Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

A de-zombied thread about bike racks

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

A de-zombied thread about bike racks

Old 10-18-22, 10:45 AM
  #1  
unterhausen
Randomhead
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 23,294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 2,847 Times in 1,958 Posts
A de-zombied thread about bike racks

Do I have to ask a clueless question to get people to post? Don't answer that. People seem to want to talk about bike racks, so here is a current thread to do that. How many people have run into their garage with a bike on top of their car, for example.

I really want a 2" receiver hitch for my wife's Camry hybrid. There is one company that makes a 2" hitch for my Prius, but her car is better to take road trips with. And she's the one with the heavy ebike and who likes to travel to rail trails.
Apparently the same company that makes 2" receivers for the Prius will do custom hitches for other cars, but I'm afraid to ask what the price is given that the Prius hitch is almost $500. My other thought is getting a 1 1/4" hitch and having a local welder put a 2" receiver on it. There is no way I'm putting that ebike on a trunk mounted rack.
unterhausen is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 10:54 AM
  #2  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 36,106
Mentioned: 205 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16630 Post(s)
Liked 11,710 Times in 5,610 Posts
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
How many people have run into their garage with a bike on top of their car, for example.
Perhaps the only advantage to not having a garage.
indyfabz is offline  
Likes For indyfabz:
Old 10-18-22, 10:56 AM
  #3  
Eric F
Habitual User
 
Eric F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Altadena, CA
Posts: 4,496

Bikes: 2019 Trek Procliber 9.9 SL, 2018 Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum, 2017 Bear Big Rock 1, 2003 Time VX Special Pro, 2001 Colnago VIP, 1999 Trek 9900 singlespeed, 1977 Nishiki ONP

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2751 Post(s)
Liked 4,295 Times in 2,034 Posts
I would start here... https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitches/
Eric F is online now  
Old 10-18-22, 11:00 AM
  #4  
3alarmer 
Friendship is Magic
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 21,566

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 300 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24521 Post(s)
Liked 8,263 Times in 5,780 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Perhaps the only advantage to not having a garage.
...my garage is so full off bicycles, that I no longer need worry about driving into it. I call that an elegant solution.
__________________
3alarmer is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 11:05 AM
  #5  
Eric F
Habitual User
 
Eric F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Altadena, CA
Posts: 4,496

Bikes: 2019 Trek Procliber 9.9 SL, 2018 Storck Fascenario.3 Platinum, 2017 Bear Big Rock 1, 2003 Time VX Special Pro, 2001 Colnago VIP, 1999 Trek 9900 singlespeed, 1977 Nishiki ONP

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2751 Post(s)
Liked 4,295 Times in 2,034 Posts
Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...my garage is so full off bicycles, that I no longer need worry about driving into it. I call that an elegant solution.
A garage is no place for a car!
Eric F is online now  
Old 10-18-22, 11:07 AM
  #6  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 6,659
Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6046 Post(s)
Liked 9,150 Times in 3,951 Posts
unterhausen , forgive me if you've already thought of this, but: perhaps inquire at the local Toyota dealer. They might know of a stock hitch that will fit.

I suggest this because when I bought a new Honda CR-V Hybrid last March, the dealership's Sales Manager sent me a link to a hitch at eTrailer.com which was a tiny fraction of the price of a Genuine Honda hitch. He knew the exact part number because they had installed many of them for their customers.

Edit: A quick google search shows only 1.25" hitch receivers for that vehicle. Must be a clearance issue. Yeah, a custom hitch will be costly.

Last edited by Koyote; 10-18-22 at 11:11 AM.
Koyote is online now  
Likes For Koyote:
Old 10-18-22, 11:07 AM
  #7  
3alarmer 
Friendship is Magic
 
3alarmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Big Tomato
Posts: 21,566

Bikes: old ones

Mentioned: 300 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24521 Post(s)
Liked 8,263 Times in 5,780 Posts
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post

I really want a 2" receiver hitch for my wife's Camry hybrid. There is one company that makes a 2" hitch for my Prius, but her car is better to take road trips with. And she's the one with the heavy ebike and who likes to travel to rail trails.
Apparently the same company that makes 2" receivers for the Prius will do custom hitches for other cars, but I'm afraid to ask what the price is given that the Prius hitch is almost $500. My other thought is getting a 1 1/4" hitch and having a local welder put a 2" receiver on it. There is no way I'm putting that ebike on a trunk mounted rack.
....I don't have much in the way of an answer, but when I first got an electric car, I noticed right away that there were zero options for towing a small trailer. I don't know why the manufacturers decided to eliminate this common aspect of American life, but for people who have always had small utility trailers as a workaround to owning a separate (and infrequently used) pickup truck, it seems short sighted. It appears to have some relationship to the design of them, and worrying about the people who will not read the weight limitations for towing, that come with your car.

