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Bike rack(6 posts)

Bike rackgebbyfish
Aug 11, 2002 6:09 AM
Looking to get a bike rack for my '98 Grand Caravan with a factory roof, and looking to put four bikes(two adult sized and two kid sized). Recommendations?

Thanks, Paul
Two questions.Spoke Wrench
Aug 11, 2002 6:30 AM
There are so many possibilities that I get tired just thinking about how to answer your question.

How often are you planning to use this rack and how much money are you looking to spend?
Two questions.gebbyfish
Aug 11, 2002 1:30 PM
The big reason for getting it is a trip to Pennsylvania for our vacation this year, but hopefully as a family we would be using it every other weekend or so for day trips. There is a lot of nice riding around here in Saratoga Springs, NY that is appropriate for my kids. Seems that the early votes are for a hitch mounted rack. Don't currently have a hitch hookup. Anybody know about what that will cost me. Also had planned to get the ski mount, so that was why I thought of the rook rack. From doing the "rack it" functions, on Thule and Yakima web sites, I figured any rook rack system was going to run me $500 to $600. Paul
Saris BAT rackSpoke Wrench
Aug 11, 2002 6:31 PM
The kid bikes are the issue. They don't fit well on most of the commercially available racks. I've yet to see the bike that doesn't fit onto the Saris BAT cradles. I seem to remember the BAT rack is supposed to carry skies too, but I'm not knowledgable enough to talk intelligently about that.

You'll have to get a trailer receiver installed on your car. I'm guessing about $200.00 for the BAT rack and probably about the same amount for the trailer receiver.
Hitch mountjtolleson
Aug 11, 2002 6:37 AM
While people put roof racks on minivans and SUVs, it is an awfully challenging reach, especially when you talk about mounting four. The additional perk is that it eliminates the risk of driving into the garage with a bike on top.

You'll be much happier with a hitch mounted rack, which will mean adding a hitch if you don't have one already. Both Yakima and Thule make 4-bike carriers.

Good bike racks are a pricey proposition, whether hitch mounted or roof mounted. You're looking at about $500 bucks, with the benefit of being able to securely lock the bikes onto the vehicles (something that cheapy trunk racks don't achieve).
Yakima Rok 4 hitch mountPhatMatt
Aug 11, 2002 7:07 AM
I have this in my truck and love it. You get no bike sway and is ease access. When you do not want the rack on the vehicle you simply tak it off. Mine also doubles for a work stand also.