Just Say No to 26" Wheels
Join Date: Apr 2003
Bikes: Surly Karate Monkey/Gary Fisher Sugar 293
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I am also in the market for a tandem hauling system that will also carry a single bike or two at the same time.
During this past week's RAGBRAI event, we met our "team" at a certain location and drove to the beginning of the route. Then at the end town, we loaded up our bikes and drove back to where we all had met a week earlier. Anyway, the team leader just loaded our tandem bikes up on a normal single bike rear rack on the back of his van (where the bikes hang by two positions of the top tube), turned the front wheel around and roped it to the frame. This was one of those rear racks that clips on to the rain gutter of the old van's roof, the sides of the rear door and under the bumper. He said the rack costs less than $75. After thinking through some of the expensive Yakima and ATOC solutions - it all seemed so simple and easy with this uncomplicated and inexpensive rear rack. I was surprised that the tandems even fit the width (granted he had an old wide Dodge Ram van), but wondered if anyone here uses some sort of a rear hitch or rear rack on their vehicle designed for any sort of bike and has good success with it. Since we now tool around in a Mercury Villager mini-van, mounting something on the rear (which would involve installing a hitch) might be the most practical thing for us. I have a Yakima roof rack on our Honda Accord station wagon that could accept some of the standard tandem trays and there seems to be no shortage of solutions to meet that need (except for the $$$$$), but I need a rear solution for the mini-van since that is the vehicle we will be taking on longer trips and bringing bikes that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
That link that Mark provided to the Badger Bike Racks looks like it can be used in the vertical or horizontal method. The one picture of the pick-up truck and the tandem mounted on the hitch mount rear rack shows that the width is not a problem for that type of vehicle. My question is if one is using the hitch mounted rear rack system, why would one need the Badger used in the way it is shown behind the pick-up truck with the tandem loaded in the tray? Why not simply use a rear hitch rack that has the tandem hanging from two positions of the top tube? Simply turn the front wheel around and tie it to the frame and off one could go. Or am I missing something?