I recently got into mountain biking and wanted to be able to take my bike to the trails with my own car. I didn't want to use a trunk style rack so I found a way to adapt a hitch mount rack. I will be testing it this weekend to see how well it works. The rack is more solid than it looks and was made to hold 2 bikes, but I will use a nylon webbing strap from the top tube of the bike and hook it to my engine hood to ensure wind does not cause too much of a bending moment on the mounting rods, bumper or the rack itself.
-swagman xc 2 bike rack
-4130 rod 12" long
-M22x2.0 tread(screws into bumper) 1" long
-3/4" course thread, 4" long (rack bolt onto this part)
-3/4" nuts, washers, lock washers- 4 each
Bike rack was ~$120 of amazon.com
Mounting rods $75 to have made at a machine shop.
I was originally looking to use treaded rod, but found that M22x2.0 does not exists and must be custom made.
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