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Old 05-29-06, 11:26 AM   #1
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Bike Rack Weight Limits

My family has 4 mountain bikes. They each weigh 37 pounds. I just bought a Saris 4 bike hitch rack which says the weight limits is 35 pounds per bike.

So, the question is, how close to accurate is that weight limit, or does the manufacturer have a fudge factor built in for people like me who are close but over the limit by a little bit?
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Old 05-29-06, 11:58 AM   #2
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My family has 4 mountain bikes. They each weigh 37 pounds. I just bought a Saris 4 bike hitch rack which says the weight limits is 35 pounds per bike.

So, the question is, how close to accurate is that weight limit, or does the manufacturer have a fudge factor built in for people like me who are close but over the limit by a little bit?
You'll be fine.
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Old 05-29-06, 05:02 PM   #3
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My Bike rack (only a 2 bike rack) holds our 66 lb. Schwinn Tandem and a 44 lb. Trek Tandem quite nicely...

You're weak point, if any, will be where it attaches to the car. Ours goes into the receiver hitch of my pickup, and flexes there a bit. Not knowing exactly what you have, I make this disclaimer- if it is one of those 'rubber bumper on the trunk lid and attached with velcro' types, all bets are off. But if it's bolted on securely, you should be fine.
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Thanks, guys, for the input.

It's a 1 1/4 trailer hitch.
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Old 05-29-06, 07:03 PM   #5
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You'll be OK until you drive through a ditch or over a hump too fast. The rack may permanently sag a little after such a bump, like mine did. Although the exact place where mine sagged is at a weakness in the design, not the tubing.
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Of course there is a fudge factor built in. It is called the Safety Factor and can be anywhere from 1.5 to 5 times the posted load limit when human life is not involved.. It is NOT an excuse for you to be a little over the posted limit. For a bike rack it allows you to hit a reasonable number of pot holes without the rack failing within the warrenty period. Do not put 4 bikes on the rack and hit some rocky jeep trails in your 4-wheeler. I hope the Saris rack is steel and not Aluminum.
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I think the obvious answer is it's time for new bikes that aren't made of lead.
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