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Old 12-06-20, 10:05 AM
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I had a 2 tray One Up for several years and it was excellent: sturdy, reliable, easy to use and cool looking. When I sold it on CL I had guys lining up to buy it and got a very good price for it.


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Old 12-06-20, 11:35 AM
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Thanks for posting this! I was considering a tray/wheel style for my daughter and with the discount on Amazon, I couldn't resist.
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Old 12-06-20, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I've seen pickups with a bar that spans side to side of the bed with quick release stations. You remove the front wheels and clip the bike in to each station.. That way nothing is hanging past the bumper.

Sort of like a roof rack, but in the bed.

When I had a pickup truck, I just drilled right through the bed and bolted in a couple front hubs that I scavenged off some old bikes. Cost $0.
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Old 12-06-20, 12:15 PM
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I use and recommend Yakima DrTray.

I have it set up for 3 bikes. Three 29ers will fit or any combination of my road bikes. What is great is it is very light and easily installed nd removed by my wife. Each bike tray comes with a long cable lock integrated.

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Old 12-06-20, 12:51 PM
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Don’t recommend Saris ratchet style

. Plastic pieces could break, it wobbles back and forth and sticks out way too far from the bumper. Hard to park in the garage with it on and is a PITA to take off and remount. I cut down the insertion tube to the receiver by 2” and it still sticks out further than I want. (Pic shows cut down version) Probably could have it cut down and re-welded to shave two more inches but I can now get past the front of the truck so it’s not worth it. Also because of the ratchet configuration it can be difficult to have two bikes with different wheelbases to fit the trays. It was one of the least expensive for a reason. Oh, and Customer service suks. Never returned my emails. Never again.
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Old 12-06-20, 01:15 PM
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I just don't get having a hitch rack on a pickup truck... isn't the bed there to carry things?
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Old 12-06-20, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I just don't get having a hitch rack on a pickup truck... isn't the bed there to carry things?
I drove pickup trucks for 25 years, and always had a full-size truck with full 8 foot long bed. But if you look around, it seems like most pickup trucks now have shorter beds, and they are often narrower on the smaller trucks. Throw in a couple bikes, and you may not have much room left for cargo.
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Old 12-06-20, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
I just don't get having a hitch rack on a pickup truck... isn't the bed there to carry things?
See post #23
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Old 12-06-20, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
Ive been happy with the Kuat Transport 2. Less expensive, and very solid. Does not touch the frames of the bikes just like others mentioned. A bit more compact for storage when not in use. Lighter than the bigger Kuat and Thule racks, so easier to handle when off the vehicle.
I'll second this. I even use it on a bike with fenders (SKS chromoplastic) although it's not recommended by Kuat. I just compress the front fender to touch the wheel with the front wheel rachet hook with no problem.
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Old 12-06-20, 01:56 PM
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I have the Yakima Hold Up for about 8 years and it has been fantastic. I have looked at just loading in the back of my truck, but I had the rack before I got the truck, and I also have a bed cover for my truck, so it is just easier to load the rack that remove the cover.
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Old 12-06-20, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I drove pickup trucks for 25 years, and always had a full-size truck with full 8 foot long bed. But if you look around, it seems like most pickup trucks now have shorter beds, and they are often narrower on the smaller trucks. Throw in a couple bikes, and you may not have much room left for cargo.
Do most people keep a couch and coffee table in the bed of their trucks? Most pickups I see have nothing in the bed and are driven by guys that fancy themselves as "truck drivers".

I've borrowed a friend's F150 to move stuff and he was concerned that I would scratch the bedliner. But isn't that why you have a pickup?
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Old 12-06-20, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
See post #23
Ah... work truck that doubles as transportation on the weekend. I bet 95% of the people that drive pickups don't use them as work trucks.

Hope you have your tools secured so they don't walk away.
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Old 12-06-20, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Do most people keep a couch and coffee table in the bed of their trucks? Most pickups I see have nothing in the bed and are driven by guys that fancy themselves as "truck drivers".