This is why we can't have nice things.
__________________
3alarmer is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 11:14 AM
  #8  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 6,659
Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6046 Post(s)
Liked 9,150 Times in 3,951 Posts
Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
....I don't have much in the way of an answer, but when I first got an electric car, I noticed right away that there were zero options for towing a small trailer. I don't know why the manufacturers decided to eliminate this common aspect of American life,
When I bought a Honda hybrid this year, I was told that Honda won't allow their factory hitches to be installed on my model as it doesn't work well with the regenerative braking. That sounds like nonsense, esp since they apparently will allow those hitches to be installed on their hybrids in the EU. At any rate, the dealer installed an aftermarket hitch for my bike rack, and all is well. (But maybe towing a trailer with 500lbs of cargo would be a problem...?)
Koyote is online now  
Likes For Koyote:
Old 10-18-22, 11:15 AM
  #9  
himespau 
Senior Member
 
himespau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 13,222
Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3718 Post(s)
Liked 2,533 Times in 1,508 Posts
Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
....I don't have much in the way of an answer, but when I first got an electric car, I noticed right away that there were zero options for towing a small trailer. I don't know why the manufacturers decided to eliminate this common aspect of American life, but for people who have always had small utility trailers as a workaround to owning a separate (and infrequently used) pickup truck, it seems short sighted. It appears to have some relationship to the design of them, and worrying about the people who will not read the weight limitations for towing, that come with your car.

This is why we can't have nice things.
I always thought that the reason most sedans could only get a 1.25" receiver to add on was just to avoid the liability of, as you say, people failing to read the manual and towing limitations.
himespau is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 11:20 AM
  #10  
unterhausen
Randomhead
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 23,294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 2,847 Times in 1,958 Posts
Uhaul and Etrailer don't list a 2" for the Camry. I did find the 2" for the prius through etrailer. My going theory is lawyers are keeping most companies from making a 2" hitch for small cars, even though they are better for light duty tasks. I can't really disagree, people are reckless when it comes to moving things with their cars. Then again, any hitch is going to let you hook a too-big trailer to your car, so I'm not sure what the real concern is.

I have found 2" with the same weight ratings as the 1 1/4", so the whole concern over overloading the car seems misguided. They just hate bike racks. Someone on Prius chat said toyota didn't even want to say it was okay to put one of those hitch mounted flagpoles on a prius. Maybe the concern was aesthetic in that case. But as noted above, the prius is rated to tow in the EU and it's virtually the same car except for a few buttons. I thought Toyota gives a tow rating for current Priuses, but since I don't really want to tow anything, it's not much of a concern.

This is the company that makes 2" hitches for the Prius and some other small cars: https://torkliftcentral.com/ There is one on a Prius here in town.
The bike shop found one on ebay that was said to be 2", but they listed a part number for the easily available 1 1/4"

Last edited by unterhausen; 10-18-22 at 11:27 AM.
unterhausen is offline  
Likes For unterhausen:
Old 10-18-22, 11:33 AM
  #11  
unterhausen
Randomhead
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 23,294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 2,847 Times in 1,958 Posts
Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
....I don't have much in the way of an answer, but when I first got an electric car, I noticed right away that there were zero options for towing a small trailer. I don't know why the manufacturers decided to eliminate this common aspect of American life, but for people who have always had small utility trailers as a workaround to owning a separate (and infrequently used) pickup truck, it seems short sighted. It appears to have some relationship to the design of them, and worrying about the people who will not read the weight limitations for towing, that come with your car.

This is why we can't have nice things.
Tbh, I probably wouldn't work too hard to figure out how much my trailer weighed if I had one. Although I just rent a truck when I want to move something heavy. Lowe's has the best deal on their pickups, but HD is fine too.

