry's Tern at home, we carry my trike in the pickup bed and her trike on a Hitchrider Rack
on the back of the camper. Purchased that Hitchrider Rack 15 years ago and easily have 50-100,000 miles with a trike on the back.