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

4-bike hitch car rack review/comparison

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!

4-bike hitch car rack review/comparison

Reply

Old 04-22-09, 10:40 PM
  #1  
Bialy
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
4-bike hitch car rack review/comparison

Here is my due diligence on 4-5 hitch-style car racks for 4 bikes (2-inch hitch receiver). I’m looking for folks’ personal experiences, in particular strong concerns or negatives, recommendations, and other considerations (bike fit, stable and secure, ease of use, least damaging to the bikes, antisway). All seem to tilt away to allow back access to car. BTW, how do you stop the front wheels from flopping back-n-forth with these racks. One of my bikes is ~42 lbs and the other 33 lbs, and the other 2 lighter for now. Also, I cannot use a 4-bike platform hitch rack as these racks are too heavy, but I list the lighter, platform Saris Thelma 3 as an option below. The Yakimas have too light a capacity. Thanks in advance.

Hollywood Roadrunner HR400 – nice 150 lbs total bike capacity; has antisway cradle and a unique lower attachment bar; Is Hollywood reputable, and nice and secure?

Thule Ridgeline 954 – problem here is the 140 lb limit (4 x 35)

Softride Dura – 150 lb; don’t really see anyone selling around my parts except online

Saris T-rax Pro 724 – a hard 35 lb per bike limit; also someone on this forum was whining about their hard plastic straps that secures the bike

Saris Thelma 3 – this is a lighter (weights only 31 lbs) platform style for 3 bikes (I can live with that), but seems to have a hard 35 lb per bike maximum
Bialy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-09, 12:42 PM
  #2  
lsebba
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have the Thule. I like it a lot. It is very solid, and easy to use. The only thing that annoys me is that it requires a bolt to be screwed in each time you put in the hitch receptacle.
lsebba is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-09, 01:31 AM
  #3  
axelfox
Senior Member
 
axelfox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 487
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
To keep the wheels from swaying, use a bungee chord and wrap the wheels to the frame/saddle/whatever.
axelfox is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-09, 07:14 PM
  #4  
martianone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Posts: 2,100

Bikes: recumbent & upright

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
We have a yakima "5 bike" model, it's ok- we use bungee cords to prevent sway. have to be careful
about bike placement to prevent cables from rubbing against paint. my biggest concern is how to
actually fit 5 full size bikes on the unit. there are 5 sets of tie down/holders, just cannot figure out
how to make 5 bikes fit- the "pickle fork" is just a tad bit short for 5.
martianone is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-09, 05:00 AM
  #5  
Nickshu
Fat Guy in a Little Coat
 
Nickshu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Virgina
Posts: 339

Bikes: Clark-Kent Europa Ti Road; Motobecane Fantom Cyclocross

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have the Softride dura. It is excellent. The articulated design that allows the bikes to be lowered without tilting is great, and no other company offers this. Very nice hitch rack, well built, and highly recommended.
Nickshu is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service