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Old 09-14-20, 04:01 PM
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And everyone removes them when not in use so they don't block the plate number and lights.

Cause I recently saw a SUV with a 4 bike rack folded up and it block the tail light to the point that I kept a few car length back.


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Old 09-14-20, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
And everyone removes them when not in use so they don't block the plate number and lights.

Cause I recently saw a SUV with a 4 bike rack folded up and it block the tail light to the point that I kept a few car length back.


Nah, 4 is nothing!


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Old 09-14-20, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Your Chicken Little act is amusing.

In the real world, it's exceedingly rare for folks to be stopped. It's not a valid concern.

Again, in the real world where many folks travel with more than one bike, frequently.
Yes, they don't get stopped, but some racks to reduce tail light visibility and is a safety issue.

Yes, if you're transporting a number of bikes, you don't have other options.
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Old 09-14-20, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Anytime you're transporting a bike, driving, walking, taking a shower, eating at that dodgy greasy spoon down the street, etc. there are risks, and potential safety issues.

The minor reduction in tail light visibility is way, way, way, down the list if folks are looking for things to worry about.
Maybe for the bike owner, but don't assume the driver behind feels the same when driving in the rain and the folded up rack blocks the lights.
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Old 09-14-20, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Most cars have a fold down rear seat. I've seen cars rear ended and the bikes on the back damaged.
The odds of being rear ended are insanely low. The odds of being rear ended while carrying a bike are even lower than insanely low.
I dont base my purchasing or life decisions on odds that are so low it most likely will not happen in my life.


And you very much changed what you were saying about 'marked up.
I'm loving this thread.
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Old 09-14-20, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
The odds of being rear ended are insanely low.
Ask me how i know you're wrong.... I was sitting at a red light.
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Old 09-14-20, 07:05 PM
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Accidents happen and that is why you should have insurance. Hitch rack and hit from behind, yea new bike(s).
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
You need to find someone that can explain what "anecdotal" means.
1,000,000:1 sounds great unless you're the "1".
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Old 09-14-20, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
You still need to find that person to explain why your personal example is so funny.
Go ahead... i'm waiting. (actually not)
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Old 09-14-20, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Ask me how i know you're wrong.... I was sitting at a red light.
Good lord. Just because you were rear ended doesn't mean the odds aren't low. I mean, you do understand that, right?
Also, you are in the most densely populated part of our country. More rear end accidents will happen by you as a result, but even then, the odds are low.
Furthermore, we are talking about being rear ended with a bike on the back(remember the argument change that you made?) so you have to consider how rare a rear end accident is for all of driving and then account for how insignificant the drive time is where you have a bike on the back.

Anecdotal all day long for you.
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Old 09-14-20, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Good lord. Just because you were rear ended doesn't mean the odds aren't low. I mean, you do understand that, right?
Also, you are in the most densely populated part of our country. More rear end accidents will happen by you as a result, but even then, the odds are low.
Furthermore, we are talking about being rear ended with a bike on the back(remember the argument change that you made?) so you have to consider how rare a rear end accident is for all of driving and then account for how insignificant the drive time is where you have a bike on the back.

Anecdotal all day long for you.
"According to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, rear-end crashes are the most frequently occurring type of collision. About 29 percent of all car crashes are rear-end collisions"
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Old 09-14-20, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
The average person is involved in 3-4 accidents in their lifetime.

29% would be a rear end collision.

Now do how many of those would be while they are carrying a bike on the back of their car.

You're not very good at this.
So you remove the rack when not in use? My issue is that racks folded up do block the tail lights many times. And that might contribute to getting rear ended.
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Old 09-14-20, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Ask me how i know you're wrong.... I was sitting at a red light.
Well, if we wanna go with anecdotes, I'll see yours and raise you a hundred. If a bike had been IN this car, it still would've been wrecked - and it probably would've done some real damage to me and my wife when it came flying forward at us:

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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Well, if we wanna go with anecdotes, I'll see yours and raise you a hundred. If a bike had been IN this car, it still would've been wrecked - and it probably would've done some real damage to me and my wife when it came flying forward at us:

But mine would of survived.

Most rear ends are not this extreme but a simple tap can damage a bike.... even a steel bike.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
"According to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, rear-end crashes are the most frequently occurring type of collision. About 29 percent of all car crashes are rear-end collisions"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybu.../#7f3ccd524e62

Insurance companies estimated that a driver files for an accident claim once every 18 years.
And based on your stat, in that incident each 18 years, there is a 29% chance it's a rear end collision. So basically, a driver should expect to be rear ended once in their lifetime, based on stats.

And then you have to consider how rare it is to carry a bike in/on the car. That accounts for what, like 1% of a cyclists drive time each year?

So out of all the miles of driving in a lifetime, we should expect to be rear ended once. And you are concerned that a bike will be damaged when that happens?


Like i said further up thread, I don't base my life decisions(like whether to put a bike in the car or use a rack) on odds that are so low I most likely won't experience the event.


You aren't doing well here. Stop digging the hole.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
But mine would of survived.

Most rear ends are not this extreme but a simple tap can damage a bike.... even a steel bike.
So, your anecdote is valid, but you discount mine? Hmm.

By the way, in almost all rear-end collisions, fault (and liability) lies with the rear-ender. In other words, you get a new bike. (And a new bike rack.) You've built a faulty argument here.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post

This is a perfect example of your lack of familiarity with hitch-mounted tray racks.
True. Mine is designed like any other tray-mounted rack, and a "tap" would have no effect at all on the bikes, nor on the rack. Ask me how I know.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
You can't know that.



This is a perfect example of your lack of familiarity with hitch-mounted tray racks.
How can you see past these and they do block the lights In most states this is illegal... for a reason.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
How can you see past these and they do block the lights In most states this is illegal... for a reason.
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Originally Posted by banjaboy View Post
Hi all, Looking to get a hitch mounted rack to carry carbon bikes. I am located where I need to transport my bike for a real training ride, its a carbon frame and the regular dangly carriers just dont make my bike happy. Any ideas for a trough type hitch mounted carrier? Cant do roof mounted as I have a shoulder injury that makes lifting almost anything above my head impossible
As already mentioned, most of the top brands have platform hitch racks that only makes contact with the wheels when locked down. With your injury, some of these platform racks can get heavy and you don't want to further injure your shoulder when wanting to remove/install the rack. For the hitch, I have a Kuat Sherpa 2.0; its aluminum and weighs only 32 lbs so having to move it around is no issue.


Since everyone in our family rides now, that's how I roll... in NYC.
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On my vehicle, the brake lights are up high, well above the rack. Though the rack does obstruct my license plate - and in my state, we run only rear plates. Hmm. Now that I think of it -- since buying that rack, I haven't gotten a single bill in the mail after driving through the camera toll booths on the turnpike. SCORE!!!
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Kuat Sherpa. Had the bike rack for two seasons now. No complaints.
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Most cars have a fold down rear seat. I've seen cars rear ended and the bikes on the back damaged.
I think you are far more likely to bang up your bike and mess up the interior of you car doing that than getting rear-ended. Not to mention it is more of a PITA if you need to be folding seats down and throw down blankets.
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My wife doesn't ride and 99% of my rides start from my house.
If you only carry one bike, than a single tray 1Up does not obscure anything when folded up (I mention this sinse you had concerns about the legality of it blocking the lights or plates.

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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
And everyone removes them when not in use so they don't block the plate number and lights.

Cause I recently saw a SUV with a 4 bike rack folded up and it block the tail light to the point that I kept a few car length back.


So are you suggesting sticking all those inside your impressa?
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