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Old 11-16-08, 10:18 PM   #1
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4-bike hitch rack tray style

I collected all the 4-bike hitch rack tray style I could find. Are there others? Which one is best? Which ones to avoid? Any comparative considerations of bike stability, absolute weight, integrated lock to keep in mind? etc. Should I just go for the standard hanging types instead? Thanks.

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Old 11-17-08, 12:02 AM   #2
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I like the standard hanging type. Got my 4 bike Thule on sale at Performance years ago and it's still going strong. It makes a great repair stand also while on the road. We clean, lube, repair, and transport, all with the Thule. I have an older version of this one:
You can cram 4 bikes on but it's tight and I really like 3 better. Go for the hanging two arm hitch rack. Make sure you get the hitch locking pin also for peace of mind.
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Old 11-17-08, 05:32 AM   #3
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I'm a fan of bike racks that accommodate a variety of frame designs and wheel sizes and need no wheel removal. I had a Sportworks for years (consumer division now owned by Thule, T2 is basically the Sportworks design) and now run T2s, both hitch mount and roof mount (I have a shuttle van that I use professionally that can accommodate 2 bikes on a front hitch mount, 4 bikes on the rear hitch mount and 9 on the roof, but usually just use the 2 bike version on my SUV for my own needs).

While I can still come up with a complaint or two about the T2, they are the best out there that I've seen. Especially for suspension mountain bikes where hanging style racks don't work at all (had a hanging style Thule before my Sportworks, it killed a frame on an offroad adventure as it didn't fit well on the rack, got rid of it when I got home and had to replace the front triangle of the bike). I have used/use the Sportworks/T2 versions on and off road, have racked up many thousands of miles, no problems. The 4 bike version is heavy, but comes apart if that's an issue. I use cable locks for light security (full security means the bikes come inside), not worried about someone taking an empty rack.
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Old 11-17-08, 04:30 PM   #4
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I've been looking for something that can hitch carry but be moved up to a roof if needed. I'm thinking of buying the roof mounted rack then some 2" steel tubing to make a platform that slides into the hitch then mount the roof racks to that. this way I have some flexibility and can put the bikes on the roof if I need the hitch for something else.
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Old 11-17-08, 10:52 PM   #5
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Seems the Yakima (and probably Thule) weigh 100 lbs and cost over $600 US dollars. The Swagman and SportRack weigh 60 lbs and cost ~$250 US dollars.
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