By now, you might think we've gone nuts and are only selling bikes that use 4" tires, and bear the name of cartoon characters. It's not entirely true but given the amount of snow on the ground and the months left until it's gone, we have to be realistic.
Riding snow bikes is always a blast but sometimes we have to transport them by vehicle. The major rack manufacturers, Thule and Yakima, make all kinds of cool carrying contraptions but none will hold a tire much wider than 2.5". Sure, you could try and fit the beast inside your vehicle but after you're done riding, you're probably not going to want gallons of slop draining into the interior of the Family Truckster. You could also try and jam that big tire into that skinny tray but that's like me wearing a lycra skin suit -- it's possible but begs the question why.
Time to adapt. I recently picked up a Thule hitch mount carrier for my Element on Craigslist and was faced with this dilemma:
That thing will hold a 2.5"tire snugly but not a 4" Endomorph. So, a few pieces of scrap plywood, some velcro, polyurethane and stainless bolts and, voila:
Using the existing Thule wheel bar and this mount, Pug rides nice and secure. And since I use a frame bag, I can leave it on during transport.
If anyone else needs a similar hack, let me know.