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Old 09-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #91
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Well smarty Marty....I DO have a pilots license. Attain lift-off as you put it ( creating lift would be more accurate ) at highway speeds ? Can't see that happening. Better study Bernoulli's principle for starters. There will be a quiz later (!)

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Clearly you don't have the right stuff for a 1up.
I don't know what 'right stuff' one would need for a bike rack, its a bike rack for Pete's sake but, you talking in a condecending tone to another poster regarding his personal preferences shows a lack of character, no quiz required.

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I don't know what 'right stuff' one would need for a bike rack, its a bike rack for Pete's sake but, you talking in a condecending tone to another poster regarding his personal preferences shows a lack of character, no quiz required.
I don't want to be him, but it is a little strange to suggest a bike rack behind a brick could affect aero much or have enough weight (15 lbs plus bike) to lift the front enough to cause aero issues.

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I don't know what 'right stuff' one would need for a bike rack, its a bike rack for Pete's sake but, you talking in a condecending tone to another poster regarding his personal preferences shows a lack of character, no quiz required.
It was a play on words jackass...and no I won't argue with you because you're the idiot
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It was a play on words jackass...and no I won't argue with you because you're the idiot
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I don't want to be him, but it is a little strange to suggest a bike rack behind a brick could affect aero much or have enough weight (15 lbs plus bike) to lift the front enough to cause aero issues.
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It was a play on words jackass...and no I won't argue with you because you're the idiot
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Jesus, this thread went stupid quickly.
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I don't like my bikes being held by the frame or dangling with an adapter, but I am super picky about stuff like that. The bikes are pretty expensive. My MTB is about $5K each (I have two) and the roadbike around $3.5K each (I have two). One tends to be a bit paranoid about those bikes dangling off the back. Plus, I like nice stuff....which brings me to my ridiculous spending habits. I need to stop that, and save instead! Well, thanks for depressing me but it was a good financial awakening.
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1up:Best rack available for many reasons. Cost for 4 bikes = $927

Kuat NV: Another top quality rack. Has built in repair stand. Cost for 4 bikes = $938

Thule T2: Great rack with awesome customer service. Cost for 4 bikes = $760

Swagman Quad 2+2: Great rack that will hold wheels sizes from 29" to 16". (None of the others will work with kids bikes) Cost for 4 bikes = $520

I am not disagreeing with anyone that 1up racks are the best. And goal post style racks work great too with the right bikes. But I still feel that the Swagman is the best bang for the buck. And it holds all the bike types that I have in my quiver. I really don't want to put parts on my bike just to use a certain goal post rack and I don't want to have to put my daughters bike in the back. If you have the coin and the 1up fits your bikes, by all means, get it. You will love it. IMHO, it wasn't necessary. And I'm not one to cheap out over $100.
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Thanks for this info. I am looking for either a Thule, 1 up or Swagman now after reading all the comments. I only need a two bike one though. But these 3 brands seem to be used the most. I constantly check eBay and Amazon for a good deal. Prices on these don't seem to drop unfortunately.
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The info that I have is that this site is set up by Backcountry.com. This is how they sell their returns. I have only ordered once and the seller was "Backcountry". Anyway, hope this helps.

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The info that I have is that this site is set up by Backcountry.com. This is how they sell their returns. I have only ordered once and the seller was "Backcountry". Anyway, hope this helps.

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Thanks for this info. I am looking for either a Thule, 1 up or Swagman now after reading all the comments. I only need a two bike one though. But these 3 brands seem to be used the most. I constantly check eBay and Amazon for a good deal. Prices on these don't seem to drop unfortunately.
People hardly ever sell their 1up. I know I won't.

I don't have a pic without the two add-ons, but here's our 1up:





I also made some taillights to velcro on.



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J Westy, what size are your kid's bikes?
I don't like how it sticks out (but it is, what it is.... no way around it. )
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Which Yakima model?

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I have the Yakima I have had it for about two years, if folds down out of the way so I leave it on the Jeep all the time. I use it almost everyday and have taken it on long trips out west with two MTBs on it with no issues. You can open the tailgate with bikes on it and you can still use the trailer hitch to tow a trailer when you go camping with the bikes. It is a little over 150 I think I paid 180 two years ago.
Can you please tell me which Yakima model you have on you Wrangler? I'm currently checking out the Ridgeback 2 but do not know if it tilts down enough to open the gate. Thanks! Chris
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Check out MWE Racks!!
I saw a guy that had "Red October" rack and it was solid. The bikes (2) moved easy to the left or right leaving the space behind the vehicle easy to access.

I was really impressed and this is the rack I will be buying.

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Best rack yet. I bought the locking/tightening extender too since I have 35s. I have owned the Saris Cycle On, Kuat NV, and the Thule T2 (x2).

This is with just one tray on. I have the second tray, but don't use it all the time.

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Old 05-25-2014, 05:50 PM   #108
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No hitch extenders.

