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Old 04-28-07, 10:19 AM   #1
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Hitch rack for bent?

Any thoughts or experience altering a bike rack to carry a bent?
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Old 04-28-07, 10:41 AM   #2
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I made a special rack to carry my Linear. Mostly square tubing with some "adjustments" to hold the bike. You just have to be a bit creative and look for where the bike needs to be supported....and of course you or someone to put it all together... ... ... ... ...peace
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I am assuming that you are asking about lwb bents. We have a sports works carrier made for DF's. They aren't made any more but I'm sure that there are others with the same design.......wheel well in front with a pull over wheel holder that wratchets down and a tray for the back tire. Should I decide to do so it's just a matter of moving the oval wheel well as far to the right (as you're looking from the rear of the vehicle) as possible and welding or bolting (my preference since it can be removed) an extension onto the tray.

I must confess that should my wife also go bent and decides that a lwb is for her, I'm going to try a scrape enough money together to get a draftmaster. I'm told used ones on ebay can be had for 300 or less.
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I also use a Sportsworks rack for short wheel base bents. I've also extended one tray to carry lowracers which are a little longer than the rack was designed for. I used an old Yakima tray and bolted it to the existing Sportswork tray. Sadly, this rack isn't made any more.
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Depending on which bent we're talking about, you might be able to use a plain old 2-arm carrier.
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Old 04-29-07, 10:21 AM   #6
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Sorry for neglecting bike info. It has but one bottom bracket ? like a Bacchetta Cafe.

I have two rail post type hitch rack for two bikes. Thing is massive. I was thinkingof sling set-up with some way to tie bars to rack.
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I don't see any reason why a Cafe cannot be put on a 2-arm carrier. You can flip the front wheel 180 degrees and fold the stem down on the seat, then bungee the wheels to the bumper or the hitch to keep the bike from flopping around.
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Why modify it? Buried in there is my easy sport. It's the Yakima bighorn

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I bought a 1upusa rack, since at any time there are 3-4 bents in my house....
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I use a typical two-bar rack slid into the hitch receiver. My LWB just fits on it. Though half of each wheel sticks out on each end, it does work. I don't think they stick out farther than the vehicle's mirrors though.
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Likewise I carried my Linear behind both a Lumina and now an Escape and it does stick out a little but I don't think it is any wider than the mirrors ,,by much anyway... so my answer is , if you can find a way to hang it comfortably, you can use a "normal" rack. I think the plug in racks for a hitch are the easiest way to go for any bike owner, almost worth haveing even if you don't want to pull a trailer if you do a lot of bike hauling.... ... ... ... ..peace
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My all time favorite 2 prong rack, is the Hollywood folding rack, with prongs long enough for 3 bikes.
I use it to haul my tandem recumbent trike (picture below) with ease.
I can also haul my single recumebnt trike & another 2 wheel recumbent at the same time.
I even used it to "rescue" a "FREE" freezer that was sitting on the sidewalk near my house.
I got mine awhile ago, and it was $50. Probably more now, but still likely less than $100.
And it quickly comes off the car, and folds flat to stow in the trunk.
Takes about 5-10 minutes to mount/unmount the rack and tandem.
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Wow, Doc, and I thought I was brave for traversing South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale to Naples over w/e) with my LWB wheels sticking out on either side of my Jeep Liberty hehehe!
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