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Anybody have experiance with hitch racks?(10 posts)

Anybody have experiance with hitch racks?JBF
Aug 15, 2002 1:13 PM
I need to get a hitch rack, as my trusty Yakima fork mount roof racks are next to impossible to load on my wife's car (Landrover Discovery). We take this car on driving vacations and I want to take my bike (and the kid's).

Any suggestions? Should I stick with a fork mount hitch rack, as I like the stability of the roof models? Are the top tube mount models any good? I hate the idea of my bike swinging around back there, banging into my kids bikes.

Also, I will not be using this rack on a daily basis, so I prefer not to spend a fortune. All input is appreciated.
draftmaster.com nmNo_sprint
Aug 15, 2002 1:20 PM
I like my Yakima Hitchfork, but it is big $ (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 15, 2002 1:46 PM
SarisSpoke Wrench
Aug 15, 2002 2:37 PM
I don't like racks that touch the painted parts of my bike. If I were looking for a hitch rack today, I'd look at the new Saris rack. The bike sets on its own two wheels and mounts in just a few seconds.
i'd recommend hitch rack, problem is many are expensive....curtybirdychopper
Aug 15, 2002 2:37 PM
many decent hitch racks keep the bikes from swaying or rubbing pretty well by having straps for the wheels. mine doesn't have this, but i strap my crank arm to the rack bar to keep it from swaying back when the wind blows on the freeway.

maybe a hitch rack that doesn't tilt down or out will work for you--they are less expensive than the tilting/moving types. i bought a tilting 4 bike yakima at rei-outlet.com for $299. not cheap, but it was $100 off the reg price, and not bad compared to the cost of several components needed for roof racks (rack itself, towers, fork mount, wheel mount, etc.)
re: Anybody have experiance with hitch racks?jwarrenod
Aug 15, 2002 5:22 PM
I've got the Thule Freeway (I think that's the name). Holds 4 bikes off the back of my Jeep Cherokee just fine. Retails for about $235.

JW
re: Anybody have experiance with hitch racks?Ian
Aug 15, 2002 6:11 PM
The Yakima Hitch Fork will hold two bikes by the forks. It is Yakima's roundbars, with two Boa bike mounts, that goes into a 2" receiver. Then when you are done with vacation, you can move the Boa mounts to the roof.

Ian
I have a Disco and..........BikinCO
Aug 16, 2002 5:50 AM
I have a BAUER XR2 2 PKG XR2. Check it out at www.sportsrack.com. It works great because it swings away and locks in place.
Performance XPORT Horizon 2frankamo
Aug 16, 2002 6:44 AM
Performance has a fork mount hitch rack on sale for $130.

Mine's being delivered today, so I haven't seen it yet.
YakimaSteve98501
Aug 16, 2002 11:19 AM
I've got a Yakima hitch mounted bike rack. The bikes are held by the top tubes, and a bracket that lays against the seat tube keeps them from swaying into one another. It's not cheap, but it's effective when you can't use the roof rack or want to haul a lot of bikes on one rig.