I can see how an electric car might not be able to handle towing. Startup current could be a real problem, electric motors are basically a dead short at standstill. So they would have to work to overcome that. Granted, there are now electric trucks so maybe I'm imagining problems when there aren't any.
unterhausen is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 11:38 AM
  #12  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 6,659
Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6046 Post(s)
Liked 9,150 Times in 3,951 Posts
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Tbh, I probably wouldn't work too hard to figure out how much my trailer weighed if I had one. Although I just rent a truck when I want to move something heavy. Lowe's has the best deal on their pickups, but HD is fine too.

I can see how an electric car might not be able to handle towing. Startup current could be a real problem, electric motors are basically a dead short at standstill. So they would have to work to overcome that. Granted, there are now electric trucks so maybe I'm imagining problems when there aren't any.
Huh. Interesting. But don't e-vehicles have loads of torque? I would think that getting rolling from a dead stop with a small trailer would be no different than starting on an uphill grade.
Koyote is online now  
Old 10-18-22, 01:46 PM
  #13  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,587

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1956 Post(s)
Liked 1,370 Times in 702 Posts
Get a 1 1/4 hitch and use one of these.

https://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-4-...IaAuEQEALw_wcB
Paul Barnard is offline  
Likes For Paul Barnard:
Old 10-18-22, 01:52 PM
  #14  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,117

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2194 Post(s)
Liked 1,433 Times in 907 Posts
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I can see how an electric car might not be able to handle towing. Startup current could be a real problem, electric motors are basically a dead short at standstill. So they would have to work to overcome that. Granted, there are now electric trucks so maybe I'm imagining problems when there aren't any.
Different use, but remember diesel-electric locomotives work so well because you can rev the diesel engines to generate the electricity that turns the electric motors on the wheels to start an ungodly-heavy train (10,000 tons?) from a standing start. Uphill. In the snow.

I figure if my wife's Prius could haul a 2" hitch with 4 bikes on it, the Camry should have no problem.
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 10-18-22, 01:56 PM
  #15  
unterhausen
Randomhead
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 23,294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 2,847 Times in 1,958 Posts
I thought about an adapter, but it really defeats the purpose. It's even worse than a 1 1/4" compatible rack.
I'm pretty sure we will want to carry 3 bikes, and moving them even further out back while relying on a 1 1/4" hitch just seems like a recipe for the rack flopping around. When I first thought about modifying a hitch I was out at HF looking at their options.


Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Huh. Interesting. But don't e-vehicles have loads of torque? I would think that getting rolling from a dead stop with a small trailer would be no different than starting on an uphill grade.
Yes, they have a lot of torque given their intended usage. They have to consider that someone is going to start on a uphill fully loaded with people, so they would be a bit conservative. I'm mostly just making things up, but I'm guessing I'm on the right track. There is a limit on their torque between the motor and the max current you can safely draw from the batteries without harming them. I'm sure they rebalanced these elements for etrucks that have towing capacity. Although there are pictures of a Tesla semi broken down by the side of the road, and it's about to go on the market. I haven't heard if they publicly addressed that.

Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Different use, but remember diesel-electric locomotives work so well because you can rev the diesel engines to generate the electricity that turns the electric motors on the wheels to start an ungodly-heavy train (10,000 tons?) from a standing start. Uphill. In the snow.
Totally different system and the electric motors are the size of a smartcar. I have seen announcements of all-electric engines and wondered what took them so long, but I think the answer is batteries, not motors. There is a junkyard down the way that gets those motors in every once in a while, so apparently if you do a burnout with one of those engines you can fry a motor. It's important to remember that car designers would sell off their grandma's vital organs to save a buck per car. So an electric car has the minimal motors required to do the use case they are designing them for. And they decided that they could get the sales they wanted without making it so those cars are capable of towing. I imagine a pickup without tow capacity would be a pretty difficult thing to sell.

Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I figure if my wife's Prius could haul a 2" hitch with 4 bikes on it, the Camry should have no problem.
Neither car would have a problem with it, the issue is the availability of hitches. I think Prius owners are just more adventurous. I really like the camry though, it's much nicer on trips.