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I bought a 4-bike rack for my 2" receiver a few weeks ago for under $100. It is by Allen Sports: Amazon.com: Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (2-Inch Receiver): Automotive

It does work good, but it needs a 12" extension to work with my JK, otherwise the input shaft is too short to clear the spare tire. The cheapest I found was at Harbor Freight for $20. Everywhere else they were $40+.



It does tilt back for rear door access but as you can see with a Wrangler it does not clear the door even with the 12" extension. It really is not a problem for me since I only will use this is warmer months when the top is down so I can load stuff in from the side, but for some it could be.





Bikes stay sturdy. Might be the best solution for carrying 4 bikes - for about $115.
Most, if not all bike rack makers say you should not use a hitch extender with their racks.
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Best rack yet. I bought the locking/tightening extender too since I have 35s. I have owned the Saris Cycle On, Kuat NV, and the Thule T2 (x2).

This is with just one tray on. I have the second tray, but don't use it all the time.

Which rack is this??
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I guess I'm in the minority here. I love the Yakima Sparetime. There is a mount that bolts on between the spare tire and the spare tire carrier. A square tube (interchangeable with different lengths) that goes through the center hub in the spare's wheel, and the rack mounts to it. The mount locks in place so it can be kept on the Jeep and not (as easily) stolen, also helping to protect the wheel/tire from theft. The body of it is small enough to be non-obtrusive. The arms fold down when not holding bikes and the arms have bottle openers on them. The rack is solid and doesn't rattle or shake. My bike (Specialized Allez) fits on it nicely and feels secure. There is also a loop on the body of the rack to run a cable lock through to secure the bike. It's also perfect for a short bungee cord to keep the front wheel from moving while driving. I also like that the bikes are placed far out enough to allow the tailgate to be opened with the bike still mounted and not hit the body of the Jeep, but close in enough that it's not sticking way out in no man's land.

To me and for my purpose, it's a great rack. It's $200 but I've seen it on Amazon for $155 with free shipping.
The YAKIMA SPARETIME is a great rack and the one that I wanted to purchase but it only held (2) bikes so I ended up with SPORTRACK SR2813 because it hold 3 bikes. Similar concept as the Yakima SPARETIME except the arms do no fold down and only 1 arm to support the bike but it seem to work OK. BONUS- less than $130 on AMAZON and free shipping.
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Which rack is this??
This is the 1UPUSA bike rack. It is as modular as they get and all made in the US. Even with the hitch extension, it does not budge. Not cheap but after using almost every rack out there, this is the ultimate. Since I bike a lot, I finally got the one I have been wanting and got rid of the Thule T2.

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I use THULE RACK'n LOCK. Holds 2 bikes as seen in picks and you can buy an attachment that allows you to carry an additional two bikes.



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This is the 1UPUSA bike rack. It is as modular as they get and all made in the US. Even with the hitch extension, it does not budge. Not cheap but after using almost every rack out there, this is the ultimate. Since I bike a lot, I finally got the one I have been wanting and got rid of the Thule T2.

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Can you confirm that the 1UP will allow the tailgate to open?
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Maybe not the best, but very functional and a lot less expensive than some of the other options out there
(2 bike hitch-mounted) Sportrack SR2901....

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Can you confirm that the 1UP will allow the tailgate to open?
It does. I have a hitch extension and MTR 35s. My MTR spare is held up by the Teraflex carrier in the middle position. The Teraflex carrier holds the tire lower than my AEV did...by maybe 2 inches so it sits pretty low. It still allows the tailgate to fully swing open as long as you have released and lowered the rack to its lowest position. The tire and tailgate bottom clears well.
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It does. I have a hitch extension and MTR 35s. My MTR spare is held up by the Teraflex carrier in the middle position. The Teraflex carrier holds the tire lower than my AEV did...by maybe 2 inches so it sits pretty low. It still allows the tailgate to fully swing open as long as you have released and lowered the rack to its lowest position. The tire and tailgate bottom clears well.
Thanks, so you don't have any clearance issues with the bike in place, ie pedals, and the tray sits low enough to clear the tailgate swing? I'm asking because in the photo's I've seen it looks pretty tight. Also, an extension is required, right?
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Thanks, so you don't have any clearance issues with the bike in place, ie pedals, and the tray sits low enough to clear the tailgate swing? I'm asking because in the photo's I've seen it looks pretty tight. Also, an extension is required, right?
I am not sure if an extension is required for stock tires but I run 35" MTRs. In that case, an extension is required- get the 1UP one, not some random one since they don't tighten as well or at all. No clearance issues but when opening the tailgate, you have to take the bike off and lower the tray to it lowest position...not the lower slot but its very lowest position. I probably still have two inches of clearance....maybe three. I have my 29er MTB on it as well as my 58 cm road bike.
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I have to shout out again, 1up is the best....go to their site and look and youtube..

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