Friday, October 8, 2010

Advice Needed: Bike Racks

I think it is time to get a bike rack that could accomodate 4-5 bikes on the back of an SUV-type vehicle.  I am willing to pay for quality, because I hate dealing with cheap stuff that breaks or doesn't work well. 

Any suggestions on brands or models?

13 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

You have a tow hitch, that is the only rack you will be able to get that will be sturdy enough for that much weight

Andrew Opala said...

5 bikes? Roof rack for two - two on he back and one on the front - you'll look like you're goin on safari - 5 BIKES!

Matty O said...

No clue. I have one for 2 bikes that has worked awesome. It goes in our hitch and secures with a bolt and a pin. The bolt is threaded and tightens down so the rack doesn't sway. Cannot for the life of me come up with the brand though.

Lucas said...

No suggestions but can I tell you how much this post made me smile? I love it! Getting the whole famdamily biking! GO CLYDE GO!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

We have the Yakima Double-Down 5: http://www.yakima.com/shop/bike/hitch/doubledown-5; good rack, well-built, some nifty features.

Patrick Mahoney said...

you could just ride instead of drive...

KJ said...

Clyde, I have a 4 bike rack made by Softride
(http://www.softride.com/) on my Xterra and I absolutely LOVE it. It's hitch mounted and comes with a security lock so you can lock it to your hitch. Also, it comes with a cable that you can stretch over all your bikes and lock to the rack's arm. The arms come off for easy storage - I've taken to leaving the main unit on and taking the arms off unless I've got bikes back there.

I love that the arms are VERY sturdy and that you can pull it down with all bikes still on it to get into your hatch if you need to. It's a bit on the heavy side but I've had it for over 5 years and it has yet to fail me. It has straps that hold the bikes securely but I also use bungee cords just to be on the safe side.

They're pretty pricey on the website, but I got mine on eBay for a great price - I believe it was about $125 at the time. I was just looking at their website and it's looks like they've added some features to help with stability.

Check it out! I love mine and have driven all over the place with it.

Dr. Fat To Fit said...

I know nothing of bike racks. Sorry. I do know you are an amazing biker. I need to get busy with mine again.

Raegun said...

The whole family must be in on the biking action - awesome! Wish I had some advice to give. ;)

Debbie said...

Wow 5 bikes and I was worried about hauling one bike.. I know nothing about bike racks sorry..

RockStarTri said...

A tow hitch type rack works for me for 4 bikes. I have a thule. I got the hitch installed at uhaul.

Luke said...

A hitch rack by hollywood or yakima or someone similiar.

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I invested in a quality Thule rack last summer and am glad I did. Mine is here: http://www.thule.com/en/US/Products/BikeCarriers/Hitch/954%20Ridgeline.aspx

It's a hitch mounted that carries 4. Also locks to the hitch and has an embedded cable lock for your bikes, which drives the price up over similar racks without. But it's very well built - no problems.

Looks like Thule also sells 5 bike racks. I'm wondering, though, if you could put one in the back (removable wheel on any of your bikes?) and four on the rack?

Anyway, jump on it. I actually had a hitch added to my small SUV, so with the rack it was not cheap, but it has totally made the difference in my riding. And now my wife wants one for her car for Christmas so she can ride with her friends when I'm at work without swapping vehicles.