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Old 12-04-17, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Hapsmo911 View Post
Another vote for 1up...
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1upusa or Kuat NV 2.0
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Kuat nv2.0
Like I said........

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I've looked at some of the suggestions in a few other threads as well and the Kuat and 1up racks are pretty cost prohibitive.
$629 for a bike rack is absurd. I laughed pretty hard at that. I can think of so many other things I could spend that much money on that would be a better investment.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This one has been working well for me for the past 2 years. I use a microfiber towel between the clamp and the top tube to protect the finish. I can't see myself dropping $500 on a rack.
worthwhile to note that I had an expensive (for the time) rear rack that did more damage to my bike by gripping the top tube than the rack was worth. I also put something in between the clamp and the bike but what happened a combination of water and grit damaged the paint on the bike and loosened the decals . So yeah, I couldn't see myself dropping that kind of coin either until the damage I did on two bikes was about $600 or more. The way to look at is what is the marginal cost difference between the version that will work perfectly and the one that could do damage. Usually that is not a lot when you look at the marginal benefits too.

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Old 12-04-17, 09:03 PM
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Simple version
Get a tray style rack, preferably one that only contacts your tires. Hitch mount is preferable over roof, to me at least. Hitch mount should swing down for access to hatch.

Other than that its looks and features that fit your undisclosed budget. All the reputable manufacturers make solid racks that should serve you well.

And as always shop the sales, never pay retail.
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Like I said........



$629 for a bike rack is absurd. I laughed pretty hard at that. I can think of so many other things I could spend that much money on that would be a better investment.
True enough. I've come close to losing bikes off racks though. I got the 1up and spent a fortune on it. Not as big a fortune as I've spent on my bikes. So for me spending $200-$300 on a rack that wobbles and I have to keep looking in the mirror every two seconds isn't worth the money. I would rather spend double and never worry. Thats me though. The single 1up with the addon later isnt too bad either. Thats if you meet people for a ride rather then drive with them to it.
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$629 for a bike rack is absurd. I laughed pretty hard at that. I can think of so many other things I could spend that much money on that would be a better investment.
If you drive for uber/lyft/postmates for a few days you can easily make that money back.
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I use a roof mount 9 months of the year and a hitch mount in the winter time.

Roof Rack
Advantages: Always available wherever, whenever. Holds four bikes. With locks, slightly more theft proof. (thief needs passing familiarity with bike roof racks) Handles tall bikes.
Disadvantages: Garages. Fast food drive thru. MPG.

Hitch Rack
Advantages: My friends who are shorter than 6 feet can use it. MPG.
Disadvantages: Having to mount it each time I use it. Scraping it on deep dips in the roadway/driveway.
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