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Old 01-18-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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Talking Bikes on the back?

We are planning on taking bikes with us on our 21'. I plan on buying a Kuat or 1Up receiver rack. The rack will allow us to take bikes on the back of our Silverado or on the back of the 21'.

I know bikes take a beating on the back of the trailer. I have nice $500 bike shop bike. I need to get my wife a new bike. Our rides will be low key around the campground or asphalt bike paths. Wondering what kind of luck folks have with their bikes on the back of the trailer. The Kuat or 1Up should protect the frames but what about bearings and such in the rain and dust?

One alternative is to get the wife a better ride from a local bike shop. The other is to buy a couple of Walmart specials and not worry if they get beat up. I know you serious bikers are probably cringing at the thought. I guess if I went the Walmart way then a Swagman rack would be adequate and not worry about some frame scuffing. Flip side is I sure like how my current bike rides.

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Old 01-18-2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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No room in the box of the Silverado? Plus expensive bikes like to ride off by themselves. Loren
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:47 PM   #3
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We have 6 year old Norcos that we don't worry too much about. Tried & didn't like the Swagman RV rack with the hoops. Heavy & hard to remove bikes. Bought a Highland SportWing and it has worked very well. Price is $110-145 depending if you want the 2 or 4 bike version. The 4 bike is modular so you can leave off the back end of it and have spare parts.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:15 PM   #4
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I have folding bikes in the truck bed.
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We also use folding Giant brand bikes that we carry in the back of the Grand Cherokee. They stay clean and secure until we cable them to the hitch or we are on them.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:41 PM   #6
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I own five bikes, three are custom builds... kinda spendy.

Then I have my beach cruizer. It's a Huffy. Weighs a ton, bullet proof and takes me everywhere I want to go... when I'm camping with a group.

MOAB? Not a chance.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:52 PM   #7
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I own five bikes, three are custom builds... kinda spendy.

Then I have my beach cruizer. It's a Huffy. Weighs a ton, bullet proof and takes me everywhere I want to go... when I'm camping with a group.

MOAB? Not a chance.
Ditto- 7 bikes between the 4 of us (MTB, Cross, commuting, etc.), but for camping it will be a $50 Craigslist special. That way I won't cry if it gets stolen...
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We also use folding Giant brand bikes that we carry in the back of the Grand Cherokee. They stay clean and secure until we cable them to the hitch or we are on them.
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Would you take a folder on a ten mile paved bike path ride?
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:22 PM   #9
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Hummmmm. Those of us that have had custom bike's built...probably wouldn't just take them out for "what ever." Honestly, I wouldn't consider taking my built mountain bike out for a run.... unless I KNEW what I was getting involved in.... hummm and that probably wouldn't involved all-molded-towables.
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Ann hated to ride until I bought a used Camping World folding bike to stow in the back of my plane. She has appropriated it and likes it for short rides. I take it along with my Spec. Hard Rock ($450 range good but expendable bike) with a Swagman rack and bought a cover which just takes a half minute to put over the bikes when we stop for more than a day or two or if its going to rain. A cable lock keeps them from "wandering". The better bikes stay home. So far, neither get too beat up. Not so sure I'd tempt fate by taking higher end bikes along!

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