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Old 08-19-2014, 10:24 PM   #15
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We skipped all these concerns by getting folding bikes. Two bikes take up about 2/3 of the space behind the rear seat in our Jeep.

They live inside the car so are secure and out of the weather all of the time.


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Old 08-20-2014, 07:26 AM   #16
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Denny's idea with folding bikes will work. Also consider a quality bike that will have a quick release front wheel. Takes seconds to remove the front wheel which really reduces space required to transport bikes in small spaces.

Hope all these posts/ideas are helping with the OP's bike transporting options.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:15 AM   #17
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Would this design work. 21 x 36 in. U-bolt secured to bumper
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #18
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Would this design work. 21 x 36 in. U-bolt secured to bumper
That's one of the kind I saw break off, bikes then being dragged down the road by the tie down straps.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:50 AM   #19
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That's one of the kind I saw break off, bikes then being dragged down the road by the tie down straps.
I think I remember those - came in a kit and made of thin metal. This may have used that pattern but was made in a welding shop out of heavy square stock. Anyway, have carried bikes with this one for 20+ years with no problems.
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The one I saw break was thin aluminum square tube. I did save the hooks off it. I prefer the type rack that the wheels set in. 20 years and no problem, can't beat that. The one I saw break didn't last 20 minutes LOL !!
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I'm thinking that with the weight of the bikes at the top on the hanger hooks it just compounds the leverage issue down at the bumper, and the bumper attachment to the frame.
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I'm thinking that with the weight of the bikes at the top on the hanger hooks it just compounds the leverage issue down at the bumper, and the bumper attachment to the frame.
My opinion too Roger
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:34 PM   #23
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Would this design work. 21 x 36 in. U-bolt secured to bumper
That is pretty close to what I have in mind. Except I plan on angling the uprights out at the bottom close to the ends of the frame.
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Not sure the Trill and Scamp have the same degree of bumper attachment to frame, scamp as far as I know puts the tire on the rear wall so it does not need the bumper strength to support the tire.

My bumper is channel rather than tube but can't say that applies to them all. I would be worried less about the rack failing than the bumper welds cracking. If I was going to do a rack I would look for some location to add a little reinforcement to the bumper & frame. But hey I'm just winging it, and do have a tendency to overbuild.
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But hey I'm just winging it, and do have a tendency to overbuild.
I like that Roger. There are many story's out there about bikes and racks falling off the back of trailers. I have one too. Overbuild is a good thing.
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