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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
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If you're going to buy a hitch carrier, may as well go all in 'cause you can move em from car-to-car. Get the rack with an arm that holds the tire, not the frame. Mo bettah
I've got an older Thule T2 and it works fine for everything up to 29 x 2.0. Bigger than that? Not so much. The newer ones are better.
If I were to do it again, I'd buy a Kuat NV.
Having said that: they're pretty much ALL built like tanks and will out last any car you own. If you're only ever planning on carrying 2 bikes, get a 1 1/4" version and use an adaptor for the 2" It'll fit more cars that way. If you need more than 2, you're stuck with a 2" receiver
One of my riding buddies has the Kuat NV 2.0. Not cheap, but it's good stuff. The one quibble I have is that we put my Krampus on it a couple weeks ago, and the clamp that goes over the front tire was touching the fork tubes because I have a Manitou fork with the arch on the back side of the fork. I wouldn't want to go great distances with it like that. I could see dirt between the clamp and the fork tubes scratching up the fork tube coating. A regular Fox or Rock Shox doesn't have that issue.
Ug. $600 is steep for a damn bike rack. My current Yakima rack won't work because it has a single carrier post, not a dual post like the newer models. I got it used of CL for $50.
Maybe I'll just keep cramming the bike in the van when I go riding.
$ over time, they're really cheap things to buy. After all... they're not going to wear out.
The only thing that'll get em is someone hitting them (or you hitting something) and then it's likely to be a insurance claim
Yup... more reviews.
So what do you folks think of these suction cup things? I find them appealing because they can just be tossed in the car when not in use, unlike my $$$$Yakima rack system or receiver-hitch rack. AND they can be used on virtually any car you own, also unlike my other racks.
Down-side is you have to drop $300 per bike you want to carry, but it's still not out of range compared to others.
I put receiver hitches on both my cars last summer just for using with a bike rack. I got both from E-Trailer.com and was VERY pleased with them; the 2007 car's cost about $100 and the one for the 2015 car was $125 and included a wiring harness and "Euro-hitch ball". I have a motorcycle trailer that I can pull with the blue car so I got all the electrical stuff and ball, just the hitch for the gray car.
Both hitches were designed specifically for the respective car and were a breeze to install, everything needed was included. I also have a 2" receiver hitch on my truck and the rack works on it as well by using a little spacer gizmo that came with the rack.
Since it's so freaking hot and humid today I spent my lunch break catching up on the TDF rather than cycling myself, just finished watching Stage 4. It blows my mind that those guys can ride at a sustained 35 to 37 MPH on the flats at the end of a 120 mile race, on the 4th day of doing that. Freaking ANIMALS! I'm thrilled when I can sustain 35 to 37 MPH coming down a long steep hill........................... Of course, most of those riders are 35 years younger than I am and are professional athletes, but still, that is seriously fast cycling. Makes for some nasty wrecks, though, on those narrow roads in Brittany.
Best bike rack I ever had was the bed of my truck.
We used them exclusively on our RAAM crossing last year. No bikes lost, and only one base gave us issues where we had to monitor the suction each day, but I think that was due to the wonkiness of the van's roof.
Yours truly, securing the racks on the follow vehicle.
Quick 15 mile road ride before work this AM; I wanted to do 20 but remembered I was interviewing someone and wanted to get in not-too-late to prep for it.
We're going to have childbirth classes every Wednesday evening for the next several weeks, so I'm switching from after-work rides to morning rides on that day. Also my shoulder is still recovering from my motorcycle oopsie, so I'm not eager to MTB, right now.
I was always able to get my bikes (even the MTBs with weird frame arrangements) onto that sort of hanging rack, but it was really futzy and not great for carrying more than a couple of bikes, even on a carrier designed for four. I ended up with some marks and paint damage from this, IIRC. I was a lot happier with a platform rack that held the bikes by the wheels.
