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Old 01-19-2015, 12:50 PM   #21
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the 1up is a pretty nice rack. A friend had one for a few years and was very impressed. Easy to load and holds bike pretty secure.
I love mine, it is so easy and quick to install and use. It is the envy of all my riding friends.

I mostly take a Specialized Rock Hopper too. This bike is many years old, and I don't worry about damage or theft. I have dual purpose tires, with a solid ridge in the middle for hard surfaces, and nubby sides for traction on trails. I adjust the pressure accordingly. On a lot of weekend trips, or any trip where I will be doing some dedicated trail riding, I take my Specialized FSR Comp Carbon 29'er. I keep it locked up when not using it, and it hasn't walked yet.

Dirt and other road grime is an issue if not on paved roads. I don't have a cover yet, but I plan on making one, or if I see a commercial one that I like for sale, I will grab that. I am getting a bit tired of washing my bike when not even using it, after a good ride washing is expected.

I have ridden a couple folding bikes, and they weren't too bad on flat smooth ground, but I definitely prefer a full bike. Mine you, paved travel only accounts for a small percentage of my saddle time, I MUCH prefer the thrill of mountain biking, at least while I am still young (57 is young, right?).
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:01 PM   #22
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I'm amazed at what people nowadays spend on a bicycle. A neighbor up the street has one that cost almost $16,000.

For a motorcycle, maybe. For a bicycle? Um...no. There are plenty of well built bicycles for 90% less than that. Its not like he's an Olympic athlete who needs it. To each his own, I guess. 16k would sure pay a lot of camping fees, gas, propane and groceries.
Yes, and $80,000 would pay for even more, but there are lots of people driving $80,000 cars (and trucks). Of course the vast majority of riders would not get much more benefit from a $16,000 bike than from a $1,600 bike... just as most people get no more out of the expensive car than a reasonable one.

I think most of what people spend on discretionary purchases makes no sense, but it's their money to spend. My personal philosophy is that if I don't appreciate the benefits of the more expensive choice significantly, I don't buy it. To some people, impressing the neighbors or feeling superior is a big benefit, and as a result even if they followed by approach they might still buy ridiculously expensive stuff. They drive Porches and use no more of their cars' performance than would be available from a Mazda, so if they think the value is in the performance they've wasted their money, but if the value is just snobbery then it might be a good deal for them.

I ride a $200 bike. If I rode more, I would certainly be willing to spend several times as much. On the other hand, I would never appreciate the very best bike, so I'm certainly not willing to pay for it. So the (rhetorical) question for everyone is: what is worth to you, and why?
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:41 PM   #23
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Do they make folding bike fairly comparable to the Specialized Rock Hopper Jim mentioned above? Trying to figure out the premium one pays for the folding aspect.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:03 PM   #24
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If anyone is interested in folding bikes I have a matched pair to sell- seen in Camping World, item #70090, single speed, ballon tires, coaster brake- On sale for $360, you can have both for $200 delivered if you live near the route to Osoyoos, BC or plan on attending. For some reason I can not open that link.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:29 PM   #25
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My son, a bike mechanic was home for winter break and noticed damage to our bikes' wheels. No doubt it is from the bike rack. Am in the process of submitting a claim through Reese (Cequent). I would now not recommend the Highland Sport Wing. Am somewhat surprised by this as I bought it from Etrailer.com and specifically mentioned I needed an RV rated rack.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #26
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Experience with 1Up on their trailer?

The 1Up looks really bullet proof. Still they don't recommend it for RV use. Any experience on the back of trailer? I suspect it would be fine within reason.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:53 AM   #27
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I have only used mine on the back of the trailer for two or three weekend trips this year, and it worked great. I did use it a lot on the pilot going out for day trips with the bikes. I can't see why it wouldn't work good on the trailer.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:29 AM   #28
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My Swagman double worked great on a bounce-a-long Casita for years; it will ride much smoother on a 21 dual axle.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:39 PM   #29
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We're crazy about biking. We bring our bikes around with us using an older version of the Thule T2 along with the T2 918XR to mount 4 bikes on the rear. It has mostly worked well for us. Last summer the handlebar of one of our bikes went through the rear window of our Escape 21'. It only broke the outer pane, but not the inner pane of our double pane windows so it must have just barely touched the window. There's about 8" clearance between the end of the handlebar and the window so I never thought anything like that would be possible. However, there's a little flex in the rack's attachment to the hitch receiver on the trailer. Then the bikes can sway a little in the rack. Add it up and it was enough to break the window. A little costly but it's now fixed up like new. I like to mount the heaviest (which also happens to be the largest) bike closest to the vehicle to keep the centre of gravity closest to the hitch receiver. In the future, I'll mount a smaller bike with less wide handlebars closest to the trailer, then the largest, then the lighter two.

I mostly trust the locks on the rack (each bike is locked into the rack separately). We also use a lock to lock the rack to the receiver on the trailer. Like all locks, I imagine a determined thief could break them, but then again they could break into my garage/shed and steal the bikes from there too. I don't worry about the dirt/rain as we use quality mountain bikes with sealed bearings. The bikes get way dirtier after a mountain bike ride.

As for cheap vs. pricier, I'd definitely go for a bike better than the WalMart grade bike. There are some great bikes in the $500 - $1000 range. They ride so much nicer, the shifting and braking is so much more reliable and easy to adjust. The bearings will likely be sealed. The bike will be both significantly lighter and yet stronger. In fact, I'd far, far rather spend $250 on a used decent quality bike than $250 on a new bike if that were the limit on my budget. Beyond $1,000 there are real improvements to be had, but I'd say you better be both serious about your cycling and know what these benefits are and why you need them.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:52 PM   #30
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In fact, I'd far, far rather spend $250 on a used decent quality bike than $250 on a new bike if that were the limit on my budget.
This is very true. Lots of great deals on used if you watch. My road bike with purchase cost, and parts to make it pretty much like new, was about that cost, and this is a bike that sold for WAY more than that new 25 years ago. Great road ride.
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