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Hitch and Bike Rack Question

Old 06-12-14, 09:57 AM
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Hitch and Bike Rack Question

I'm getting a Honda CR-V and want to add a trailer hitch for my tray style rack. Choice is Class 1 (generally 1-1/4" receiver) and Class 3 (generally 2" receiver). But I saw a note from a hitch vendor that their Class 1 hitch required a strap when using a bike rack.

The Class 3 hitch is more expensive.

I prefer the 1-1/4" since the 2" adapter for my rack is heavy and I do take it on and off. Does anyone use a 1-1/4" hitch with a rack know something about this? I've never yet seen anyone use a separate strap with a rack.

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Old 06-12-14, 10:10 AM
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I have a 1 1/4 hitch on my Mazda 3 with a Thule rack. It works great. If I am going longer distances or on the highway, I use the nylon web strap that they provided. It keeps the bikes from moving or tilting due to the air speed. It is not so much an issue with a road bike, but with the fatter tires on my son's mountain bike, the wind will catch the wheel and cause some movement over time.
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I have a 1 1/4 hitch on my Mazda 3 with a Thule rack. It works great. If I am going longer distances or on the highway, I use the nylon web strap that they provided. It keeps the bikes from moving or tilting due to the air speed. It is not so much an issue with a road bike, but with the fatter tires on my son's mountain bike, the wind will catch the wheel and cause some movement over time.

The strap I'm talking about is not the one holding the bikes in place. Rather, it's used to attach the rack to another point on the back of the vehicle, reducing the sway or weight of the rack itself on the hitch.
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I just go with 2" hitches. I have two hitch mount racks and they both came with a 2" plastic shim attached to the rack and that is removed for use with 1.25" hitches. It's basically part of the rack and adds only a few oz of weight. The racks use a bolt as a hitch pin and when tightened it prevents any sway whatsoever.
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I'm using a 1 1/4" hitch with Kuat rack on a Ford Focus with no issues. They do say that bike weight is limited to 40lbs (I think) each, so one wouldn't want to be loading up DH bikes on their or anything. Still, if I had had the option, I would have preferred a 2" hitch, just for the added strength.
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Originally Posted by nesdog View Post
The strap I'm talking about is not the one holding the bikes in place. Rather, it's used to attach the rack to another point on the back of the vehicle, reducing the sway or weight of the rack itself on the hitch.

OK, now I get it!
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I just go with 2" hitches. I have two hitch mount racks and they both came with a 2" plastic shim attached to the rack and that is removed for use with 1.25" hitches. It's basically part of the rack and adds only a few oz of weight. The racks use a bolt as a hitch pin and when tightened it prevents any sway whatsoever.
I've got a Performance rack. The adapter for the 2" receiver is steel and hefty and weighs several pounds. Been thinking about maybe a Class 2 hitch. It is beefier than the Class 1 but still has the 1-1/4" receiver.

Specs are generally like this:

Class 1: 200 pound max tongue weight, 2000 pound trailer load
Class 2: 300 pound max tongue weight, 3500 pounds trailer load
Class 3: 525 pound max tongue weight, 3500 pound trailer load

The CR-V itself is only rated for 1500 pounds of towing and 150 pounds of tongue weight recommended.
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Get the class-2, I put one on the GFs CR-V. I feel a lot better about putting two, heavy 29ers on the class-2 than the class-1, especially when I sit on it and eat lunch out of the CR-V hatch.
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i know cyclists have a tendency to worry about a few ounces here or there, when talking about a hitch mount rack don't even mention it unless you're talking about it adding 15-20lbs or more cuz its irrelevant.

FTR - if you can get a 2" receiver then get that. even if you aren't going to tow with it the heavier duty storage baskets that can handle more storage for trips or etc are mostly going to be 2" (very handy in a smaller vehicle like the CR-V that might have kids and take trips), the bike rack will likely come with the shim for both sizes, make your vehicle as flexible as possible, the 1.25" receiver limits you and the cost diff is negligible.
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