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Old 08-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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Which Bike Rack?

For those of you who have used bike racks on the back of your trailers, what did you use? Even if you haven't used one on the trailer, but have on hitches before, what ones do you like? The main concern is extending past the tire, especially when the rack is folded up without the bikes on it.

I want quality, and don't mind spending a bit to get a good one if needed. I went to a local rack shock and one I really liked by Küat with a built-in bike stand for repairs was over $700. I did find it at etrailer.com for $530. I was surprised that many of the better ones seemed to be nearing the $400 mark, though not really sure what I expected either. There are a couple at, or around, the $200, but are they really worth it?

I definitely want a platform style rack, not one that hangs bikes from the frame. As well, I would prefer one that locks down on the front tire as opposed to the frame, but this is not a deal maker/breaker.

I have looked at a few different ones, and only Küat seens to have their dimensions listed, and their offerings would work I think, but would not allow the rack to fold up.

I know I can get a 7" extension, as this seems to be the shortest available. In hind sight I wish I had of had my receiver on the trailer installed so it extends out another 4" or so from the bumper.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

I recently ordered and received the Swagman XC 2 bike carrier from Etrailer for $160.95. I haven't used it yet but did mount it on our 5.0 and the clearance is fine and will work well. I did some research ahead of time and I am pleased with the quality and how solidly it will hold the bikes. It is a platform style with locking bars that come down on the frame of each bike to secure it. Etrailer has an instructional video to show how it's mounted and used.

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

I use the Swagman XC 2 that JerryS mentioned on my 19. I posted some pictures of it mounted on the trailer in an earlier thread. http://escapeforum.org/index.php?top...17578#msg17578
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

Ditto the Swagman. I have used this model on a Jeep Cherokee for a couple of years, now. It is easy to load and provides a solid platform to carry the bikes. Looks like I will be able to use it on an Escape 15B when I get around to buying one.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

Thanks for the input.

That rack is $154 locally at Mountain Equipment Coop. I will go have a look at it. I was kinda looking for one that tilts of of the way of the hatch on the Pilot, but in all likelihood, it would rarely be mounted there, and not likely for long trips anyway.

Still looking for a new bike too. Contemplating a full suspension Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29. My aging body could use some good suspension for blasting some of those rough single tracks.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:18 PM   #6
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

Does anybody know of a two bike rack that will mount behind the spare tire/wheel with a minamum load weight of at least 125 lbs?

The wife and I are talking about getting a couple of Hebb Electroglides. Had an opportunity to ride them a couple of weeks ago and have done a bit of research since then and are impressed with them.

I seem to not have a problem riding my mountain bike along the trails fifteen or twenty miles out......it's getting back that kills me....especially when there's hills involved. :P

http://www.hebbebikes.com/pdf/HEBBca...Black%20v4.pdf
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:52 PM   #7
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

If you are interested in a swing out hitch-mounted bike carrier, there is one available from Stowaway:

http://www.stowaway2.com/hitch-bike-racks.aspx

It might extend enough to clear the spare tire.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #8
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

JCZ,

Have you considered the effect on your tongue weight?

On my Escape 19, I carry two bikes that weight a total of 66.4 pounds and the Thule rack is 23.1 pounds or a total of 89.5 pounds. The tongue weight is reduced by 40 pounds when carrying the bikes.

Assuming your bike rack is the same weight as mine and with 125 pounds of bike, total 148.1 pounds, by extension, your tongue would be reduced by some 66 pounds. Would that still keep you in the 10-15% tongue weight range?
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:46 PM   #9
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Re: Which Bike Rack?

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JCZ,

Have you considered the effect on your tongue weight?

On my Escape 19, I carry two bikes that weight a total of 66.4 pounds and the Thule rack is 23.1 pounds or a total of 89.5 pounds. The tongue weight is reduced by 40 pounds when carrying the bikes.

Assuming your bike rack is the same weight as mine and with 125 pounds of bike, total 148.1 pounds, by extension, your tongue would be reduced by some 66 pounds. Would that still keep you in the 10-15% tongue weight range?
That's certainly something to consider.....that I hadn't. I'm having so many modifications done that I was kind of concerned about what I'm doing overall with the weight. I guess the heaviest single modification would be the bank of drawers in the cabinet just to the right as you enter the door. Of course in that location, it should help offset the weight on the bike rack.....at least somewhat. Maybe a sack of concrete sealed in a Hefty Trash bag up under the bed.

Thanks for the thought......I'll certainly keep it in mind when considering these bikes. My first goal would be to get the trailer loaded and then all weighed out.
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Jim,
Did you ever settle on a bike rack? If so what did you go with?
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