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Bike racks #5256722 11/02/19 01:10 PM
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Mercy sakes,,bicycle racks for trucks or cas,,,saw some for 599 bucks,,mercy sakes....what kind do you guys use??we have a F150 ,so if we get one it will attach to the receiver hitch..


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5256729 11/02/19 01:20 PM
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You need a $600 rack for your $50 bike. Only advice I have is to get one that clamps down on the top of the tire instead of holding the frame somewhere unless you don't care about scratches. Look on Craigslist if you have it locally and find a deal on one. FYI you can spend $1000 on high end 4 bike racks.



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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5256761 11/02/19 02:00 PM
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I use a Thule T2. It was pricey but so are my bikes. It holds them by the wheels and really protects the frames from getting marked up.

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Amazed at how few people who use receiver tube mounted rack DO NOT stabilize the rack back to the vehicle. They bounce and undulate. Can't be good!


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5256799 11/02/19 02:56 PM
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When you ride a 6 thousand dollar bike what’s another 600 bucks.

Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5256870 11/02/19 04:23 PM
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The GTI I sold to my brother has a hitch and I'd use a hitch bike carrier I got at Walmart.
I bought a trunk mounted bike carrier for the Elantra. Tip: Make sure the vehicle is clean when using a trunk mounted bike carrier so you don't mar the paint.
I use Gear Ties to secure the bikes better.

I have this:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Allen-Sp...Mounted-Bike-Rack-Carrier-102DN/23810511


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5256946 11/02/19 06:19 PM
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My Thule mount has this bolt-pin thing that threads through the hitch and loads it against the side. A small lock goes on afterward. Works mint.

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I bought a cheap Bike rack of Kijiji (just like CL) for $50. I would look for a rack (even if you want an expensive rack) on CL. I'm sure there are few people that are looking to sell a bike rack at a steep discount.


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5257089 11/02/19 08:54 PM
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I've got an old nashbar rack on my roof crossbars. My son has a saris trunk mounted one. It hasn't marked up the paint and he puts plenty of miles on getting to races. He uses Velcro ties to keep the bikes even more secure, the straps on the saris do a pretty decent job. If you spend money on a something, you should take care of it as best you can.


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Re: Bike racks [Re: NYEngineer] #5257185 11/02/19 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by NYEngineer
My Thule mount has this bolt-pin thing that threads through the hitch and loads it against the side. A small lock goes on afterward. Works mint.

It takes up the slack in the receiver tube? The Mazda Australia-sold "tow bar" (receptacle type platform hitch) has a nut tackwelded to the outside of the receiver tube, a hole thru the receiver tube where the nut is, and a short bolt... to load the element which fits inside the receiver tube. Result, no more slack, no clanging. Sounds similar. Regardless (and in addition to this) I advocate for tie-back stabilizing straps drawn up moderately.


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5257606 11/03/19 02:43 PM
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When racks fold up and down, for trunk access, that's just another pivot point for the rack to move.


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My Thule mount has this bolt-pin thing that threads through the hitch and loads it against the side. A small lock goes on afterward. Works mint.

It takes up the slack in the receiver tube? The Mazda Australia-sold "tow bar" (receptacle type platform hitch) has a nut tackwelded to the outside of the receiver tube, a hole thru the receiver tube where the nut is, and a short bolt... to load the element which fits inside the receiver tube. Result, no more slack, no clanging. Sounds similar. Regardless (and in addition to this) I advocate for tie-back stabilizing straps drawn up moderately.



Exactly. It goes in from the right side and pulls the rack in toward the right side interior wall of the receiver hitch. Works great.

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https://www.harborfreight.com/Two-Bike-Hitch-Mount-Bike-Rack-63924.html

got this one last week, used twice, works ok, did not break the bank, cheap and cheap, took maybe 10 min to install, does not shake or rattle and holds our Cannondales ok, with some adjustment,,,yes its cheap but it works, amazing... if it walks off I dont care,,,lol


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Re: Bike racks [Re: CourierDriver] #5294804 12/15/19 03:56 AM
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Can't get it anymore, but if you find one used, it's a good unit.

https://www.rei.com/product/813783/yakima-kingjoe-pro-2-bike-trunk-rack

Under $200. Worth it when you have 20x that tied up in the cost of your bike(s)


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Been using a Saris Thelma 2 for many years (8-9), I think it's been discontinued. It has a large bolt that goes through the receiver to draw up the slack. Light enough that I can hang it on my garage wall. Bikes are stable with no damage.

https://www.saris.com/product/thelma-2


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