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need advice on hitch racks(8 posts)

need advice on hitch racksDaveG
Nov 9, 2003 4:48 PM
I've bought a new vehicle with a 2" hitch and am looking for a hitch rack to throw on there. I am leaning towards a type that uses fork mounts because I'm worried about the bike swaying around and top tube scratches/dents with typical racks. I was considering the Hollywood ProRider, or the Performance Horizon (seems similar to the Saris model). Any thoughts on these models or advice in general would be appreciated. I think I'd be OK with just 2 bike mounts so I don't think that will be an issue.
re: need advice on hitch racksDorf411
Nov 9, 2003 5:58 PM
I suggest you take a look at the Yakima Hitchfork. It is a hitch mount with fork mounts for the bikes. You can get up to 4 road bikes on it. It comes with two of the BOA type fork mounts and wheel trays, I added one additional bike mount and three wheel carriers to mine. I like it a lot.

John
Saris Bat Rack is greatinnergel
Nov 10, 2003 6:39 AM
Try the Saris Bat rack. It's not a fork mount rack, but it works great. I have had four bikes on mine with no problems at all. The way the bikes attach, they do not sway. And the attachment points are all soft rubber, so there is very little chance of scratches or damage to your top tube. If you are worried about tube damage, you can always get some of that foam tubing that is used for exposed pipes and wrap your top tube before you secure it. They'll have it any any Home Depot and it's about $2 for an 8' section.
Sportworks TranSport Receiver Hitch Rack - 2 Inchlancezneighbor
Nov 10, 2003 7:10 AM
I've got a Sportsworks rack after trying Yakima and Thule racks. I love this rack! It holds bikes securely, folds up, out of the way. Folds down to allow access to the back of vehicle. Bikes are loaded and unloaded very quickly. It is built bomber. It's made by the company that makes the racks on the front of buses. You can even still use the hitch while this unit is mounted! It has a "pass through" hitch set up. I have nothing but praise for it.

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?productId=9900935&storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1
draftmaster.com nmNo_sprint
Nov 10, 2003 7:50 AM
Sportworks! Sportworks! Sportworks! Sportworks!joe friday
Nov 10, 2003 9:15 AM
Unless you enjoy taking your bike apart all the time--i gave
up after i drove a half hour and realized i'd forgotten my
front wheel!! Get this rack! It holds the bike by the wheels
so you don't have something rubbing/clamped to the frame.
Takes a good five seconds to mount-dismount and gives you
plenty of time to talk to friends while they measure, adjust
and remeasure their front wheels :-)

Also, i'd recommend getting the anti-sway bolt for the
hitch-rack interface, it keeps everything rock sold even
over train tracks etc....

And, no, I dont' work for Sportworks, but I wish I worked
for a company theis innovative.
Yakima problemslyleseven
Nov 10, 2003 3:24 PM
Yakima hitches have been problematic on two different racks I purchased. The bike holder (anti-sway, signal tine) works great but the bolt at the hitch mechanism is a moving target to tighten.
Check out Bauer Racks @ Sportsrack.comDUOHEAD
Nov 10, 2003 9:59 PM
Their Hitch rack makes Yakima & Thule look sad!

I have the swing out version and it works great!