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Roof rack or Hitch rack(10 posts)

Roof rack or Hitch rackTicmxman
Nov 30, 2001 4:45 AM
I have a new Honda CR-V and am trying to decide what type rack to go with. I have always used a roof rack but I'm thinking of trying one of the fork mount hitch racks. Any tips apreciated. One note I do have a tandum and a Yakima tandum rack to deal with.
re: Roof rack or Hitch rackmorey
Nov 30, 2001 4:58 AM
I like the Thule Hitch rack because it is easier to mount bikes than a roof rack. I have used a hitch rack for over 3 years with no trouble.
re: Roof rack or Hitch racklitespeedcat
Nov 30, 2001 5:02 AM
I know that Draftmaster makes a hitch rack that will hold a tandem. The only downside is that it is a beast. It will look like the flintstones when they throw the rack of ribs on the window tray and the car tips over. If you can get past the looks I have a friend who has a five bike one and he loves it. I have a Thule velovise with a space station swing away base and it is great because yo can swing it out and get to the back of the vehicle without removing any bikes. I have had a flat and this feature is a boon. It is for two bikes and can be upgraded to four. Mine is the four. I don't know if the Thule will accomodate a tandem? Oh, both of these racks require a 2" reciever hitch.
re: Roof rack or Hitch rackColnagoFE
Nov 30, 2001 7:36 AM
I got a Yakima Hitchfork for my Explorer. Roof rack would be pretty hard to get to height-wise. Hitchfork works just like a roof rack and can be expanded to hold up to 4 bikes. Gets in the way of opening the rear window somewhat, but I usually just take it off when I'm not using it. It comes off easy.
tandems noteColnagoFE
Nov 30, 2001 7:38 AM
not sure how a tandem would work back there though. would probabl;y be too wide...maybe a roof rack is your best bet.
If you have a big bike....vanzutas
Nov 30, 2001 7:42 AM
be carefull of the Hitch rack. I have a 60 cm bike, if it is placed on a hitch rack when the vehicle is loaded my bike will actually drag on the ground (not good). This happend on a chevy caprice clasic which does not ride as high as the CRV. Minivans also tend to ride low when you put a few people in the back. Just make sure that the hitch rack will hold the bikes high enough. I personally think that roof rackes are more secure, but I drive a SAAB and it is very easy for me to reach the roof and I can still fit through the McDonalds drive through.

not a problem in my caseColnagoFE
Nov 30, 2001 8:59 AM
The Explorer rides plenty high so the bikes are still WAY off the ground on the hitch rack. Might be a problem with a car though.
Off the ground yes, but out of exhaust?jtolleson
Nov 30, 2001 4:32 PM
I had a hitch rack (el cheapo version) on my old Toyota P/U and the wheels on large frames could ride close to the tailpipe. Never happened to me but you hear stories of tire melt.

For me, I'd only get a hitch rack for trucks and SUVs. Roof racks for passenger cars and wagons are the bomb! Except that hitting the garage thing...
re: Roof rack or Hitch rackmorey
Nov 30, 2001 7:49 AM
Tandems could be a problem with the hitch rack.
re: Roof rack or Hitch rackticmxman
Nov 30, 2001 11:23 AM
Thanks for the input. I if I try to put the tandem on the rear in a Yakima Hitchfork I will have to remove both tires, clamp the fork and clamp the bottom tube of the tandem in the Yakima tandem carrier, also the tandem rack will need to be modified to center the tandem on the vehicle and will probably still have 10 inches protruding out each side of the vehicle. I may get a couple of step stools and put the tandem on the roof. If this doesn't work I may try the Thule Tandem rack, this rack hinges to allow one person loading but it is rather pricey at $375 ouch, Anyone used the Thule Tandem rack?