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Bicycle rack suggestions.

Old 07-29-09, 08:13 PM
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Bicycle rack suggestions.

I am looking for suggestions for a new bike rack to carry two hybrids. The bike rack will be in a 2 inch receiver on a Grand Cherokee that is being towed by a motor home. I am currently using a very old Thule. The bicycles are usually in a bike bag when on the rack. When in the bag the bikes have a tendency to sway and rock back and forth. Unfortunately today I noticed that the bikes have rubbed together causing significant damage to one.

I have been looking at the Yakima Holdup and the Thule T2. I must be able to open the rear hatch without removing the rack. I also need to slow down the swaying. I am open to looking at different types of racks. The bikes will be towed at a minimum 5k a year. Any suggestions?

We are leaving for Acadia national park tomorrow to ride the carriage trails.

Thank you for any help.
Paul

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Old 07-29-09, 08:58 PM
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My off the cuff opinion, with no real experience to back it up: The bike bags are likely to be catching the wind, increasing the swaying. I noticed, while shopping for racks, that Saris sells "Protect-O-Pads" to keep the bikes from contacting each other. Can't you just put the bikes inside the Grand Cherokee for the long drives?

FWIW, I have seen a lot of positive reviews of the T2 on the net. I'm sure you've done the search by now.
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Thank you for the response. The Jeep usually has other stuff in it such as fire wood, golf clubs and/or 32 gallon tote. I have read some reviews for the Thule. They seem positive. Weight seemed to be an issue to some.

Is the tray type rack more stable than the hanging rack?

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