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Old 06-17-2016, 02:19 PM   #51
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Considering that we came into our hunt for a fiberglass RV looking for a used unit, with a budget of around $10,000, and ended up buying new for almost 3 times that, I guess spending 3 times more than I expected to on a bike rack should be expected. And minor in comparison

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Look at it this way, it's only a little under 3 times what you wanted to spend on a bike rack and in time it will become part of your legacy.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:11 PM   #52
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For what it's worth, we have a Swagman XTC from MEC. It cost just slightly over $200 CDN. It holds our 2 folding bikes securely on the back of our 5.0.

We've had no problems with wobbling -- it attaches securely to the hitch with a bolt and lock nut.

Each bike weighs about 25 pounds, and the rack is rated at 35 pounds per bike.

We've had no problem with paint rubbing off, but wouldn't particularly care even if it did.

We don't like the idea of paying more for a rack than we would for a bike. To each his own.
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We don't like the idea of paying more for a rack than we would for a bike. To each his own.
It comes down to where your comfort zone is with things. The Swagman I had was the next model up from what you bought, and my older bike I toted on it shows the scars, as does my wife's bike. Sure, looking pretty is not everything, but it also wrecked the cable casing on one bike.

Plus, the 1UP is WAY cheaper than my good MTB.

Another consideration to buying a quality rack, just as with our trailer or any other product, is that it will outlast the cheaper versions by many times.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:13 PM   #54
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Wish all products I paid a premium for measured up to what the 1UP rack has. Every time it is used reminds me.
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Wish all products I paid a premium for measured up to what the 1UP rack has. Every time it is used reminds me.
This is very true, eh? I too have paid a premium for items that did not quite make the grade. While not usually a total loss, not quite what they were made out to be. The 1UP is one thing that still makes me smile with pride every time I use it. I think one of the key things with it, is that it is not over engineered, or over tricked out. Just simple and very well built. A few friends I ride with have now bought one, after using mine.
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It comes down to where your comfort zone is with things. The Swagman I had was the next model up from what you bought, and my older bike I toted on it shows the scars, as does my wife's bike. Sure, looking pretty is not everything, but it also wrecked the cable casing on one bike.

Plus, the 1UP is WAY cheaper than my good MTB.

Another consideration to buying a quality rack, just as with our trailer or any other product, is that it will outlast the cheaper versions by many times.
I hear ya, some of our bikes are worth more than our low mileage Santa Fe. But riding bikes is what we do. We are one of the few houses in our survey without a ocean/river boat, four wheelers or snow machines.

I'm just trying to figure out how to take out our angry Schnauzer on longer rides, he has a touch of arthritis in his back right hip. He used to be good for a long day of single track riding 15, 25 miles but at six years he's starting to slow down a little. We don't want to hurt him. At twenty six pounds he is to big for any of the frame mounted carriers. It looks like a Burley tail wagon is in out future. Scott

Fat bikes are great camp bikes.
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It is tough with dogs. I only take Jasper on short rides, 10 km or so. He does great climbing way faster than me, and can blast downhill fast too, but on the flats is where he starts to fall back. He did just turn 8, but is still in good shape from getting a good hour a day walks (runs) in.

I much prefer non-motorized sports, like biking and canoeing, though I did just buy a small electric trolling motor for my new Sea Eagle Travel Canoe for days when out fishing alone.

My brother has a Specialized fat bike, and is on my case to buy one too. Right now, I have enough toys I don't get enough use out of, or I would get one.
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It is tough with dogs. I only take Jasper on short rides, 10 km or so. He does great climbing way faster than me, and can blast downhill fast too, but on the flats is where he starts to fall back. He did just turn 8, but is still in good shape from getting a good hour a day walks (runs) in.

I much prefer non-motorized sports, like biking and canoeing, though I did just buy a small electric trolling motor for my new Sea Eagle Travel Canoe for days when out fishing alone.

My brother has a Specialized fat bike, and is on my case to buy one too. Right now, I have enough toys I don't get enough use out of, or I would get one.
You have a wise brother.

I almost did not put a new drive train on my Turner Sultan. We are on generation three of the fat bike saga, starting with the old school Surly Pugsley, then Salsa Mukluks and now riding carbon fiber 907 Whiteouts.

In the Yukon and here in south central Alaska you see a lot of people hauling fat bikes. You can ride them on the beach, single track and tool around on bike paths and campgrounds. I still use my full suspension and gravel bike but if I could only have one bike it would be a fat bike.

Yeah it's a drag with Fritz the Schnauzer, he goes with us everywhere. During the winter he can still go high mileage since the pace is slower and and he can't overheat when it's below freezing. During the summer we take him running in the morning and leave him home during the long rides. When we were in Vancouver last March I picked up the "Doggy Ride" but he is big for a miniature schnauzer and didn't fit. My plan now is to run him for a while the let him ride in the tail wagon, and repeat as needed. So if you see a couple hauling a beady eyed angry white schnauzer in a Burly tail wagon it's probably "Old Skool". Cheers, Scott

Fat bikes are like a Swiss Army knife.
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Fat bikes are like a Swiss Army knife.
Hmm... a Swiss Army knife does a lot by being complicated. I haven't ridden one, but it seems like a fat bikes are more like Duck* tape: one simple thing, good for lots of uses, at least according to enthusiasts.

* - yeah, not "duct" tape; Duck repair tape or similar.
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Hmm... a Swiss Army knife does a lot by being complicated. I haven't ridden one, but it seems like a fat bikes are more like Duck* tape: one simple thing, good for lots of uses, at least according to enthusiasts.

* - yeah, not "duct" tape; Duck repair tape or similar.
That's actually better than my Swiss Army knife analogy. Well done Brian, I hope you don't mind if I borrow it. Off to bed, have to get up early so I can dip net some yummy Copper River Chinooks and Sockeyes. Scott

Fat bikes are like a roll of "Duck Tape", they can do a lot of different things
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