Old 03-07-11, 05:19 PM
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I got a Saris Thelma 2 for Mrs. HandsomeRyan's Nissan Rogue. It uses a 2" hitch (Although it comes in a version for smaller hitches too) and works well. We don't use it much because I have a yakima roof rack with 2 bike mounts and a tandem rail on my car but when we do use it I like it a lot.

/can't believe how much money he has tied up in bike-carrying equipment.

Originally Posted by piclistguy View Post
1. It's easy to find locking hitch pins for 2-inch hitch racks, but for 1-1/4" hitches I can't seem to find a anti-wobble locking hitch pin. Please recommend one if you know of one that works well.
I think etrailer.com sells one. I'm too lazy to go look though.

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2. To those who mount their hitch racks and bikes to a car with a trunk (vs. an SUV or hatchback), do you notice much of a hit to highway gas mileage?
With a trunk, it would seem like the trough created between the roof of your car and bicycles would cause added turbulence and reduced aerodynamics.
I guess a CUV is more similar aerodynamically to an SUV than a car but I've not noticed a major change in fuel economy.

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3. How do you secure your bikes from theft with a hitch rack? Of course I will use a locking hitch pin, but I still need to secure the bikes to the rack.
Do you use a standard bike lock or do you run a cable? It's probably not a good idea to use a U-lock since the shifting weight and vibration from driving could
cause damage.
Cable lock and don't leave the car unattended for extended periods with the bikes on it.

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4. Do you cover your bikes when traveling long distances? Please recommend a cover.
No. I've covered the saddles but bikes are basically water resistant and a cover will act like a parachute behind the car.

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5. Any downsides to using a hitch-type bike rack?
They'll make your friends who still struggle with the strap-mounted racks really jealous.

Last edited by HandsomeRyan; 03-07-11 at 05:24 PM. Reason: added info
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