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Old 05-30-2011, 01:47 PM   #15
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Oh man, I'm a cycling/triathlon dork and this is my kind of question!

I love roof-top racks for my own bikes (we have Thule fork-mount and Yakima frame-mount trays that made it a couple thousand problem-free miles last year). I like the secure mount, slightly reduced theft risk, and out-of-the way install and get a ton of use out of ours. If you don't already have a rack system, getting one also opens up the world of cargo carriers -- not sure how we'd get by without ours! Still, if I were not planning to use the rack regularly, the system would be a pain to put up/take down for just a couple trips per year.

For our camper trips we want easier access to the cargo box, and have run out of rooftop space to add our kids' bikes now that they're scooting around. The best non-roof prospect we've come up with (for 2 adult bikes & 2 kids' bikes) is a dual hitch plus hanging hitch rack. A swing-away model like the Thule Revolver is at the top of my shopping list right now because we can leave the bikes loaded up and move it to the side to access the hatch (unlike tilt-down models that require you to unload the bikes first). Kids' bikes usually fit better on hanging racks than trays, though any bike that doesn't have a straight top tube will need a frame adapter (adding $20-$30 to the cost of the rack).

I can't say I'd ever mount anything on the back of our Boler, but for anyone with a sturdier frame and better weight distribution than ours, Thule and Yakima both make tire-mount racks (popular on Jeeps) that wouldn't require you to move the spare.

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Old 05-30-2011, 02:13 PM   #16
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I saw a photo of a truck with a receiver installed under the front bumper. They used a received mounted bike rack. According to them, the bikes do not impede the headlights at all. And you can use it for other things besides a bike rack.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:24 PM   #17
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For those of you that have the weight capacity at the rear of your vehicles and a 2" receiver...
My husband has one of these receiver-doublers that allows the install of a rack in the upper channel while towing.
He uses it for his motorcycle rack, but any 2" receiver-mounted rack/hauler/box will mount there.

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Old 05-30-2011, 03:00 PM   #18
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A swing-away model like the Thule Revolver is at the top of my shopping list right now because we can leave the bikes loaded up and move it to the side to access the hatch (unlike tilt-down models that require you to unload the bikes first).
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thanks for mentioning this Jess, I was going to mention that a rack in between the trailer and tow vehicle might be in the way if you want to open the hatchback on the tow vehicle (like a murano, or in our case an odyssey).
the Thule revolver is a cool design for solving that problem, too bad it is so expensive ($580.00 CAD)

you also mentioned a top tube adapter for a hanging rack, i am trying to picture what that would look like?(I think i'd need one for one of my girls bikes)

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Old 05-30-2011, 06:47 PM   #19
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Before purchasing the roof bike rack I had (actually still do) a rather expensive one that fits on the hitch and swings down if you need to open the back of the car. The problem with it is it always rocked a bit. I have a number of friends with the same style from various makers and they all seem to do it. Thus the reason I prefer the roof rack as the bikes seem to be far more secure - no rocking about.
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:02 PM   #20
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Check your hardware store for a nylon or plastic wedge and drive it in the receiver to stop the rocking.

Then wrap some tape around the stinger to keep the wedge in.

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Before purchasing the roof bike rack I had (actually still do) a rather expensive one that fits on the hitch and swings down if you need to open the back of the car. The problem with it is it always rocked a bit. I have a number of friends with the same style from various makers and they all seem to do it. Thus the reason I prefer the roof rack as the bikes seem to be far more secure - no rocking about.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:15 PM   #21
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Yup did that lots of times - actually just yesterday again on a girlfriends rack that was rocking badly. Problem is we live in the city so leaving it on due to theft and the extra parking room needed when its on is a problem so most taken them off when not using. Bit of a pain to have to wedge it ever time its put on and taking it off when wedged is not a great joy either. Thus the reason I like the roof rack - it can stay on all summer and its very solid.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:16 PM   #22
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Wow, lots of replies and some great ideas. It's still a bit of a question mark for me but i'm going to price out a roof rack. Once I know what parts I'll need, I can look around for a used setup.

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Old 05-30-2011, 09:30 PM   #23
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For us, the biggest reason not to consider carrying bikes on the trailer was that we rarely, if ever, go cycling anywhere near the campground. We pretty much always take them elsewhere where the nicer paths are, therefore the bikes need to mount somewhere in/on/behind the vehicle.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:31 PM   #24
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An excellent point. I hadn't even thought of that!
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:42 PM   #25
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I found the perfect rack on craigslist, it is a 4 bike rack and fits on the hitch on the back of my CT-13. I think it must have been made specifically for SUVS because it is made to clear the rear tire with room for the bikes. I just used it and towed with it with 3 bikes this Memorial weekend and had no problem with the trailer control or sway.

It has a Mopar logo on it so it appears to be a factory rack from Chrysler. This link is the exact one that I have.

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Old 05-30-2011, 09:52 PM   #27
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A few links might help with some of the issues mentioned above:

Frame adapters to make step-through or kids' frames work on hanging racks.

Sounds like you're happy with your roof rack Carol, but for anyone else with a wobbly hitch rack, a little hitch stabilizer can help steady the wobble -- maybe slightly more than wedging a random object in there It only adds a few seconds to the install/uninstall. You might also try calling your manufacturer for help with that too, as they all have pretty good warranties and really want their logo-covered products out there on cars!

Oh, and we have the Thule aero bars on our roof rack, and while they're certainly aero, they're not particularly universal. Thule square bars or Yakima round bars work with a better variety of mounts.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:59 AM   #28
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Best option for us is a custom receiver tube added to back of trailer and then use a cargo rack. Will be custom-building brackets to hold 2 recumbent bikes. These bikes do not ride well on regular bike racks, plus I've read bike racks are not always strong enough to handle the bounce of being on the back of a trailer.

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