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receiver hitch racks(18 posts)

receiver hitch racksstlman
Mar 20, 2002 6:54 AM
What are you using for a receiver hitch rack? I need one for my wifes suburban when she picks me up on one way rides. It will probably only be used once a week. I am concerned about hanging my bike from the top tube, scratching, swaying etc. (My cables are under the top tube). I will almost always use it for one bike.

The "A" answerSpoke Wrench
Mar 20, 2002 7:08 AM
if you have a Suburban is to store the bike inside. That's a big car!

The "B" answer would be to get one of the receiver racks that carry the bike in a tray like on a roof rack.
Yeah, really ...pmf1
Mar 20, 2002 7:15 AM
Don't have room for your bike in a Suburban? Whaddya got 15 kids? Circus animals as pets?

Don't want to mess up the pristine leather interior of your SUV? Get a moving blanket from Home Depot.

My wife and I bought a Volvo wagon partly because its easy to get bikes in and out of the car. The BEST place to transport your bike is in the inside of your car. A roof rack is distant second. I would never put my bike on a hitch mount. Aside from screwing up the paint, what if you get rear ended?
Mar 20, 2002 7:27 AM
i can fit two bikes easily in my CAMRY. Cant imagine not having room in a suburban.

watcha doing with all that room?
re: receiver hitch racksIcefrk13
Mar 20, 2002 7:34 AM
After trying many different ways to get everything in my truck on longer camping trips, I gave in and bought the Yakama Rock 4 as I am always transporting 3 bikes. I like it they way it is designed it eliminates all sway. If you have to use the hitch mount I highly recommend the Rok 2 for your needs.

A real answerPaulCL
Mar 20, 2002 7:41 AM
As the other posters suggested, you should have room in that suburban.

But..I had a receiver hitch rack for my Jeep Grand Cherokee. The rack has pads from which you hang your top tube. I've never had a scratch. I secured the bike with the supplied tie down bungee cords plus another bungee from the bottom bracket to the frame of the rack to stop any swaying. I often put two bikes on the hitch.

Yes, the best place to put your bike is inside the vehicle. I have a trunk mount rack also, but I prefer the receiver hitch rack much more. In fact, since I sold my Jeep a week ago, I now have no use for the receiver hitch rack. I don't feel like paying an extra $200 to put a hitch on my Maxima. Wanna buy it??
re: receiver hitch racksWannabe
Mar 20, 2002 7:47 AM
I use a hitch rack when I can't fit my bike inside my vehicle. Make sure you get a rack that allows you to secure on the seatpost as well as the top tube.

I bet if you show up at a race with a burban and a hitch rack you'll get more than a little razzing! :) Unless you're transporting the WHOLE TEAM!

Andy - Wannabe
Andy, you sorry SOB, you are wrongpmf1
Mar 20, 2002 8:31 AM
No one will even notice a couple puny bikes attached to the rear of a Suburban. Anyone who does will just think he left the gas tank flap open.

Here is a funny SUV site. Check out the new models they show:
thanks, that site made my day.SteveO
Mar 20, 2002 8:47 AM
sometimes i feel as though im the only one that can see through the feeble 'but *I* need one' excuses.
yakima hitchfork on my great (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 20, 2002 8:03 AM
re: receiver hitch racksMikeBu
Mar 20, 2002 8:28 AM
I think the best hitch rack is the Sportworks TranSport You don't have to remove the wheels. It will carry 2 bikes but you can buy extensions to carry up to 4 bikes. They designed the bike racks you see on the front of buses...
receiver hitch racksTurtleherder
Mar 20, 2002 9:00 AM
First, you should put the bike inside if at all possible. If you can't do it then go with a hitch mount, the roof rack is a pretty high reach on a Suburban. I use a Saris hitch mount rack on my Explorer when I have too many people or bikes to transport inside. The Saris rack has rubber pads for the top tube to rest in and the the attachment point has an arm that extends down and clamps onto the seat tube so that the bikes do not sway and hit each other. Check them out at I also use a velcro strap on the handle bars to keep the front wheels from swinging around.
You're all out to lunch! After many years of paint . . .morrison
Mar 20, 2002 9:19 AM
chips and scratches from exterior racks, etc., I finally laid down the law: The bike rides SHOTGUN. Yes, that's right. It's right next to me where I can see it and feel it and talk to it. A little subtle tinkering with the old Thule, and my wife and kids are comfortably installed on the roof of my Accord. I cover them with a blanket when it's cold, and a tarp when it rains. They don't seem to mind, or at least, I don't THINK they mind, b/c I never seem to hear any complaints. Of course, that might be a function of the fact that I always drive with my windows up and Led Zep blaring on the stereo.

When I get home, I always take the faithful bike inside and help it onto its spot on the couch. Then, if I'm not too tired, I help the family down from the roof of the car. I try to wipe them off after each drive, before hanging them from their hooks in the garage.

Back inside, I turn on my bike's favorite program. Usually OLN if a cycling show is on. If not, we'll watch an old TdF DVD, or Breaking Away on VHS. Then it's dinner, bath, story (we're working our way through Lance's autobiography right now), and bed. The bike sleeps on the left, and I on the right. When I'm feeling randy, I focus on the bottom bracket . . . Well, now, that's private, so I won't get into that.

Seriously . . . put the bike IN the car. If you don't, some day you'll forget and leave it on the car while you get groceries and when you come out it will be gone.

p.s. 5 bucks says Eugene flames you for having a SUV. nmmorrison
Mar 20, 2002 9:22 AM
Know how to tell how much a redneck loves his wife?Spoke Wrench
Mar 20, 2002 9:49 AM
By the kind of lawn furniture he has in the bed of his pickup.
Perfect! Bwahahahaha! Keep that bottom bracket lubed! [nm]Ahimsa
Mar 20, 2002 5:37 PM
Yeah, but...4bykn
Mar 21, 2002 12:06 PM
Don't you hate it when you forget they're on the top and you drive into the garage, slamming them into the top of the door? All the screaming wakes the neighbors.
get a receiver hitch rackzebrahum
Mar 20, 2002 12:58 PM
If you can't reach the roof, get the next best thing. I have a Yakima Roc4, it carries 4 bikes, all stablized from rocking into eachother, rubber tie towns, you can buy locks for it to keep the bikes on it, and the rack on your car. and when the bikes aren't on it, it makes a great reminder for people not to rear end you.