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Old 02-10-15, 07:07 PM
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Need bike rack recommendations....

I just bought myself a hybrid (first new bike in over 20 years!!).
And I am planning to go on trail rides alone, but hopefully also with my kids.
I have a 2007 Honda Odyssey that does not have a hitch.
Can you recommend a bike rack that can carry 1-4 bikes?
I am completely clueless about all of this!
Last time I rode a bike I was not even old enough to drive
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Old 02-10-15, 08:01 PM
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I have one of these rear racks you can find at Walmart for under $40.00 that works well...........





It will hold 3 bikes, but 1 or 2 is more ideal for this type rack. Only thing is setting it up correctly and making sure the straps are tight. If any of your bikes have a quick release front wheel, you can fit one or 2 in the van and 2 on the rack.
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Old 02-16-15, 09:16 AM
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Over this winter I purchased an OEM Honda Hitch and installed it myself. Was quite easy to install. I liked the factory hitch as it is a bit higher and since we are going with a 4 bike platform rack that will stick out a significant distance, I figured having it a bit higher will help with transitions from street to drive way etc where it is at an angle. There is cheaper alternatives that are even easier to install but will sit a bit lower.

We decided we weren't going to mess with lifting bikes to the top of the Odyssey, maybe not bad for 2 bikes only, one on each side but the middle bikes would be quite difficult for me at 5'10" and impossible for my wife. We also didn't want a rack that hung the bikes and had them rub and scratch each other. Plus with kids bikes and women bikes with low bars the platform to me seemed easier to fit different bikes without hanging them at weird angles or using accessory top bars.

Now that said, the hitch was around $240 for the OEM hitch and the rack (Saris Freedom 4) is around $500 so it is a decent investment.
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If the expense of a hitch + hitch-mounted bike rack is OK for you, and you are going to be cycling regularly, I'd STRONGLY recommend you go that way. We started w/a trunk/bumper hitch and when we moved to a hitch mount it was like night and day, cold porridge and ambrosia.

A hitch-mount is just so much easier/secure way to go. You can retain access to your rear storage (we had a hitch-mounted rack that swung out of the way, even w/bikes on it, to allow opening the rear hatch), and since the bike rack locks to the hitch, and the bikes can be locked to the rack, you can leave it all in place while you have a nice lunch after your ride. Also much more secure if have any unexpected maneuvers in your car due to traffic hazards, etc. This setup makes it easier to get your bikes on the car and out the door will make you more likely to get out cycling and mean you'll have more fun and more exercise.

The only minor issue we had was that our driveway is very steep so we had to put on and take off the bikes and bike rack at the bottom of our driveway, as the bike rack would scrape on the ground at the bottom of our driveway where it met the road if we drive to drive up or down w/our bike rack already on the hitch.

Go for the hitch setup - IMHO you'll be really glad you did.
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