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Old 05-04-06, 05:54 PM   #1
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Reciever hitch rack ?

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?

http://www.cargogear.com/Swagman/hitchInfo2.htm#64650B

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Old 05-04-06, 06:02 PM   #2
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I use the Saris Cycle On. It is the shizzle(As the young people say) I can put any bike I own on it in about ten seconds, I can let go fo the bike without clamping it and it will sit upright. Don't have to get my big fat trials tires past the brakes. Only need to lift the bike a foot and a half. It is great
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Old 05-04-06, 06:07 PM   #3
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I have the same style as Rev. Chuck but mine is a Sportworks. Works great, no need to take wheels off and the bike is secure on the rack very fast
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Old 05-04-06, 06:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info, I think i'm gonna give one a try. Found the Swagman version for $135
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I have the Yakima equivalent of the Saris and Sportworks. Highly, highly recommended.
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I gots the Sportworks MOd Series. Very cool. I wouldn't want a rack that you attach bikes by the top tube.
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I like my Hollywood for the same reason. Fast and easy on and off. Mine's a two bike rack designed for a class I receiver hitch, with a plastic adaptor for the heavier class II & III. Now, if I had a vehicle that had a class II or III hitch designed for it, I would get the heavier hitch, and a rack designed to fit without the adaptor, i.e. 2" square tubing. For what it's worth, the rack was about $170.00 and the hitch was something like $135.00. I got a free installation - you might not.
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I like my Hollywood for the same reason.
I prefer tray racks with an upright support arm and also love my Hollywood rack. It's too bad they no longer make the Teamrider.



And apparently, I was at an SUV convention...

I also like how it can accomodate unusual frame designs.

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Thanks for the info everyone .... you've convinced me it's the way to go.
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I built my own rack which plugs into my receiver.

http://home.swbell.net/hebert11/bike_rack_001.jpg

There is also a very thick velcro strap that holds the back wheel in place. It isn't in the picture.
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I don't think you can put more than two bikes on this rack though. I often carry four. I use the Thule.
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I built my own rack which plugs into my receiver.

http://home.swbell.net/hebert11/bike_rack_001.jpg

There is also a very thick velcro strap that holds the back wheel in place. It isn't in the picture.
Nice job! If I didn't already have a rack, I'd be tempted to build one too. I'd probably do a double tray design with a securing arm... essentially copying the idea behind the Hollywood Teamrider.

I figure a section of metal pipe with a 90-deg elbow at the bottom coupled to a flange and mounted against the baseboard along with a wall-clamp or maybe two sections of pipe with a t-couple in the middle so that you could attach two flanges and mount them up against a taller baseboard. For securing the frame or seatpost to the verticle arm, I'd do the pony-clamp with wooden block bit like I did for my homemade repair stand.



Have you also considered fabricating a bumper extension as well just to protect against the possibility of a rear-ending?
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I don't think you can put more than two bikes on this rack though. I often carry four. I use the Thule.
Ordered one up today. The Swagman XC version for $119.99 at Amazon.com with free shipping if your not in a hurry(5-9 business days). For about double the cost you can order an extension to make it a 4-bike rack.
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