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    Wider bars killing me - can't get 4 bikes on the roof anymore...

    ... without loosening the stem and turning the bars. My rack was set up 2 years ago. In that time, the guys in my group - and I - have all gone from 580mm bars to 700ish mm bars and from 26" wheels to 29" wheels.

    Later this week, I'm going to borrow one of the guys' bikes and spend some time with two bikes on the rack (on the 1st 2 trays) and see how/if this can be resolved. It'll suck to drop to 3 trays. I'm not yet ready to make the move to a hitch rack. And, I don't want swap in longer bars and hang one (or two) outside the mounts.

    Anyone figured this one out yet? Maybe a bunch of thru-axle adapters? Face them all forward (currently alternating) and stagger the bikes with thru-axle adapters - to allow the bars to clear each other? Of course, then the damn road bikes will hit... *#$& thought I had it.

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    Hitch rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelscott View Post
    Hitch rack?
    Hitch racks have the same issue and usually worse. More compact space and you can't move them forward or back as much.

    That is my suggestion though, can you slide a couple of the racks forward or back a bit on the crossbars to offset?
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    I was thinking more that he puts 2 on the roof and 2 on the hitch rack.

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    ^that^ may have to be the solution. Or, all of the bikes would need thru-axle adapters - to get the bars over the back tires of the bikes beside them.

    I may reorient the trays - and have all face forward. That way, if two bikes are on thru-axle adapters, they would clear the bars beside them. The likelihood of carrying 4 road bikes is much lower than 4 mtn bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    ...And, I don't want swap in longer bars and hang one (or two) outside the mounts.
    Seems that would be the least expensive fix to get wider bars. Did you trim the bars our did they really come that narrow to start?

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    I trimmed them. They weren't long enough to hold another tray unless I offset them... and I'm waaaaay too picky about the truck's appearance to let that happen ;-)

    Looking back over the past couple years, I can remember carrying more than two road bikes on the roof. So, if I go with all 4 trays facing forward, I should be able to get 4 mountain bikes (staggering the thru-axle adapters) and 2 road bikes. We'll see.
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    Something like the 1up style hitch rack would work if money isn't a concern. They are staggered upward so that should fix the bar conflicts if all bars are the same height on flat ground.

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    I loosen and turn the stems. Not that difficult and the wider bars are certainly worth it. Less wind drag too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    I loosen and turn the stems. Not that difficult and the wider bars are certainly worth it. Less wind drag too.
    that would drive me insane, I hate when I have to put air in my tires before a ride... when it's time to ride it's time to ride. A day the allen set doesn't leave the bottom of my bag is a good day. Another idea though, how about modifying a couple of the trays so that they sit higher up, so that the bars can overlap each other? Surely with some creative thinking and a trip to home depot you could mount them up with some kind of spacers.

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    two upright racks, two fork mount racks, all on roof.
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    I flipped two of the trays around - all four face forward now. With two bikes on thru-axle adapters, I should be fine... will give it a shot.

    Thanks for the ideas guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    two upright racks, two fork mount racks, all on roof.
    this is what I was thinking.

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