After I got a pickup truck and switched to carrying bikes in the bed or over the tailgate I sold the tray rack to a woman with a Smart car, and it looked a bit hilarious -- in the down position the rack increased the length of the vehicle by a third.
I’ve seen them used quite successfully. But hot damn they give me the willies.
You’re not alone. Maybe it’s old age, but the novelty of removing the front wheel to rack a bike has worn completely off. That rigmarole is so last century.
It IS a great theft deterrent tho.
Have you ever seen someone who doesn’t know how try to open the 1^?
It’s pure comedy.
*I* don't know how to open the 1Up. ...but I don't try either because I don't actually own one
I think *even* you could figure it out.
Hitch mounted bike rack
I bought one of these at REI for $470 it holds 2 60# bikes it's got security locking cables ,the clamps also lock,The hitch mount locks to the receiver hitch.Easy to use.
Saris SuperClamp EX 2-Bike Hitch Rack
I woke this morning at about 6, so got up to watch the TDF.
I went out for a ride a little later than right after the TDF finished up. Some stomach thing bent me over for about an hour.
Geez. I have no idea where that came from, but man that sucked.
Anyway, caught a few lights. Which was nice.
In the parking lot along Doheny this TT guy dropped me like a loose shoe. Big wonky shaped ring on that thing. Low rpm grunter. I knew I had some climbing.
And I also knew it was going to get hotter on those climbs, so I backed off to avoid blowing up.
Which was good.
At the top of Golden Lantern, well the second top the breeze that had been sort of at my back was now in my face.
I was fine with that since it made life a little cooler.
There was a guy who turned onto GL as I sat at a light, so he became my rabbit for a while. I caught too many red lights making that impossible.
Never saw him again.
When I was coming down the hill to Alicia a group all in the same kit sort of pacelining headed the opposite way I was looked like a team, but a mix of older and younger guys I'm guessing. I was busy not getting hit as I moved over to the turn lane. As I slowed for the red light to wait there were a few more stragglers headed the same way as the group then across the street a big bunch who had caught the light. Those guys all looked my age or so, but everybody was dressed serious and on fancy stuff.
No more cycling traffic until I got to the bay loop. A guy on a bicycle ran the stop sign making a right across my path.
I was hammering pretty good so had to move over to stay out of his way. Jersey tucked into his shorts.
He didn't stop at any of the signs through Doheny so, consistency.
I caught him and went by in the parking lot as he plugged away at 45 rpm in the big ring and down the block.
That got me a PR.
Then I picked up a big lump of white tape on my front tire out on the Coast highway trail, so I stopped against the K-rail in the on-coming lane to fiddle that. As I was about to start off mister stop sign runner is attempting to pass a slower rider forcing me to lean into the wall.
I managed this while clipping into the pedal put my left knee against the wall and he got by.
I caught him and dropped him and never saw him again.
Finished up soaking in sweat. Beat.
My right wrist is sore from something.
33 miles in 2:20 and 2,800 feet of climbing.
Stupid iPhone recorded the ride twice.
No idea why that is. It happens haphazardly. At least I can delete the copies.
The new heart rate monitor strap seems to work much better than the OEM. The OEM strap would sho my starting pulse at about 130 for the first bit of the ride from the garage. With this replacement strap I see more normal numbers for my beginning pulse.
I'll try to get out earlier tomorrow as I chase cooler weather.
I got out for a 36 miles nice and easy.rode over to a buddy's house,and we rode a fifteen mile loop.It was hot ,I thought my buddy was going to fall out,see he doesn't ride much and is in horrible shape,I really don't know how he does it.He'll ride maybe once a week and he'll ride 15-20 miles.
I've been having cars buzz me more than usual,so I got the Bicycline out and back on the Trucker ,it seems to work I run it out a foot wider than my mirror.People don't seem to know what it is but they don't want to hit it.(and no@fullmonte they weren't counting coup)One guy wanted pass coming to an intersection with a car waiting to make a left turn,I'm thinking he would have run me to the curb or hit me.I'll post a link