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Rhode Gear Bike Rack Quandry- help(7 posts)

Rhode Gear Bike Rack Quandry- helpliebejungen
Aug 19, 2002 7:09 AM
I recently purchaced a Rhode Gear Super Cycle Shuttle, used, off of Ebay. It did not come with the manuel and I am having a bit of a problem figuring out how or if it can be safely used on my '98 Pontiac Sunfire GT. It seems to me that my bumper is too weak to support 2 bikes (especially my wife's behemoth). Can anyone give me guidence as to how this is supposed to be set up, and if it can be used on my car. I may have to try my wifes car, which is more stable, but i would rather not chance damaging her paint.

I have tried finding the manuel on the web, but teh Rhode Gear web page is not up yet (underconstruction).

Thanks

Jon
re: Rhode Gear Bike Rack Quandry- helpUprwstsdr
Aug 19, 2002 7:28 AM
Call Rhode Gear. I have the same rack and wanted to know if would fit on the back of a new SUV. Since, the manual was printed before my car was produced it was of no help. I called, and they were very helpful, telling me exactly what setting to use. I was going to do a post today in regards to this rack. Last night, after a 3 hour drive I found that my wifes bike and mine had been rubbing, and I had a nasty scratch on my seat stay. My new (bought used on RBR), previously unblemished bike, now has a ugly scar. I was very upset, and considered trashing the rack and getting a roof mount. I felt a bit calmer this morning, and realized I prefer the convenience of not having to put my bikes on the roof and also not having to worry about underpasses. Make sure the there are no contact points between your two bikes, and maybe use some padding at potential areas. I can't emphasize how upset I was.
re: Rhode Gear Bike Rack Quandry- helpliebejungen
Aug 19, 2002 7:57 AM
Do you have the Number for Rhode Gear? That would be very helpful...

Jon
re: Rhode Gear Bike Rack Quandry- helpDaveG
Aug 19, 2002 8:29 AM
Jon, I have a Rhode Gear Super Shuttle from the mid 90's. If you have no luck in finding info from Rhode Gear I can probably scan a couple of pages from the manual. I don't recall there being any info on specific cars, just some setup options for generic car types. The way I use it is I have the bottom support (identified by the angular cut in) setting on the bumper. That has not caused any problems with either my Accord wagon or Mazda Protege. On another car (Galant) I actually fit the bottom piece into the license plate holder indent which seemed a bit stronger than the bumper. You always have the option of putting more weight on the upper straps by setting it up such that the bottom support is up higher. Its a good idea to clean the car at the contact points to avoid scratching from dirt
re: Rhode Gear Bike Rack Quandry- helpliebejungen
Aug 19, 2002 9:47 AM
Ok, i will try to reposition the straps and put it on my license plate holder... i tried the bumper but it slid under/between the bumper and the license plate holder (by bending the plastic bumper piece). Part of the other problem is i cant quite slide the clips under the deck lid/spoiler. I may try to bend the clips so they can slide inbetween lid and the trunk.

Thanks for the advice. I would just like to know for sure i am getting it right. It seem simple enough, but the thought of damaging my car and my not so cheap bike, makes me a bit cautious.

If you find the time to scan the images that would be great. my Email is Jseeger@salliemae.com

J
check your emailDaveG
Aug 19, 2002 2:51 PM
scanned a couple pages and sent them on via email
check your emailliebejungen
Aug 20, 2002 5:13 AM
Thanks Dave, That is/was very helpful. I think i have it figured out now.

Jon