Mountain Biking - Reciver hitch rack?
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Anyone have any experience with the standup style reciever hitch racks? I'm thinking of buying a Swagman 2-Bike XC and hoped to get some feedback before I commit to one. I like the idea of not having to remove the front tire every time I go riding. Seems like it would be real convenient?
Thanks in advance for any info!
05-04-06, 10:35 PM
I believe hank rearden has one of those racks..
That's a good price for those kind of racks.
I've had one for about a year, used it about 50 times. The brand/model aren't printed on it so I don't know what it is, it cost about $150. It has a permanent nut welded inside to mount it to the hitch with an included screw, it takes like 30 turns to get the screw in, and it has a lock washer so I'm sure it won't wiggle loose, but its not as quick and easy as ones that use cotter pins, but the tight screw makes it not wobble either. Putting bikes on it is a little more difficult than standard racks but not very hard, they hold the tires and top tube so bikes with angled top tubes arent hard, vs a standard that kicks them up at a funny angle. bikes can't move at all, in any way, so they don't hit each other or the car. The only problem I've had is that one of the arms that hold the bike down doesn't tighten very well, i think i cross threaded it or got some dirt in there or something, but it wiggles loose very easily, even when you tighten it down very very hard. One time it was holding the outside bike and it wiggled off while driving on the freeway and my bike fell, the tires were pinned in though so it flexed outward and dragged my bike about 60 feet at 40 miles an hour. All the traffic backed waaay off and i looked back and only counted 1 bike, and pulled over immediately. now the faulty lock arm just holds the inside bike, and both bikes are tethered together and to the rack with bungee cords. Overall I like it quite a bit, I would like to knock out that hitch nut and use a locking pin though.
I have the SportRack version of that rack. It works great, no issues and it's really convenient to use. The bikes are secure and they don't move at all. I have never experienced any of the problems listed in the post above. My rack came with a safety strap that is connected to the rack and wraps around the bikes so the bikes would still be secured if the one of the arms failed.
This is a duplicate thread. (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=193465) You already have one in the General forum.
Thanks for all the feedback, I ordered the Swagman XC model today. $119.99 with free shipping if your not in a hurry(5-9 business days), figured I couldn't pass up that deal.
05-07-06, 01:33 PM
I thought I would like a hitch rack. AFter getting one I found that all the crap my tires throw back lands on the bike.
I bit the bullet and bought a roof rack for my jeep and rigged up a rocky mounts bike carrier on top.
if anyone lives near western NC and wants to buy a hitch rack send me a message!
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