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Old 02-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Bike Racks

We have an anniversary coming up shortly and the Old Bag has a reMarkable birthday up-coming. She thinks she wants a bike, and I'm thinking it's about time I got her something she actually wanted.
However, that brings up the issue of bike racks. I asked at the bike shop and was told a hitch receiver type rack starts at $350 for one with a decent locking mechanism ( which seems to be the main issue ).
So, this is starting to look pricy. The bike for her ( followed by a bike for me ), helmets, locks and a rack that I can use in the hitch receiver on the RAV4 or on the back of the Escape. ( which means I have to remove my hitch mounted storage box, unless somebody has thoughts ).

I guess I could tow the Escape and Les could draft the trailer, saving the cost of a hitch....

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Old 02-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Check out what's available on etrailer.com. I'm happy with what we got from them, and MUCH cheaper.

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Old 02-24-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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I bet 'bike' is just a code word for 'power tool', or 'appliance'.
You are probably headed in the wrong direction with this.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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I'm going to go with "it's the thought that counts".

I've printed out a picture and specs for a bike, and I'll give her that.

Then I'll point out that I'm an invalid and so is the dog. I'm getting an angioplasty and stent next week, but that won't fix the dog.

So, as long as the dog is with us, the bikes would be parked.

It is a thought.

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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If you still need the bike rack after your presentation you could consider this thread:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ack-34122.html
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:55 AM   #6
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Bike Racks RV Approved made by Swagman prices range from $199.00 to $140.00. The racks fit the Escape bumper bike reciever.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:02 AM   #7
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Re: Bike Racks

I think I have to go with the type that the wheels sit in hoops, since the Old Bag wants one of those classic women's cruiser bikes and they don't have a standard crossbar to hang the bike from.

Anyway, I gave her her gift early, and she agrees we should wait a couple years to retirement and / or, for the dog to pop off.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:16 AM   #8
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Check out Craigslist under "BIKES". Around here there are a few for sale each week under $100 and much less. I wouldn't pay $350 for any bike rack, but I'd want a reliable one like Thule, Yakima or Hollywood.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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Glenn, after owning (and selling at a huge loss) an expensive hitch mount one and various others, I have settled on a good Yakima roof rack, but as you said, I think I lose about 1 mpg when we have the bikes on it. But I can use it on our Corolla or the Tacoma and the bikes are never really in the way of anything. I never could feel comfortable with the bike hanging off the back of the trailer where I couldn't see them. I have enough trouble knowing when the rear of the trailer is safely past things.

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Check out Craigslist under "BIKES". Around here there are a few for sale each week under $100 and much less. I wouldn't pay $350 for any bike rack, but I'd want a reliable one like Thule, Yakima or Hollywood.
Yep.. we got a hefty bike rack off craigslist called "Bauer".. I never heard of it, yet it's rock solid and 'used' for 70$. fit's in the rear hitch receiver. We also have a roof rack (thule) on the car and I actually prefer the hitch rack, way easier to get the bikes off & on and once you're used to it (backing-up) it's perfect. Of course the roof rack allows for using it for other things like a cargo box or kayak..

But bikes.. I now like the hitch rack..
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