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Old 06-10-07, 12:15 PM   #1
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can you put 4 bikes on a rack?

I see trunk mounted rack that are supposed to carry 4 bikes. I have a Wal-Mart 3-bike rack that I have a tough time getting 2 bikes on. Am I doing something wrong or is it just my cheap WM rack? Does anyone have any tips for mounting bikes on a rack or on what kind of trunk-mounted rack is best? Thanks
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Old 06-15-07, 10:22 AM   #2
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The bikes should alternate direction on the rack. My rack is very tight also sometimes requiring handlebars to be loosened and turned, or seats to be removed.
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See all of the expensive roof rack systems and the more expensive hitch racks? People buy them because they were dissatisfied with hang-by-the-top tube-racks.
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I can fit 3 bikes on my Saris Bones 3 bike rack very easily. They don't make a 4, however.
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I had a Saris (I'm sure it's still around here somewhere, actually) which I hated, but it held 4 bikes well - one of the bikes was a Specialized RockHard - yeah, the 24' wheeled kid's bike, and that was a sucker to get on the rack. I used to have that little monster, a steel hardrock, a diamondback(?), and a GF Big Sur on that rack - a couple of bungie cords & a rag or two for padding, and we were good to go!

Roof racks are way easier.
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Old 06-16-07, 08:15 PM   #6
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I bought a 2 bike rack that is supposed to strap on the back of a trunk lid......I guess. Got it from a garage sale for my Jeep Wrangler. It works great if it only has one vintage lightweight mounted up
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Old 06-19-07, 03:06 PM   #7
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I sprung for the hitch rack, holding 4 bikes does take a little bit of wiggling stuff around, but the poles have enough room to spread the bikes out a little, the one on the end bounces a lot but they are very very secure with many bungee cords. I also have a 2 bike rack that holds the tires and pushes down on the top tube, it is more secure, but only holds 2 bikes.
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just purchased the yakima kingpin 5. thats right it holds 5 bikes very securely and just bolts right onto the hitch. just used it on vacation last week and was very happy with it. only trouble with these top tube mount carriers is that many childrens bikes don't have a traditional top tube, so it takes a little finagleing and jury rigging to get em on.
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Old 07-07-07, 08:29 AM   #9
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2 days ago i saw a 4 bike rack with 6 or 7 bikes on it. pretty funny. looked like sanford and son.

i wouldn't try it tho.
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