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    Bike rack for carbon frame bike?

    I really dont want a roof rack, I plan on getting a hitch. I normally transport the bike a mile or 2. Can I get a rack that uses the top tube off the bike or needs a platform?

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    Both will work. My favorite is in the car, but if not in the car, then the Kuat. We also have a traditional truck mount that carries by the top tube. Never had a problem with it.

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    I have Saris Superclamp 2-Bike. It works pretty well.

    Last edited by T800CF; 03-01-15 at 12:05 AM.

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    saris gran fondo is great if you have a hatchback or suv.


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    transport a mile or 2? just ride the damn thing over there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
    transport a mile or 2? just ride the damn thing over there...
    I sometimes cant because of snow

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    Got this last year while it was on sale at Performance. Very stable and after a time or two, very quick to attach to the car, not a hitch though but I love it. Bikes sit in the channel with adjustable for wheelbases. Then there's a clamp that you can tighten around the top tube or about any part of the bike really, and even has a lock feature. Obviously not a super strong lock but prevents someone from just taking a bike off while you're in traffic.

    However, it'd say it's a lot to spend if you're just needing to transport your bike a couple miles but that's up to you.

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    Carbon fiber bikes asplode on bike racks. They should only be ridden.
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    If you'll only use the rack while snow is on the ground it sounds like it will get very limited use. I'd try to squeeze it into your vehicle, take off front and rear wheel. I have several friends that do this.

    If that won't work for you there's several platform type hitch racks and it depends on what you what to spend. Two of the nicest I've seen are the 1 Up USA and Kuat racks. Nothing touches the top tube and they are very secure. I have the Kuat Sherpa - great rack.

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    For occasional use, I'd get the Performance Bike hitch rack. Not as elegant as the Saris but holds the bike steady and secure.



    If you need a rack often, I'd get the Saris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    For occasional use, I'd get the Performance Bike hitch rack. Not as elegant as the Saris but holds the bike steady and secure.



    If you need a rack often, I'd get the Saris.
    Have one of these...not a bad rack, but I had issues with it when I loaded 2 bikes as the distance between the wheel holders is a little narrow and it took a little doing to get the proper setup for my bike and my wife's bike. However, for you needs, this would be a good deal. I got mine for $150 when Performance put them on sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
    saris gran fondo is great if you have a hatchback or suv...
    I like those racks but I hear Saris has discontinued them...
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    I've had this Thule Rak-N-Loc for a while now and it seems to work just fine. I don't take my bikes very far so I can't say how well it would work on the highway for long distance given that the bike is hanging from it's top tube. There's a rubber insert protecting it from the metal and you tighten the bike down with straps but for short trips it does great. It locks the frame to prevent theft as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1111 View Post
    I really dont want a roof rack, I plan on getting a hitch. I normally transport the bike a mile or 2. Can I get a rack that uses the top tube off the bike or needs a platform?
    Carbon is not fragile. I have a rack that secures the bike by the top tube and have taken it on the rack for 700 mile trip. If it can hold your body weight, it can support it's own weight.

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    I got the Thule. It's heavy but works great.
    I wish I would have looked at the weights on the Kuat...it's a pretty rack but a little more expensive than the Thule.
    Since it was my first rack in a very, very long time and the Roubaix was my first bike in a very long time I opted for the wheel supported instead of the top tube. Lots of people don't like to carry their plastic bikes by the top tube but I probably would IF I already owned a rack.
    IT DOES knock my fuel mileage down by several mpg...so I carry the bike inside the car if I'm just carrying one and not much luggage.


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    I've got the same Thule. Used to have the Helium but now I have the T2. Not only does it not touch the frame but it also is much faster to put bikes on and take off. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1111 View Post
    I really dont want a roof rack, I plan on getting a hitch. I normally transport the bike a mile or 2. Can I get a rack that uses the top tube off the bike or needs a platform?
    Oh thank Gawd! I saw the thread title and thought you wanted to put a rack ON the bike.

    My legs are still I little shakey I have to go lay down.

    They (they who are them) say the best thing is to put the bikes on top of the car. Allows you to open rear trunk, doesn't cover lights, less likely to get damaged in a fender bender, less likely to get scratched. Roof rack also allows you to carry other things - kayak, lumber, etc.

    However, difficult for short people to get bikes up there, especially if it is heavy. Chews a lot more gas on the highway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1111 View Post
    anyone have this 1 up rack?
    I've seen it several times in the parking lots and talked to those who owned and loved them. I believe they are the nicest and simplest rack available, but also pricey. I think the next nicest are the Kuats.

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    Why not both?

    Here's my son and 2 friends heading from Long island to Buffalo to compete in the Empire State Games a few years ago. 3 road bikes, 3 TT bikes and a trunk full of spare wheels and tools.

    Honestly i'm surprised the car made it there and back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1111 View Post
    I have the 1 up rack for my bike/suv. I bought this back in the fall and have used it quite a few times. Its expensive but i really like the craftsmanship and the fact its made in the USA. Use it to transport both my carbon road bike and aluminum mountain bike without adjusting anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlsmith17 View Post
    I have the 1 up rack for my bike/suv. I bought this back in the fall and have used it quite a few times. Its expensive but i really like the craftsmanship and the fact its made in the USA. Use it to transport both my carbon road bike and aluminum mountain bike without adjusting anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1111 View Post
    This would be my choice.

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    My concern with a hitch mounted rack is getting rear ended. I think I would feel safer with a roof rack. 1UP also makes a roof rack.

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