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Guide Gear Fat Tire Bike Carrier

Old 02-04-18, 05:31 PM
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Guide Gear Fat Tire Bike Carrier

I can haul one fatbike in my pickup bed but hauling two was difficult. I got a rack in there but it was not working out the way I wanted. I looked at ratings for hitch mounted racks and then stumbled across this one from The Sportsman's Guide that wasn't in any of the comparison reviews. It was inexpensive. I bought it on impulse and it seems pretty good so far. It's made specifically for fatbikes so you don't need to buy add-on bits to retro-fit something with 4 or 5 inch tires.

It arrived Fed-Ex ground and was nicely packed. The welds look good and the powder coating seems durable. The directions for assembly were... adequate. The pictures are a little small and I had to re-do some of the steps a couple of times before I got it right. If I had a couple hours I could create a word document that would make it IKEA easy. They should really do that. I spent maybe 90 minutes putting it together and I could have done it in 30 with better directions. There was one problem with the parts. Each L shaped pin used to lock the arms in position is asymmetrical. They have a cable that secures it to the bolt on one end and to the cotter pin on the other. One was secured through the wrong hole so I had to cut out the original cable and replace it with $2.77 worth of parts from the hardware store. No biggie but a minor PITA. Note that it is VERY difficult to see how the loops work with the bolts in the directions which is one of the reasons it took me a couple of tries to assemble this correctly. You'll need 17mm, 24mm, and a crescent wrench (or a second 24mm).

One nice feature is the rack stands out far enough that you can drop the tailgate if the inside bike is off.

Yes, yes, I know I haven't strapped the wheels into the racks. This was just a test fitting.

While I SHOULD have gone and looked at some other racks first, paying less than $150, free shipping, and my need for instant gratification caused me to buy this with just a few clicks of the mouse. Luckily I'm really happy with it and I'll make sure to take a closer look at other people's bike racks to compare them.
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