Last edited by unterhausen; 10-18-22 at 02:08 PM.
unterhausen is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 05:57 PM
  #16  
Ironfish653
Dirty Heathen
 
Ironfish653's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: MC-778, 6250 fsw
Posts: 2,006

Bikes: 1997 Cannondale, 1976 Bridgestone, 1998 SoftRide, 1989 Klein, 1989 Black Lightning #0033

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 805 Post(s)
Liked 761 Times in 449 Posts
Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
When I bought a Honda hybrid this year, I was told that Honda won't allow their factory hitches to be installed on my model as it doesn't work well with the regenerative braking. That sounds like nonsense, esp since they apparently will allow those hitches to be installed on their hybrids in the EU. At any rate, the dealer installed an aftermarket hitch for my bike rack, and all is well. (But maybe towing a trailer with 500lbs of cargo would be a problem...?)
This has been around on a couple of the automotive / moto forums over the years as well, and the simple version is:
The EU requires brakes on much smaller trailers that the US; so the EU spec allows for a bigger (heavier,) trailer than in the US.

Observation (but no real evidence) that smaller camper trailers seem to be more commonly tandem axle, where in the US they'd have a large single, so tongue loading ratios maybe different (lower) as well
Also, distances and speeds are generally lower (and more tightly controlled) than the US.
TLDR:. EU trailer regulations and conditions make it less demanding of the tow vehicle than in the US, hence, "higher" rating for the same vehicle.
Ironfish653 is offline  
Old 10-18-22, 06:12 PM
  #17  
rosefarts
With a mighty wind
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,250
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 902 Post(s)
Liked 647 Times in 382 Posts
The adapter isnít expensive and itíll be more than strong enough for 2 bikes.

I personally wouldnít trust the rear suspension of a Prius for a 4 or 6 bike crazy mount. Decent chance that it is strong enough but youíll probably surpass the tongue weight limit of a Prius.

Amazon sells the adapter for $35. They have an extra bracket to keep it from wobbling for $12, that probably functions to seriously slow down rack thieves (I was told they exist).

The Prius AWD is likely to be my next car. I recently moved though and found myself driving the second (beater) car about 20 miles a week, so Iím in less of a hurry than I used to be.
rosefarts is offline  
Old 10-19-22, 10:23 AM
  #18  
phughes
Senior Member
 
phughes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 869 Post(s)
Liked 1,004 Times in 578 Posts
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Do I have to ask a clueless question to get people to post? Don't answer that. People seem to want to talk about bike racks, so here is a current thread to do that. How many people have run into their garage with a bike on top of their car, for example.

I really want a 2" receiver hitch for my wife's Camry hybrid. There is one company that makes a 2" hitch for my Prius, but her car is better to take road trips with. And she's the one with the heavy ebike and who likes to travel to rail trails.
Apparently the same company that makes 2" receivers for the Prius will do custom hitches for other cars, but I'm afraid to ask what the price is given that the Prius hitch is almost $500. My other thought is getting a 1 1/4" hitch and having a local welder put a 2" receiver on it. There is no way I'm putting that ebike on a trunk mounted rack.
How much does her bike weigh? A lot comes into play regarding capacity of a receiver, and simply making a 2 inch receiver doesn't magically allow the car to have increased capacity. There are reasons 1 1/4 inch receivers are the only ones available for some cars. And sorry, using an adapter doesn't make the receiver stronger either, in fact, adding an adapter enabling a 1 1/4 inch receiver accept 2 inch type bike racks will make it weaker since it will extend the receiver, acting as a lever, increasing stress, in the form of torque, on the receiver, and mounting points. That stress will be over what the smaller receiver is designed for. Each bump in the road adds more and more stress to the receiver and mounting points.

I have a 1 1/4 inch receiver on my Nissan Cube, and a Thule rack. Just for one example, the Thule T2 Pro XTR rack has a single bike allowable weight rating of 60 lbs. with a 1 1/4 inch receiver, and a 100 lbs. total weight permissible for two bikes on the rack.

