Airstream has teamed up with Fiamma Inc. to co-develop a unique bike carrier specifically customized to satisfy the exacting demands of the Airstream travel trailer owner.
Bicycles have always been a part of the Airstream lifestyle. Since famed cyclist Alfred LeTourneur towed one with his racing bike for the famous 1948 marketing photo, bicycles have been featured in vintage caravan photos throughout the decades, and a casual stroll at any rally will reveal bicycles of all types and uses—from sleek custom built road bikes, to vintage balloon-tired cruisers.
Whether it’s a quick trip to the store, or a 30-mile ride exploring the countryside, bicycles make any Airstream trip even better. What isn’t always noticeable is how these bikes got to the rally.
Serious and casual cyclists alike, your prayers have been answered. Say goodbye to hoisting bikes onto the roof rack of your tow vehicle; loading greasy, muddy bicycles inside the rig risking damage to the upholstery or bike; or clamping together a homemade rack.
The official Airstream bike carrier is here!
The new rack, which debuted January 1, configured especially for selected trailers, was designed exclusively for Airstream by Fiamma, a leading manufacturer of trailer awnings, bike carriers, levelers, and other RV accessories with global sales and a worldwide reputation for premium quality products and service.
The prototype for the bike rack, called the Airstream Carry-Bike, was developed in the U.S. by Fiamma and designed and tested in Italy.
The sleek tray-mount design makes it possible for anyone to quickly access their bicycles, and to secure them whether on the road or away from the campsite.
The Carry-Bike mounts on the rear of the Airstream trailer, allowing continued access to integrated rear bumper storage. Bikes mount securely on the unit and loading and unloading is quick and easy.
Precision-manufactured from lightweight extruded aluminum with stainless steel components, the Carry-Bike is sturdy, precision engineered, and lightweight, with a maximum carrying capacity of 77 pounds, suitable for two average adult bicycles.
Portions of the rack must be attached with some drilling required, but the rack is easily removable and won’t block the trailer rear compartment.
Airstream Carry-Bikes have been designed to address the needs of the following model lines, in all lengths and floor plans:
- International – from 2001 model year onwards
- Flying Cloud – from 2009 model year onwards
- Safari – from 1997 model year onwards.
In addition, Airstream and Fiamma have developed a removable version of the Carry-Bike for fitment inside the Eddie Bauer line of travel trailers which feature the rear sports hatch and configurable furniture. This version of the Carry-Bike also holds two bicycles.
The Fiamma-designed bike rack is exclusive to Airstream for one year. The companies are negotiating exclusivity terms beyond 2012.
Fiamma bike carriers are also used on Volkswagen’s VW T4 Camper Vans and its T3 vans, according to the company website.
Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream began over 70 years ago with a single man and a most singular dream. The man was Wally Byam: his dream, to build the perfect travel trailer—one that would move like a stream of air and would be light enough to be towed by a standard automobile.
Airstream, Inc. is a division of Thor Industries, Inc.
Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629
Phone: (877) 596-6111
I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.
—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo