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abby

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Feb 18, 2013
10:28 am

Hi all,

Another question - hopefully I'll be able to start contributing soon rather than just asking q after q!!

I currently have a 4-bike towbar rack to transport my mine, wife's & 2 daughters' bikes around the traps. WIth the recent purchase of new bikes for the girls (bigger sizes!), I can no longer fit all 4 bikes on the rack!!

I know I could go for a hybrid solution - 1 or 2 bikes mounted on the roof, and remainder on the old rack. But would prefer a fully towbar-mounted solution as both my wife & I have chronic shoulder problems...

So - wondering if anyone has experience with/can recommend a good towbar-mounted bike rack that can comfortably hold 4 adult mountain bikes!!

Thanks in advance!!

Cheers, Abby

 
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Feb 18, 2013
11:27 am

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Rhino...item35c1021515

http://www.yakima.com.au/au/shop-en/...h/stickup.html

http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/...e-channel-rack

http://www.isi-carriers.com/

http://www.gripsport.com.au/">http://www.gripsport.com.au/

The bottom two seem to get the biggest wrap for quality. I would definately steer clear of a rack that hangs the bikes as they will scratch each other for sure.

✎ Feb 18, 2013 11:31 am  
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Feb 18, 2013
11:32 am

It's pretty hard to get 4 bikes on a single car nicely but depending on your towbar setup this may help... I carry 4 bikes around on this setup - 50mm hitch receiver + Thule 916XTR T2 + 918XTR T2 (got a rear light bar as well). Pros: It can take any 4 bikes (29ers, DH, etc) without touching the frame. Cons: Heavy, hard to store and expensive.

 
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Feb 18, 2013
11:37 am

What sort of car do you have Abby - with some of the platform racks you will exceed the maximum overhang of the vehicle, not to mention the risk of bottoming out as you enter driveways and the like.

Al..

 
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Feb 18, 2013
11:46 am

Quote: 99_FGT

What sort of car do you have Abby - with some of the platform racks you will exceed the maximum overhang of the vehicle, not to mention the risk of bottoming out as you enter driveways and the like.

Al..

Hi Al. I have a Hyundai Santa Fe...

Looks like I will have to spend a few $$$ for a decent solution - but I'd rather do that if it means the wife/kids bikes get used more!

Cheers, Abby

 
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Feb 18, 2013
11:50 am

Small trailer?

 
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Feb 18, 2013
02:07 pm

Santa Fe should be alright for something like the Thule, but if (like me) you usually only have one or tow bikes on the car, then a hybrid solution is much easier. I have a thule hang on 3 bike for the towbar, and a Thule 591 and older 511 on the roof.

Does the Santa fe have roof rails? If so, the forester / mazda etc (provided the width is ok) can be had cheap.

Al..

 
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Feb 18, 2013
03:40 pm

I use this on my Landrover but it has a spare wheel on the back so not sure about fitting to your santa fe

http://www.thule.com.au/details.php?p_id=246&listid=2&slistid=&seo=Thule_934PRO_Hitching_Post_4_Bike

fits four mountain bikes - a bit of a squeeze but not too difficult. It folds down out of the way so you can open the back door without taking the whole rig off. The bikes get kinda squashed together so I use a pool noodle cut into bits to wrap around forks and stays etc. to stop them destroying each other. It also doubles as a bike stand so you can do some running repairs in the car park!!

Looked at this too but like onyx says, it ain't cheap...

http://www.thule.com.au/details.php?p_id=249&listid=2&slistid=&seo=Thule_916XTR_T2__2_Bike

even without the option to fit another two bikes...

hope this helps

✎ Feb 18, 2013 03:41 pm  
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Feb 18, 2013
04:01 pm

if the trailer idea is an option then get yourself a cheap second hand ute tub trailer and just northshore hang the bikes out the back, its pretty secure even without strapping them down I've never had any problems doing it.

might want to check out the carparks that you ride from though and see if they're trailer friendly. It would probably be cheaper then a thule option and you get the added benefit of more carrying capacity.

