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Old 04-01-2016, 10:25 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the feedback. You've definitely given me some things to think about
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:43 PM   #12
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This might be another way to go - I've had really good luck finding equipment on Craigslist. Way cheaper and often very lightly used. If you can afford the time to find exactly what you want, that option might work for you.
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:29 AM   #13
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Not sure how many remember, but a few years back when bike racks were being discussed, someone who was a brand new member, who had never posted before, and has not posted since, mentioned the 1UP rack here. Until then, it had never come up in bike rack discussions, nor had I even heard of it.

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I kinda thought this strange, but looked into it and liked what I saw. Nobody knew anything about them then, 2 years ago. But right after mentioning it I got a PM from a member here (sorry, forget who) who used the 4 rack version and had a double cartop one as well, and gave them great kudos.

So I bought one, and sure had a lot of folks checking it out at the rally that year. Thi is one of those purchases I have absolutely zero regrets making.

I think that now there is quite a few who owe this 'flew' fellow some thanks for his one and only post on the forum.
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:09 PM   #14
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I have used this model with success. It includes a bolt to tighten down the rack to minimize (eliminate?) rattling. I used that and some large velcro straps to hold the bikes down tight.

I like the peace of mind that the platform style racks offer, but this has worked well over a few thousand miles of road so far.

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Old 06-15-2016, 10:10 AM   #15
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Just wanted to post a little update. Since we don't have our camper yet and don't need to spend the money on a really good bike rack yet, I went on Craigslist and bought a used cheap hanging bike rack, just to use to transport our bikes from our house to a local state park for now. Let me state for the record that I never had any intention of using this rack on the back of the camper.

Having never used a bike rack before, I had no idea what to expect. The rack is heavy, it's hard to get the bikes on and off, and even on the back of my pathfinder, our bikes are going to get scratched up.

So this has only re-enforced the advice that I got here to buy a quality rack when we get the camper. So my intention now is go buy the 1UPUSA double bike rack when the time comes.

Thanks everyone for all of the advice. Sometimes I just have to actually experience something to overcome my natural cheapskate ways.
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:33 AM   #16
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The rack is heavy.......

So my intention now is go buy the 1UPUSA double bike rack when the time comes..
The 1UP rack is no lightweight slouch either. Sure it is aluminum, but is very solidly made, which brings the weight up.

That aside, it is so easy to mount, and put the bikes on, it makes its weight more than tolerable. I have been using mine for over two years now, and always marvel at the good engineering and quality build that make using it so simple and easy.
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Jim, Mr X single post guy was actually online a little while ago. I stalked him to his public profile
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:49 PM   #18
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We've never felt comfortable with bike racks of any kind. We now own folding bikes and they fold up and store in the trailer or truck bed or back seat or anywhere space allows.
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When I am ripping downhill on a single track, definitely not wanting a folding bike. I know there is a few with 26" wheels, but not any good ones I have seen.

For cruising campgrounds they can be fine though.

J Mac, if you were to try a 1UP, you would find your comfort zone.
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:14 PM   #20
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When I am ripping downhill on a single track, definitely not wanting a folding bike. I know there is a few with 26" wheels, but not any good ones I have seen.

For cruising campgrounds they can be fine though.

J Mac, if you were to try a 1UP, you would find your comfort zone.
I probably do less "ripping downhill on a single track" (what ever that means) than you Jim. The folding bikes of yesteryear have improved considerably since the add on of disc breaks, suspension and multi gears.
Have you heard, there's such a thing as colour TV now Jim. The programming is still the same tho.
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