I've borrowed a friend's F150 to move stuff and he was concerned that I would scratch the bedliner. But isn't that why you have a pickup?
Don’t ask me, man. Someone once suggested that I get a bedliner… I could not understand that. It never felt like a real truck to me until the bed was beat to hell.

When I bought my first old truck, my dad said, “Hey, it’s got a sliding rear window – that’s a great feature. When you finish a beer, you can throw the can back in the bed.”
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Old 12-06-20, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Ah... work truck that doubles as transportation on the weekend. I bet 95% of the people that drive pickups don't use them as work trucks.

Hope you have your tools secured so they don't walk away.
Nobody need explain themself to you.
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Old 12-06-20, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
That might be a bit more costly than a bike rack.
Yes but in the long run its worth it in my opinion. I have seen folks in pick ups let their front wheel/fork hang over the edge of the tailgate. i'd hate to do that on an expensive bike though
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Old 12-06-20, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by boilermaker1 View Post
Nobody need explain themself to you.
Not sure what you mean.
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Old 12-06-20, 03:24 PM
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Not sure what you mean.
I’m just spitballing here, but I think he means that the OP came looking for advice for a hitch rack, not necessarily your opinion on his tool security plan, or lack thereof.
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Old 12-06-20, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by sarhog View Post
I’m just spitballing here, but I think he means that the OP came looking for advice for a hitch rack, not necessarily your opinion on his tool security plan, or lack thereof.
I wasn't responding to the OP with that comment.

But I did post #25 an alternative the OP might not of thought about.
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Old 12-06-20, 09:48 PM
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I have a Softride hitch-mount rack for my Subaru Forest and a custom rack that connects through the bumper to the bumper bracket for my 2005 Porsche cabrio.
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I own a Kuat NV 2.0 and quite like it. It does what it's supposed to do and my wife (the rack is on her car) hasn't complained about having it on the back of her Subaru Outback so she must not be having problems moving it out of the way to load the back of the wagon.
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I own a Kuat NV 2.0 and quite like it. It does what it's supposed to do and my wife (the rack is on her car) hasn't complained about having it on the back of her Subaru Outback so she must not be having problems moving it out of the way to load the back of the wagon.
Not sure about your Subie, but I take our Kuat off our Nissan Rogue when we're not actually carrying the bikes as I live in fear of either of me or Mrs. Altair forgetting it's back there, and hitting the inside release for the powered liftgate . Don't know how bad that would be and I don't wanna find out either.
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Not sure about your Subie, but I take our Kuat off our Nissan Rogue when we're not actually carrying the bikes as I live in fear of either of me or Mrs. Altair forgetting it's back there, and hitting the inside release for the powered liftgate . Don't know how bad that would be and I don't wanna find out either.
I was on a trip with a friend of mine who kept doing that with bikes on the back. She has some gouges and dings to show from it.
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Old 12-08-20, 09:41 AM
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I was on a trip with a friend of mine who kept doing that with bikes on the back. She has some gouges and dings to show from it.
Yeah, that's what I thought would happen. The stowed position seems pretty strong - it doesn't feel like it would give. I'd guess that the sensor in the liftgate would stop it from trying to continue to open, but that doesn't bode well for the paint on the hatch.
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Old 12-09-20, 08:45 PM
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I want to buy one that i can use on my wifes Jeep also,,
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I drove pickup trucks for 25 years, and always had a full-size truck with full 8 foot long bed. But if you look around, it seems like most pickup trucks now have shorter beds, and they are often narrower on the smaller trucks. Throw in a couple bikes, and you may not have much room left for cargo.
I routinely carry 4 bikes in my 6.5' short bed truck. Granted 2 of them are youth/tween size bikes.
I think a bigger problem is that truck beds are really high nowadays. It's just not that easy to climb up into the bed and you can get hurt jumping down from the bed!
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