 
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Feb 18, 2013
04:47 pm

Get a grip. I had a custom made 'up and out' suitable for 4 bikes. $650 to build. $100 or so for the lights. $50 for freight or thereabouts.

Worth it because you can get out more often and it only takes a few minutes to put the bikes on and off.

It's something like this. http://www.gripsport.com.au/product/hi-ride-carrier-22-4-bike

✎ Feb 18, 2013 04:56 pm  
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Feb 18, 2013
06:17 pm

I have a similar vehicle, a CX7.

I have successfuly used two of the methods above.

1) Two on the towbar (on a three bike Thule mount because mtb's are wider than road bikes.) Two on the roof.

2) Four on the trailer.

I have seen some of the three and four bike tow bar mounted racks. Most of them will be illegal in Australia. You need to check out the overhang laws.

 
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Feb 18, 2013
06:40 pm

I have one of these:

http://99bikes.com.au/shop/accessories/allen-645rr-premium-4-bike-spare-tyre-hitch-car-rack

I have only had 2 bikes on it on the back of our Prado but it seems to have a heap of room. I use occy strap to stop the bikes swinging.

I will be investigating the cut up pool noodle idea to pad the bikes.

Jeff

 
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Feb 18, 2013
07:32 pm

If you're not too worried about cosmetic damage to the bikes, and/or are willing to put a little more effort into racking the bikes, a frame-hanging rack will be the cheapest option. Otherwise, I reckon the Grip Sport racks look like a good option, provided you've got a Hayman Reese style tow bar.

I used one of the Thule 3-bike platform racks (Euroway something or other) for a couple of years and it was a good rack. But I did sometimes have issues getting it to work with different combinations of bikes. Now I have a van Smile

 
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abby

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Feb 19, 2013
11:41 am

Thanks all!

Loving the look of the ISI and Gripsort racks - but baulking at the price! Still, if it means more use of thebikes, then surely its a worthwhile spend... (that's what I'm trying to convince myself of!)

Having kids is so expensive!! Smile

Cheers, Abby

 
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Feb 19, 2013
11:45 am

Yeah I ummed and aahed for ages but eventually bit the bullet and got one.

Do you have a haymen reese towbar?

 
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abby

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Feb 19, 2013
11:57 am

Yep - got an 'aftermarket' heavy duty towbar from Speedy Towbars just after we bought the Santa Fe late last year. So at least that expands the options...

 
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Feb 19, 2013
02:58 pm

Abby

I've just bitten the bullet and got a Gripsport too for my Santa Fe after years of stuffing around with a 4 bike one that you hung the bikes from. The beauty of the Gripsport is it's actually a 2+2 so if you are only taking your bike or plus one other say to Murrarie you don't need the whole thing on the back. it is literally 30 seconds to put it on the tow bar and about 20 seconds per bike to put them on the rack rather than half an hour trying to arrange 4 bikes on the hanging one.

It's overhang probably is illegal but so would any four bike carrier.

If any of your kids are still on 20inch bikes you'll need to get smaller hoops otherwise the wheels sit too low and the derailleur hits the rack.

 
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Feb 19, 2013
04:42 pm

In my case, I decided a 2 bike carrier would do so I got the 2 bike ISI and am very pleased. I go down a very steep driveway into a basement car park and the design of the ISI allows for plenty of clearance and no scraping. I am very impressed with the service. The 4 bike models look even better.

 
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May 16, 2017
04:10 pm

Extra racks, problem solved, haha.

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The Gravity Bike Storage Rack at crazysales is straightforward to create, uses up less space than you suspect, and its very sturdy and secure. Bikes are simple to lift on and off the rack, and simple to dust and clean around bikes and floor. I had to purchase two, and then I had lots more floor area!
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