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Old 01-31-03, 09:35 PM   #1
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Bike Racks and Car Racks

I thought it might be interesting to have a thread dedicated to the good and bad experiences with companies that sell bike racks, manufacturers, and so on.

I recently changed from Thule to Swagman and am glad I did. I find Swagman to be well built, priced right, good looking and solid. Very easy to adjust and lift on and off the hitch etc.

As far as pricing goes, it varies a lot from store to store, but the best prices I have found for Swagman are Here

There are several places to check I am just providing one that I found to be the best, that is not to say that other brands or other stores are good too.

That's what this discussion is for. I have two bikes I ride and use a jeep to get me to the trails. I am now using a spare tire mounted rack that seems to be the way to go.

Let's discuss Pro's and Con's of racks such as Hollywood, Thule, Draftmaster, Cora, Swagman and Yakima.
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Old 01-31-03, 09:39 PM   #2
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Here is a list of rack sites:

http://www.thule.com
http://www.cora.com
http://www.hollywoodracks.com
http://www.yakima.com
http://www.swagmanbikeracks.com
http://www.draftmaster.com

Please feel free to add to the list and discuss !
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Old 01-31-03, 10:25 PM   #3
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Anybody have any experiences with the Chrysler system? I currently have the ski rack, on the removable system, and am wondering how the bike rack compares with other brands.
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Had a Yakima Vipor's mount hinge pin work itself almost all the way out. It's a splined thread of some sort... Whatever, been using the passenger side mount because I'm too lazy to contact Yakima. Their website sucks! No links to contact ANYWHERE! So, I'm pretty frusterated, since I've only had the rack for 8 months! I do have my bike up there most of the time though... It shouldn't matter though, that's what I paid $600 bucks for! It's a gad damned bike rack isn't it? I'm pretty pissed off now and I'm gonna launch MS Word and write a letter... gotta' go.
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You left out Saris. http://www.graberproducts.com/default.asp?module=saris

They make great racks, particularly the roof rack with auto-centering load bars and the BAT-wing series. Lifetime warranties, great customer service, and I'm nearly positive they're made in the USA. Our shop has had nothing but good luck with them. Oh, and their website is quite useful, complete with fit guides.
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I have experience only with hitch mounted racks. I like them for the following reasons:

- They can be removed in seconds without a trace
- No part of the rack or bike touches the car
- They are secure (bike locks to rack - rack locks to hitch)
- You don't have to reach and lift to the top of your car

The downsides that I recognize are:

- The bike(s) or rack may cover up your license plate
- The bikes may get a bit more dirty in the back
- If your car is low, ground clearance may be an issue

That's the extent of my knowledge! Anyone else care to add??
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I too utilize a receiver style bike rack, a Rhode Gear flip down. It works great for loading/unloading. My one worry is some IDIOT rearending me and demolishing my bikes! The other issue is that the receiver stub and receiver have a little play (obviously they cannot be a friction fit) so the bikes "rock" back and forth while driving. Takes a little getting use to though, as at first (and for that matter still continues) its a little disconcerting as you drive thinking that the bikes are going to just fall off.
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Speaking of bike racks, does anyone have a rack on a Camaro?
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Crucifixion12-here's some things you may find of use. I assumed the most recent generation of Camaro.
Roof rack: http://www2.sarisproducts.com/fit/fit_overview.asp
Rear-mount rack: http://www2.sarisproducts.com/fit/fit_overview.asp
You might want to reference the other thread about racks as well.
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I have a Hollywood Team Rider hitch rack. I like it because it will accomodate many alternative frame geometries as well as traditional ones (bents and tandems aside). It probably won't work with with Zipp, Softride or other cantilever beam type frames however. It keeps my bikes secure without the need for wheel removal and it's plenty tough enough to handle going offroad too. There's no sway thanks to expander design of the hitch insert and the bikes don't swing around either. Quality construction. It has a swing down feature so I can open my liftgate without having to remove any bikes or the rack and I can quickly remove it or flip it up out of the way when I don't need it. I currently have the basic 2-bike version but I can expand it to accomodate four if needed. The thing it does lack is the ability to lock your bikes in but that's easily solved with one or more Kryptonite cables.

