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Old 06-17-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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Bike Rack

Couple of pictures to show the problem of mounting a bike rack with the tire carrier in place. As you can see, either way, up or down, it wouldn't mount with the tire in place. Solution: extension? Longer bike holder (sticks out farther) Remove tire and carry it somewhere else (my solution for the time being)?
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:42 PM   #2
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Or, you could leave the bikes at home. All they do is get you places quietly and quickly, and as well they tend to give you exercise which will both prolong your life and make it more enjoyable.

Actually, we plan into looking into a bike rack too, but I would not really want to have to carry the spare tire loose. I have seen a bike rack that extends out with the purpose of letting the rear hatch of a vehicle clear it. I wonder if something like that might work.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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We bought folding bikes which travels behind our back seat in the ford escape..
Very compact and easy to ride!!
(even though our trailer came with the hitch readyon the back)
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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Re: Bike Rack

Maybe something like this: http://www.rackbiz.com/product_info....7bdd375cda8533
"A foldable 2 bike rack that fits snugly into a storage bag (included-free) when not in use. This 2 bike carrier clamps around the hitch stinger or the #6007 Hitch Tube from Advantage Sports Rack (sold separately). With the V-Rack, one can carry up to 2 bikes and still tow a trailer. The Advantage V-Rack 2 Bike Carrier is lightweight (only 11 lb.) yet durable with steel construction. Fully assembled. V-Rack Sports Rack comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty."

$79.00
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:09 PM   #5
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Don't think it will project far enough out to clear the spare tire. Same with the one I have. There was a picture on a rack that looked like it would project past the spare. Alf asked for the details, but I don't remember any coming.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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Maybe something like this: http://www.rackbiz.com/product_info....7bdd375cda8533
"A foldable 2 bike rack that fits snugly into a storage bag (included-free) when not in use. This 2 bike carrier clamps around the hitch stinger or the #6007 Hitch Tube from Advantage Sports Rack (sold separately). With the V-Rack, one can carry up to 2 bikes and still tow a trailer. The Advantage V-Rack 2 Bike Carrier is lightweight (only 11 lb.) yet durable with steel construction. Fully assembled. V-Rack Sports Rack comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty."

$79.00
We actually bought this from costco.com (around $59.00).. It didn't work for us.. I have a Trek (hybrid - cross between road & mountain) and I couldn't get the frame of the bike to fit the width of the holding bars.. It did fit my wife's bike frame.. One great thing about Costco they have a outstanding return policy..so you can return it to any store for any reason and get a refund..had delivered tried it and returned it the next day..

Not too sure how the rack would hold up over time, especially with all the shaking..
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:40 AM   #7
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http://www.northshoreracks.com/photo%204bike18.htm

I bet this one will work. I have several friends that swear by this rack (holding heavy and often expensive bikes).

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Old 07-08-2009, 06:48 PM   #8
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I can't tell from the photos how much extra clearance you need but I can see you have a very high quality (and expensive) rack. If you have good bikes and value them don't trust a cheap flimsy rack. Instead look at what it would take to make your rack fit better. Some things to consider: could you drill a new pin hole in the rack to lenghten it a bit, maybe shorten the extension by sawing off some and drilling a new pinhole. Go to a hitch shop or a welding shop and ask for their help.

I carry a $6000 dollar mountain bike on the back of my 17 and even with a 10" bumper extension it would get mashed if I got rear-ended but it is custom mounted high enough that only the wheels would get hit unless it was a hard hit. But then I would loose a lot more than the bike!

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Old 07-16-2009, 12:43 AM   #9
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Here's a much more reasonably priced one.

http://www.swagmanbikeracks.com/shop...age=1&featured

I have a slightly older version, so I would check to make sure that the new version will stick out far enough to clear the spare - the one I have does. The list price on the web is $139 (the shop I go to sells it for about $169). It works well - I also have a rather expensive mountain bike and it holds it no problem. Holds two bikes and is easy to use.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #10
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We bought the Swagman XTC from Mountain Equipment Co-op and mounted it without adjustments to the spare tire.
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