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    Will 16" Guardian fit in this bike rack? Anyone know?

    I am looking into the Swagman bike racks and wondering if a 16" Guardian with the curved top tube would fit on this rack.. Anyone have experience? I know they make an adapter to give it a straight top bar, but it's like anouther $30!

    ORIGINAL 3 BALL MOUNT ? 64101 Swagman

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    It probably will, but it will put the front wheel quite a bit lower than the back wheel. As long as the front wheel isn't sitting in front of any exhaust pipe you'll probably be OK.

    Honestly I'm not a fan of any rack that grabs a bike by its frame tubes. It leads to marred paint finishes and is less secure than something that has a tray set-up for the wheels to sit in. For the rear of my personal vehicle I have the Yakima Hold Up with the additional 2 bike plug-in (for a total of 4 bikes on the rear and two on top of the vehicle).

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    funny you mention that. I did come across this platform rack that is only about $50 more than the other. Not bad considering it's a platform. Would probably be worth it to go ahead and spring for it.

    4.5 out of 5 starts with 490 reviews. Not bad

    Amazon.com: Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1/1/4 and 2-Inch Receiver): Sports & Outdoors

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    That's not a bad deal. I think that will hold the bike much better. If you have an Amazon Prime account like I do, 2-day shipping is free which makes it an even sweeter deal.

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    Will 16" Guardian fit in this bike rack? Anyone know?

    I have a 1 up USA roof tray that I don't really care for and a Saris Cycle On two bike hitch mount that I really like. I got lucky and found the Saris hitch mount used for $50.

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    I agree with Jeremy about that first rack. It looks like it will hold a Guardian, but will look weird and the front tire will hang down awkwardly.

    I also have a rear hitch rack and I highly recommend them. They're more expensive, you have to add a hitch if you don't have one, but the result is outstanding. Mine doesn't touch my frame anywhere, only the tires. I've taken it on long trips without incident.
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    I've used a standard bike rack that grabs the tubes for decades, never had any issues. I put my 16" on it and it works fine. Front tire hangs lower, but I don't care. It's rock solid.

    I really don't think much about scratching a bike. Nobody can see it when I'm flying past anyways, and they are all badges of honor.

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    I personally prefer that my scratches come from use, and not transportation. Being in the industry I also tend to roll bikes/parts over at least every year or so. That means more $$ on resale if I take care of my nice stuff.

    And since I also haul other people and bikes with me, its not fair for me to make their scratch decision for them.

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    On ocassion I find I have to use a rack that holds the bike on the frame. Two suggestions if u go that route. Suggestion one is mount one side to the TT and the other to the DT. Small and kids bikes take a bit of creativity with those racks.
    Another way to go is use a TT adapter that most rack companies sell. They mount on the seat post and stem making a "TT". They were originally designed for woman's bikes.
    All that being said, a "strap on" or hitch style platform rack is much easier.

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    Yea I think I am going to just spring the extra $50 and get the swagman platform hitch mount to remove the hassle of having to finesse the bikes onto a hanging trunk mount.

    Thanks for the replies, everyone!

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