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Old 02-02-03, 12:49 AM   #11
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I use a Yakima Roc 2. It's easy and fast to install - really simple. Haven't had any problems in the last year and a half with it and I'd recommend it with confidence to anyone who needs a 2" rear hitch bike rack.
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goforthegold- good post, welcome to the forums. I have a rack that I built for the back of my Jeep. I built it out of 2" sqaure tubing, it can carry 3 bikes, well actually it is strong and heavy enough to carry about 20 bikes but it has room for 3 bikes. I'll dig around and see if I can find a picture.
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Waldo, thanks for your reply and links!
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That's what I'm here for. In case you didn't see the other thread, our shpo sells Saris racks and has had nothing but good luck with them. Good solid designs backed by good people.
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Heard good things about the draftmaster rack's to.. they also make a tandem version.
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Man am i glad i looked at this thread ! I went to the saris site someone linked to and found i can get a small simple rack that just fits right on the rear trunk lid and can be removed simply. It holds 2 bikes and is only something like $79 list !

When i decided to get into MTbiking and bought my stumpjumper a few days ago, i was worried about the hassle of fitting it in my car. Turns out it's a major headache. This rack will be a real time and trouble-saver, not to mention i can tote my bike and my buddy's so that he won't have to drive every time. (he has a truck, i have a civic)

Thanks for the info !!
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Boy everyone ! Thanks, this is really great, in fact already it seems one of the best forums to discuss racks pro's and con's.

I have learned a lot already and hopefully I can also share a lot.

Would be great to see pictures in action. That hollywood rack looks pretty tough, and the built and home one ! Wow, you guys are good !!

Hit the trails this weekend, was very nice a chilly 11 celcius but actually just right for some strong riding.
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Old 02-03-03, 02:05 AM   #18
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Dazco,

Did you mean Swagman - this is the link you may have been speaking of: http://www.swagmanbikeracks.com/store/64095.htm

It is actually pretty good for couples etc. or riding with two, for only $79 USD.

I looked on the Saris site but could find anything for that price. Will compare some others and see. I do have a friend with this rack, the 2 bike from swagman, so I may be slightly prejudice towords it as I like its functionality, look and support.
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No, it was sarisproducts.com

But i'll check that one out too....thanks.
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I've used many roof racks over the years and each progressively felt easier to use. Until I purchased a Yakima Roc-N-Gate hitch mount.

It's fantastic, no brainier and takes 5mins to install.
It carries up to 4 bikes with adjustable padded rattler strap cradles. I have a Top Tube for our mtb's which installs in a minute which allows me to hang mtb's on the racks. Three well placed straps holds each bike in place with no rattles. It solidly fits my 2 receiver hitch with no tools and has a no brainier quick hitch key stratalock that keeps the rack secure. It does NOT hinder rear vision and hangs far enough away from back of vehicle that I am able to access my rear flip up window.

What's great is the quick release pin, and easy swing away feature that locks out of the way, allowing full access to flip up rear door and it's built like tank.... I've had 3 bikes on the back and been driving off road and all held in place with no problems.

The only negative I can find is due the length, when I take it off my vehicle, it's a pistol to store until the next time. Oh well, nothings perfect....
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I use the Saris Bones 2-bike rack on the back of a minivan. It fits well and holds the bikes securely. The bikes do pick up a coating of dust on gravel or dirt roads, though. I think it cost between $70 and $80.
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I use a saris 901 (? - can't remember model ##) roof mounted rack. It's nice because a single person can isntall it with no problems in just a few minutes, and it can fit a lot of stuff. I'm pretty sure I can fit a max of four trays on it, as well as being able to buy a cargo box / etc.

I just took some pics of it on my car (beware, it's dirty and there's tape all over it becuase I was too cheap to get the wind fairing) for another forum:






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I used to use a rode-gear to attach to the back of my car that was simple to use and locked down the bikes. But was not very sure that if I needed to stop somewhere to eat after a ride that they would still be there. So, bought a van and now do not have to worry about bikes being stolen or falling off car..
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Rhino-x:
You can get a max of four trays on that, and there is the option of a fork mount as opposed to the wheel mount. You can get ski or snowboard carriers, canoe/kayak carriers, and a cargo box as well.
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Speaking of bike racks, does anyone have a rack on a Camaro?
I use a Rhodes trunk mount on my wifes Z28 and it fits under the spoiler and ontop of the rear bumper.

We have hauled road bikes, softrides and our tandem on it with no problems.

YEAH YEAH I know a solid black Z28 with blacked out windows, tuned exhaust driven by a grandmother hauling a tandem is not normal.....but hey normal is just a setting on a washing machine!
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