Get a 1 1/4 inch receiver, a good one, designed to fit your Camry, then buy a good, high quality rack. Don't skimp on the rack. Get a tray type rack.
phughes is offline  
Likes For phughes:
Old 10-19-22, 12:22 PM
  #19  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,587

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1956 Post(s)
Liked 1,370 Times in 702 Posts
Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I thought about an adapter, but it really defeats the purpose. It's even worse than a 1 1/4" compatible rack.
I'm pretty sure we will want to carry 3 bikes, and moving them even further out back while relying on a 1 1/4" hitch just seems like a recipe for the rack flopping around. When I first thought about modifying a hitch I was out at HF looking at their options.
I have used longer adapters on heavier loads. It does introduce another point of "slop" in the fit, but assuming good quality parts it will be nominal. When you are talking 6 additional inches with perhaps a 75 pound load, that's insignificant. You won't be anywhere near max. With some racks, it's nice to have a little extra clearance between the first bike on the rack and the back of the vehicle.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 10-19-22, 12:38 PM
  #20  
phughes
Senior Member
 
phughes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 869 Post(s)
Liked 1,004 Times in 578 Posts
Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I have used longer adapters on heavier loads. It does introduce another point of "slop" in the fit, but assuming good quality parts it will be nominal. When you are talking 6 additional inches with perhaps a 75 pound load, that's insignificant. You won't be anywhere near max. With some racks, it's nice to have a little extra clearance between the first bike on the rack and the back of the vehicle.
It still does not increase the load your receiver can handle, and that is the point. There is no advantage to using an adapter. Use a 1 1/4 inch receiver with a high quality rack. To do otherwise is a bad compromise.

EDIT: Adding an adapter lowers the tongue weight capacity by half. If the tongue weight allowed is 300, then you are left with 150. There are no free lunches, so it is better to simply use a good 1 1/4 inch receiver, along with a quality bike rack. A high quality rack made for a 2 inch receiver may have a higher weight capacity, but when you add the adapter, it will actually end up having less weight capacity.

Last edited by phughes; 10-19-22 at 12:51 PM.
phughes is offline  
Likes For phughes:
Old 10-19-22, 01:40 PM
  #21  
Polaris OBark
ignominious poltroon
 
Polaris OBark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 2,482
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1420 Post(s)
Liked 2,108 Times in 1,145 Posts
I went through this search for 2010 (nonhybrid) Camry a few months ago, and found only 1.25" hitch receivers were compatible. (We instead got a roof rack for that car, which my kid took over.) I am afraid the adapter is really the only option if you really need 2". As above, I would just get a 1.25" receiver and a compatible rack. Keep the bike on the slot closest to the car.
Polaris OBark is offline  
Old 10-19-22, 04:30 PM
  #22  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Paul Barnard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,587

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1956 Post(s)
Liked 1,370 Times in 702 Posts
Originally Posted by phughes View Post
It still does not increase the load your receiver can handle, and that is the point. There is no advantage to using an adapter. Use a 1 1/4 inch receiver with a high quality rack. To do otherwise is a bad compromise.

EDIT: Adding an adapter lowers the tongue weight capacity by half. If the tongue weight allowed is 300, then you are left with 150. There are no free lunches, so it is better to simply use a good 1 1/4 inch receiver, along with a quality bike rack. A high quality rack made for a 2 inch receiver may have a higher weight capacity, but when you add the adapter, it will actually end up having less weight capacity.
I was thinking that the Op was set on a 2" rack. After reading his post again, I am not seeing that. Your solution is surely easier.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 10-19-22, 04:41 PM
  #23  
unterhausen
Randomhead
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 23,294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 2,847 Times in 1,958 Posts
I really want a 2" rack. I'm not sure if I will just get the 2" hitch for my Prius or keep working on figuring out how to get a 2" hitch for the Camry.
If I ever do put 4 bikes on the car I'm fairly confident that even the ebike will not get it over 150 pounds. It's an ecoco that weighs 42 pounds.
unterhausen is offline  
Old 10-19-22, 05:01 PM
  #24  
Polaris OBark
ignominious poltroon
 
Polaris OBark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 2,482
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1420 Post(s)
Liked 2,108 Times in 1,145 Posts
I have a 2" receiver on a Rav4, which is kind of Prius-like, but would not want to put more than two bikes on it. I also have a roof rack for 2 more bikes, for those few times when I need to haul 3 or 4 (like evacuating for impending natural disasters).
Polaris OBark is offline  
Old 10-19-22, 06:40 PM
  #25  
unterhausen
Randomhead
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 23,294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 2,847 Times in 1,958 Posts
I had 4 bikes on a hitch rack on a previous prius and it really wasn't a problem. Except I was driving into a major headwind with 4 adults in the car, that was less than ideal
I think it's unlikely we would have more than 2 on a regular basis though
unterhausen is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.