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Bike rack with foam covered prongs vs individual carriers

Old 07-15-17, 07:13 PM
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Bike rack with foam covered prongs vs individual carriers

Hi All,

We have a just bought a used Ford Falcon with a tow ball on the back. I've been looking at getting a bike rack that uses the tow ball.

While doing this I have noticed that some racks have 2 foam covered prongs to hang the bike one and some have individual V shaped carriers for the bikes. My question is which is best?
We will need to carry up to 4 bikes, 1 Adult male, 1 Ladies bike 2 kids bikes.

Is one kind better than the other?

Thanks
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Old 07-15-17, 07:22 PM
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If you have the ground clearance, a tray style rack is the best. Your choice of rack will also depend on the size of receiver on the car-- the racks for smaller 1.25" receivers are usually only made for 2-3 bikes. Four bike racks are for 2" receivers.
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Personally, I do not like carriers that lift the bikes by the frames/top tubes. I prefer the ones that are platform type that cradles the wheels:
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OP is more than likely in Australia.
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Verify you can actually carry 4 bikes on the rack you buy. I've found that on many it can't realistically be done.
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