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Old 04-29-06, 07:04 PM   #1
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suv bike rack?

Would like help here. I have an '02 pathfinder and need to purchase a bike rike for my new giant comfort bike. I do not want roof top. I purchased an inexpensive rack ( schwinn -target) for 39$ and it doesn't seem very secure. Is there really a difference in quality based on price? I searched the internet and it seems like I can get a thule rack with 2 add'l straps ( 6 vs 4) for 30$ more. Does it really make a difference. I bought a good bike , guess I shouldn't skimp on the carrier....thoughts?
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Old 04-29-06, 07:53 PM   #2
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I would spend more to make sure the your investment is secure.

Do you have a tow package on your Pathfinder? If so, get a hitch mount rack, they are very secure & easy to deal with. If no, then the Thule you mentioned is the right direction. Could you still return the current rack you have? 4 straps don't seem very secure to me and you're probably getting a little sideways movement although I've never used them.

I personally like Thule but Yakima & Saris also make good products. I would also urge you to look at the ones that strap your top tube to the rack like this one...

I brought one without this option and have always regreted it.

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Old 04-30-06, 10:32 AM   #3
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Also, if your vehicle did not come with the tow package, swing by UHaul and check out their prices to install one. That's what I did. I can't remember the price, but it was reasonable.

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Old 04-30-06, 10:53 AM   #4
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I had a hitch installed with the intent of using it for a bike rack. So far so good. I think they are more secure than strap on...
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Old 04-30-06, 11:56 AM   #5
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A hitch rack that can swing down to allow hatch access is the best choice. Easy to load and unload the bike, won't forget the bike is there and smash it into some low branch or the garage, still have full cargo capacity in the car for people and stuff.
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Old 04-30-06, 02:48 PM   #6
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I had to go with a class 1 reciever hitch, as that's all that would fit on the Ford Focus. With an SUV, you will have a class II or III. Now, if you do go with a receiver rack, do get one that's made for the larger receiver. Mine uses 1 1/4 square tubing and comes with an adaptor for the 2" receiver. Get a rack that's made for the larger receiver and it'll be much more solid.
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